Temperatures are dropping, the houses are being decorated, and it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Montgomery County! Join in on the holiday fun by attending events to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year! Light shows, outdoor activities, cozy indoor events, and more are all in the lineup for this year’s Holiday season.

Get into the spirit of the season and check out all of the Montgomery County holiday happenings:

Tree Lightings and Parades
Holiday Tours & Open Houses
Holiday Shows
Kids Events
Pet Events

Looking specifically for Spots to Visit Santa? Read all about those here.

And for unique #shoplocal gift ideas, visit our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide.

Tree Lightings and Parades

Ambler Holiday Tree Lighting

When: Friday, November 29 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: 131 Rosemary Avenue, Ambler

Join the community in the annual tree lighting on the front lawn at First Presbyterian Church of Ambler. The Wissahickon Middle School choir will be there to sing holiday tunes.

Skippack Village Lighting of the Christmas Tree

When: Friday, November 29 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Floral and Hardy Complex, 4007 Skippack Pike, Skippack

The Village will be aglow with candlelight as it is also the first Illuminaire Night. Luminaries line the sidewalks outside the stores and restaurants to light the way for shoppers and diners and to warmly welcome the start of the holiday season. Tree lighting festivities begin at 6pm in the Floral and Hardy Complex. Don’t miss this annual tradition in Skippack Village!

Royersford Annual Holiday Tree Lighting

When: Friday, November 29 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Main Street, Royersford

You don’t want to miss this year’s annual tree lighting! Starting at 6 p.m., head to the municipal lot (where the borough clock is located) for refreshments, crafts and a holiday selfie station. Make some reindeer food and write a letter to Santa to drop in the Santa Mailbox. Be sure to include your address because he writes back!

The Tree Lighting Planning Committee is excited to announce that Philly’s own Thanksgiving Day Parade Santa (America’s Favorite Santa!) will arrive at 7 p.m. for photos. Bring your camera!

Plymouth Meeting Holiday Tree Lighting

When: Wednesday, December 4 at 6 p.m.
Where: Greater Plymouth Community Center, 2910 Jolly Road, Plymouth Meeting

This event will kick off at 6 p.m. at the Service and Devotion Monument located at the corner of Walton Road and Germantown Pike. The evenign will feature a mini concert and complimentary hot chocolate and cookies. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance so bring your camera!

Annual Phoenixville Holiday Parade & Tree Lighting

When: Friday, December 6 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Main and Bridge Street, Phoenixville

With a Winter Shopping Market in the Main and Bridge Street parking lot from 5-9 p.m., the parade at 7 p.m., and the annual tree lighting ceremony right after the parade (around 8 p.m.), it is bound to be a night full of memories and activities for the whole family!

Upper Merion Township Holiday Village and Tree Lighting

When: Saturday, December 7 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Upper Merion Township Building, 175 W. Valley Forge Road, King of Prussia

Enjoy an afternoon of festive fun! There will be food, vendors, face painting, balloon animals, live entertainment and more!

Holiday Tours & Open Houses:

Pennypacker Mills. (Photo from Facebook.)

Holiday Tours at Historic Pennypacker Mills

When: November 26 – January 5, Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sun: 1 to 4 p.m. Closed Mondays & Holidays
Where: 5 Haldeman Road Schwenksville, PA 19473

Take a tour through historic Pennypacker Mills for an unforgettable Victorian Christmas experience! Using vintage inspired ornaments, the Christmas traditions of the early 1900’s, and how the Pennypackers spent their holiday, the site creates a magical experience for visitors. All tours include a stop at the Museum Shop, which is stocked with unique Victorian inspired ornaments, gift items, books, children’s toys, and holiday sweets. Groups of 10 or more should contact the site to arrange for a group reservation. Closed Mondays & County holidays.
Cost: All ages; suggested donation $2 per person.

Twelfth Night Tours

When: Friday, November 29 – Sunday, January 5 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Pottsgrove Manor, 100 W. King St. Pottstown, PA 19464

The whole family can enjoy learning about how the colonists celebrated the yuletide season through the lively merriment of Twelfth Night. Uncover the origins of many holiday traditions alongside some forgotten favorites on guided tours of Pottsgrove Manor. The entire house will be transformed for the season, sharing the stories of both the endless preparations done by the household staff and the celebrations that the Potts family would have enjoyed. All ages.

Cost: Suggested donation $2 per person.

Christmas Tours in Bryn Athyn Historical District

When:Various Dates November-December
Where: 1005 Cathedral Rd, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006

Guided Christmas in the Castle tours available Friday, November 29 through Sunday, January 5. Reservations strongly suggested. Tour size is limited. To avoid disappointment, please call ahead or visit our website to reserve space on the guided tour. Some dates may not be available due to demand, private events, or weather; call 267.502.2990 or visit glencairnmuseum.org for reservations. Closed December 9, 10, 24, and 25.

Self-guided tours of World Nativities exhibition available daily 12:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Admission for Christmas in the Castle Tour $12.00 for adults, $10.00 for seniors and students, free for children 3 and under. Access to exhibition included with tour admission.

Admission to World Nativities exhibition is $5.00 per person suggested donation.

Candlelit Tour at Morgan Log House

When: Saturday, December 7 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: 850 Weikel Rd, Kulpsville, PA 19443

Built in the early 1700s, the Morgan Log House is one of the oldest surviving homes in Montgomery County. Visitors have a unique opportunity to learn what winter was like for those in the Morgan Log House and explore the home by candlelight on December 7 while the home is decorated in its finest 18th Century holiday greenery.

Holiday Tours at Historic Hope Lodge

When: Saturday December 14, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: 553 S. Bethlehem Pike, Fort Washington, PA 19034

The mansion will be decorated for the holiday season! Join us for a short film and guided tours of the mansion at 11:30 am, 1:00 pm & 2:30 pm. Cookies and hot chocolate included in admission price.

Cost: $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors (age 65+) and for youth age 6-17, children under 5 are free and Friends members are free. Cash or check only.

Pennypacker Mills (Photo from Facebook)

Victorian Christmas Open House

When: Saturday, December 14 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Pennypacker Mills, 5 Haldeman Road Schwenksville, PA 19473

The mansion comes alive with living historians, Santa himself & a bell choir performing on the porch. Discover holiday traditions that have stood the test of time. See how the Pennypacker family celebrated Christmas and a clear toy candy demonstration in the kitchen. The Museum Shop is stocked with unique, vintage ornaments, gift items, sweets, and toys. Refreshments served.

Cost: All ages; free, suggested donation $2 per person.

Holiday Events:

Illuminaire Nights

When: Every Friday, November 29 – December 20; Every Wednesday, December 4 – December 20 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Route 73 (Skippack Pike) between Rts. 113 & 363

These magical evenings find the Village of Skippack aglow with the warm light of candles, hospitality and the sounds of the season. Luminaries line the sidewalks outside the stores and restaurants to light the way for shoppers and diners and to warmly welcome the start of the holiday season.  Many of the shops and restaurants throughout the Village will be offering special treats and refreshment, activities, in store sales and other surprises for shoppers.  The vibe is festive and there are great gifts for the choosing so stop by and make a night of it!

Christmas at Colonial (Photo from Facebook)

Christmas at Colonial Gardens: Nights of Winter Lights

When: Saturday, November 30 through December 29 on Friday through Sunday, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where: 745 Schuylkill Road, Phoenixville

Colonial Gardens Gift & Floral Shop is a beautiful spot to get into the holiday spirit. Admission includes unlimited walk-through of thousands of brilliant, beautiful dancing lights and familiar characters through the Gardens, a cup of hot chocolate or a candy cane, and ornament decorating for kids. Santa will be there for photos from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each night. Tickets can be purchased at the store during the event and cost $10 for adults, $8 for kids ages 3 through 11, and kids 2 and under are free.

(Narberth Dickens Village, photo from Facebook.)

Narberth Dickens Festival

When: Sunday, December 8 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: 101 Forrest Ave, Narberth, PA 19072

​The Narberth Dickens Festival is a free family event held each December on the streets of downtown Narberth.  It draws thousands to this little borough every year, and it has become the fastest-growing holiday festival in the Philadelphia area.  In this Dickens-themed event, the town of Narberth is transformed into 1840’s London, as Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and all the characters from A Christmas Carol roam the streets for an afternoon. There is entertainment and activities for all ages, including horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday crafts, carolers, period vendors and food, dancers, musicians, ballet performances, puppet shows, magicians, puppeteers, ice sculptors, a free Dickens-themed scavenger hunt for children, and much more. Put on your top hat and join the fun!

Holiday Luminaria

When: Wednesday, December 11 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Lock 60 at Schuylkill Canal Park, 100 Bridge St., Phoenixville, PA 19460

Step back in time to a Dickens’ holiday scene, as you enter the beautifully decorated Locktender’s house and sing along with the joyful music played by local musician(s). Partake in holiday treats and hot cider and join in with the Schuylkill Canal Association and toast each other with best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season.

Cost: A donation of $1 or more will be gladly accepted.

Cairnwood By Candlelight at Cairnwood Estate

When: Thursday, December 12 at 7 p.m.
Where: 1005 Cathedral Rd, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006

Explore historic Cairnwood at its most sparkling time of year. Kick off the holiday season with yuletide desserts and refreshments served in candlelight, festive Christmas trees and décor throughout, and a special exhibition, Three Generations of Cairnwood Fashions.

Cost: $25 per person, Cairnwood members half price. Limited tickets available, call 215-947-2004 for reservations.

Holiday Shows:

It’s a Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play

When: December 6 – December 15
Where: DCP Theatre, 795 Ridge Road, Telford, PA 18969

Back to the DCP Stage by popular demand! This heart-warming holiday classic follows George Bailey, who hopes to travel from his hometown, Bedford Falls, and lasso the moon for the lovely Mary Hatch. When George’s plans continue to fail and life’s hardships seem worse than ever, an angel named Clarence comes down to earth to show him that he really does have a “wonderful life”.  Enjoy this story along with your favorite holiday songs and 1940’s commercials.
Cost: Prices Vary

Christmas Sing Concert at Glencairn Museum

When: Tuesday, December 10 at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:15 p.m.)
Where: 1005 Cathedral Rd, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006

Join us for this year’s “Glencairn Sing,” an annual concert which was first held in the Great Hall in 1937. The Museum proudly continues the Pitcairn’s tradition with a program that features  the “Glencairn Horns,” comprised of current and former members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. The concert will also include Glencairn’s Ensemble in Residence, Les Canards Chantants, soloists, audience caroling, and readings from the Christmas story.

Cost: $15 per person | Free for Museum members. Reserved seating for Gold and Patron Museum members only. Advance tickets and reservations available until 12:00 pm on Monday, December 9, by calling 267.502.2990 or emailing [email protected]

Christmas Pageant at Bryn Athyn Cathedral

When: Sunday, December 15 at 3:30 p.m., 5:15 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.
Where: 1005 Cathedral Rd, Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006

Start your Christmas season celebrations with this depiction of the Christmas story, portrayed by actors in costume.  A favorite feature of this popular Pageant is the invitation for attendees to walk through a choir of singing shepherds and angels to visit the manger scene. Live animals on the grounds can be visited between the services.

Mikey the Elf and the Case of the Missing Mistletoe

When: December 17 – December 31
Where: Act II Playhouse, 46 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, PA 19002

Toyland’s magical mistletoe has been stolen, and a new detective elf is on the case! A crazy robot, zany new inventions, and a daffy penguin are just some of what Mikey will face when Mrs. Claus calls him to the North Pole. But Mikey will need your help to find the mistletoe and save Christmas! Our Annual Holiday Treat for Kids 4 and up!

Cost: Prices Vary

Kids Events:

Colebrookdale Railroad. (Photo from Facebook.)

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Train

When: November 16 – December 23, Times Vary
Where: Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust, 64 South Washington St, Boyertown, PA 19512

These special evening trains bring the storybook magic of the season to life. Visitors are encouraged to wear their pajamas and sip complimentary hot cocoa as ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas is read. Enjoy Christmas music and the comfort of Edwardian-era cars, look for lights as the Secret Valley rolls past your window. Rumor has it, Santa himself may appear with a gift for every child. Opt to have your photo taken with Santa and it will be printed for you on-board! Approx. 2 hour trip.

Cost: Prices vary

Santa’s Polar Bear Express

When: November 17- December 23, Times Vary
Where: Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust, 43 Chestnut Street. Boyertown, PA 19512

Join Santa on a magical adventure into Christmas past on one of the most beautiful train journeys in the United States. Sip complimentary hot cocoa or enjoy Christmas cookies and, on some trains, sing favorite carols as the Secret Valley passes by your window. Santa brings a gift for every child, and every child has an opportunity to give their Christmas letter to him (they even provide the crayons!) The Victorian charm of the heated coaches makes Christmas memories to last a lifetime. Approx. 2 hour trip.

Cost: Prices vary

Wild Lights!

When: November 22 – January 5, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: Elmwood Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown, PA 19401

Celebrate the holiday season with the return of Wild Lights to Elmwood Park Zoo! We’re flipping the switch on millions of lights that will shine throughout the zoo’s entire 16 acres.

Take a stroll through Snowflake Central and be dazzled by Rainbow Runway. Catch our giant video show in the giraffe yard, and marvel at the custom decorations in the Wonder Way Christmas Tree exhibit. And of course, be sure to visit Santa’s Workshop for photos with the big man himself. Each night of Wild Lights will feature live entertainment, including unique animal encounters, performances, character appearances, holiday music, and more.

Cost: Prices Vary

King of Prussia Town Center Winterfest

When: Saturdays, starting November 30 from noon to 5 p.m.
Where: King of Prussia Town Center, 200 Main Street

Winterfest returns to the King of Prussia Town Center with four Saturdays of free family fun – complete with tastings, holiday activations, live entertainment, special guest appearances from our favorite holiday characters and more.

Mrs. Claus at Floral & Hardy’s of Skippack. (Photo from Facebook.)

Mrs. Claus Comes to Town

When: Sunday, December 1 from 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Where: Floral & Hardy, 4007 Skippack Pike, Skippack, PA 19474

Bring the kids to our 2nd annual visit with Mrs. Claus at Floral & Hardy. Mrs. Claus weaves storytelling, a little Christmas magic, a craft and song into a memorable and fun Christmas experience!  She’ll also be serving Santa’s favorite cookies!!  Ages 3 and up. Registration Required

Cost: $15 per child

Holiday Tradition Sensory Friendly Nutcracker

When: Saturday, December 7 11 a.m.
Where: Science Theatre Center, 340 Dekalb Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422

The Lively Arts Series present a special performance of the Nutcracker specifically designed to our sensory friendly audience. A pre-show talk with the audience and interaction with the performers. Philadelphia Dance Theatre presents the holiday favorite The Nutcracker performance. Highlights include the magical Kingdom of the Sweets scene, set to the nostalgic score by Pytor Illyich Tchaikovsky.

Cost: Ticket Prices Vary

Santa at the Ambler Train Station (Photo from Facebook)

Santa Arrives by Train

When: December 12, 7 p.m.
Where: Ambler Train Station, 35 West Butler, Ambler, PA 19002

Join us to welcome Santa by train and then take a walk to the new Borough Hall for milk and cookies while Santa and Mrs. Claus read a story to all the boys and girls.  We hear old Saint Nick will be bringing some special treats!

Holiday Lights

When: Friday, December 13 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Upper Gwynedd Township Parks and Recreation, 1 Parkside Place, North Wales

Come out to the Township Building for face painting, a gingerbread contest and more. At the Pavilion, there will be horse & carriage rides, games, crafts, food and drinks, and a photo area. Please bring a donation for Toys for Tots.

Reindeer Guide for Kids

When: Tuesday, December 17 at 1 p.m.
Where: Norristown Farm Park, 2500 Upper Farm Road, Norristown, PA 19403

Do you know the difference between reindeer, caribou, elk, and our local white-tailed deer? Find out about reindeer and other animals of the far north. Hear a seasonal story, play reindeer games, and make a reindeer craft. Pre-registration is required; meet in the Salt Wing.

Ages: 3 & up with an adult

Cost: $5 per child

Winter Solstice Norristown Farm Park

When: Sunday, December 15 at 2 p.m.
Where: 2500 Upper Farm Road, Norristown, PA 19403

Soon we will experience the shortest day of the year. Learn about the winter solstice and some of the traditions of other cultures surrounding this special time of the year. Some people celebrate a twelve-day holiday called the Yule. Many modern traditions, such as the Christmas tree, the Christmas wreath, and the Yule log were derived from winter solstice customs. The celebration of the day was interpreted as a reawakening of nature. Children will hear a seasonal story and make a winter solstice craft. Pre-registration is required; meet in the Salt Wing. All ages.

Cost: $5 craft fee for children only

 

Pet Events:

Mrs. Claus with Dogs

When: Sunday, December 1 at 2 p.m.
Where: Floral & Hardy, 4007 Skippack Pike, Skippack, PA 19474

Bring your pooch to Floral & Hardy for a free smooch with Mrs. Claus! Take a memorable picture of Mrs. Claus with your dog and have them enjoy a treat. All well behaved dogs get a coupon for shopping while they visit (one per person). Don’t miss this fun holiday event for our canine friends! Note: this event will be held outside in our tent area so have your dog dress appropriately for the weather. 

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