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6 Can’t-Miss December Events Happening Around the Main Line


John R. Miller at 118 North

December 16

John R. Miller, December 16

Photo courtesy of Rounder Records

Depreciated is a remarkably accomplished debut from a guy who pretty much came out of nowhere. John R. Miller has been dancing around a serious career as a solo artist for several years now, and it all comes together in one of the best singer/songwriter efforts of 2021. It has the West Virginia native confidently standing firm with Tyler Childers and Ian Noe in the recent upswell of self-effacing, Appalachian-bred talent eager to integrate and celebrate the region’s folk and bluegrass roots.
—Hobart Rowland

Brandywine River Museum of Art’s Brandywine Railroad

Through January 8

Brandywine Railroad

Photo by Philip Gabriel

Celebrating 50 years, the museum’s holiday train display features 2,000 feet of track and 1,000 pieces. The scale model makes its way through a detailed village, farm and carnival.

Kennett Square Holiday Village Market at the Creamery

December 3–4 & 10–11

Kennett Square Holiday Village Market, December weekends

Photo by Dylan Francis / Kennett Collaborative

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on select weekends, you can browse dozens of curated vendors while enjoying live music, delectable eats and festive cocktails.

Narberth Dickens Festival

December 4

Roam the streets of 1840s London, as Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other characters from A Christmas Carol mingle with thousands of revelers in downtown Narberth from noon to 4 p.m.

Philadelphia’s German Christmas Market

Through December 24

Christmas Village Through December

Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

This European-flavored holiday hub is the seasonal heartbeat of Center City. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, vendors in wooden booths sell a wide variety of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and arts and crafts. You’ll also find traditional food, sweets and drinks.

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