It’s the last weekend before Christmas! And while many businesses have had to close and events have been cancelled, there ARE still ways to have some festive fun. Here are our picks for things to do this weekend. And remember to take a look at our 2020 Monto Happening Holiday Guide for even more!

Christmas at Colonial Gardens

When: December 18, 19, 20, 23, 26, & 27; 5:30-8:30pm; $10 per person ages 12 and older; $8 per child ages 3-11; 2 and younger are FREE.
Where: Colonial Gardens, 745 Schuylkill Road, Phoenixville

Celebrate the season in a festive, outdoor experience at Colonial Gardens! Included with admission is free hot chocolate, a make-your-own ornament, meet & greet with Santa, as well as a free candy cane! Also be sure to check out the gift shop for holiday décor, fresh-cut trees, wreaths, greens and poinsettias! Find out more HERE.

Wild Lights at Elmwood Park Zoo

When: Friday, December 18 – Sunday, December 20
Where: Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Boulevard, Norristown

Get ready to delight in animals, glistening lights and even Santa, himself, as Wild Lights, a holiday exhibition, returns to Elmwood Park Zoo! Enjoy new light attractions, even more animals on exhibit than before, stroll through “Oh Christmas Tree,” and be amazed by the glistening trees. Even stroll the Trail of the Jumping Jaguar, where jaguars will make your acquaintance! Enjoy live music as you take in the lights and sights, plus the chance to see Santa! Timed tickets are required.

Santa’s Polar Bear Express

When: Saturday and Sunday, December 19 and 20
Where: Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust, 64 S. Washington Street, Boyertown

Hop aboard a magical adventure train ride decked out to nines! Hop aboard and enjoy scenic sights through frosted windows. All Polar Bear Express trains will provide gifts for every child and the opportunity for children to even compose their own letters to Santa!

Book in advance online to secure your space. Prices vary according to seating and age, refer to the online fare chart for more details and specifics

A Longwood Christmas

When: Now though January 10, 2021; Gardens open daily, 10am-11pm; timed admissions tickets are required.
Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

Light up the holiday season amid festive twinkling trees and plant palettes in shades of winter whites, reds and deep evergreens. While the indoor exhibits are closed as of December 10, there’s still plenty to see outside! Take in the famed Garden Railway, a display of 31 locomotives, steam engines, diesel engines, specialty engines and even childhood favorite, Thomas the Tank Engine! Becoming a “tunnel of light,” for the holidays, it is a fun way to add delight to the season.

Enjoy holiday music from Rob Dickenson & The Brandywine Christmas Minstrels while taking in the outdoor displays. Don’t forget to take in the transfixing open-air theatre fountain shows!

Find out more HERE. NOTE: Nights are already sold out for this weekend, but you can visit during the day!

Santa at Lochel’s Bakery

When: Saturday, December 19, 2020, 10am-12pm
Where: Lochel’s Bakery 57 S. York Road, Hatboro, PA

Grab the kids and family and head down to Lochel’s Bakery for both sweet treats and a special visit with Santa, conducted from the window! Children are encouraged to bring along their Christmas lists to drop in Santa’s mailbox in front of the bakery! A helper will even be on hand to hand him any letters children would like him to read at the time.

Unlike other years, to maintain safety and social distancing, Santa will be in front the bakery’s glass windows so children can wave and pose in front of the glass for photos! Bring along your own camera and plan to attend rain or shine, as a tent will be placed out front in the event of rain/inclement weather. Find out more HERE.

Holiday Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum

When: Now through December 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and select nights from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: 100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia

Visitors of all ages will be wowed by a quarter mile of track featuring seven loops and tunnels with fifteen different rail lines and two cable cards, nine bridges, and more! It’s all set in a lovely winter garden with all of the displays and building made of natural materials. Advance tickets are required and can be purchased HERE

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