Friday, November 26, 2021 – January 1, 2022

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The Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce is reimagining what the holidays mean this year by launching the first-ever Chester County Hospital Lights Up Holiday Weekends in West Chester. Transformed into a winter wonderland, the streets of historic West Chester are bathed in the glow of thousands of holiday lights every evening from November 26 to January 1. Each weekend features holiday festivities, shopping and dining, title sponsored by Chester County Hospital. “We are thrilled to draw visitors from throughout the region to enjoy our businesses, culture and people in downtown West Chester. We know everyone is eager to support local business during this time,” says Michael J. Duncan, President & CEO, Chester County Hospital. “We look forward to sharing the festivities with our friends, families and neighbors this holiday season!”


Event Details

Shop Small Business Weekend ~ Nov. 26-28, 2021

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Historic West Chester transforms into a magical wonderland, under the glow of thousands of twinkling lights, as your family enjoys festivities every weekend throughout the holiday season! Chester County Hospital Lights Up Holiday Weekends in West Chester kicks off with free parking all weekend as the lights turn on for the first time during Shop Small Business Weekend. Discover the one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants that make West Chester such a vibrant community!

  • Friday, November 26, 2021
  • Saturday, November 27, 2021 – FREE Street Level Parking all day in the borough!  
    • Sat. from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.- West Chester’s Merrie Minstrels Carolers! Courtesy of our friends at the West Chester Downtown Foundation
    • Sat. 1-3 p.m.FREE Hot Chocolate and Coffee at Visual Expansion Gallery located at 132 N High St, West Chester. 
    • Sat. at 2 p.m. – Making Spirits Bright Holiday Music Series featuring the Uptown Singers! Outside the Historic Chester County Courthouse (2 N. High St.)
    • Sat. at 3 p.m. – Santa is Coming! Wave to Santa as he tours the borough on a fire truck!

  • Sunday, November 28, 2021 – FREE Street Level Parking all day in the borough!  
    • Sun. at 4:30 p.m. – Menorah Lighting at Historic Chester County Courthouse (2 N. High St.)

Old-Fashioned Holiday Weekend ~ Dec. 3-5, 2021

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Stroll through thousands of twinkling lights as Chester County Hospital Lights Up Holiday Weekends in West Chester continues with an Old-Fashioned Holiday Weekend! West Chester is decked out for the borough’s beloved Tree Lighting Ceremony, followed by a fabulous holiday bazaar, breakfast with Santa and more!

  • Professional Gingerbread House Competition, sponsored by Delphi Wealth Management, at select locations! 
  • Friday, December 3, 2021
    • Fri. at 5 p.m.Alan Dynin on piano at Taylor’s Music 116 W Gay St, West Chester
    • Fri. from 6:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Historic Chester County Courthouse (2 N. High St.) including live music from West Chester University Marching Band, Gospel Choir and acapella Group Under A Rest as well as the West Chester Area School District Honors Choir. Keep an eye out for the big guy in a red suit, as well as iconic images from holidays past projected on borough buildings. Miss Pennsylvania Meghan Sinisi, will also be in attendance! This is First Friday in the borough and stores will be open late. There will also be FREE street-level parking. High Street (from Gay to Market Street) will be closed from 5-9pm for the ceremony. 
  • Saturday, December 4, 2021
    • Sat. from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.- West Chester’s Merrie Minstrels Carolers! Courtesy of our friends at the West Chester Downtown Foundation
    • Sat. from 11 a.m – Noon – Little Lincolns Gettysburg Address Competition at the Historic Courthouse Steps. Middle school students from across the county put on their best Lincoln attire and recite the Gettysburg Address. More information HERE.
    • Sat. from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.Holiday Market and Green Sale at the History Center 225 North High Street, West Chester. Support CCHC by joining them for their 2nd annual Holiday Market and Green Sale. Gifts, Greens, Wreaths, and More! Shop in their locally curated market for original items. Do your holiday shopping, pick up a gift for family/friends, or find something special for yourself!
    • Sat. from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.The Holiday Home Tour will showcase eight homes on the North side of the borough decked out for the holidays. Presented by the West Chester Public Library. Tickets HERE. The Holiday Door Tour also starts this Saturday and runs until December 19th. 
    • Sat. from 1-3 p.m.FREE Hot Chocolate and Coffee at Northwestern Mutual West Chester Offices located at 200 N High St. Ste 300 West Chester (across from the History Center)
    • Sat. from 2-3 p.m. – Making Spirits Bright Holiday Music Series featuring Peirce Middle School/Henderson High School Jazz Bands and Henderson High School Chamber Choir at the Historic Chester County Courthouse (2 N. High St.)
    • Sat. Performances at 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. – Scrooge! Produced by West Chester Dance Works in residence at Diane Matthews School of Dance Arts. Located at West Chester United Methodist Church. For tickets, click HERE
    • Sat. at 3 p.m.Santa is Coming! Wave to Santa as he tours the borough on a fire truck!
    • Sat. EveningFree photos with Santa being organized by the West Chester Borough Parks and Recreation Department at Marshall Square Park gazebo (200 E. Marshall St.) Leashed pets welcome. More info at https://www.west-chester.com/

First Responders & Health Care Heroes Weekend ~ Dec. 10-12, 2021

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Historic West Chester glows with thousands of twinkling lights as you enjoy unforgettable shopping, dining and holiday entertainment during Chester County Hospital Lights Up Holiday Weekends in West Chester. During this special First Responders and Health Care Heroes Weekend and throughout the season, 100% of QR code donations will be donated to local fire departments, police departments, EMS and health care workers.

  • Professional Gingerbread House Competition, sponsored by Delphi Wealth Management, at select locations! 
  • Friday, December 10, 2021
    • Fri. at 5 p.m.Brad Rau on the guitar at Taylor’s Music 116 W Gay St, West Chester
    • Fri. from 6-7 p.m. – Holidays Around the World. Explore how different cultures celebrate the holidays. Light refreshments provided at Oscar Lasko YMCA (1 E. Chestnut St.). Registration is required and there are 3 time slots available. Click the time slot below to register: 6:00pm Register HERE, 6:30pm Register HERE , 7:00pm Register HERE 
  • Saturday, December 11, 2021
    • Sat. from 1-3 p.m.FREE Hot Chocolate and Coffee at Founds-Feryo Cremation And Burial Services, LLC Christopher Feryo F.D. located at 229 S High St, West Chester. 
    • Sat. from 2-3 p.m. – Making Spirits Bright Holiday Music Series featuring Fugett Middle School Chorale and Malvern Men’s Chorus/Notre Dame Women’s Choraleoutside the Historic Chester County Courthouse (2 N. High St.)
    • Sat. at 3 p.m.Santa is Coming! Wave to Santa as he tours the borough on a fire truck!
  • Sunday, December 12, 2021
    • Sun. from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Touch a Truck! In the parking lot located on the corner of Chestnut and Church Streets in downtown West Chester. Ambulance, police and West Chester Fire Department Trucks along with some construction vehicles. Meet the firefighters, get hands-on with a firetruck, and sign a thank-you banner to let these local heroes know how much we appreciate their service!
    • Sun. from 3-5 p.m.Selfies with Santa at align.Space 2 W. Market St, West Chester. Community Open House – Santa, Hot Chocolate, Crafts, Holiday Music and More! More information HERE

‘Twas the Weekend Before Christmas ~ Dec. 17-19, 2021

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‘Twas the Weekend Before Christmas, and all through the borough, West Chester’s elves make your winter fun thorough! Chester County Hospital Lights Up Holiday Weekends in West Chester has activities for the whole family to make your spirits bright.

  • Professional Gingerbread House Competition, sponsored by Delphi Wealth Management, at select locations! 
  • Friday, December 17, 2021
    • Fri. at 5 p.m.Lenape Brass Band at Taylor’s Music 116 W Gay St, West Chester
    • Fri. Evening – Devote yourself to last-minute shopping (and celebrating!) at our one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants.
    • Fri. from 6 -9 p.m. – Parents Night Out: Drop the kids off at Oscar Lasko YMCA (1 E. Chestnut St.), where they’ll play while you get some holiday shopping done! Registration is required and there is a fee.  FREE dinner will be provided for the kids from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in West Chester! This is open for children ages 4-12.  Register HERE.
  • Saturday, December 18, 2021
    • Sat. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.FREE Cookie Decorating for Kids and more family fun at Oscar Lasko YMCA (1 E. Chestnut St.). Come to the Oscar Lasko YMCA to decorate a cookie with icing and sprinkles and enjoy other fun activities at the Y! Cookies are being provided by John Serock Catering. Masks are required for this event and attendees must pre-register for a time slot. Registration is required and there are 8 time slots available.  Click the time slot below to register: Register: 10:00 a.m., Register: 10:30 a.m., Register: 11:00 a.m., Register: 11:30 a.m., Register: 12:00 p.m., Register: 12:30 p.m., Register: 1:00 p.m.,Register: 1:30 p.m. 
    • Sat. from 1-3 p.m.FREE Hot Chocolate and Coffee at M&T Bank located at 10 N. High Street, West Chester
    • Sat. from 2-3 p.m.Making Spirits Bright Holiday Music Series featuring East High School Choir outside the Historic Chester County Courthouse (2 N. High St.)
    • Sat. at 3 p.m.Santa is Coming! Wave to Santa as he tours the borough on a fire truck… but watch out for the Grinch!

New Year’s Weekend ~ Dec. 31 – Jan. 1, 2022

Celebrate New Year’s Weekend with your final chance to enjoy the thousands of twinkling lights that have transformed West Chester this holiday season! Chester County Hospital Lights Up Holiday Weekends in West Chester concludes with your final “glowing” stroll with family, friends and neighbors through the borough’s historic streets, all while visiting the shops and restaurants that give the borough its unique charm.

Professional Gingerbread House Competition

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November 26 – January 5, 2022: Come stroll the borough and vote on social media for your favorite professionally designed gingerbread house! Each house, displayed at the locations below, will be designed to celebrate the holidays with a nod to West Chester! This contest is being sponsored by Delphi Wealth Management Group. The following local bakeries and culinary artist will be featured:

Cast your vote here – https://2sxf1x6t1si.typeform.com/to/NRkLhe1E 

Holiday Window Decorating Contest

Begins November 20, 2021, winners announced on Monday, December 13, 2021: Hosted by the West Chester Business Improvement District, businesses within the BID are invited to decorate their window or storefront for the holidays. Businesses that participate will be judged by members of the Public Art’s Commission (PAC). There will be three categories of windows – small, medium and large windows. Each winner in a category will receive $250. More information to participate can be found HERE.


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Parking & Map

During the first weekend only, November 26-28, all public parking is free in the borough of West Chester. Parking options are shown below, surrounding the prime holiday light locations on Gay Street (Matlack to Darlington), Market Street (Matlack to Darlington) and High Street (Miner to Chestnut). During the night of December 3 only, expect a road closure for the Tree Lighting Ceremony on High Street (Gay to Market).


Sponsors

TITLE SPONSOR:Penn Medicine at Chester County Hospital

PREMIUM BLOCK SPONSORS:

PREMIUM BLOCK & MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT MUSIC SERIES SPONSOR:

CHRISTMAS TREE SPONSOR:

PROFESSIONAL GINGERBREAD HOUSE COMPETITION SPONSOR:

SANTA ON THE FIRE TRUCK SPONSOR:

HAPPY NEW YEAR SPONSOR:

HALF BLOCK SPONSORS:

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