Wednesday, December 11 2019 11:58

Events Blog—Dec. 12–25

Written by Mercedes Thomas

The holidays are fast approaching, and local events are revving up! We’ve rounded up a list of great hits including fundraisers under the stars, holiday markets, holiday shows and more.

For more can’t-miss events in Chester County and beyond, see the Events Page on this website.


Dec. 13–Winter Luminary Walk at Jenkins Aboretum

Dec. 14–Wolf Sanctuary of PA Full Moon Fundraising Event

Dec. 14–15—8th Annual Arts Festival Reading & Holiday Market

Dec. 14–15—7th Annual Coffee & Tea Festival

Through Jan. 12—See a Holiday Show


Winter Luminary Walk at Jenkins Arboretum—Dec. 13

The arboretum will be aglow with luminary-lined paths, lit-up trees and floating lanterns. Bundle up, grab a hot beverage and lock arms with that special someone as you walk down to the pond and enjoy the winter night. Taste delicious bites and brews from La Cabra Brewing at the John J. Williaman Education Center.

No admission fee, but bring money for bites and brews, which are pay as you go. All ages welcome. Donations accepted to support Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens. More at

631 Berwyn Baptist Rd., Devon. 5 to 8 p.m.


Wolf Sanctuary of PA Full Moon Fundraising Event—Dec. 14

Grab a flashlight and head outside to the Wolf Sanctuary of PA for the full moon fundraiser event. Sit by a roaring bonfire, watch live entertainment and go on a self-guided tour throughout the sanctuary. Guides will be stationed throughout the grounds to answer questions and provide information on the wolves and their conservation.

Wear good walking shoes and warm clothing, and bring along a flashlight. Tickets $20, must be 16 years old. Benefits the Wolf Sanctuary of PA. More at

465 Speedwell Forge Rd., Lititz. 7:30 to 10  p.m.


8th Annual Arts Festival Reading & Holiday Market—Dec. 14–15

The annual arts festival is expanding as a holiday market this year, so be on the lookout for handcrafted holiday gifts! Explore GoggleWorks’ historic, post-industrial campus as you browse goods from some of the country’s finest artists, artisans and craftspeople. And watch live art demonstrations and hands-on workshops.

Need a break from the art? Enjoy holiday activities, performances, food and fun! Admission $10; kids under 12, free. Bring additional money for goods. More at

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, 201 Washington St., Reading. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


7th Annual Coffee & Tea Festival—Dec. 14–15

Join more than 50 exhibitors from around the country as they pour tastings of their finest teas and coffees. This two-day festival celebrates all things tea and coffee, and offers seminars from industry pros and pioneers. And try something sweet or savory to complement your tea or coffee. Tea-licious!

New this year, Teapot Racing—contestants will race radio-controlled vehicles with a teapot mounted on top. The best racers earn points to win a prize basket and certificate. Tickets $5–$20. More at

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Oaks. Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


See a Holiday Show—Through Jan. 12

Get in the holiday spirit by enjoying a seasonal show at one of the many theaters in our area. Here are some of our top picks.

Delaware Children’s Theatre Presents Disney’s Frozen, Jr.—Through Dec. 15. It’s your last chance to see Frozen, Jr., so make sure you buy your tickets for this family-friendly show featuring an audience participation Princess Parade. Tickets at

A Bird-in-Hand Christmas to RememberThrough Dec. 28. Head to Lancaster County for a heart-warming tale of thrift store owners Matthew and Mary and the mounting challenges they’re facing during the holiday season. Tickets at

Little Red Robin Hood: A Musical PantoThrough Jan. 5. Fairytales collide in this new holiday panto at People’s Light. Read more about the show here. Tickets at

Elf: The MusicalThrough Jan. 12. This fun, must-see musical is based on the 2003 hit film. Read more about the show here. Tickets at

Media Theatre Presents Jack Frost Saves ChristmasNov. 24–Dec. 29. The family is in for a treat this season with this hour-long musical about “fitting in” by being yourself. See it Sundays at noon throughout December. Tickets at

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas CarolNov. 29–Dec. 24. A holiday classic, A Christmas Carol is presented by the Hedgerow Theatre, featuring music, ghosts, comedy and heartfelt performances. Tickets at

A Christmas CarolDec. 4–29. Try a new twist on this holiday tradition and see five actors bring to life some of Dickens’ most beloved characters, using nothing more than props, physicality and the power of imagination. Tickets at

Peabody Opera Theatre Children’s Opera—The Hiding TreeDec. 7. Travel to the islands of Micronesia for the presentation of an ancient folktale. Two sisters work together and use the power of love to battle a monster intent on destroying their island home. Tickets at

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