It’s the final weekend before Christmas, and Hanukkah begins on Sunday night! So you KNOW there’s fun to be had in Montgomery County. Here are our picks for events you’ll want to check out. For more, you can visit our complete 2019 Holiday Guide and our Event Calendar. If you still need to visit The Big Guy, take a look at our list of Where to See Santa in Montco. And for a list of Montgomery County events celebrating the Festival of Lights this week, click here.
Mikey the Elf and the Case of the Missing Mistletoe
When: Tickets still available for select shows! Friday, December 20 at 5 p.m., Sunday, December 22 at 11 a.m.
Where: Act II Playhouse, 46 E. Butler Ave., Ambler
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! An Annual Holiday Treat for Kids 4 and up! Purchase tickets here.
When: Friday, 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!
Holiday Tours at Historic Pennypacker Mills
When: Friday, December 20 and Saturday, December 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, December 21 from 1 to 4 p.m
Where: 5 Haldeman Road Schwenksville
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. All ages; suggested donation $2 per person.
Christmas at Colonial Gardens: Nights of Winter Lights
When: Friday, December 20 through Sunday, December 22 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.
Melrose B’nai Israel Emanu Presents “The Bowl Games”
When: Saturday, December 21 at 9:15 a.m.
Where: 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park
Join Melrose B’nai Israel Emanu in the third annual Hanukkah Bowl. Challenge your Hanukkah/Jewish literacy. This family-friendly event will feature lots of Hanukkah fun and unusual, interesting prizes!
King of Prussia Town Center Winterfest
When: Saturday, December 21 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. This Saturday’s activities include horse and carriage rides, arts and crafts by The Painted House, and music by DJ Soundscapes, The Elegance Quartet and St. Patrick’s School Advanced Choir. You can also meet Santa and Elf!
Menorah Building Workshop at Home Depot
When: Sunday, December 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: 751 Horsham Road, Lansdale
Build your own menorah! Children will receive a free worker’s apron, menorah pin and certificate. There will also be refreshments. Get more information here.
jkidphilly Congregational Parent Ambassador Program: Chanukah Extravaganza
When: Sunday, December 22 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Main Line Reform Temple, 410 Montgomery Avenue, Wynnewood
Celebrate the first night of Chanukah with a fun-filled afternoon of games, crafts, lighting the menorah and decorating mini doughnuts. Click here for more information and to register.
Chanukah at Montgomery Mall
When: Sunday, December 22 at 4:30 p.m.
Where: 230 Montgomery Mall, North Wales
Enjoy fun, arts and crafts, and a surprise menorah! The Chabad Youth Choir will also be performing.
When: Sunday, December 22 at 6 p.m.
Where: 201 W. Main St., Lansdale
Join festival goers for the first night of Hanukkah and the lighting of the Menorah. The celebration will take place at the Railroad Plaza Park, adjacent to the SEPTA train station. The Horns of Hanukkah, an all French horn ensemble, will perform.