Chag Urim Sameach! Happy Hanukkah, Montgomery County. For those who celebrate, we hope you have a wonderful holiday and enjoy our recent blog post on Montco’s House of Peace; Beth Sholom.
The holidays are truly the most wonderful time of the year, and what better way to spend them than with family and friends right here in Montgomery County? Check out all the fun and festive things to do this week, only in Montco.
PARADE OF LIGHTS
Independence Seaport Museum
A parade of local working boats will be illuminated in holiday lights for all to see on the Delaware River at 5:30 p.m. The best spot to take in this unique sight is from the Museum’s second-floor terrace. Warm seasonal beverages and food will be available in our Holiday Hut.
Santa’s Workshop on the Water will be merry and bright with tons of activities and handmade crafts. For an extra $5 construct and decorate a gingerbread boat (limited availability – arrive early!). To add extra cheer make sure to locate the face painter, she’s sure to give you an extra sparkle that day!
Santa himself and Jingle Jack will be spreading holiday cheer around the Museum throughout the day. Be on the lookout to snap a photo with Santa when he arrives at 2 p.m.!
With so much to see and do, Parade of Lights is a great way to kick off the holiday season!
Santa lets his reindeer rest and flies to SantaFest. His copter comes and starts the fun by bringing smiles to everyone. The museum offers a day of holiday cheer during its annual SantaFest on Saturday, December 8. Santa lands at 11 a.m. to greet good girls and boys, hear wish lists, and give goodie bags. He and Mrs. Claus visit with each one in his workshop inside the museum. Each year’s theme allows kids to come in costume – this year’s theme TBD. Helicopter rides (additional cost), crafts, unique gifts, music face painting and even therapy dogs make the day so much fun the little ones won’t want to leave!
Lock 60 at the Schuylkill Canal Park
Step back in time to a Dickens’ holiday scene, as you enter the beautifully decorated Locktender’s house and sing along with the joyful music played by local musician(s). Partake in holiday treats and hot cider and join in with the Schuylkill Canal Association as we toast our friends with best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season. Parking is available at Lock 60. NOTE: The event is cancelled only if there is a steady downpour of rain or snow. The magnificent light display is even more mystical if there is a slight drizzle, misty fog or a few inches of snow, truly creating a beautiful holiday scene.
All ages; donation of $1 or more gladly accepted.
SUDS AND UGLY SWEATERS
Spring Mountain Adventures, Inc.
It’s almost Ugly Sweater SZN, winter brew SZN and run up your credit card SZN, so it must be Suds and Ugly Sweaters at Spring Mountain SZN! Suds and Ugly Sweaters at Spring Mountain will serve as the ultimate Christmas primer, featuring top winter season craft beer, live music, games, a Christmas Card workshop, Santa, holiday fare and a $500 ugly sweater contest!
VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE
There is nothing quite as Victorian as visiting Pennypacker Mills’ Christmas Open House. With an entertaining bell choir playing Christmas music, a Victorian Santa Claus welcoming families, and living historians inside the mansion portraying family and friends, this one day gives visitors a glimpse of Christmastime in the early 1900s. With greens on every mantle, silky ribbon strewed throughout, shiny glass and tin ornaments to add shine to the tree, and plainly wrapped presents beneath, visitors will be treated to a special experience at each room. In the kitchen, see a clear toy candy demonstration with three-dimensional clear candies. The Museum Shop, which is stocked with unique Victorian-inspired ornaments, gift items, books, children’s toys, and holiday sweets.
All ages; free, suggested donation $2 per person.
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