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Top 10 Family Events This Weekend Around Philly and the Main Line

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1. Cricket Cringle

December 2, 5 — 9 pm
December 3, 10 am — 6 pm
Cricket Avenue, Downtown Ardmore

Transport yourself to a European-inspired open air market this weekend in downtown Ardmore. Meet, shop, eat, and mingle at this year’s Cricket Cringle! There will be shopping, babysitting on site, food trucks galore, carolers, dancers, and much more excitement happening this Friday night and Saturday afternoon. This event is free and open to the public.

2. Lehigh Valley Zoo Winter Light Spectacular

December 2, 3, and 4, 5:30 — 10 pm
Lehigh Valley Zoo, 5150 Game Preserve Road, Schnecksville

Walk through spectacular lights that will make you feel like you’re walking through a winter wonderland — except you actually will be. This wonderland will be equipped with the technological advances of the age, with light tunnels, fire pits, treat stations, and more! Plus, Elsa will be there this weekend at 7 and 8:15 pm on the Elsa Ice stage to entertain Frozen fans! Weekend ticket prices are $14 for adults and $9 for children aged 2 — 11. (Zoo members pay $5 for adults and $4 for children ages 2 — 11.)

3. Bryn Mawr Film Institute Family Movies: ‘Pan’

December 3, 11 am (the film runs for 1 hour and 51 minutes)
The Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr

It’s Peter Pan like you’ve never seen him before. Kids always grow up so fast, but this orphan boy never grew up and transformed into a hero. Tickets are required for this event and they are $5 for adults and $4 for kids — a bargain for a movie!

4. Peddler’s Village Christmas Festival

December 3 and 4, 10 am — 6 pm
Peddler’s Village, Routes 202 & 263, Lahaska

Peddler’s Village is a wonderland this holiday season, and you’re invited to their Christmas Festival this weekend. Stop over at the gingerbread house competition, take pictures surrounded by the Victorian-Style decorations, and enjoy the live entertainment. This event is free and open to the public.

5. Clear Toy Candy Making Demonstration

December 3, 11:30 am — 1 pm
Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia

If you’re in the mood for a sweet treat you can learn to make on your own, join Sweet as Fudge Candy Shop for their candy making demo this Saturday at the Reading Terminal Market. This event is free and open to the public. 

6. Caroling Hayrides

December 3, 5 pm and 6:30 pm
Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road, Media

You know and love the Linvilla hayrides in the early fall; try a lovely holiday version with caroling hayrides, starting this weekend! Hear lovely Christmas carols around a campfire while snacking on roasted marshmallows and sipping warm cider. Hayrides cost $5 per person.

7. Ambler’s Holiday Parade

December 3, 1 pm
Butler Avenue, Ambler

Ah, a holiday parade. The staple of the season and always a fun time with the family! Join Ambler for their annual holiday parade down Butler Avenue with boats, floats, and mummers! And if grown men in costumes doesn’t do it for you, Santa will be there too! This event is free and open to the public.

8. Narberth Dickens Festival

December 4, Noon — 4 pm
Downtown Narberth

See Narberth’s already adorable downtown transformed into 1840s London for one afternoon. This popular festival is celebrating its 10th year, and there’s a full slate of activities. Start with a morning screening of A Muppet Christmas Carol, then stick around for food, caroling, ice sculpting, carriage rides, and more. There’s even a Scrooge-themed scavenger hunt.

9. Skate with Santa

December 3 and 4, 1 — 5 pm
Blue Cross RiverRink, 121 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

So you want a photo with Santa? Bah humbug! Why do that when you can spend the afternoon with Santa on the ice? That’s right: this weekend Santa will be at the Blue Cross RiverRink to take to the ice with your family. He’ll also be around the big #visitphilly chair for photo ops. Tickets are available online or onsite, starting at $3 for admission and $13 for admission and skate rental.

10. Historic Houses of Fairmount Park Family Day

December 4, 10 am — 4 pm
Various locations

See Fairmount Park’s beautiful historic mansions, all decked out for the holidays. Each house will feature special activities for kids and parents all day long, from storytelling at Strawberry Mansion to decoration making at Mount Pleasant. Kids under 12 are free; otherwise, it’s $8 per house, or you can buy a day pass and see all six houses for $35.


Photograph of the Narberth Dickens Festival courtesy of Donald D. Groff. 



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