Holiday Weekend Kickoff is Nov. 17-19
Taking your kids, your friends or your sweetheart? We’ve got you covered.
by Tara Behan Marmur
Visiting Peddler’s Village is one of the best ways to celebrate the holidays. “Our mission is to create a magical holiday experience for all of our guests,” said Bob McGowan, chief operating officer of Peddler’s Village. “Whether you come for holiday shopping in our 65 specialty shops and boutiques, or to enjoy one of our seven restaurants, or simply to stroll to take in the seasonal sights and sounds, you will feel
the glow and joy of this very special time of the year.”
Sounds great, right? But with 42 acres, tons of events and thousands of people, planning a trip can be overwhelming. We’ve got you covered! Here’s the Main Line Tonight guide to Peddler’s Village Christmas.
If You Go With Your Kids …
You’re gonna want some Santa time. Get photos with Santa on Saturdays and Sundays (and some Fridays) from Nov. 17 – Dec. 17 at Giggleberry Fair. Hours are 12 pm – 7 pm on Saturdays and 12 pm – 6 pm on Sundays. Click here for the full schedule.
Giggleberry Fair’s Holiday Wonderland is Saturday and Sunday Dec. 2 and 3. Santa tours the fair at 1:30 pm, the lights go on at 4:30 pm and the shops stay open late. Admission and parking are free!
Stop by the Visitor & Event Center to see the more than 75 gingerbread creations on display for the annual Gingerbread Competition & Display. Enjoy the sweet scents of gingerbread while you feast your eyes on colorful and creative gingerbread creations in eight categories.
If You Go With Your Friends …
Masquerade, murder and mystery? Sounds like fun. As some pre-New Year’s Even fun, Cock ‘n Bull restaurant hosts Midnight At The Masquerade, a murder mystery dinner, on Dec. 28 from 7 pm – 9:30 pm. Guests are encouraged to wear Venetian masks and other high glam attire befitting the fictional Billionaires’ Club Annual Ball, where someone will be murdered and the hunt will begin to unmask the killer. Click here for reservations.
Shop ’til you drop at Peddler’s Village. Follow the winding brick paths in the colorfully illuminated Village to find the best in apparel, accessories, home goods, furniture, fine art and handcrafted items, books, toys and games, and plenty of gifts and collectibles. The Village’s extended holiday shopping hours are Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. through Dec. 30.
If You Go With Your Sweetheart …
Stroll through Grand Illumination, the holiday wonderland created by thousands of lights and decorations. Enjoy musical and dance performances by local groups as well as sing-alongs with Santa. The holiday lights will be on display every evening through January 8, 2023. Shops will be open until 10 p.m.
Get in the holiday spirit at Hewn Spirits Tasting Room. Locally-made bourbon, rum and vodka is yours for the sipping inside Hewn’s lounge, furnished with cozy arm chairs and couches. In addition, there are multiple tables both indoors and outdoors.
Prefer wine? Head to Nissley Vineyards at Peddler’s Village. A third-generation family-owned winery, Nissley Vineyards has been growing grapes and producing wine in Lancaster County, PA since 1978. Nissley Vineyards offers a full portfolio of wines, ranging from sweet blends to premium barrel-aged varietals—as well as “fun” additions such as canned sparkling wines, wine slushies, and specialty wine.
Keep the romance going with an overnight stay at The Golden Plough Inn, the historic hotel inside Peddler’s Village. Golden Plough Inn features 67 guest rooms and suites that feel as if they’ve been plucked from beautifully appointed country homes. Hand-chosen fabrics and furnishings, teamed with treasured family heirlooms, create an atmosphere similar to the village’s Colonial-era ambiance.
Want more ideas? Read Peddler’s Village: 15 Things To Do.
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