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 (one pack), $14.99 (two pack)

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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Christmas Of Remembrance Series: My Last Letter

Christmas time is not about the gifts... It is about something far, far more special.


Dear Reader,

Thank you for your time.

This is a series that I have dedicated to those I have loved and lost. It was merely a thought, then an idea, and now a realized creation. Christmas time… all winter really is a hard time for me. It holds this duality in my life of being both my favorite and also my least favorite and difficult time of year. It has been that way for years now.

In a way, this series aids my closure and healing further, and it allows me to tell my story in a way that, to me, is less scary (one of the many great facets of this platform). It was never my intention to write this in order to reach people, or encourage people, or serve as an inspiration to anyone. This was for me and only me. No one else. But, if these pieces of writing do impact someone, somewhere, or make them feel encouraged or inspired in some way or another, or just simply make them feel, then I hope you have enjoyed them. If I can make someone feel, then I guess I have done my job.

The life of an artist is often an uncertain one. The life of a human is a trying one. But life is a journey, and all journeys have their trials. Their tests. Their triumphs and rewards. And they all have their losses. What matters most is what you make of all of it. What lessons you learn. What changes you make. What life you create for yourself. What art you create because of it all. It can be very, very hard. But it can all be glorious at the same time.

At the heart of this series, my words, there is this deep and valuable belief of mine: Christmas (or the Winter Holiday that you may celebrate) is so much more about presents and cooking and shopping and all that other bullshit… it is about family.

The family that is related by blood. The family that surrounds your heart. Your Mom. Your brother. Your dearest friends. The bonds that make life valuable. Worth living. These bonds are soulful bonds, ones that are far more special than any mere trivial object. So… be with them. Forgive. Forget. Heal. Mend what is broken. Reassemble what has been shattered. And stop worrying so much. Laugh together. Cry together. Heal on another. Heal together. And may your new days be better, brighter, and full of love.

Happy Holidays.


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