EVENT DATE : Nov. 29– Dec. 1
Downtown West Chester

Join members of our community for this three-day shopping extravaganza and support the more than 100 independently owned businesses throughout downtown West Chester this holiday season! Shop all day. Free parking at street meters and in metered surface lots. For more information, visit DowntownWestChester.com.

EVENT DATE : November 30, 7:30PM
Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center

For the third year in a row, Better than Bacon Improv teams up with Uptown and Act in Faith for their post-Thanksgiving fundraiser. 

EVENT DATE : December 4, 5:30PM
West Whiteland Township Building

Join Chester County Planning Commissioners to discuss public transportation, active transportation and road improvements. The meeting concludes at 7:30 p.m. 

EVENT DATE : December 6, 7:15PM
New and Market streets

This annual West Chester tradition is hosted by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce and presented by QVC. The parade is a seasonal mix of traditional elements along with local schools, businesses, volunteer fire companies and other service organizations joining marching bands, floats and antique vehicles. For schedules or Jingle Elf Run and Holiday Village details, visit GreaterWestChester.com.

EVENT DATE : December 7, 7:00PM
Oscar Lasko YMCA

This event is open to all community youths 9 to 19 years old until 10 p.m. They will turn on the Y lights and play games, shoot hoops, swim or just chill in the lounges. Teens also can work out in the fitness center. All activities are supervised by trained YMCA staff, and children are assigned to age-appropriate groups.

EVENT DATE : December 7, 7:30PM
Rustin High School Auditorium

The program, as conducted by Kennett Symphony's Michael Hall, features festive favorites, a full chorus and a lively sing-along. It's good for all ages looking to get into the spirit of the season. Adults: $58, $50 in advance; $63, $55 day of concert ($6 order fee, per order) and students up to age 18, $10. 

EVENT DATE : December 7, 8:00PM
Milestone Events

This fundraiser benefits "Wonderfully Me, Inc.," a new girls' empowerment program in Chester County. Mingle, dance and wear the ugliest, oldest or gaudiest Christmas sweater. Tickets are $50 per person; contact wonderfullyme4ever@gmail.com. A portion of the proceeds will support programming for girls 8 to14 years of age to promote their self-worth while nurturing their individuality and encouraging their self-development.

EVENT DATE : 13–29
Resident Theatre Company of Culture Trust

What happens after Happily Ever After, after all? In Sondheim and Lapine’s beloved musical retelling of the Grimm classics, under the guidance of Mark Lamos, a parade of familiar folktale figures find their way “Into the Woods” and try to get home before dark. This show is recommended for those 7 years and older. Performances will be presented through Dec. 29.

EVENT DATE : 13–22
Brandywine Ballet

This will be the group's 40th-anniversary production of The Nutcracker. Performances run from through Dec. 22. Join Clara and her Uncle Drosselmeyer as they battle the Mouse King, travel to a magical land of dancing Snowflakes, and to the Land of Sweets to meet the Sugar Plum Fairy who rewards them with performances by a cast of sweet characters.  

EVENT DATE : December 13, 6:00PM
East Goshen Park Amphitheater

Kick off the holiday season with the East Goshen Tree Lighting Celebration. The event will be complete with caroling, hot cocoa and a special guest appearance by St. Nick himself! The event ends at 7 p.m. with the official lighting. Free

EVENT DATE : December 14, 6:00AM
West Chester Weightlifting

The Third Annual West Chester Winter Classic Weightlifting meet may be extended to two days, based on interest. This will be a traditional USAW sanctioned weightlifting meet. Cash prizes are awarded to the top two lifters in the competition based on ROBI. Athletes younger than 18 years old require a parent signature. Contact director Ryan Marciniszyn with questions.

EVENT DATE : December 14, 7:00AM
East Goshen Township Building

Enjoy New York City dressed up in holiday splendor and relax knowing all the trip details are taken care of! Bus leaves the township building at  7 a.m. and returns by 8 p.m. NYC drop-off and pickup location is Bryant Park, adjacent to the NY Public Library. Fee: $45

EVENT DATE : December 14, 10:00AM
American Helicopter Museum & Education Center

Santa arrives via helicopter ready to hear children's wish lists in a colorful Santa's Workshop. Take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus too. SantaFest features face painting, ornament making and music. Paws for People will be present, too. Cost is $10 per person. Helicopter rides will be available (weather permitting) for an additional cost of $60 per person. Visit AmericanHelicopter.Museum/SantaFest.

EVENT DATE : December 19, 9:30AM
Glen Acres Elementary School

Join a festive musical journey with Santa’s merry band of elves performed by the students and staff of Glen Acres Elementary School. This show is fun for all ages and features holiday song favorites and a meet and greet. Contact Sara Missett, WCASD director of elementary education, at smissett@wcasd.net or 484.266.1070.

EVENT DATE : December 26, 8:30AM
Exton Park Pond (formerly known as Church Farm Pond)

This pond and surrounding wetland has long been a popular birding spot. Join the Friends of Exton Park for their weekly 1 1/2-mile bird walk. Take binoculars. Directions: From intersection of Routes 30/202, drive west along Route 30; turn right on Valley Creek Boulevard.; at end of road, make left on Swedesford Road. Park in the gravel parking lot on left.