So much is happening in the Brandywine Valley and the Philadelphia area so make your plans now. Even if you have been here before and visited Longwood Gardens, Winterthur, Hagley, and Nemours , or the Brandywine River Museum which are always high on the must see list during the Christmas season, there are always new exhibits and displays. And there are many other events in the Brandywine Valley to enjoy I bet you don’t know about.
Not really holiday themed, but a major event in the Brandywine Valley is Patriot’s Day at the Brandywine Battlefield. Although the official battlefield of the American Revolution is relatively small in comparison with Valley Forge where George Washington’s troops spent the winter, the Battle of the Brandywine was a major battle which was fought all over the region including as far north and east as Hamanassett. Patriot’s Day commemorates the time a small outpost of British Redcoats and Royal Artillery encamped during the winter of 1777. This will be a great opportunity to view firing demonstrations, fresh breads and cookies baked by a Colonial baker, a demonstration of open fire cooking, a military medical demonstration and display, and the sounds of a military fife and drum. For more information call 610-459-3342 or click here.
Historic Odessa -November 14-December 31 201 Main Street Odessa, De.
Enjoy a visit from St. Nick at the Wilson-Warner House. Colonial food demonstrations are also on the calendar. On December 21 there will be a holiday candlelight tour from 7-8:30 to enjoy Christmas traditions of times past. Along with the holiday tour you’ll toast the season with champagne and treats at the c1700 Collins-Sharp house. Reservations are a must. 302-378-4119 for more information. Don’t wait because a few of their events are already sold out. Odessa is only 38 miles from Hamanassett Bed & Breakfast so will make a nice day trip.
Visit Media for the Holidays November 18, and November 24-26
More information A two day event allows you to stroll and enjoy their Festival of Lights and enjoy evening shopping and holiday fun. Friday’s Festival of Lights begins at 5 PM. November 26 brings the 4th annual Santa parade.
November 18-January 7 Yuletide at Winterthur
Even if you have been to Winterthur during the holidays it is worth revisiting. Each year they choose a different decade to profile and show how the DuPont family would have celebrated the holidays during that time. New this year is a tree decorated to celebrate the exhibit “Royal Splendor: The Coronation Gown from The Crown the TV show about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 10-5. 800-448-3883. More information.
Candlelight Christmas in Chadds Ford – December 2
This is a go at your own pace tour of historic sites and homes in and around Chadds Ford from 1 – 6 PM. 610-388-7376
If helicopters aren’t your cup of tea, how about a ride on a Christmas train? In Strasburg (40 minutes from Hamanassett) you can board one of their trains where Santa will welcome you aboard for a 45 minute train ride.
The Spirit of Christmas in Old New Castle, Delaware December 9
Old New Castle is a lovely 17th century village that was established in 1651. It sits right on the water and is where William Penn first landed when he came to America. A full day of events is scheduled including concerts, house tours, refreshments and, of course, shopping. The day ends with the lighting of the tree at the Presbyterian Church. 302-328-3279.
Enjoy a German Christmas Village in Philadelphia – From Thanksgiving Eve until Christmas Eve
Can’t make it to Germany to one of their famed Christmas markets? This marks the 10th anniversary of an authentic open-air German Christmas market in Philadelphia at Love Park. In addition to shopping, thousands of twinkling lights will get you in the spirit as you enjoy great food (think Bratwurst and schnitzel) , music, mulled wine and hot chocolate. Imagine over 80 international and local vendors selling Christmas decorations, ornaments, toys and more. Best of all admission is free.
West Chester, Pa. offers shopping even closer to Hamanassett with over 60 boutiques and only 15 minutes away.
As new information comes in I’ll update our Events Calendar on our web site so check back often.
And finally, Hamanassett is always a festive destination in and of itself. Enjoy a complimentary glass of port or sherry (or bring your own favorite libation) and kick back and relax in front of our fireplace. We are always happy to see you. Click here to check our availability and book a room.
Where ever you are and however you celebrate the holidays, we wish you a safe and joyous season.
Ashley and Glenn