December Picks 2018
Our picks for top events this month.
Through January 6
For the holidays Longwood Gardens pays homage to the Christmas tree with a display featuring traditional favorites and inspiring new twists. From festive firs suspended from above to towering tannenbaums created from books, stained glass and other unexpected materials, you can’t help but say, “O Christmas Tree!” Outdoors, illuminated trees lead you on a holiday journey through the Gardens. Sip cocoa and warm up by firepits, listen to carolers and take in the wonder of A Longwood Christmas. 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Timed tickets, $16–$30. 610-388-1000; LongwoodGardens.org.
Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of this noteworthy fundraiser with open bar, gourmet dining stations, auctions and dancing. Benefits The Friends Association for Care and Protection of Children, Outreach, Emergency Family Shelter and the Homeless Prevention Program. West Chester Golf & Country Club, 111 W. Ashbridge St., West Chester. 6 to 11:30 p.m. $175. 610-431-3598; FriendsAssoc.org.
Dec. 7, Parents’ Night Off Camp, where kids have fun with experiments, movies, games, arts and crafts. Ages 5–10. 5:30 to 10 p.m., $30. Dec. 8, Merry Museum Night features winter-themed activities, a scavenger hunt, hot chocolate lab. Wear pajamas and watch the film, The Polar Express, playing throughout the Museum. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., $5–$10. Dec. 9, Breakfast with Santa. 9:15, 10 and 10:45 a.m., pre-registration, $7–$14. Dec. 27–30, Discovery Days is a post-holiday break with live animals, games, science stops, learning stations, food trucks. 9:30 to 4:30 p.m., $5–$12. 4840 Kennett Pk., Wilmington. 302-658-9111; DelMNH.org.
A three-day shoppers’ paradise featuring special events, a curated line-up of locally made, unique fine crafts and artisanal goods. The Craft Market will kick off on Fri., 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 746 Panmure Rd., Haverford. 610-525-0272; MainLineArt.org.
Handel’s Messiah: Dec. 2, Daylesford Abbey, 220 S. Valley Rd., Paoli. 4 p.m; Dec. 16, St. Katharine of Siena Church, Lancaster & Aberdeen Aves., Wayne, 4 p.m. Renaissance Noël: Renaissance Christmas music of Old Europe: Dec. 8, Church of the Good Samaritan, Lancaster Ave., Paoli, 8 p.m; Dec. 9, Thomas Great Hall, Bryn Mawr College, 256 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr, 4 p.m. $10–$25. 610-688-2800; VoxAmaDeus.org.
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