The 10th anniversary Kennett Square Holiday Light Parade and Small Business Saturday will usher in the festive season in Kennett Square the last weekend in November, followed by two magical weekends of the beloved Kennett Square Holiday Village Market at The Creamery.
10th Anniversary Holiday Light Parade and Small Business Saturday
Kennett Square loves a parade, and the Holiday Light Parade and Tree Lighting the day after Thanksgiving has been a highlight for families for a decade now. This year the parade will be on November 25th, beginning at 6:15pm.
“This is the 10th anniversary of the Kennett Square Holiday Light Parade,” says community member and longtime parade organizer Carol Ciliberti. “We started with a handful of entries and have expanded to around 80 floats.” These include music and dance troupes, community groups, and an assortment of vehicles including classic cars, tractors, wagons, fire engines, and school buses, all festooned with lights. “The parade culminates in welcoming Santa and Mrs. Claus to help light the town tree. It’s a great family event for all ages,” Ciliberti says.
Following a new route this year to help alleviate traffic congestion, the parade will start at the intersection of Cypress and South Broad Streets, heading north to State Street and then west along State Street down to Center Street.
A DJ will play holiday music for the crowds on State Street before the parade, and dancers from Longwood Performing Arts will kick off the parade at 6:15pm with performances near the State and Union intersection.
Kennett Collaborative, which sponsors and coordinates the parade in co-operation with local community partners, will be bringing back the popular meet and greet with Santa and Mrs. Claus on the porch at Work2gether (120 East State Street) directly after the parade.
“The parade officially launches the holiday shopping season in Kennett Square,” says Kennett Collaborative Executive Director Bo Wright. “We encourage everyone to come back the next day to enjoy the festive atmosphere and the joy of shopping small and supporting locally owned shops and restaurants. Shopping small—on Small Business Saturday and every day—not only ensures that you find the most beautiful and highest quality gifts for everyone on your list. It also supports our expert and passionate small business owners, their families, and employees and helps build a strong local economy. We’re also encouraging people to save the date for Tinsel on the Town, a holiday shopping event planned by the merchants for the evening of Friday, December 9th.”
Kennett Square Holiday Village Market
The Kennett Square Holiday Village Market, returning to The Creamery from 11am to 5pm on December 3rd, 4th, 10th, and 11th, will once again feature dozens of curated artisan and vintage vendors. Ice sculpture demonstrations, live music, Santa Claus, fire pits and s’mores, handcrafted and warming festive drinks and cocktails, food trucks, and more are all part of the Kennett Square Holiday Village Market experience in the magical setting of The Creamery.
“The Creamery is thrilled to host the Kennett Square Holiday Village Market again this year,” says Joe Mulry, Director of Programming at The Kennett Creamery. “This event aligns completely with our mission to nurture community building and collaborative partnerships—and there’s no better time of year to gather our neighbors together than the holiday season! The Creamery is proud to support and celebrate our local artisans, musicians, culture, and traditions.”
“This is the sixth year of the market, and we will have more vendors than ever before, with over a hundred vendors total over the four days,” says vendor curator Meredith Langer of Merely Mere. With a different combination of vendors every day, Langer ensures there’s a variety of everything from jewelry and prints to ceramics, textiles, vintage items, holiday décor, and more. “It will be a great opportunity to purchase holiday gifts and get into the nostalgic holiday spirit while enjoying a festive drink from The Creamery in a special Holiday Village Market enamel mug,” she says.
The Holiday Village Market is a favorite annual event for community members and visitors—as well as for the vendors who return year after year. Amy DiGregorio of Helen Ethel Jewelry has been a vendor every year. “I look forward to the Kennett Square Holiday Village Market to get me in the holiday spirit!” she says. “The market’s festive atmosphere transports those who attend to a winter wonderland reminiscent of a cozy holiday Hallmark movie.”
Colleen and Chris Allison of Fresh Vintage will once again be bringing their wonderfully eclectic selection of prints, maps, and more. “The Holiday Village Market is definitely one of our favorites,” they say. “The unique industrial setting of The Creamery, as well as the relaxed wintry vibe and the friendly customers from all over the Delaware Valley set it apart from other markets. We also love the ice sculptor!”
“We sell original antique local maps as well as maps from all over the globe,” the Allisons say. “We get the most joy from customers who find an antique map that includes their house or the house of a loved one. The maps are the perfect gift for those who are hard to buy for, so it’s always nice to see when customers are able to mark a gift off their shopping list.”
New vendors this year will include Dial V for Vintage, Herbal Jawn Apothecary, Creative Arch Philly Jewelry, and Blue Jar Studio cyanotypes. Kennett local favorites include Hilltop Flower Co., TEXTILE, and Bee Our Guest Wraps.
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