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Holiday Calendar of Events


Chestnut Hill Circle of Trees

Saturday, Nov.19
5:30 to 7 p.m.
​Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave.

Join us as we kick off the holiday season at Woodmere Art Museum with family fun for all ages, including music, hot chocolate, and refreshments. Kids will enjoy the Straw Maze and the arrival of Santa on an antique fire truck welcoming the holiday season to Philadelphia’s Garden District.

Stag and Doe Nights

Wednesdays, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, 14 and 21
Shops open until 9 p.m.

Brightly lit shops open their doors and welcome visitors with seasonal refreshments and creative gift ideas. Carolers sing, a brass quartet entertains, Santa strolls, and chestnuts roast. Capture the spirit of the season in true Chestnut Hill style during this beloved annual tradition.

Sundays with Santa 

December 4, 11 & 18 

Santa is eager to hear what’s on your wish list this holiday season. Be sure to visit Santa’s Headquarters located at Laurel Hill Gardens, 8125 Germantown Ave., noon to 3 p.m. Take a photo with Santa, meet his elves and have a jolly good time. 

Chestnut Hill Holiday House Tour 

Saturday, Dec. 3 

Add swag and style to your holiday decorating by taking a sneak peek into some of Chestnut Hill’s architectural gems. The Chestnut Hill Holiday House Tour attracts the region’s finest designers, florists and retailers as they decorate each house in full holiday regalia.

Holiday Parade | Sugarplum Saturday

Saturday, Dec. 10
Parade starts at 9 a.m. Sugarplum Saturday follows the parade 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Marching bands, floats, antique cars, school groups and, of course, Santa parade down Germantown Avenue, followed by hot chocolate and cookies at the Market at the Fareway. After the parade, join in the fun of Sugarplum Saturday, including photos with Santa, storytelling with Scrooge, arts and crafts, treats, and more.  

Woodmere Art Museum ‘Twas the Night before Christmas

Nov. 19, 2016, to Jan. 8, 2017

Selections from the collections of Woodmere and the Germantown Historical Society bring to life the classic poem A Visit from St. Nicholas, commonly known as The Night Before Christmas. Written by Clement Clark Moore in 1822, the poem was published in newspapers, almanacs, and magazines and remains a favorite for holiday celebrations. Surrounded by 19th-century children’s toys; holiday trimmings; a sculpture of Belsnickel, a Christmas figure from German folklore and the predecessor of the modern Santa Claus; and an extraordinary dollhouse replica of a Germantown row home, visitors are transported back in time with this festive exhibition organized for all generations of “wondering eyes.”

Morris Arboretum | Holiday Garden Railway & Friday Night Lights

Nov. 25 to Dec. 31 (closed Dec. 24 and 25)

Twinkling lights adorn model trains zipping along an outdoor quarter mile track. Don’t miss the grand opening, with crafts and carolers, on Saturday, Nov. 26. Free with regular admission. Enjoy Friday Night Lights at the Holiday Garden Railway from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Friday in December: Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

Separate ticketing required for Friday Night Lights.

Chestnut Hill Cares: Give a Toy, Share a Book | Feel the Joy

Sponsored by Chestnut Hill Hospital and Valley Green Bank, a Division of Univest Bank and Trust Co.

Spread the spirit this season and donate a new, unwrapped toy or book to a child. Drop off spots will be located in various businesses throughout the neighborhood.

Visit chestnuthillpa.com for specific locations.

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