Weekend Top 5: Dickens, Fireworks & More Holiday Festivities

Check out these great events close to home and around the region this weekend.


Are you looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our top regional events:

1. Dickens Festival

  • When: Saturday, Dec. 8 from Noon - 4 p.m.
  • Where: Downtown Narberth, Corner of Forrest and Haverford Avenues
  • Why Go: Come out for this unique and free family event held each December on the streets of downtown Narberth. In this Dickens-themed event, the town of Narberth is transformed into 1840's London, as Ebeneezer Scrooge and all the characters from A Christmas Carol roam the streets. Enjoy professional musicians, costumed performers, and victorian carolers as well as several activities including, a scavenger hunt, horse and carriage rides, crafts, professional ice sculpting display, free showings of A Muppet Christmas Carol, free Nutcracker dance performances from the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet, tatoos and face paintings, and period-authentic vendors and street food.  This event grows larger every year drawing in thousands who want to go back in time.
  • Cost: Free

2. Malvern's Victorian Christmas

  • When: Friday, December 7 and Saturday, December 8
  • Where: Downtown Malvern, W King St & N Warren Ave, Malvern
  • Why Go: The weekend kicks off with the lighting of the town tree. Santa will be visiting at the pavillion on Friday night from 5:45 – 8 p.m., to hear what is on your Christmas lists. Enjoy hayrides, live music, carolers and more. Throughout Malvern there will be special events and activities for children and families, such as puppet shows, pony rides, craft and ornament making, face painting, and more.
  • Cost: Free

3. SCEE Winterfest

  • When: Sunday, Dec. 9 from 2 - 8 p.m.
  • Where:
  • Why Go: Bring the kids and celebrate the season at this fun family festival.  Enjoy shopping from eco-artist vendors and crafters, DIY craft workshops - including wreath making, nature walks, storytime and more.  The kids will love it when WXPN's Kids Corner joins in on the fun from 2 - 6 p.m. with host Kathy O'Connell bringing the entire Science Thursday line-up including chemist Lisa Chirlian, naturalist Jane Kirkland and SCEE's own Mike Weilbacher.  Stick around for a stargazing workshop from 6 - 8 p.m. in the meadow and visit the campfire to make s'mores! 
  • Cost: Suggested Donation $5

4. Holidays and Fireworks at the Willows

  • When: Sunday, December 9 from 2 – 5 p.m.
  • Where:
  • Why Go: Join Radnor Township to celebrate the holiday season at this wonderful, free, family event! The celebration will feature live entertainment, music, refreshments, and even a visit from Santa himself. The Radnor Girl Scouts will be on hand offering arts and crafts projects for participants to enjoy. To cap it all off, the night will conclude at 5 p.m., with an exciting fireworks display.
  • Cost: Free

5. Christmas at the Farm

  • When: Saturday, Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Where:
  • Why Go: This is the last chance to visit with the Plantation in 2012. Come see the farmhouse decorated for the holidays, enjoy free tea tasting, and have the children make a cloth doll tree ornament and a pine cone bird seed ornament for the yard before visiting with Father Christmas. Then take part in a tradition by wassailing the orchard at 1 and 3 p.m. Other activities include textile, candlemaking, woodworking and long rifle demos. The Plantation store will be having a sale.
  • Cost: $10 adult admission, $8 child admission (age 4 to 12).
MacTavish14 December 07, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Malvern Victorian Christmas also has many indoor things, if rain's not your gig. Events and open houses abound from Knots & Weaves, down to Malvern Federal (for the canned food drive). There's sacks and a setup or model trains at the National Bank of Malvern, and Malvern's Historical Commission will have their books for sale there, too.


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