How to Celebrate the 2023 Holiday Season in Chester County

How to Celebrate the 2023 Holiday Season in Chester County

The holiday season has arrived and local celebrations are set. Check out these 2023 holiday events near Exton.

West Chester Christmas Parade

Where: Historic Chester County Courthouse

When: Tree lighting at 6:30 p.m.; Parade at 7 p.m.

Celebrate the holiday spirit at West Chester’s Christmas Parade 2023 on December 1st, rain or shine. The evening begins at 6:30 PM with a Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Historic Chester County Courthouse, featuring a 25? Christmas tree. At 7:00 PM, the award-winning parade starts, voted “Best Local Parade” by Main Line Today. Enjoy marching bands, spectacular floats, and Santa’s appearance, all hosted by 6abc’s Adam Joseph and WMMR’s Kathy Romano. Volunteer opportunities are available for this cherished community event. Learn more about the 2023 West Chester Christmas Parade.

Christkindlmarkt in West Chester


When: Saturday, December 9 from 1-8 p.m.

Sunday, December 10 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Join the festive cheer at the 4th Annual Christkindlmarkt in Downtown West Chester! On December 9 from 1-8 p.m. and December 10th from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., this enchanting outdoor holiday market, now located on Gay Street, offers a unique shopping experience. With over 90 stalls, discover handcrafted art, ceramics, jewelry, and homewares. Enjoy the convenience of free parking at certain times and locations, making it a must-visit for unique holiday finds.

Learn more about Christkindlmarkt in West Chester.

Santa’s Express & Christmas Tree Train

Where:West Chester Railroad Co., 230 E Market St, West Chester

When: Multiple dates.

Embark on a magical holiday journey with Santa’s Express at West Chester Railroad Co. Join Santa for a 75-minute festive train ride through Chester Creek Valley on select dates from November 18 to December 17. Enjoy live entertainment, refreshments for purchase, and the chance to share your Christmas wishes with Santa. Ticket prices vary by age, with special rides at different times, including a unique 5 PM train.

For a different holiday adventure, join the Christmas Tree Train on select Sundays in November and December. Departing early at 8 AM, this excursion takes you to Wiggins Tree Farm to pick and cut your perfect Christmas tree. Enjoy a charming two-hour experience, with trees priced separately by Wiggins Tree Farm. Santa does not accompany this train, ensuring a distinct experience from Santa’s Express. Learn more about Santa’s Express & Christmas Tree Train at West Chester Railroad Co.