The bucolic Brandywine River Museum is enchanting all year round, but especially during the holiday season as exquisitely crafted decor adorns the museum and festive programming offers something fun for everyone. (Photo by J. Smith for GPTMC)
The Brandywine River Museum has all of the components of an awesome, one-stop holiday leisure spot.
From the famous Brandywine River Museum Railroad that’s equipped with hundreds of miniature antique Lionel train cars traveling on almost 2,000 feet of track, to the annual handmade, made-from-natural-materials Critter Sale, “A Brandywine Christmas” will include events and displays perfect for holiday enthusiasts of all ages.
On December 1-2, the Critter Sale will be up and running, wowing visitors with intricate details and adorable themes: think pine-cone mice and surfing frogs. You have to see these for yourself. The 9,000 some-odd sustainably-made, clever crafts were created by a “glue-gun gang” of more than 120 volunteers.
Those with children should not miss “Teasel & Twigs ‘Tis a Critter Christmas Tale” Book Signing, December 1. Kids can get a signed copy of the delightful story of the Brandywine River Museum “critters” coming to life at night, and listen in to the story of Roger the Reindeer and his missing berry nose.
The Young Friends’ Yuletide Reunion party is set for December 3 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Featuring hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, music and more, this will be a great opportunity for holiday mingling.
Another great event for the kids is the Children’s Christmas Party, December, 6-8 p.m. Santa will spread the Christmas cheer; there will also be costumed characters, face painting, Cookie Land, special exhibition Pop-Up! Illustration in 3D, an elaborate Victorian dollhouse and Christmas trees decorated with the holiday critters.
Reserve a spot here, as tickets are limited.
No matter the festivity of your choice at the museum, the decor, up November 23, will be extraordinary. 56 museum volunteers worked for three hours creating several wreaths for holiday decorating. The largest wreath is 18 feet in diameter (!!), made of yew and blue spruce and decorated with 200 lights.
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A Brandywine Christmas
When: November 23-January 6
Where: Brandywine River Museum, 100 Creek Road, Chadds Ford
Cost: Prices vary by event. Museum admission is $12, adults; $8 seniors (65+); $6, students with ID and children ages 6-12
More info: www.brandywinemuseum.org