At the Malvern Victorian Christmas, music is literally everywhere! All weekend long, roving carolers cascade through the town heralding tidings of good news and great songs. Local dance studios sponsor dancing in the streets. On Friday evening, dozens of choirs and bands and ensembles perform, and it seems as though every business in town is hosting one of them. Even if not hosting music, all the businesses on King Street throw an open house with great holiday buys and complimentary goodies, like hot cocoa and holiday cookies and artisan cheese. Of course, before any of this though, the big tree is lit and then the Malvern Victorian Christmas is off and running.
There are tons of free activities for children and families, including ornament making, hayrides, carriage rides, magicians and puppet shows. The library and the Malvern Federal Savings Bank each sponsor free crafts for the kids. A small donation is required for a Gingerbread House workshop at the library. Adults won’t want to miss the open house at the wineries and gourmet food shops!
It can be hard for a small town like Malvern to stand out when it is wedged between big cities like Reading, West Chester, King of Prussia, and Philadelphia – but Malvern Victorian Christmas is a great start. This quick, two day festival packs in about a weeks worth of fun! A surprising amount of this fun is free, and that which costs money doesn’t cost a lot. This is made possible by generous donations and volunteering from local businesses, who work hard all year long to throw this fantastic celebration. In the past, hair salons have sponsored free hair braiding, toy stores offer free craft workshops for kids, and it is not uncommon for a town-wide wine tasting.
Many of the events are free, but tickets are required for many of the free events and space is sometimes limited.
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