Monday, November 28 2022 11:13

West Chester Christmas Parade Returns!

Written by Kristen Stewart
Photo by Gary Altoonian Photography

In a year when connecting with loved ones and sharing memorable experiences top the holiday wish list, the return of the beloved West Chester Christmas Parade comes at the perfect time.

“This treasured tradition began as a volunteer-driven effort by the residents and businesses of West Chester back in 1980, and this year’s parade really brings back that flavor by celebrating its hometown roots,” said Katie Walker, President of the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce.

The parade is a major highlight of “Chester County Hospital Lights Up Holiday Weekends in West Chester” — six weekends full of holiday festivities and thousands of twinkling lights that transform the streets of West Chester into a winter wonderland. From Thanksgiving through New Year’s, pack up the family to enjoy time with Santa, free outdoor holiday concerts, carolers, a gingerbread house competition and more. Plus, Mom and Dad can pop into West Chester’s one-of-a-kind shops to find gifts you won’t discover anywhere else.

Photo by Gary Altoonian Photography

The experience starts and ends with holiday treats at West Chester’s award-winning restaurants, which range from family casual to culinary sophistication.

“It really is a hometown holiday experience you won’t find anywhere else, and we’re thrilled to support it once again for our community,” said Michael J. Duncan, President & CEO of Chester County Hospital.

Photo by Revelations Video

Parade lovers can expect 60 live parade elements with hundreds of performers on a one-mile loop through West Chester’s historic district along Market and Gay Streets. 6abc’s Adam Joseph emcees as dazzling floats are unveiled and all eyes are on nationally acclaimed local groups. See hometown favorites including antique cars, a selection of national performers, and regional and high school marching bands.

The excitement culminates with Santa’s arrival on a unique display. The parade will be held on Friday, December 2 at 7 p.m., following the annual tree lighting by the Historic Chester County Courthouse at 6:30 p.m. Volunteers get a front-row seat for the action. Sign up at


Celebrate the Holidays

Nov. 26–Jan. 2, 6 weekends of holiday festivities with thousands of twinkling lights during Chester County Hospital Lights Up Holiday Weekends in West Chester

Dec. 2, 6:30 p.m., Tree Lighting; 7 p.m., West Chester Christmas Parade

Presented by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce. Details and parade map,