The 14 Best Christmas Activities To Do Around West Chester University

The 14 Best Christmas Activities To Do Around West Chester University

Only so many days to fit in all the fun.


Christmas is coming around the corner and the festivities are abundant. Choosing one best for you can be tricky considering the options available. Whether you plan on going with kids, your family, or your significant other, these places are very all beautiful and offer many different attractions. Whether you want something in the warm indoors, or want to brave the cold, this list here has somewhere for everyone.

1. Longwood Gardens

One of my personal favorites, this place is perfect for any person. Its a great trip for the family, or a romantic evening with your significant other. Either way, it's a great place full of beautiful lights and a decorative indoor garden that is brimming with thousands of poinsettias.

2. Christmas Parade

An activity that is in the center of town. This involves many of West Chester University's own and brings a large number of people from the surrounding areas for a night of fun and entertainment.

3. Peddlers Village

Located in Berks County, this area is known for its fun shops, good food, and even a gingerbread house competition. They use a million lights for their celebrations, as well as offer a parade and different events with Santa. Hot apple cider and toasted marshmallows are also a popular choice at the Village.

4. Christmas Village

In LOVE Park this place has German-style shops full of gifts, different foods, and attractions. Over 800 wooden booths are put up for the occasion full of local and international sellers.

5. Miracle in the Valley

This "pop up" bar is apart of a chain that opens up in multiple cities around the world. They offer specialty Christmas Drinks for the time and decorate their whole building to look like a winter wonderland.

6. Blue Cross Riverbank Winterfest

This area offers an ice rink, plenty of food options, and a beautiful cabin styled buildings. Fire pits are all around for those outside the restaurant and bar. This area also all looks over the Ben Franklin Bridge and gives a great view.

7. McGillin's Olde Ale House

This place goes all out for the Christmas Season. The already cozy pub becomes even cozier with the extensive amount of Christmas decorations that get put up for the season.

8. Christmas City

Also known as Bethlehem Pennsylvania, this town goes all for Christmas, bringing in many tourists for the season. This town has a charm, beauty, and history to make this a definite place to visit.

9. Dilworth Park

This Park offers a beautiful skating rink with skate rentals available. They have hot tents all around the rink filled with snacks, beer, and other drinks, as well as hot chocolate. The Wintergarden is also available with an assortment of plants and Christmas lights. The Holiday Market is also open and filled with different shops.

10. Shady Brook Farm

Enjoy the fun of a light show, from the comfort and warmth of your heated car. This farm has over a million lights on display. After the light shows Santa makes an appearance and the farm offers snacks and hot cocoa.

12. Macy's Christmas Light Show

Macy's offers a beautiful indoor light show narrated by the one and only Julie Andrews. The events are free to attend and happen every two hours. This tradition has been around since 1956 and is still a popular attraction for children and adults alike.

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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!


What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

Price: $8.49

2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

Price: $10.98

3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

Price: $1.95

4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

Price: $28.46

5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

Price: $12.00

6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

Price: $9.99

7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

Price: $16.99

8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

Price: $6.50

9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

Price: $38.76-$41.11

10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

Price: $21.85

11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign 

A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

Price: $79.99

12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

Price: $7.99

13. Frat House Dr. Sign

Price: $13.99

Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

14. Beer Lights 

Lights are an essential for any party and these will surely light up even the lamest parties.

Price: $17.19

Please note that prices are accurate and items in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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Giving Gifts at Christmas Shouldn't Be a Burden

A price tag shouldn't matter more than the thought of a gift.


When the holidays come around, everyone starts to worry about what presents to buy for the people that you love. For me, it's a combination of stress and excitement when it comes to buying presents. I want to give gifts to the people that I love, but there's so much pressure to get the perfect gift for everyone in your life. When the season of giving comes around, you shouldn't feel controlled by the pressure of the perfect gift.

After being in a relationship for four years, one of the biggest things that I've learned is that gifts aren't everything.

My boyfriend and I aren't big gift givers in general. We've never gone overboard when it comes to buying each other gifts. It's comforting to know that I don't have to outdo the gift that I previously gave, and that whatever I get him is good enough. However, I have friends who are spending ridiculous amounts of money on their significant others.

Showing people you care about them isn't something that is shown in the amount of money you spend on someone. Actions can mean even more than the amount of money you spend on someone. The fact that someone thought enough to get you a gift should matter more than what you actually receive.

The more you spend on someone doesn't translate to you loving them more. When you have rent and tuition to worry about, it's hard to justify spending large amounts of money on someone else, just for one day. All college students are worried about their spending habits, and the people that you're buying gifts for are in the same situation.

Christmas is a time where everyone wants to make sure that they get gifts for everyone that they love. But between family, friends, and gift exchanges that you're involved in, Christmas quickly becomes a time where everyone spends more than they anticipated.

Giving gifts should be something that you should enjoy doing. If there is anyone who expects you to give a big gift in order for them to be happy, then that's their problem and not yours.

Your significant other should be the person that's most understanding of how much you spend on them. There are other ways than giving gifts that should make them happy. Spending time together around the very busy holidays, and small acts can mean more than one large gift.

Society expects entirely too much when it comes to giving gifts. Not only is there a stigma around giving homemade gifts, but there is also the concern that the gift you are giving isn't good enough. I would rather get a small homemade gift than something expensive.

I never expect anyone to give me a gift. It's their choice to do so, and it doesn't change our relationship in any way. I will appreciate a $5 gift the same as a $100 gift. A price tag doesn't change the fact that someone cared enough about you to get you a gift. Even if it isn't exactly what you wanted, the action of buying you a gift should mean more than the physical item.

Giving gifts is something that you should enjoy doing. Putting pressure on yourself in order to get the perfect gifts eliminates the whole point of giving gifts in the first place. I'm not going to be upset I get "small" gifts every year. I know that my relationships with people mean more than any gifts I could receive.

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