It’s the holiday season, and in Chestnut Hill, the festivities officially start this weekend on Saturday, Nov. 18.
The offerings of this picturesque neighborhood of Philly span a brass quartet, an outdoor model train display, extended shopping hours, and hearty holiday-themed food specials—plus some appearances from Kris Kringle himself.
There are a few highlighted days and events to look out for during “Holidays on the Hill.”
First up on Nov. 18, the area’s Circle of Trees is returning from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and will feature a straw maze at the Woodmere Art Museum, plus, hot chocolate, cider, cookies, music provided by the Philadelphia Mummers and even a visit from Santa.
An ongoing promotion (and perhaps one of the most popular) comes from the Morris Arboretum & Garden, with the sites annual Holiday Garden Railway. Through Dec. 30, visitors can view the “enchanting rail cars and intricately decorated villages, which span over a third of a mile track surrounded by a festive wonderland of lights and sounds” while there. Tickets are available online, and this experience is ideal for all ages.
Another stand-out comes from Small Business Saturday (Nov. 25), where Philadelphians can peruse through the many different retailers that call Chestnut Hill home, and from noon to 3 p.m., Santa will be back and roaming Germantown Avenue with a holiday brass quartet.
Stag & Doe nights will also be returning to the area with dates this year set for Nov. 29 and Dec 6, 13 and 20. This Wednesday-night activation during Holidays on the Hill features unique entertainment, extended store hours, holiday specials, and complimentary refreshments and treats at many stores. And as the release mentions, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., shoppers can catch a glimpse of Santa strutting down the Avenue, greeting families while listening to the holiday sounds of a brass quartet.
Dec. 2 of this year will hold the Chestnut Hill Community Association Annual Holiday Parade (with a rain date set for Dec. 16). From 9 to 10 a.m., Philadelphians will be able to view the Phillie Phanatic, fire engines, marching bands, choirs, antique cars, horses, and participating local schools throughout the duration of the period (more information can be found online.)
There’s also the Chestnut Hill Community Association’s Holiday House Tour, which is set for Saturday, Dec. 9. As the release also states, while here, Philadelphians can explore a curated selection of Chestnut Hill’s most stunning homes, each adorned with unique and festive decorations that capture the spirit of the season. Enjoy holiday music, treats, and special discounts at the area’s restaurants while here on that date as well.
Throughout the holiday season, the neighborhood offers many reasons outside of specific events to head to Chestnut Hill. With over 200 retailers, restaurants, and businesses to visit this season, there are plenty of independently owned and handcrafted items by local artists to peruse through for gifts, and also, restaurants along the Avenue offering seasonal drink specials and savory dining options. Plus, visitors can take advantage of free parking all day on Wednesdays from Nov. 16 through Dec. 24.
For more information about Chestnut Hill, visit chestnuthillpa.com.