West Chester Glows with Thousands of Lights
Christmas Parade and Holiday Weekends in West Chester
When neighbors from across the area returned for West Chester’s Hometown Christmas Parade last year, kicking off a month of festivities during “Chester County Hospital Lights Up Holiday Weekends in West Chester,” it was like Christmas came early — and it did.
“There was so much anticipation, it really did feel like we were all kids again on Christmas Eve. From children to adults, everyone was giddy to be together, and this year’s festivities will inspire even more families to capture the true holiday spirit,” said Katie Walker, President of the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber has been working on organizing this year’s parade and festivities since last winter.
Want to extend that Christmas Eve feeling? Then head to West Chester every weekend from Thanksgiving through New Year’s for more lights and sparkling decorations than ever. You’ll also find the Making Spirits Bright Holiday Music Series, a Gingerbread House Competition, Christkindlmarkt, free photos with Santa and more.
The West Chester Tree Lighting is December 1st at 6:30 p.m. with performances on the lawn of the Historic Courthouse, alongside the stunning 25-foot-tall decorated tree. Then at 7 p.m., West Chester’s Hometown Christmas Parade begins with dozens of marching bands, cheer squads and dance teams, culminating with Santa on his custom-made float. 6abc meteorologist Adam Joseph returns as emcee, joined by WMMR radio host Kathy Romano of The Preston & Steve Show.
This year’s festivities are supported by more than 50 area sponsors. “We’re thrilled to be the title sponsor for a third year in a row and plan to continue to support our community and local businesses for years to come,” said Michael J. Duncan, President & CEO, Chester County Hospital. “We look forward to celebrating the holiday season with our friends, families and neighbors, as we welcome visitors to beautiful downtown West Chester.”
Light up your holidays with a visit to West Chester this season.
Celebrate in West Chester
Nov. 24–Jan. 2: Chester County Hospital Lights Up Holiday Weekends in West Chester — Six weekends of holiday festivities with thousands of twinkling lights, the Making Spirits Bright Holiday Music Series, Gingerbread House Competition, Christkindlmarkt, free photos with Santa and more.
Dec. 1: Tree Lighting at 6:30 p.m.; West Chester Christmas Parade at 7 p.m.
Details at GWCC.org.
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