DEC. 7

• FREE HOLIDAY CONCERT: Get into the holiday spirit by attending Ridley Township Library’s special holiday music presentation on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m. Keep Music Alive, an organization which is on a mission to promote the value and importance of music is in all lives, will present the concert in Garling Hall and everyone is welcome. Featured performers will be Jessica Graae, Vincent James, Valerie West and Julia Zane. The event will include a sing-along.

Keep Music Alive has just published a second edition of its book, “88+ Ways Music Can Change Your Life,” featuring over 100 favorite stories, including celebrity stories, musical comics and new inspirational quotes. Fifty percent of the proceeds from the sale of the book go to three beneficiaries who put musical instruments and instruction into schools and communities in need, supporting musical education there. Register for the holiday concert by emailing reference@ridleylibrary.org, calling 610-583-0593 or visiting the library, located at 100 E. MacDade Blvd., Folsom. Walk-ins are also welcome.

DEC. 8

• GRANGE CHRISTMAS PARTY: Friends of the Grange Inc. will host their annual Holiday Party, 6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8, in the mansion, located in Haverford Township. Admission is $25, and tickets will be available at the door, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and holiday punches will be served. And while enjoying the festivities, check out the train display in the Carriage House, tour the mansion and check out its 15 Christmas trees.

The Grange’s Gift Shoppe will also be open during the party and is stocked with unique seasonal hand-made-in-America gifts. For more information, call the Grange office at 610-446-4958, email grangeest@verizon.net or visit the website at thegrangeestate.org. All proceeds benefit the preservation of the Grange Estate.

DEC. 9

• CHRISTMAS-THEMED THEATRE: Barnstormers Theater will present “The Christmas Encounter,” written by Mr. DuBois, which tells the story of five juvenile delinquents who encounter a rather strange person when they meet Angela, who is happy to show them the true meaning of Christmas in a way that speaks directly to them. The show will be presented at 7 p.m. Dec. 9, 10, 16 and 17 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18. Barnstormers is at 402 Tome St., Ridley Park. Call 610-461-9969.

• IT’S A MIRACLE: “Miracle on 34th Street,” the classic movie, is brought to the Colonial Playhouse stage in Aldan with a modern adaptation. Dec. 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11. The theatre will be collecting non-perishable food items for its fourth annual food drive for Philabundance. Show attendees who bring a donation will receive $1 off admission at the door. For more information, call (610) 622-5773 or visit colonialplayhouse.net.

• CHRISTMAS CONCERT: The Upper Darby Choir will present its annual Christmas concert at St. Dorothy Church, Township Line Road, Drexel Hill, Friday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will put attendees in the Christmas spirit, and everyone is welcome.

• LIVE NATIVITY: St. Mark’s Methodist Church, 2220 S. Sproul and Lewis roads, Broomall, will present a Living Nativity drive-thru event 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. Live animals and music will enhance the scene to celebrate the Christmas season. Everyone is welcome.

• CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 4 Westtown Road,Thornton, will hold its annual Christmas Festival. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 and 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. Bring the whole family; it’s all free. Outside there will be a live nativity and a giant bonfire with marshmallows to roast for s’mores. Inside, Mrs. Claus will share stories and crafts for the little ones, as well as cookies and hot chocolate to warm them from the cold. Enjoy the sounds of the season in the decorated sanctuary as musicians perform classic and contemporary Christmas tunes. Attendees can bring a canned good to share with Chester’s Cityteam Ministries. For more information, visit bethmeth.com.

DEC. 10

• CHRISTMAS FAIR: St. Pius X Christmas Craft and Vendor Fair will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at St. Pius X School, 204 Lawrence Road, Broomall. The fun-filled day for the entire family includes a chance for the kids to meet and enjoy breakfast with Santa and for parents to finish their Christmas shopping with access to over 50 specialty vendors, including Stella & Dot, LuLaRoe, Tastefully Simple, sports memorabilia and an array of homemade crafts. A raffle will also be available. For more information, email Jennifer Burnett at jenniferburnett77@gmail.com.

• GREENS AND GIFTS: The Delaware County Master Gardeners will host a Greens and Gifts Sale 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, offering an artful collection of handcrafted wreaths and floral creations for the holiday season. The gardeners cut the boughs, berries and greens from their own gardens to ensure the arrangements will remain fresh for weeks to come.

The selection includes gorgeous wreaths with colorful bows, hanging baskets of greens and even bouquets of freshly cut greens for people to use in making one’s own floral designs and centerpieces. There are table arrangements with tapered candles and lots of other unique and tasteful holiday creations to celebrate the season. And all at well below market prices.

The Green & Gifts Sale will take place at the horticultural facility in Smedley Park in Springfield. For more information, call 610-690-2655.

• GIFT WRAPPING: The Blue Church, 940 Baltimore Pike, Springfield, will sponsor a free gift wrap event 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. Everyone is welcome to bring their gifts to the church and get them wrapped while enjoying live music and sweet treats. Child care will be available. For more information, call 610-544-3122 or email bluchu@aol.com for more details.

• BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: The Media Lions Club will host a breakfast with Santa at the VFW Post 346, Hilltop Street, Media, 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 10. Admission is $8, and children under 12 cost $4. Children under 3 are free. There will be a special surprise for all children. For more information, call 10-566-9980.

• VISIT WITH SANTA: Christ United Methodist Church, 600 Duttons Mill Road, Brookhaven, will host a “Visit with Santa” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. Santa, kids’ crafts, cookie sale, silent auction, $2 lunch (hot dog, chips, drink) and more will be featured. For more information, call 610-874-1270 or visit christumcbrookhaven.

• ADULT PHOTOS WITH SANTA: Chadds Ford Winery, 632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, will present an opportunity to get an adult photo with Santa Saturday, Dec. 10 and 17, and Sunday, Dec. 4, 11 and 18, at noon, 2 or 4 p.m. Cost is $20, which includes a printed photo, a glass of Holiday Spirit warm mulled wine in a keepsake wine glass, paired with Sweetzels Spiced Wafers and a chance to play Pin the Nose on Rudolph to win Rudolph Bucks toward a wine purchase and to pull one surprise gift from Santa’s Prize Sack.

The winery transformed its cottage into Santa’s Workshop to give all the wine-loving “big kids” out there a chance to capture a keepsake holiday photo with him. Come dressed in your holiday best and get ready to have some serious fun with interactive games, wine prizes worth up to $250 and your favorite seasonal wines. For more information or to get tickets, visit chaddsfoRoadcom.

• HOLIDAY BOOK SALE: Prospect Park Public Library will present a holiday open house and children’s book sale 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10. The public is invited to stop in, make a holiday craft, eat holiday treats and purchase inexpensive books. For more information, call the library at 610-532-4643 or email prospectpark@delcolibraries.org.

DEC. 11

• CHRISTMAS ARTS AND CRAFTS: Delco News Network will present its annual Christmas Art, Craft and Gift Show 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, in the gym complex at Penn State Brandywine, Route 352 and Yearsley Mill Road, Middletown Township. The free event will feature over 100 vendors as well as an attic treasures table in the foyer, 50/50 raffle and door prizes. Lunch will be available in the cafeteria.

Vendors will offer many holiday gift options. For more information, call 610-915-2253.

• SHOP LOCAL: Main Streets of Ridley Park will host a Christmas Market for holiday shopping on Sunday, Dec. 11, from noon to 5 p.m. on Hinckley Avenue in the heart of Ridley Park. Bundle up and stop down to check out vendors, arts and craftsmen, local food offerings and much more. The Shoppes of Ridley Park will be open. The event is sponsored by Taylor Community Foundation (TCF), BHCU and Crozer-Keystone Health System.

• HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR: Haverford Township Historical Society will present a Holiday House Tour 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. The annual Holiday House Tour, now in its ninth year, will feature several charming homes, spanning both the 19th and 20 centuries, all dressed-up in festive style. Tickets, which are priced at $25 or $20 if a member of HTHS, are available on the day of the tour at either 223 Oxford Road, Havertown, or the Federal School, Darby and Coopertown Road, Havertown. Tickets are also available to purchase in advance via PayPal at haverfordhistoricalsociety.org. Any questions may be directed to Terri Dougherty at 610-449-1571. All proceeds fund the annual HTHS Heritage Festival.

• WINTER WONDERLAND CONCERT: The Media Theatre’s annual “Winter Wonderland” concert will be held Sunday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. Get into the holiday spirit by watching singers and dancers perform to many holiday favorites. Media Theatre is on State Street in Media. For more information or tickets, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org.

• LUNCH WITH SANTA: The Movements in Motion Dance Studio Competition Team will host its annual Lunch with Santa on Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the studio, 17 Mifflin Ave., Suite 102, in Havertown. The price of admission includes the lunch buffet, a visit with Santa, a photo frame, a door prize and one game ticket. There will be face painting, crafts, raffles and an opportunity to get your holiday shopping done! The cost is $8 for kids and $10 for adults. For more information, email the studio at mimsdanceteam@gmail.com or call 610-853-1468.

• LIVE NATIVITY: Come celebrate the birth of Jesus with a Live Nativity on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m., in front of the St. Andrew Church on School Lane and Mason Avenue, Drexel Hill. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served, compliments of the St. Andrew Home & School Association. Everyone is welcome.

• THE NUTCRACKER: International Ballet Classique and Neumann University, 1 Neumann Drive, Aston, will present “The Nutcracker” 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. This enchanting, nearly 125-year-old Christmas ballet is famous for having enthralled audiences of all ages all over the world. For the upcoming 2016 Holiday Season Neumann University’s Josephine Singer teamed up with the International Ballet Theater of Malvern to bring their lavish original production to Delaware County. For tickets and information, call (610) 883-0878 or visit ibtcompany.org.

DEC. 12

• PET PHOTOS: Today is the final Monday to get pet photos with Santa at the Springfield Mall. Every Monday all day, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., pet owners can use the Liberty Travel entrance on the lower level of the mall, and bring their pets to visit Santa and get their photo taken. Pet owners should be aware that Santa takes a break from 1 to 2 and 5 to 6 p.m. For more information, visit springfieldmall.com.

HOLIDAY COOKING: For those who want to incorporate a few vegetarian or vegan dishes into their holiday food offerings or just enjoy healthy cooking, the Media-UP Library will present “Veggie Table Talk” 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12. Everyone is welcome to join in a discussion and sampling of vegan and vegetarian dishes and browse vegetarian and vegan cookbooks. Attendees are encouraged to bring a vegetarian dish to share. For details, e-mail veggietabletalk@gmail.com.

DEC. 13

• THINK OF ANOTHER: In the frenzy of the season, we often forget those who need to be remembered the most. Go visit someone in a local hospital or nursing home or who can’t get out of the house. If you call any nursing and rehab facility, they will usually welcome volunteers so grab a few friends and go carol there. Volunteer to help an elderly person write some Christmas cards or just bring some holiday cookies and visit. Doing a selfless act of kindness like this will increase and brighten your own holiday season, giving it a deeper, more meaningful and less shallow meaning.

DEC. 14

• HOLIDAY STORYTELLING: Ridley Township Library, Morton Avenue and MacDade Boulevard, Folsom, will present “Mr. Malcolm’s Holiday Special” 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Dec. 14. Families can join storyteller Mr. Malcolm as he shares some favorite and classic holiday stories. The program is suitable for children ages 3 to 10. To register, call Lauren at 610-583-0593 or email children@ridleylibrary.org.

DEC. 15

• HOLIDAY CRAFT NIGHT: Everyone is welcome to Aston Township Public Library’s free Holiday Craft Night 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, suitable for every age. Seating is limited, so register early to attend at 610-494-5877 or debbie@astonlibrary.org. All materials will be supplied. The library is on Concord Road, Aston.

DEC. 16

• HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR: The Upper Darby Summer Stage Shooting Stars will celebrate the “best time of the year” in song and dance at their annual Holiday Spectacular show 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, Lansdowne Avenue, Upper Darby. This high-energy show is appropriate for ages 4 and up. Audience members of all ages will enjoy song and dance numbers, sparkly costumes, creative sets (Christmas trees, lots of gift-wrapped packages and … snow!) as group members perform Broadway-style production numbers and share heartfelt holiday memories throughout the 90-minute production. The teen and young adult performers of Upper Darby Summer Stage Shooting Stars combine to create the region’s definitive show choir. In the spirit of “Glee,” members sing and dance with energy and enthusiasm while sharing their pure delight in performing. For more information and tickets, call 610-622-1189 or visit udpac.org.

• HOLIDAY SHOPPING EXTRAVAGANZA: The Friends of the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum will hold a Holiday Shopping Extravaganza 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, to Sunday, Dec. 18. Local residents can buy jewelry, clothing, ornaments, local crafts and more and all proceeds will benefit the local refuge. Call 215-365-3118 or visit johnheinznwr@fws.gov.

DEC. 17

• REASON FOR THE SEASON: All are welcome to experience a Live Nativity 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at St. Eugene Parish, Oak Avenue, Primos. Families can witness a re-creation of the birth of Jesus and the true meaning of Christmas during the solemn tribute, complete with actors and livestock. The Live Nativity will take place behind the Convent on the St. Eugene campus, 100 S. Oak Ave., Primos.

• HOLIDAY TEA: Radnor Hotel will present its annual children’s Saturday afternoon Holiday Tea 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 10 and 17. Adults and their children will be welcomed by the Toy Soldier and escorted to the majestic Terrace Room, where fun and entertainment await, including crafts for the children. For reservations, call 610-341-3191.

DEC. 18

• BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: John Wesley Cross American Legion Post 507 will hold its annual “Breakfast with Santa” at the post’s upper hall on Sunday, Dec. 18, from 9 to 11 am. Children 6 and under are free, 7 to 12 years old are $5 and adults (over 13 years) are $7. Everyone is welcome for food, fun and holiday festivities! JWC Post 507 is a nonprofit organization located at 20 W. Cleveland Ave., Norwood.

• RIDE THE RAILS: All aboard Santa’s Express! Join Santa for a 90-minute journey on a heated decorated train through the Chester Creek Valley. Santa will be greeting everyone at 230 E. Market Street Station in West Chester and then going along for the ride to Glen Mills. Once at Glen Mills, passengers can disembark and explore the historic station. There are plenty of photo opportunities on Santa’s lap inside the station. After the short stay at Glen Mills, passengers will board the train and return to West Chester. All passengers receive treats from Santa. Hot chocolate and other refreshments are available for purchase at the snack bar.

Passengers will also enjoy the live music of Greg Wright and friends singing favorite Christmas songs. Santa Express operates 11 a.m. and 1, 3, and 5 p.m. Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18. For more information, visit westchesterrr.net or call 610-430-2233.

• BRUNCH WITH SANTA: Brunch with Santa at the Springfield Country Club Dec. 11 and 18. Make reservations and get more information at springfieldcc.net.

• BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: Folcroft Fire Company, 1647 Delmar Drive, Folcroft, will host Breakfast with Santa 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18. Families can bring their cameras and take pictures with Santa. Meal includes choice of pancakes, eggs, homefries, sausage, bacon, coffee and juice. Cost is $9, adults, $6 kids and free for children under 2.

• CHRISTMAS PAGEANT: Christ Episcopal Church Media’s annual Christmas pageant will take place 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18. All children ages 3 through fifth grade are welcome to participate in the pageant. The Christmas Pageant will be followed by a Potluck Supper in Saint Mary’s Hall. All members of the public are welcome to celebrate the reason for the season by attending Christmas worship services at Christ Episcopal Church at 311 S. Orange St. in Media. On Saturday, Dec. 24, there will be a 4 p.m. Children’s Liturgy and a 10:30 p.m. Eucharistic services with choir and brass. On Sunday, Dec. 25, there will be a 10 a.m. Eucharistic service.

DEC. 19

• VISIT CHRISTMAS LAND: No holiday is complete without a visit to Linvilla Orchards, 137 W. Knowlton Road, Middletown Township. At Linvilla, there’s opportunities to cut your own Christmas tree and visit the Garden Center, which has been transformed into the picturesque Christmasland. Visitors can step inside from the cold and get lost in their Winter Wonderland full of timeless decorations, unique gifts and displays. Christmasland features handmade wreaths, freshly cut trees, greens and holly, a sea of poinsettias and an enormous selection of the finest children’s toys and collectables. Plus, Linvilla is always a fun place to stroll around and visit with the animals and view the displays. For more information, call 610-876-7116 or visit linvilla.com/familyfun/Christmasland.

DEC. 20

• VOLUNTEER AT CITYTEAM: Volunteers are needed throughout the month of December at Cityteam Chester. Volunteer opportunities include sorting and packing toys and holiday meals for delivery, serving holiday dinners and helping in many other ways. Take time out from your busy schedule to think of others, less fortunate than yourself. On Dec. 20, help is needed from 9 a.m. to noon for holiday cleanup and for Christmas meal prep. On Dec. 21, help is needed in the same time slot for Christmas meal prep and from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. as an adult clothing helper. On Dec. 22, help is needed to serve Christmas dinner from 3 to 7 p.m. Whatever day or hours you can give, you can probably find a match by visiting cityteamchester.cityteam.volunteerhub.com or emailing chestervolunteer@cityteam.org or calling 610-872-6865.

DEC. 21

• CHRISTMAS CAROL: Kick back for a few hours this afternoon or evening by grabbing a few friends or family members and heading on over to Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Road, Media, to catch their 24th annual production of “A Christmas Carol,” running throughout December, until Dec. 24. The holiday classic, adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens, features Ebenezer Scrooge, a bitter miser, who learns real compassion when three ghosts visit him on Christmas Eve. This timeless classic is adapted by Artistic Director Jared Reed. For tickets or information, visit hedgerowtheatre.org or call 610-565-4211.

DEC. 22

• SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP: If you need last-minute gifts, Delco is ripe with places to shop. If you’ve been to Springfield Mall, Brinton Lake, 69th Street, Lawrence Park, MacDade Mall, Marple Crossroads and the chains like Walmart, Stapes, K-mart, Best Buy and Target and still can’t find those perfect gifts, it’s time to hit Delco’s other shopping options. Try Booth’s Corner and some of the smaller, local business hubs like the new Shoppes of Brookhaven, Peddlers Alley in Secane, Larkins Corner in Boothwyn, the Manoa Shopping Center in Havertown, stores along Media’s State Street or other large business hubs like Lansdowne Avenue, Chester Pike, West Chester Pike, MacDade Boulevard, Providence Road or Baltimore Pike. Delco is loaded with businesses, offering choices, choices and more choices, so get busy and finish that holiday shopping!

DEC. 23

• HOLIDAY HAYRIDE: If you haven’t had a chance all month to block off a little time to ride the Holiday Hayride at Arasapha Farm in Edgmont, you better hurry because all the fun ends today. The hayride takes place 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23. This heartwarming attraction includes a delightful ride on one of their sound equipped hay wagons, through the rolling hills of Arasapha Farm, which has been transformed into a winter wonderland filled with huge light displays, decorated trees and buildings, bridges and brooks. Come face to face with real, live Reindeer and see a beautifully animated Santa’s workshop. The hayride last about 20 minutes and is choreographed with favorite songs of the season. After the hay ride, relax by their bonfires or warm up with a cup of cocoa. This all new holiday hayride is perfect for all ages. Have a picture taken with Santa, and get an up-close look at their famous live nativity scene that features real animals and actors. While there, families can also choose from hundreds of beautiful, fresh cut Christmas Trees or cut their own. Arasapha Farm is at 1835 Middletown Road. For more information or hayride tickets, visit holidayhayride.com or call 610-459-0647 or email info@holidayhayride.com.

DEC. 24-25

• CHURCH AND FAMILY TIME: Reserve these two sacred days of the month for church and time with family and close friends, observing and celebrating, the real reason for the season. These two days are what the whole season is all about. Make no mistake about it, that while festivities throughout the season are fun, entertaining and festive, the birth of Jesus Christ should remain central to our celebration.

• The St. Kevin Choir will present a Christmas Cantata titled “Were You There on That Christmas Night” (Lloyd Larson), a beautiful story of Christ’s birth in verse and song, on Dec. 24 at 5:15 p.m., between the 4 and 6 p.m. Masses) in the church on West Sproul Road, Springfield. This is a one-time presentation, and everyone is welcome.

DEC. 26

• CRASH!: The day after Christmas, you usually feel like you’ve been hit by a truck. Listen to your body. You can continue with the fun and excitement tomorrow, but take a day to relax, clean up after company or maybe catch a few extra winks to rejuvenate.

DEC. 27

• CHRISTMAS STORY: “You’ll shoot your eye out!” That classic line spews from TV sets nationwide every December as ’40s cherub Ralphie Parker with his oversized glasses, dapper sweater and meticulously combed blond hair, struggles to find compassion in a world of dream-crushing adults. His Christmas wish is simple: to get a Red Ryder BB gun. Or, more specifically, a “Red Ryder carbine-action, 200-shot range model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing which tells time.” But the grownups in his life are having none of it. Now his misadventures have moved from the screen to the stage with “A Christmas Story: The Musical.” Produced by the film’s original Ralphie, Peter Billingsley, this musical spectacular at the Media Theatre is witty holiday entertainment with a heart of gold (and a tacky leg lamp). The show is playing at the Media Theatre, 108 E. State St., throughout December, until Jan. 8. Now that the big day has passed, take time out with the family to kick back and enjoy an afternoon or evening at the theatre. For tickets, visit mediatheatre.org or call 610-891-0100. Media Theatre is also presenting “Winnie-The-Pooh’s Christmas Tail” until Dec. 31. Check out their website for times, dates and details.

DEC. 28

• REST AGAIN: After all the pre-Christmas hoopla, you need to rest. Take time out to chill a little before the New Year’s festivities begin and you have to stay up half the night! If you have gift returns, now is a good time to bite the bullet and get ’em done!

• DE-STRESS FROM HOLIDAY FRENZY: The Media-Upper Providence Public Library invites local residents to stop by 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 28 for a relaxing afternoon of coloring, conversation and hot cocoa! It’s a great way to unwind after the holiday frenzy and release your creative energy. They provide the coloring pages and pencils, or attendees can bring their own. Drop-in is for ages over 18. For information, call the library at 610-566-1918.

DEC. 29

• HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: St. Alban’s Railroad (StARR) will hold its 26th Anniversary Open House 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3625 Chapel Road, Newtown Square. No admission is charged, but donations are appreciated.

This prototypically detailed 4,000-square-foot layout, using “state-of-the-art” Digital Command Control (DCC) with computer enhanced tower operation, fills a 4,000-square-foot room with 250 feet of four-track main line with working signals and three branch lines. StARR uses a new switch list system for routing of freight and passenger operations that moves over 1,100 pieces of rolling stock throughout various eras featured in the eastern Pennsylvanian scenery. “Thomas the Tank Engine” and friends operate there on a separate, kid operated layout. StARR also operates the “Hogwart’s Express,” complete with British whistle. Parents with their children are some of StARR’s most frequent visitors. For more information, email gmpusm@gmail.com or visit StARR-MRC.org.

DEC. 30

• BRANDYWINE CHRISTMAS: The Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford will present its annual Brandywine Christmas all through the month of December, up until Jan. 8. From the spectacular O-gauge model train display with trains running on nearly 2,000 feet of track, to a collection of rare antique dolls dressed in beautiful period clothing, plus thousands of whimsical critters (ornaments and decorations handcrafted by Brandywine volunteers from natural materials) displayed on towering trees soaring up through the museum’s three-story atrium, A Brandywine Christmas promises delightful family fun. This is a fun way to get the family together and spend some quality time during Christmas week or anytime before. The museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the week of Dec. 27 to 30, the museum will be open until 6 p.m. On Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22, the museum will stay open until 9 p.m. with special events and drop-in creative art activities. Dinner is available in the Millstone Café until 8 p.m. For more information, visit brandywine.org.

DEC. 31

• BALL DROP: Media Business Authority will hold its annual New Year’s Eve Community Celebration and Ball Drop Wednesday, Dec. 31, in Downtown Media. Festivities will lead up to the ball drop at midnight. For more details, call the MBA at 610-566-5039.

No matter what you do this holiday season, slow down and take the time to make precious memories with your friends and family. The month will zoom by, so it’s up to us to carve out the time and create the scene for a very merry Christmas! Enjoy every magical moment!

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