Monday, December 23 2019 11:00

Events Blog—Dec. 26–Jan. 8

Written by Mercedes Thomas

Juried art shows, galas, musical acts, animal education and New Year’s Eve celebrations—this week has fun to fill your calendar.

For more great Chester County area events, go to the Events Page on this website.


Through Jan. 26—Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital Art Ability Exhibit & Sale

Dec. 30–Jan. 3—Winterbreak Holiday Habitats at Brandywine Zoo

Dec. 31—Puttin’ On The Glitz—New Year’s Eve Gala

Dec. 31—Kennett Square Mushroom Drop

Jan. 4—Magical Mystery Doors at The Venue at Valley Forge Casino Resort


Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital Art Ability Exhibit & Sale—Through Jan. 26

This juried art show presents highly professional artwork in painting, photography, sculpture, glass, jewelry and more. The exhibit comes from the Art Ability program at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, educating the community about the remarkable abilities of people with disabilities. All artwork is by artists with physical, cognitive, hearing and visual impairments.

Free, but bring your wallet in case a piece of art catches your eye! Benefits Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital patient and community programs. More at

414 Paoli Pk., Malvern. Online hour-long guided tour of the exhibit.


Winterbreak Holiday Habitats at Brandywine Zoo—Dec. 30–Jan. 3

Go wild during the holidays at the Brandywine Zoo! The kiddos will love learning more about wild habitats and how animals survive during the winter. Each day will focus on a different type of habitat.

Enjoy fun crafts, games and tours of the zoo. A great way to keep the kids active and engaged, even during the winter break. Daily fee, $40–$50; weekly fee, $190–$240. More at

1001 N. Park Dr., Wilmington. 9 to 3:30.


Puttin’ On The Glitz—New Year’s Eve Gala—Dec. 31

Ring in the New Year at this fun-filled gala to support the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center at West Chester’s “Party of the Year.” With the theme “Puttin’ On The Glitz!”, it’s a party with a purpose, supporting Uptown as a home for live performance, film, education and the life of our community.

Hear the First Ladies of Rock & Soul perform, join in the auction and raffle, and try delicious fare from John Serock Catering—carved prime filet of beef with horseradish aioli, eggplant rollantini and more. Tickets $150. More at

226 N. High St., West Chester. 6:30 p.m.


Midnight in the Square—Kennett Square Mushroom Drop—Dec. 31

What’s more fun than ringing in the New Year by watching a lighted mushroom hoisted into the sky? Kennett Square is happy to have its 7th annual Mushroom Drop right in the heart of the town, above State and Union Streets. Enjoy a laser light show, live entertainment, kids’ activities and food vendors.

Select Kennett Square restaurants and shops will be open until 12:30 a.m. for Midnight in the Square—be sure to make your dinner reservations soon. Free. More at

115 S. Union St., Kennett Square. Celebration kicks off at 6 p.m.; mushroom raising at 8:45 p.m.


Magical Mystery Doors at The Venue at Valley Forge Casino Resort—Jan. 4

Throw back to the ‘60s and ‘70s with Magical Mystery Doors, a tribute act that blends and layers the music of The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and The Doors. These three iconic groups have become a part of our history, and Magical Mystery Doors takes their music and creates something new and unique for music fans everywhere.

Hear timeless tunes from each of these bands over the course of the evening—and don’t be afraid to sing along! Tickets $25–$30. More at

1160 1st Ave., King of Prussia. 8 p.m.

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