It’s that time again—let’s get ready to ring in the holiday season with the annual QVC West Chester Christmas Parade! This year is set to be our BIGGEST parade yet, with enough holiday spirit to keep Santa’s sleigh flying high until Christmas Day.
This annual West Chester tradition, hosted by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce, will kick off Friday, November 30, 2018 at 7:15 pm! The parade promises to provide a seasonal mix of traditional elements with a modern twist—local schools, businesses, volunteer fire companies, and other service organizations will join the many marching bands, floats, and antique vehicles that have cemented themselves as mainstays in the QVC West Chester Christmas Parade experience.
Before the parade, many local businesses and organizations throughout downtown West Chester will be hosting Holiday Open Houses featuring seasonal refreshments and entertainment in preparation for the parade and the Holiday Village is open 5-9 pm.
The Chamber is proud to announce that QVC will be returning as our title sponsor! “The Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with QVC on this fantastic family event,” says Chamber President Mark Yoder. “Their continued sponsorship for this beloved holiday parade demonstrates their support, not only for the Chamber, but for the entire West Chester community.”
QVC, the title sponsor behind Friday night’s parade, will be broadcasting live, on-site, with updates of the parade. The company will also film extended parade highlights that will be broadcast periodically during Christmas Day, so when you’ve had all you can take of the 24-hour The Christmas Story marathon, tune in to QVC!
There’s a flurry of activity throughout Downtown West Chester, PA on the weekend of the parade. A variety of events begin Thursday and continue through Sunday. Open houses start early Friday. While you’re out shopping this holiday season, think about the needy,. . . the Christmas Toy Drive presented by WSFS Bank is collecting toys Nov. 9 – Dec. 8 at WSFS branch locations culminating with the annual Holiday Toy Drive Breakfast (open to the public, RSVP required) on Dec. 13 at St Agnes School. The Jingle Elf Run will take place on Friday just before the parade. Plus more.
The QVC West Chester Christmas Parade is one of West Chester’s premier events, and we can’t wait for you to experience all the exciting events of the night. See you all there!
The parade will start at New and Market Street, before traveling East on Market Street. From there, the parade will head North on Matlack Street, then West on Gay Street, and finally, finish South down New Street.
Family Tip: The best early view of Santa occurs on West Market Street. The parade duration (from first element to the final float) is scheduled to be approximately 90 minutes. Spectators on Gay St. will see the first element after the parade travels down Market St. then turns north on Matlack St. then westward onto Gay St.
Parade Day Schedule
5:00 – 9:00pm | Holiday Village
High Street between Gay and Market Streets
5:30pm | Registration for Jingle Elf Run
Chester County Running Store, 24 S. High Street
6:30pm | Jingle Elf Run
Start/Finish Line: E. Market Street between High and Walnut Streets (7:05pm – Awards at Main stage [High and Market Streets])
7:15pm | QVC West Chester Christmas Parade
The parade duration (from first element to the final float) is scheduled to be approximately 90 minutes. Spectators on Gay St. will see the first element after the parade travels down Market St. then turns north on Matlack St. then westward onto Gay St.
Street Closures on Friday, November 30
• High St. between Gay & Market will close at 10:00am
• W. Market St. between New St. and Bradford Ave. will be closed 3:00-10:00pm (staging area)
The following streets will be closed 5:00-9:30pm
• Gay St. between Matlack & New
• Market St. between Matlack & Bradford Ave.
• Walnut St. between Chestnut & Miner
• High St. between Chestnut & Miner
• Church St. between Chestnut & Market
• Darlington St. between Chestnut & Wollerton Alley
• New St. between Chestnut & Market
(All times subject to change)
Downtown West Chester has a variety of parking opportunities available for visitors including parking garages, parking lots and metered parking spots. It’s recommended to review the options. The link above can provide you with a little know-how, and you will be parking like a pro in no time. Additionally, West Chester University is providing free parking in M Lot (approx. 8 blocks from the parade).