There’s no shortage of ways to ring in the holidays on the Main Line. Here are a few tried-and-true favorites.
The wooden phoenix structure to be set alight during the Firebird Festival.
Christmas Tree Lighting
Get your Victorian Christmas on at Malvern’s Burke Park, where the community will gather to light up the town tree amid musical concerts, strolling street performers, and horse and carriage rides. December 5, 6 pm
Old-Fashioned Santa Parade
Watch Santa make his way down Lancaster Avenue on a fre truck to the veranda of the Wayne Hotel, where children can sit with Jolly Old Nick himself and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate from Paramour. December 6, 10 am
Children’s Holiday Tea
Treat the kids to a holiday tea at the Radnor Hotel. After they sip a cuppa, they can make holiday cards, do some caroling, and hear stories from costumed characters. Bonus: Each child gets a storybook gift to take home. December 6, 1-3 pm
The Firebird Festival
Come out to Phoenixville for the day and watch as more than 100 performers entertain the holiday crowd. Then join them as they parade down Bride Street to light on fire a two-story-tall wooden bird. December 6; festival begins at 3 pm, Phoenix fire at 8:15 pm
The Dickens Festival
Downtown Narberth transforms into 1840s London—Scrooge and his pals walk the streets while kids try to hunt them down as part of a scavenger hunt. There’s also professional ice-sculpting displays, free Nutcracker dance performances from the Pennsylvania Ballet, and hot toddies. December 7, noon-4 pm
Peddler’s Village Festival
Bucks County’s historical Peddler’s Village lights up in full Victorian fair during the annual two-day Christmas festival. Kick off the holiday season with a parade, live entertainment, and seasonal refreshments: toasted marshmallows, warm cider, and roasted chestnuts. December 6, 10 am-8 pm and December 7, 10 am-6 pm