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Local Holiday Events
Posted 2013-12-13 by Rachel Trainer in Community

Snow is on the ground, Christmas lights are up, and holiday cards are starting to arrive – it feels every bit like the Christmas season. Whether you are already in full-on elf mode or you’re feeling a bit grinchy this year, here are some local events to put you in the Christmas spirit.

Family Fun

Carriage Rides and Santa on High Street
December 14 & 21, 2-7pm
Santa, Mrs. Clause and the elves are taking over Pottstown. Take a picture with Santa, listen to story time with the Elves, and even have tea with Mrs. Clause. No need to walk, ride in style with a carriage ride down High Street.  If you need some private time to shop, free babysitting will be provided.

Pottsgrove Manor – Twelfth Night Tours
Through January 12, 2014
On this tour of the Yuletide-decorated Pottsgrove Manor, you will learn about the traditional English customs of Twelfth Night.

Longwood Gardens
Through January 12, 2014
A popular attraction year-round, Longwood Gardens takes Christmas to the next level. In addition to their themed trees and lights display, they host Christmas musical performances and organ sing-a-longs.

Performances

JOY, HOPE CHRISTMAS, New Hanover UMC
Saturday, December 14, 5 PM
Sunday, December 15, 9 & 10:45 AM, 3 PM
From traditional a cappella carols to a smartphone-fueled light show, this program has something for everyone. Complete with a full orchestra and choir, along with a special appearance by the Boyertown Area Senior High School Drumline, you won’t want to miss this eclectic Christmas program.

Steelriver Playhouse, Shrek, The Musical
December 5-22
Though it’s not a Christmas musical, this is a show for both adults and children. Before the show, take a walk down High Street and enjoy the decorations.

High School Music Programs
Support local music education initiatives while getting in the Christmas spirit.

Boyertown Area Senior High Chorus Concert – December 18,7 PM, BASH Auditorium
Pottsgrove High School Instrumental Concert – December 17, 7:30 PM, Pottsgrove High School
Pottsgrove High School Choral Holiday Concert – December 19, 7:30 PM, Pottsgrove High School

Shopping

The Philadelphia Independent Craft Market’s 7th Annual Holiday Show
Saturday, December 21, 12-7pm
Local vendors display everything from antiques to beauty products. Do some last minute shopping while sipping on free beer from Philadelphia Brewing Company.

Peddler’s Village
Stay jolly by shopping in 65 specialty shops, all decorated for the season. Kids will enjoy visiting Santa and the Gingerbread House Display. If you stay for dinner on a Friday or Saturday, enjoy a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater at Peddler’s Pub.

Philadelphia Christmas Village
Thanksgiving – New Year’s Day
There’s nothing like Philadelphia during the holidays. Visit Christmas Village in Love Park for an international shopping experience. Enjoy the tastes and smells of warm waffles, gingerbread, and mulled wine. While in Center City, stop by Macy’s in the Wanamaker Building for the holiday lights show.