Chestnut Hill will have all its historic charm on display this weekend as it celebrates the holiday season – and supports local merchants.
Chestnut Hill will have all its historic charm on display this weekend as it celebrates the holiday season – and supports local merchants with Small Business Saturday on Nov. 25.
Many of the region’s neighborhood business districts will be celebrating Small Business Saturday this weekend, as it is a nationwide event designed to encourage shoppers to support their local business owners. But here in Chestnut Hill, a place where most of those local merchants are also friends and neighbors, the day provides a special opportunity to celebrate – and support – the people who work so hard to make Germantown Avenue the lively destination that it is.
“Shopping small is a way of life in Chestnut Hill,” said executive director Courtney O’Neill, executive director of the Chestnut Hill Business Association. “Our residents pride themselves on patronizing local businesses and artisans. We hope the community and visitors will feel that special holiday magic while supporting our vibrant main street.”
And it should be easy to find something for everyone on your list – the neighborhood’s shopping district includes boutiques, galleries, jewelers and other specialty retailers that offer the kind of gifts you won’t find in malls or big box stores.
There will also be plenty of help getting into the holiday spirit, as carolers will be strolling the Avenue and a classic brass quartet will be making an appearance. Refreshments will be served at many local businesses, and guests can have their picture taken with Santa, who will be on the Avenue from 12-3 p.m.
Most stores will be staying open late for customers' convenience during the entire holiday season. Late-night Wednesdays kick off on Dec. 6, and most stores stay open until 8 p.m. every Wednesday until Christmas. Neighborhood restaurants and pubs also extend their hours for holiday cheer via cocktails, nibbles, and music.
Visitors can park for free in public lots throughout Chestnut Hill on late-night Wednesdays thanks to a holiday promotion by The Chestnut Hill Parking Foundation.
For a full list of shops, dining, parking and more, visit chestnuthillpa.com.
Further off the Avenue on Saturday, Northwestern Stables is hosting its annual Holiday Horses and Bazaar fundraiser at its equestrian facility at 120 West Northwestern Avenue, near the entrance to Forbidden Drive.
Families can visit live ‘reindeer’ and shop at the artisan market, which will be set up inside the barn. Visitors will find the barn festively decorated, with hand-made gifts from local vendors, holiday-themed games, ornaments of your favorite horses, an amazing silent auction and raffle, and seasonal food and beverages.
For the kids, Santa and his horse will also be here, as well as a photographer in case you want to buy a photo. Children can also experience a guided horse ride for an additional fee.
Holiday photos with Santa and horse rides are limited, so it’s best to reserve tickets ahead of time. Find info at northwesternstables.com.