A host of holiday events in the region
● By J. Chambless
The free drive-through holiday light display at Herr's in Nottingham continues through Jan. 1.
The holiday spirit is everywhere, so in
between the gift shopping and family get-togethers, here are a few of
the local events taking place in the coming weeks:
Herr Foods, Inc. (20 Herr Drive, Nottingham) is hosting their free display of holiday lights through Jan. 1. The drive-through display is open beginning at dusk, seven days a week. Call 610-932-9330 or visit www.herrs.com.
Stillwaters Presbyterian Church (643 Coatesville Road, Route 841, West Grove) is hosting their sixth annual Living Nativity on Dec. 7 and 8 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Visitors will walk through several outdoor scenes that tell the story of the birth of Jesus, from the announcement of the coming of Christ to the journey to Bethlehem, the proclamation of angels, the Holy Family in the stable, and the visit by the wise men. Actors will portray each role, along with live animals. The event is free, handicapped-accessible and suitable for all ages. Visitors may also stop in the church for free hot chocolate, cookies, and live music provided by choral groups from West Fallowfield Christian School and Wilmington Christian School. For more information, call 610-869-2009 or visit www.stillwatersfamily.com.
Beulah Baptist Church (just north of the intersection of routes 10 and 896) will host its Christmas Drive-Thru Nativity on Dec. 8 and 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. Visitors drive through the village of “Bethlehem,” and experience a re-creation of what it may have been like for the people who were there the night Jesus was born. The actors will be talking to passengers in each vehicle that comes through. The event will also be celebrated in the church lobby, where guests are encouraged to come for refreshments. For more information, call 610-932-9595 or visit www.Christmasatbeulah.com.
West Grove welcomes Santa Claus to town on Dec. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be music by the Avon Grove Charter School Choir followed by a tree lighting at 117 Rosehill Ave., near the library. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by fire truck, and meet children at the West Grove Garage Community and Youth Center (122 Rosehill Ave.). There will be hot chocolate and a food truck for visitors. Avon Grove Library and Casa Guanajuato will provide children's activities.
St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church (116 E. Lancaster Pike, Oxford) hosts a concert of Celtic holiday music by Charlie Zahm on Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the church. Bring nonperishable food item which will be given to food cupboards. Tickets are $15 (children 12 and younger free). For more information and reservations, call 610-869-8076 or visit www.thefriendsfolkclub.com.
Santa arrives on a Longwood Fire Company truck from Dec. 15 to 23, with all trips beginning at 8:30 a.m. The schedule includes:
Saturday, Dec. 15 -- Kennett Township
Sunday, Dec. 16 -- Pocopson Township
Saturday, Dec. 22 -- Pennsbury Township
Sunday, Dec. 23 -- East Marlborough Township
For more information, visit www.longwoodfireco.com.
Santa arrives for breakfast on Dec. 16 at the Red Clay Room of Kenett Fire Company No. 1 (423 Dalmatian St., Kennett Square). There will be two seatings, from 8 to 10 a.m., and 10 a.m. to noon. A photo with Santa is included. The menu includes pancakes, French toast, sausage and bacon. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for ages 3 to 12 (2 and younger free). Call 610-444-4810 for reservations, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Grove United Methodist Church (300 N. Guernsey Rd., West Grove) will present a live Nativity on Dec. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. Visitors will see a stable, complete with Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, shepherds, wise men, and live animals. A bulletin outlining the story of Jesus’ birth found in the gospel of Luke will be shared. Visitors can warm up inside the church with fellowship among friends, home baked goodies, and cups of hot chocolate. For directions and more information, call 610-869-9334 or visit www.westgroveumc.org.
Kennett Square's version of the Times Square ball drop will be held Dec. 31 in the heart of downtown. Midnight in the Square opens with a laser light show at 6 p.m., and at midnight, a lighted mushroom will be raised to mark the new year at State and Union streets. At 6:30 p.m., there will be children's entertainmenty Dan and Galla at the Garage on South Union Street, and Kennett Brewing will be serving food, beer and wine. The “On The Roll” food truck will be serving food and drinks outside. Live entertainment outdoors will include the KMC Dancers, Longwood Performing Arts, the Rose Project, and Fred McCarthy, followed by the Funsters rock band from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Kennett Square restaurants and some shops will be open. Parking is available at Exelon Way off of East Baltimore Pike, and Kennett High School, with free shuttle buses running from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.