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    Jean Gross’ List of Local Holiday Fun

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year! As a 40-year resident of the borough, Jean knows how to enjoy all the local holiday festivities and invites you to join in the fun. Here is her list of ways to experience the magic of the season in downtown West Chester.


    1. A can’t-miss is the annual QVC West Chester Christmas Parade on December 6th! Enjoy the sights, the sounds, the Holiday Village, and of course—Santa himself.
    2. Before the parade, plan to take in the Gettysburg Address Contest hosted by the Chester County Community Foundation. Local students dress up as Abraham Lincoln and proudly recite the Gettysburg Address on the balcony of the Lincoln Building on Market Street. It’s an inspiring way to kick off the season. This event was founded by Jean’s husband, Bob, 21 years ago.
    3. Attend Brandywine Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker at the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall on the campus of West Chester University. It’s an annual tradition!
    4. Go window shopping downtown. Take in the festive window displays, evergreen garlands, and roaming carolers all throughout the town.
    5. Stop into Yori’s Bakery for a dozen of the most beautiful sugar cookies, then visit Carlino’s for their fabulous Petits Fours. They are perfect treats to put out on Christmas Eve.
    6. Pick up a hostess gift at Kaly’s on Gay Street. They have lots of West Chester-specific goodies perfect for any hometown hostess.
    7. Sing along at First Presbyterian Church for their Celebration of Carols event on December 7, open to the public and featuring music by the choir, the orchestra, and the pipe organ. Hot cider and cookies will follow!
    8. Shop for unique holiday decor at Old Soul Decor, Five Senses, and Thrifty Vintage. Find ornaments, holiday accents, candles, and much more.
    9. And finally, be sure to toast to the New Year with a martini at Pietro’s Prime. A favorite stop for outstanding food, cocktails, and friendly faces.

    Old Soul Decor, Pietro's Prime, QVC

    Brandywine Ballet photo by Susan Royce, Kaly