December 7th through the 23rd, take your family on a Holiday Hayride unlike any you've ever taken! Arasapha Farm's Bates Motel and Haunted Hayrides are one of the most famous Halloween attractions in Pennsylvania.  But in December Santa casts a Christmas spell and turns this beautiful Brandywine Farm into a dazzling wonderland of stunning lights, special effects, bonfires and pure holiday magic...

Your family will love this warm and cozy Holiday Hayride through the rolling hills of Arasapha Farm, which is now bursting with huge light displays, as well as decorated trees and buildings. 


Winding through the property your 20 minute hayride will cross bridges and brooks, earning plenty of ohhhhs & ahhhs...
plus there's a stunning LIVE NATIVITY SCENE, Santa's Workshop, and more!



The hayride is choreographed with all your favorite songs of the season. The wagons feature bench seating for added comfort and at the end, everyone relaxes by the bonfires or warms up with a cup of their great cocoa.

CLICK HERE for their Christmas Tree & Hayride Video

  • Have your picture taken with Santa!
  • Check out the famous live animal nativity scene
  • Get your Christmas Tree! Choose from hundreds of beautiful, fresh cut Christmas Trees that include Douglas Fir, Norway Spruce, and the ever favorite Fraser Fir. Deliveries and set up available.

The Concession Stand features hot dogs, chicken fingers, fries, nachos, popcorn, and more. New for this year are bags of piping hot donuts or waffle stix!

Your children can also take a ride on the Arasapha Express; a kiddie train ride through light displays and tunnels. 
Read more and get tickets NOW!
Adults $15 - Seniors $12 - Children 2-8 $10 - Train rides: $5

LOCATION: IN THE BRANDYWINE
Arasapha Farm
1835 Middletown RD,  Glen Mills, PA 19342
(610) 459-0647

Children feel about Santa, the way I feel about French Toast.  LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT!  So bring all your little ones to brunch at the Broad Table Tavern at the Inn at Swarthmore on December 16th where they can get some quality time with Santa while you enjoy outstanding food like French toast, carved meats, fresh made desserts and more.
The Inn at Swarthmore is located on the scenic Swarthmore College Campus. The luscious French Toast above,
is just one dish you'll enjoy at their Holiday Sunday Brunch on December 16th.
The Holiday Brunch is from 11am to 1pm in the Inn's Broad Table Tavern.  As you can see above, the restaurant has a rustic charm and country atmosphere, perfect for its Swarthmore College Campus location (also home of the famous Scott Arboretum!).


And as good as the brunch is, my favorite part of the day is the Santa photos of your children with the big guy himself ;) 

These little gems, like the one pictured left,
are a ritual for many families and make perfect holiday day cards for next year!
So when your little one whispers his or her holiday wishes to Santa, take home a photo for the memories...

Make reservations now to enjoy Chef Drinkwine's seasonally-based brunch menu which, like all of their menus, features locally-sourced ingredients and regional artisan products.  

And if you don't want to cook on Christmas, the Broad Table Tavern is the perfect place to go!
- 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM: They will serve a traditional breakfast menu
- 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM: They will be offering a limited menu with Holiday Specials!

LOCATION: ON OUR MAIN STREETS
10 S Chester Rd, Swarthmore, PA 19081
(610) 543-7500
The Inn at Swarthmore Website
This beautiful Christmas photo of the Glen Mills Station and the others below were taken by Steve Rogers.
Every Saturday and Sunday through December 23rd, bring the family and join Santa for a 90-minute journey on The Santa Express, a heated decorated train that runs through the Chester Creek Valley. 

Santa greets everyone at the Market Street Station in West Chester before they begin their Christmas Journey that ends in the quaint town of Glen Mills, where passengers can disembark and explore the historic station. There are plenty of photo ops on Santa’s lap inside the station! 


Entertainer Greg Wright and friends will be singing all of your favorite Christmas songs during the trip. They take requests so don't be shy! 
MARKET STREET STATION  DEPARTURE TIMES ARE: 11AM, 1PM, 3PM and 5PM
Click here for Google Map showing the Market St. Station


Adults - $25
Children (2-12) - $18
Toddlers (9mo-23mo) - $8

A little bit of history before you ride the rails...

The West Chester Railroad runs 90 minute round trips between Market Street in West Chester, and the village of Glen Mills.  Pennsylvania. The route follows the beautiful Chester Creek...a setting so stunning you'll forget that you are only 30 minutes from center city Philadelphia!





This route is part of the old Pennsylvania Railroad central division on the West Chester and Phoenixville branch. Historic stations along the way are the Westtown station, now an art gallery located next to the new Westtown Township Park; the 19th century village and station at Cheyney, also home to one of the nation's oldest African American universities; Locksley Station, which is near one of the oldest iron slitting mill sites in the country and the Frazier Farmstead of Revolutionary War fame; and finally the picturesque village of Glen Mills with its restored Victorian station. thought to be  designed by the noted Philadelphia architect, Frank Furness.

STARTING LOCATION: IN THE BRANDYWINE
Market Street Station, 230 E Market St, West Chester, PA 19382

Nothing transforms our homes at Christmas time like a tree.  A Douglas Fir...a Pine, Spruce, Cypress or Cedar...all have become the magnet for families to gather around when celebrating this sacred holiday.  The act of coming together, and looking up is perhaps the essence of this season.

Your family's search for the perfect Christmas tree begins now!
With 40,000 trees on their farm, Linvilla Orchards is one of the most popular 'CUT YOUR OWN' or BUY FRESH locations in the Tri-State area.

Now through December 23rd, thousands will make the pilgrimage to Linvilla for their tree.
The adventure starts when your whole family takes a hayride to the Christmas tree fields to select your favorite.  The majority are 6' to 10' Douglas Fir but there are also some Canaan Fir trees.  Linvilla supplies the saw, they help haul your tree back, shake the loose needles, wrap it up and event tie to your car!

  • The Price is $69.99 plus tax.
  • The lasts hayride starts at 4pm each day.
  • Offered Monday through Friday 10am to 5pm
  • Weekends: 9am to 5pm
And if you don't want to cut your own tree, the garden center has been transformed into a Winter Wonderland, featuring trees of all types and sizes, plus Santa and his Elves, handmade wreaths, greens and holly and a sea of Poinsettias!


Then make sure you stroll through the market, and explore the mouthwatering fresh baked holiday pies, cookies, cakes, jams, breads and other iconic holiday treats. Call 610-876-7116 to order your holiday pies and cakes in advance!

LOCATION: ON OUR MAIN STREETS
137 W Knowlton Rd, Media, PA 19063
Expore Linvilla's 'Home on the Farm Christmas' Activities
Poet Maya Angelou once said “You can tell a lot about a person by the way they handle three things: a rainy day, lost luggage and tangled Christmas tree lights.”

I confess, I'm nobody's role model when it comes to sorting out the Christmas lights.  I need a strong beverage and a Hallmark Christmas movie playing in the background to keep from spiraling into a very dark place ;)

But the talented team at Delco's Department of Parks and Recreation has no trouble stringing more than 100,000 lights each Christmas, giving residents and winter visitors a beautiful postcard setting every December!  Set on 120 acres of rolling meadows, woodlands, and majestic trees, Rose Tree's holiday decorations also include many beloved characters from Santa Claus to  Charlie Brown and Frosty the Snowman. In the Courtyard there are also Victorian Carolers, part of a large mural on wood created by students at Media's Williamson Trade School.  

We all look forward to December, when this 4-decade long tradition arrives:  Our Festival of Lights!
There are picnic tables, a courtyard and park benches to sit on and take in the beauty of the lights which are turned on from 5:30 to 9:30pm every night through January 1st.

The Festival of Lights began in 1976 as part of festivities planned to celebrate the nation’s Bicentennial. The festival has since grown from 50 lighted trees (one for each municipality and one large one to represent the county) to 75 decorated trees strung with 100,000 holiday lights, and dozens of hand-painted wooden figures, including toy soldiers, a snowman family and a replica of the Delaware County Courthouse.

There is no admission fee, and the parking is free and plentiful. For more information call 610-891-4455 or visit Delaware County Parks and Recreation

LOCATION: ON OUR MAIN STREETS
1501 N. Providence Road, Media, PA
This is the season when millions of people around the globe celebrate an historic event that changed the world and lit a beacon of hope for people of every generation that followed...

America’s past is not nearly so old.  But those who honor and recreate our nation's earliest holiday traditions invite us to remember that we are part of a legacy of celebrations. So bring the family to see how Christmas was decorated and celebrated right here in Delco, in the 18th century...

The Chadds Ford Historical Society is hosting a traditional Candlelight Christmas Tour on December 1st from 1pm to 6pm, highlighting our historic houses decorated with symbols of the season.

Join the Heritage Dancers as they make merry at the Barn Visitors Center. Partake of some desserts before heading next door to the Springhouse, once a school in the 1800s, where you'll see Christmas books from past and present. 
Join the celebration at the John Chads House (c. 1725) with rooms of live greens and symbols of the season including arks, creche sets and toys. Enjoy Portugal cakes, Stollen and spiced tea cooked on the open hearth.

A short drive away, our Barns-Brinton House allows visitors to grab a glass of wine and toast to the season in this tavern dating back to 1714. 

As a fiddler entertains colonial revelers, warm yourself by the hearth and sample homemade soup, bread and Spritz cookies. Tour the historic rooms decorated with Santas, gingerbread, wreaths and handmade ornaments. You are sure to leave having experienced the warmth and spirit of the season.

TICKETS: $15 per person/$10 CFHS members
Click here for Tickets, Map and more info

LOCATION: IN THE BRANDYWINE
Chadds Ford Historical Society
1736 Creek Rd, P.O. Box 27
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
610-388-7376

And don't miss the opportunity to step back in time with Grange Estate Mansion Tours and Cobbs Creek Lines Holiday Railroad every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 4pm (through January 5th and 6th!)

Read about the history of this magnificent mansion here: History of the Grange Estate
There is a different rhythm at the Historic Grange Estate during the holiday season. When you come to the Grange, you’ll leave the modern pace behind and experience memories of Christmas with a pronounced Victorian sensibility.

The Grange Mansion is decorated throughout with a themed tree in every room, dressed with nostalgic ornaments, copious greenery and a nod to the mid-century. In all, there will be 13 decorated trees!

  • Explore the extensive Santa Claus Collection of Chad and Francine Brooks.
  • Check out beautiful one-of-a-kind Santas, some of which are animated! 
  • There is also a tree decorated with heritage ornaments created at the Grange over several decades.
Plus the Cobbs Creek Holiday Train Exhibit is a wonder all its own...with multiple tracks on several levels, plus vintage decorations, and a host of festive holiday stops! 

Check out cool videos of the train here: The Trains at the Grange
At Christmas time the Carriage House of the Grange Estate is transformed into the Cobbs Creek Lines Holiday Railroad, a magical land of Lionel and O Gauge trains.
Viewers of all ages delight in the immersive, fun-filled and fantastic display of trains. Each year a dedicated group of volunteers assembles to enhance the train display, and each year’s visit brings something new to enjoy!

Tours of the Mansion are 1-4 pm and admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children ages 5 through 12.  The Gift Shoppe features unique hand-crafted items including distinctive home decor, wearables, and some clever old-fashioned solutions to modern needs.

SPECIAL SATURDAY EXPERIENCES:
  • Saturday, December 8 – Take photos with the trains. 10:00 AM – Noon – Free. Donations accepted. 
  • Saturday December 15 – A Flute Choir performs. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Concert included in mansion tour admission fee. 
LOCATION: AT OUR CROSSROADS
143 Myrtle Avenue
Havertown, PA 19083
The Grange Estate Website

God Jul och Gott Nytt Ar!
This great annual event brings history and Christmas together in a way that both kids and adults will love it...

Celebrate the holidays Swedish Style at the Annual Trim-A-Tree Christmas Party at the Swedish Cabin on Sunday, December 2nd from 2 to 4pm.  

There will be food, marshmallow roasting for kids and lots of games.  There will also be Swedish related items for sale.
Experience a true 17th Century Christmas, as the cabin will be decorated to the period, and the two fireplaces will be lit.  There will also be a supervised fire pit outside for roasting marshmallows.  Admission is free!

LOCATION: AT OUR CROSSROADS
9 Creek Road
Drexel Hill, PA 19026
For more information call 484-540-5070

Delco is famous for its outstanding theater scene featuring award-winning productions, Grammy winning music directors and Broadway actors who appear in several shows each year...

But we start our holiday stage story with the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center (UDPAC) where the season's brightest “Shooting Stars” come out and shine!

On Friday and Saturday, Dec 7th & 8th the Upper Darby Summer Stage Shooting Stars will perform a Holiday Spectacular...
There are only 2 chances to ‘get a closer’ look' at these
talented performers: Dec 7th & 8th!  

Be sure to purchase your tickets now, because a sellout is likely!
People come from all over the region to watch their favorite holiday numbers performed by extremely talented young people  in sparkling costumes, with festive music, on a creative set (Christmas trees, lots of gift-wrapped packages and…snow!).

The group performs Broadway-style production numbers and shares heartfelt holiday memories throughout the 80 minute production.

SHOWTIMES & TICKETS:
Fri Dec 7, 7:30 pm
Sat Dec 8, 2:00 pm
Tickets $10 – $14  Members: $2 Off, $1 discount for 12 & under.

LOCATION: AT OUR CROSSROADS
601 N Lansdowne Ave, Drexel Hill, PA 19026
(610) 622-1189
UDPAC Website

'Tis the season for magic, family, and fun as the beauty and pure joy of the Nutcracker Ballet comes alive once again at the beautiful 300-seat Fred P. Meagher Theatre at Neumann University as  International Ballet Classique presents two full length performances on Dec 9th & 10th, at 2pm. 

Get swept away into the magic of the holiday season with everyone's favorite ballet, The Nutcracker! Adventure awaits Clara and her Nutcracker Prince, as they battle the Rat King and embark on a journey into a magical winter wonderland of dancing Snowflakes. Arrive in the Kingdom of the Sweets and become entranced by the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier, as Clara's dolls have come alive to dance for her. This joyous classic will leave you with cherished memories for years to come. A special treat for all ages!


Tickets are reserved seating and are available at the International Ballet Classique Website.
Regular priced tickets are $28.00. Seniors, students, and children are discounted at $18. For more information about the performance, visit the website above or call (610) 986-2474

LOCATION: IN THE BRANDYWINE
Neumann University, The Fred P. Meagher Theatre
1 Neumann Drive, Aston, PA

JACK FROST SAVES CHRISTMAS at the Media Theatre!
This is a children's holiday favorite which runs through December 30th with shows every Sunday at Noon.

Join Jack and the animals as he goes from the North Pole to a small village to ensure that the holiday will happen. But everything he touches turns to ice, so how can he be friends with anyone in town?  This is a hilarious one hour adventure for children ages 4 and up.

Another Media Theatre family favorite that's also garnering standing ovations is The Wizard of Oz which runs through mid-January 
The two-act Broadway musical includes these iconic songs “Over The Rainbow,” “Munchkinland (Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead),” “If I Only Had A Brain/A Heart/The Nerve,” “We’re Off To See The Wizard (Follow The Yellow Brick Road),” “The Jitterbug,” “The Merry Old Land of Oz” and “If I Were King Of The Forest.” Featuring professional performers and a live orchestra!

LOCATION: ON OUR MAIN STREETS
104 E. State Street, Media, PA
Media Theatre Website


Hedgerow Theatre’s beautiful rustic atmosphere is the perfect backdrop for everyone's favorite holiday show: A Christmas Carol!

Now in its 26th year, this is a holiday heart-stealer for families coming from miles away each year, to make this beloved production part of their holiday ritual.

Read more and purchase tickets now at:  Hedgerow Theatre's A CHRISTMAS CAROL Tix & more info

LOCATION: ON OUR MAIN STREETS
64 Rose Valley Rd
Rose Valley, PA, 19063


So gather your family and friends and come share the magic of the Christmas Tree at Longwood Gardens, now through January 6th.

This year A  Longwood  Christmas  pays  homage  to  the  Christmas  tree  with  an  imaginative  display  featuring  traditional  favorites  and  inspiring  new  twists  to  the  iconic  holiday  symbol.  Explore 4 acres of dazzling trees and decorations inside...then check out a hundred outdoor trees bejeweled with a half-million lights! It is one of the most spectacular Christmas wonderlands in the country...

From  festive  firs  suspended  from  above  to  towering tannenbaums adorned  in  unique  ways, uncover  the  magic  of  the  Christmas  tree  re-imagined     
  • Inside  Longwood’s  warm  4-acre  Conservatory,  a  forest  of  floating  trees  embellished  with  dazzling  crystals,  glass  ornaments,  and  glittering  baby’s  breath  hangs  from  above.  
  • The  Music  Room  is  transformed  into  a  book  lover’s  holiday  haven,  featuring  a  rotating  18-foot  Frasier  fir  draped  in  a  garland  of  books... 
  • A  24-foot  tall  concolor  fir  garnished  with  red  ornament  stands  amid  a  woodland  of  white  frosted  trees  and  winterberry  holly.  
  • An  ethereal  glass  “tree”  made  of  600  slivers  of  hand-cut  green  glass  in  various  shades is suspended  over  a  meadow  of  red  and  white  amaryllis,  hellebores,  and  kalanchoe.  
  • New  displays  include  the  Main  Fountain  Garden  as  shimmering  lit  conical  trees  decorate  the  garden.  
  • Their  popular  Wildlife  Tree  is  reinvented  as  a  15-foot  conical  tree  covered  in  200  handmade  birdhouses  and  decorated  with  edible  ornaments  for  our  furry  and  feathered  friends.   
Experience the Joys of the Season
Stroll underneath floating orbs of light, watch as tree roots and branches take new illuminated life, and see the Main Fountain Garden as you’ve never seen it before.

Warm up by their  welcoming fire pits, listen to carolers, and relish in the wonder of 
A Longwood Christmas.

Timed Admission Tickets Required - and can be purchased now: Purchase tickets here
A SELLOUT IS LIKELY so don't delay!

LOCATION: IN THE BRANDYWINE
PO  Box  501
Kennett  Square,  PA  19348-0501

While Rudolf and his fellow reindeer remain at the North Pole doing their final push ups and tread mill exercises in preparation for the big Christmas Eve world tour, Santa has booked a seat in a Helicopter for Saturday, December 8th, when kids from all over the region are invited to give him their wish lists at The American Helicopter Museum’s Annual SantaFest!

This hugely popular event begins at 10am, and everyone will be able to watch Santa arrive at 11am. He’ll be joining Mrs. Claus in greeting all the good girls and boys, hearing wish lists and distributing goodie bags. He’ll visit with each child in his colorful Museum workshop.
  • There will be lots of  special songs by Makin’ Music 
  • Author Linda Kerschner, will read her book, Cheerful Chopper to the Rescue
  • Wonderful volunteers will be there with their dogs from PAWS for People pet therapy services
  • There will be ornament decorating and face painting
  • Plus snacks for everyone!
Admission is $10.00 per person and includes a photo opportunity with Santa, so bring a camera! Helicopter rides cost $60.00 extra per person on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 11:15 am.  The Museum is open until 5pm.

Contact AHMEC at 610-436-9600 or see the website at SantaFest Information to purchase tickets or for more information.

The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center is the nation’s premier aviation museum devoted exclusively to helicopters. Established in 1996, the nonprofit organization collects, restores and displays rotary-wing aircraft, including over 35 civilian and military helicopters, autogiros and convertiplanes.

LOCATION: IN THE BRANDYWINE
1220 American Blvd, West Chester , PA


Pinkies out!  This is your invitation to the merriest Children's Christmas Tea Party on the Main Line... by the place whose Tea Parties were named “Best Kids Menu in America” by Restaurant Hospitality Magazine. 

The Radnor Hotel transports little ones to the land of the Nutcracker for tea, cookies, crafts and holiday magic!
If you have little ones ages 3 to 8, treat them to a tea-riffic holiday event on December 15th and 22nd at the Radnor Hotel. Larger-than-life costumed Toy Soldiers and dazzling Holiday Fairies welcome youngsters and parents to an old-fashioned Children's Holiday Tea filled with tea and treats, arts, crafts, magic, story-telling and card making!

Choose a Saturday, and from 1 to 3pm your child will experience an exciting holiday party with lots of other children for both friend-making and memory making!


  • Get creative at the arts & crafts table with your child and fashion something festive.
  • Interactive storytelling captures children's attentions while their imagination runs wild!
  • A Piano Sing-Along gets the sillies out with children’s songs played on the baby grand piano.
  • Each child will take home a special storybook that fits the theme of the tea party.

After the last spot of tea is finished, it’s time for interactive storytelling, followed by festive caroling while the Toy Soldier marches around the room to bring the magical essence of the Holiday season to life....

Ring in the Season with the Radnor Hotel's sparkling Holiday Champagne Brunch, voted the Main Line's Best!

If you've enjoyed this brunch in past year, you've probably already made your reservations!

If not, start a tasty new Christmas tradition with a repast that would make Julia Child smile :)

The menu is bursting with holiday fare -- along with sparkling Champagne or Mimosas -- and luscious breakfast treats as well as carded-to-order roast beef, turkey, and ham.  Enjoy grilled chicken, baked fresh fish, smoked seafood, poached salmon Chaud-Froid, peel 'n eat shrimp, and a cascading chocolate fountain. Click here to read more about the Brunch!

$29.95 per person -- $13.95 per child ages 5-11 -- Children under 5 are free. Tax and gratuity are additional.  For Reservations call 610-341-3188, and for parties over 11 call 610-341-3145.

LOCATION: ON THE MAIN LINE
591 East Lancaster Avenue, St. Davids, PA 19087
610-688-5800
New York City's might be bigger...but this is a true example of size doesn't matter ;)

Delaware County's Annual (and greatly anticipated!) Ball Drop brings together residents and visitors alike, to enjoy fabulous food at restaurants along State Street before joining hundreds of others outside, under the stars to watch our own glittering Ball begin its descent, counting down the final minutes of 2018 until 2019 explodes in cheers, hugs, laughter and more than a few romantic kisses.


Each year the crowd grows, everyone joining in the cheering, singing, hand-shaking and new-friend making as we say goodbye to one year, and welcome another.

Go to VisitMediaPA.com and check out the restaurant scene and be sure to make reservation soon. The music starts at 11pm, and the ball drops at Midnight.

Loving Delco as we all do, here at the Tourism Bureau - we can honestly say there's no place we'd rather live, work or play.

So come celebrate the arrival of 2019 with us!

LOCATION: ON OUR MAIN STREETS
State Street, in Media, PA 19063
For more information call 610-566-5039