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KENNETT SQUARE—Whether you come for the day or stay for the weekend, there’s a warm welcome and something for everyone in Kennett Square this season. Kennett Square’s “small-town feel” shines during the holidays, says resident and Borough Council member Doug Doerfler.

“A day of shopping uptown with breaks over coffee, beer, or hot chocolate while a horse-drawn carriage passes by," Doerfler said. "Fun for all ages at our seasonal markets and shows. The craziness of a mushroom drop that welcomes in a new year. And my personal favorite—walking through town on a peaceful, snowy evening enjoying the serene beauty of the lights.”

1. The Holiday Village Market—Kennett Square’s Holiday Village Market brings the enchanting experience of Germany’s renowned Christmas markets to the magical setting of the newly reopened Creamery. In addition to shopping with artisan and vintage vendors, enjoy live music, great food, hot drinks, workshops and kids’ crafts, story time with Santa in the children’s garden, a photo booth, ice sculpture demonstrations, and fire pits. December 1st, 2nd, 8th, and 9th, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Other festive events on the Kennett Square calendar this season include the fun-filled Tinsel on the Town shopping soiree, complete with DJ, Santa, and craft beer garden, from 6 to 9 p.m. on December 13th, Kennett Brewing Company’s Holiday Art Shop on December 15th and 22nd, and the Kennett Library Winter Solstice Faire on December 16th.

2. Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides and Carolers—The best way to see Kennett Square’s historic downtown and festive décor is on a horse-drawn carriage. This family-friendly Kennett Square holiday tradition continues with carriage rides on Sundays from 12 to 3 p.m. On Saturday afternoons, enjoy the gorgeous voices of the Brandywine Singers, Chester County’s premier chamber choral ensemble, as they stroll around town singing traditional seasonal favorites. And don’t forget to mail your letters to Santa while you’re here—he’s set up his North Pole Post outside Penny Lane Emporium at 121 West State Street.

3. Unique Shops—Show your love for local and shop with a difference for everyone on your list this holiday season. Each small business owner in Kennett Square brings passion and expertise to what they do, and every store offers unique items you won’t find anywhere else—whether you’re looking for fun stocking stuffers, beautiful art or accessories for yourself or your home, children’s gifts, gourmet treats, vintage and handcrafted giftables, books, or the perfect outfit for your next outdoor adventure or an elegant occasion.

4. Giving Back—While there’s a growing awareness of the powerful ripple effect that shopping small creates in local communities, it’s less well known that small businesses donate 250% more than larger businesses to nonprofits and community causes. You can help caring and generous small business owners in Kennett Square give to those in need in extraordinary ways this holiday season, including a stocking contest to benefit YoungMoms, a giving tree, a warm coat drive, and more.

5. Hot Drinks (or Cold Beer)—When it’s time for a break, there are plenty of places to sit and watch the world go by as you enjoy Kennett Square hospitality. From coffee shops serving handcrafted coffee, tea, and hot chocolate to craft breweries, gourmet restaurants, and casual eateries, there’s something for every palate.

Free parking in the parking garage all day Saturday and Sunday throughout December. For more information visit https://historickennettsquare.com

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