As the hopeful fresh chapter of a new year begins, Kennett Squareans will be able to welcome 2022 with a celebration that feels like a return to normalcy. The beloved Midnight in the Square and 9th annual Mushroom Drop will be back in the center of town on December 31st.
The excitement has been palpable at the return of events like the Mushroom Festival, the Kennett Brewfest, Tinsel on the Town, and the Kennett Square Holiday Village Market this year. There’s a renewed and deeper appreciation for the traditions and festivals that make our community unique and the shared experiences that also strengthen our connections to one another. “There’s finally a sense of the community getting out and coming together again, and we’re super excited to see Midnight in the Square come back,” says Joe D’Amico, vice-president of To-Jo Mushrooms and one of the event’s original sponsors.
“We need it,” says Mushroom Cap owner, longtime Mushroom Festival coordinator, and Midnight in the Square organizer Kathi Lafferty, “to welcome in a new year after all that’s gone on this year.”
The Kennett Square Holiday Village Market brings the Christkindlmarkt experience to Southern Chester County once again this year. Dozens of artisan and vintage vendors are at the heart of the event, each stall a tiny feast of beautiful and unique handcrafted items that promise to delight the recipient and bring a sprinkling of this magic home. Each day at the market is different, with both new and returning vendors. Live music, ice sculptures, fire pits, Santa Claus, food trucks, handcrafted and warming drinks and cocktails from The Creamery, and more are all part of the Kennett Square Holiday Village Market experience.
A free shuttle, courtesy of Krapf's, will run from 11am to 5pm between the corner of State and South Broad Street down to The Creamery on Birch Street—and parking in the E. Linden Street Garage is free on weekends!
Today's schedule includes:
Kids' face painting, noon to 5pm
Live ice sculptor, 11am to 2pm
Kennett High School & Middle School Orchestras perform, 11am to 12:30pm
Dylan Zangwill, of America's Got Talent fame, 3pm to 5pm
Activities on Sunday include:
Kids' face painting, noon to 5pm
A visit from Santa, 2pm to 3pm
Kennett Middle School Orchestra performs, 11am to 11:45am
Stay connected to your community and farmers and food producers and help to strengthen our local economy year-round by shopping at the KSQ Farmers Market every Friday, 3–5pm, all winter long(weather permitting!). You'll never have to wonder "is market this week or next?"
Microtransit isn't a term you hear often, but it might be part of a solution to meet growing transit needs in our community. Microtransit offers highly flexible routing and/or highly flexible scheduling to ensure equitable access to transportation. The next step in a Kennett Square Microtransit Study is a community survey, and we need your input! Please take a few moments to take this survey answering a few questions about how you prefer to get around Kennett Square. The survey is also available in Spanish. Thank you for participating!
Kennett Collaborative’s Light Up the Square tree lights, lighted garlands, and town Christmas tree created a magical setting for last evening's Tinsel on the Town holiday shopping event. Thank you to everyone who has already donated to Light Up the Square this year. If you'd like to support this community-funded initiative, including making a donation in honor or in memory of a loved one to be recognized with a handmade ornament on the community tree on State Street, please click here.
We hope to see you at the Holiday Village Market this weekend—please stop by the information booth to pick up a free Kennett Collaborative sticker!
Thank you for reading and we wish you a happy and healthy week "Around the Square."