Each year the Brandywine River Museum of Art presents an imaginative salute to the season..."A Brandywine Christmas."

From trees decked-out in playful hand-crafted 'critters' to their hugely popular train exhibit and their rare collection of antique dolls, an afternoon here is one of the best holiday gifts you can give yourself and your family.

Youngsters like those pictured are fascinated by the trains, which for adults, carry us back in time to when we were young and our parents brought us to this special place of art and history.

This year's Brandywine Christmas story is told through decorations and the legendary artworks of N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth.

Thousands of whimsical Critters (ornaments and decorations handcrafted by Brandywine volunteers from natural materials) are displayed on towering trees soaring up through the museum's three-story atrium. A Santa ornament is pictured left.

PJ Parties, an Opera Performance and more!

Polar Express Read Aloud Pajama Party, Dec 1st, 7 to 8pm

Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas as they delight in the tale of The Polar Express and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies.
Tickets are limited; reserve online or by calling 610.388.8326.

Children’s Christmas Party, Wednesday, Dec 7th 
Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy entertainment, costumed characters, face painting, model trains, antique dolls, trees adorned with critters and Cookie Land!
Tickets can be purchased at the door.  Courtyard gates open at 6:00 p.m.

Breakfast with the Trains - Saturdays Dec 10th and 17th, 8:30 to 10am
Take an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour!
Discover how one of the world’s largest train layouts is created and the complicated multitasking involved in the operation.

This before-hours event includes a private tour of the trains in action with Brandywine Railroad engineers including special activities for the youngest train fans and a continental breakfast in the museum’s cafĂ©. Children receive a Brandywine Railroad souvenir; ages 3 and older accompanied by an adult are welcome. Tickets are limited and will sell out quickly. Reserve online or by calling 610.388.8326.

Carols Concert, Sunday, Dec 11th, 1 to 3pm
Listen to international opera singer Peter Campbell sing songs of the holiday season.

Christmas with the Dolls, Saturday Dec 17th, 11:00 AM  – 12:00 pm
Bring your favorite doll to the museum for a morning of creative crafts and light refreshments. Participants will cut and color paper dolls based on Brandywine’s Ann Wyeth McCoy doll collection, make matching bracelets for themselves and their dolls, and enjoy an informal tea party. Best for ages 3 and older accompanied by an adult. Tickets are limited and will sell out quickly. Reserve online or by calling 610.388.8326.

Brandywine River Museum of Art
Open daily, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
1 Hoffman's Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
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