Of all the adjectives used to describe the Kennett Square Holiday Village Market at The Creamery, “magical” seems the most apt. The event recreates the atmosphere of the German Christkindlmarkt, which traces its history back to the Middle Ages. Local tradespeople sold their handcrafted wares at these markets where local food and drink were also sold—giving the market in each town its own distinctive flavor and character. What Christkindlmarkts have in common across Europe today is this magical ambiance—beautiful lighting, crisp air carrying the suggestion or promise of snow, the sweet and spicy aroma of Glühwein (mulled wine), the timeless anticipation of holiday celebrations.
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. 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.
The bright lights of Kennett’s Holiday Light Parade the day after Thanksgiving will shine even brighter this year after a year off, starting at the intersection of State and Union at 6:15pm with a performance by dancers from Longwood Performing Arts.
Although Santa and Mrs. Claus will not be able to do their usual meet and greet this year, they will ride in the parade and turn on the town Christmas tree to officially kick off the holiday season before heading back to the North Pole to continue their preparations.
We agree with our local merchants that EVERY Saturday should be Small Business Saturday, but we still invite you to kick off your holiday shopping with care, creativity, and thoughtful intent on Saturday, November 27th. Enjoy shopping all of Kennett Square's unique shops and boutiques—the businesses that together earned the "Best Suburban Shopping Destination 2019." Two years and one pandemic later, Kennett Square has even more great shops than before, as well as award-winning restaurants and cafes for shoppers to enjoy.
Click here for a sampling of some of the special events and sales our local shops have in store for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday!
Kennett Heritage Center is offering a lantern-making workshop on Sunday, November 21 from 1pm to 4pm. The workshop, which is free and for people of all ages, will be held at the Garage Community & Youth Center at 115 S. Union Street and led by KHC board member Ken Johnston. Materials will be supplied by Square Roots Collective. Kindly RSVP to KennettHeritageCenter@gmail.com so they know how many to expect.
We're excited to be bringing back the Kennett Square Holiday Village Market at The Creamery this year, and we're looking for adult and high school student volunteers to help make this popular community event run smoothly. Please consider joining us for a shift or two. Find out more here!
CCArts will be transformed into a marketplace of fine handcrafted gifts during its Annual Artisan Show on Saturday, November 20, 10am–5pm and Sunday, November 21, 11am–4pm. A $5 fee grants you admission for both days. Members and children 10 and under are free.
In case you missed the excellent and thought-provoking KSQ Speaker Series presentation last week by Marques King entitled "Getting out of the Comfort 'Zone': Why Sustainable Places Need Flexible & Adaptable Zoning," you can find the video here.
King considers the restrictions that modern-day zoning places on cities and towns and how loosening these restrictions can produce flexible and sustainable places. His presentation includes a brief history of zoning and race and ends with a connection to building and retaining wealth locally.
Thank you for reading, for your continued community engagement throughout the year, and for continuing to support local businesses and events as we head into the holiday season.
One of the elements of our Light Up the Square program that we particularly love is our community tree with handmade ornaments recognizing donations to the lights in honor or in memory of loved ones. This tree will be going up in town soon, and if you would like to consider making such a donation, you can find out more here.
We're thankful for all of our Around the Square readers and wish you and yours a happy and healthy Thanksgiving celebration.