Holiday Children's Teas, Ice Skating, Gingerbread House Decorating, and Christmas Museum nostalgia...four fun ways to make memories with your kids this holiday season. 
You and your littlest children will love the Holiday Teas at the Radnor Hotel.

Caroling, a Holiday Fairy, story-telling and an appearance by a giant Toy Soldier?  
This is a no-brainer for kids 3 to 8 years old!

Famous throughout the County, The Radnor Holiday Teas are like stepping into a Christmas Story...

  • Guests are welcomed by the Toy Soldier 
  • Enjoy Holiday card-making and entertainment in the Terrace Room
  • Dine from their Award-Winning Tea Menu 
  • Meet the Holiday Fairy, who spreads joy and season’s greetings.
  • Plus interactive storytelling
  • Festive caroling 
  • And a Toy Soldier March

Each child takes home a Holiday-themed Story Book Gift.
Dates: Saturday, December 10 and Saturday, December 17
Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Cost: $59.95 for 1 child and 1 adult, plus tax and service charge
Radnor Hotel Holiday Teas
Advanced Ticket Purchase Required - call 610-341-3138
Deadline for reservations is Wednesday 5 p.m.prior to the date of the event.

LOCATION: ON THE MAIN LINE
591 East Lancaster Avenue, St. Davids, PA 19087
610-688-5800
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A PERSONAL NOTE
Like many people, Christmas is when I miss mom and dad the most. And I can't resist the chance to share a childhood memory that relates to the next story...

When I was little, and mom had my baby sister - she couldn't hold my hand as easily when crossing streets or traversing busy sidewalks.  She insisted I hold on to her skirt, which fortunately in the 60's, were big, round, and full with lots of material to grab on to. And she NEVER moved a step if she didn't feel my little hand clutching her skirt. 

When a brother came along, you guessed it.  My sister and I both became skirt-clutchers.

When HE could finally walk, there were 3 of us...all grabbing on for dear life because without a baby to carry, mom walked a whole lot faster than before!

Year's later, I was allowed to let go and walk beside her on my own. And I was an adult before Mom told me she cried each time one of us was old enough to walk on our own.  She missed the feeling of having us 'attached' to her.


If you're missing some attached time with your children, Ice Skating can be a wonderful contact sport.

Under the guise of teaching them to glide, stop, and even twirl a little - there WILL be hugging, catching, pushing, lifting up, falling down and a lot of laughing.

And if your child is actually the best skater in the family? Guess they'll have to hold on to you -- like I once held on to mom's skirt :) 

So grab your skates and glide over to IceWorks, one of the finest ice complexes in the country. 
They host Olympic qualifying competitions, top hockey tournaments and many Olympic figure skaters have used it as a practice and training facility.

Spend an hour or so on the ice...toss in a little hot chocolate, and spend a perfect afternoon or evening with your children.
Public Skating Schedule
Every M-F, Noon to 1:30pm -- Fri & Sat Nights: 7:30 to 9:30 
Sat & Sun afternoons: 2 to 4pm
Admission:
•Adults & Children over 4: $10 *   •Children 4 & under:  FREE
•Skate Rentals: $2.00 **      ** Wednesday FREE Skate Rentals
•Walker Rentals: $4.00

Family Value Package - $40
•4 Admissions  •4 Skate Rentals   •4 Slices of Pizza   •4 Small Drinks

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Pictured just above is one of many Vintage Holiday exhibits at the National Christmas Center.



National Christmas Center Founder, Curator and Historian, Jim Morrison says with a smile, "I created this place to celebrate Christmas, and you wouldn't believe how many people actually cry when they tour some of our nostalgic family exhibits...or walk through our replica of a F.W. Woolworth 5 and 10 store..."

People so often say "This is where the magic happens!" --- but they're wrong.  Because THIS PLACE is where the magic truly happens. Even the The Travel Channel ranked it #2 of the top 6 "Christmasiest Places in the World"...

So hop on the time machine and head for the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country.  The  museum is less than an hour's drive from the center of Delaware County -- but worlds away!
Every Thursday through Sunday in December, your kids can visit with Santa himself in one of the world's most nostalgic and lavish settings.  

Marvel at Santa's North Pole, Workshop, and Reindeer Barn! Discover gift givers from foreign lands and learn of their unique customs and traditions.  

You'll be blown away by other exhibits like the Antique Emporium, Vintage Christmas, Toyland Train Mountain, the Art of the Nativity, to name just a few.

Experience Christmas the way our parents and grandparents did in the 1950's -- there's even a Woolworth's 5 and 10 Cent Store! (pictured below)  


Enjoy self-guided, walk-through tours of these life-sized exhibits from the past, each celebrating the magic, memories, history and traditions of Christmas.

LOCATION:
3427 Lincoln HWY, (Route 30)
Paradise, PA 17562
Click Here for the National Christmas Center Website
(717)442-7950

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And then it comes down to food...a tasty, bakery-baked and pre-assembled cookie house - plus lots of gum drops, sprinkles and frosting to decorate with...and I can take it home and eat it? Nirvana! 

The Wayne Art Center is hosting 2 Family Gingerbread House Workshops on December 3rd - one in the morning and one in the afternoon. 

This could be the most fun (and tastiest) holiday family activity you could ever do!

Gingerbread houses are a Christmas icon...and those families participating in the workshop will receive their own large cookie cottage (freshly baked and pre-assembled by Clay's Corner Bakery) plus the icing and candy to decorate it.

But at the end of the day, this is sticky-fingered fun spent with those you love, transforming these edible elements into a holiday treasure!

All materials are included, but feel free to bring your own decorations to make each house uniquely yours!

MORNING Workshop:
Dec 3·11:00 am - 1:00 pm
$60 / one adult and child ($25 for an additional child.

AFTERNOON Workshop:
Dec 3 · 2:00 - 4:00 pm
$60 / one adult and child ($25 additional child)

MUST REGISTER NOW - ONLY A FEW SLOTS REMAIN!

For the AM session:
Click here to register for the Wayne Art Center Gingerbread Workshop

For the AFTERNOON session:
Click Here to Register for the Wayne Art Center Gingerbread Workshop

LOCATION: ON THE MAIN LINE
Wayne Art Center, Studio 3
413 Maplewood Ave
Wayne, PA, US 19087
Phone:  (610) 688-3553 Ext. 200
Fax:  (610) 995-0478