READY FOR ANOTHER FESTIVE HOLIDAY SEASON IN ARDMORE? Between Santa’s Arrival and Small Business Saturday, there will be no shortage of events to keep families and people of all ages full of holiday cheer! Check out this collection of holiday events and promotions in Ardmore. The list keeps growing, so be sure to bookmark this page!


Hosting Thanksgiving this year but don’t have the time and energy to put together the traditional spread? Look no further than The Tasting Room. Whether you need just the trimmings, only the turkey, or the whole big dinner for your family and friends, this Tasting Room tradition — the Thanksgiving catering menu — has become a Turkey Day staple throughout Greater Philadelphia. Place your order here by noon on Friday, November 20 and let The Tasting Room do the rest of the work!

When: Order now until Fri 11/20
Where: Pick-up Wed 11/25 at The Tasting Room (8 E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore) or ask for delivery
Contact: The Tasting Room, 610-642-2670


Thanksgiving is all about sharing and togetherness, which is why every year Jack McShea’s opens its doors to the public for a free Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings. Whether you’re someone who won’t be able to make it home for the holidays, or simply want to experience Thanksgiving with the greater community, Jack McShea’s welcomes you.

When: Thu 11/25, 3pm
Where: Jack McShea’s, 34 E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore
Contact: Jack McShea’s, 484-416-3547


Ardmore’s favorite Santa’s Arrival is back again this year! Gather at Schauffele Plaza at 6pm on Friday, December 27 to await Santa’s grand entrance on a real firetruck! Children can witness Santa’s magic firsthand as he lights the holiday tree, sing along with carolers, and enjoy cookies and hot cocoa as they wait in line for a turn on Santa’s lap. The first Win the Window drawing will take place at Santa’s Arrival, and a lucky winner will go home with holiday gifts from the Ardmore Initiative’s window. This is a must-go event for families!

When: Fri 11/27, 6-7pm
Where: Schauffele Plaza, 16 Lancaster Ave, Ardmore
Contact: Ardmore Initiative, 610-645-0540, or see the Destination Ardmore events calendar


Big box stores aren’t the only places where you can score great shopping deals. This holiday season, give back to your local community by shopping at one of Downtown Ardmore’s 250+ independent retailers. Starting Thanksgiving weekend, Fuel (5 W Lancaster Ave) will sell $30 gift cards for only $20, Gerhard’s (204 E Lancaster Ave) will offer specials on appliances all month, and everything at Mapes (210 W Lancaster Ave & 71 Rittenhouse Pl) will be 20% off the entire week!

When: Most deals last the entire weekend
Where: Small Businesses in Downtown Ardmore
Contact: See the Destination Ardmore business directory to find contact information for a particular store


Don’t miss out on the delicious fun that will take place at Maido on Small Business Saturday! At the 2015 Curry Festival, competitors will have a shot at $350 in prizes for making the best curry. The public is invited to taste the curries and weigh in on whose curry is indeed the best. There is no entrance fee. Come hungry!

When: Sat 11/28, 1-3pm
Where: Maido, 5 E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore
Contact: Maido,  484-417-6745


Looking for a unique holiday party for the office or a group of friends? The Mud Room is just the right place! Your “inner artist” will bloom when we provide all the tools and instruction to create a fabulous piece. BYO and let us handle the rest! B2B discount and free studio fees* for all party participants. *Normally $7/person.

When: Mon 11/23-Sat 1/16
Where: The Mud Room, 11 Station Ave, Ardmore
Contact: The Mud Room, 610-896-3887


Meet, shop, eat & mingle at this year’s 2nd Annual Cricket Cringle. Enjoy a unique, open-air holiday shopping experience reminscent of the Christmas Villages found throughout Europe. Local restaurants, gift wrapping, photo booth, and more!

When: Fri 12/4, 5-9pm, Sat 12/5 10am-6pm
Where: Cricket Avenue in Downtown Ardmore


Looking for something fun to do on the weekend with your girlfriends? Consider checking out the Parisienne & Rodan + Fields Open House on Saturday, December 5. Sung Han of Parisienne, named Best Women’s Boutique by Main Line Parent, will give personalized styling sessions, and Kathy Korge Albergate will introduce you to the perfect R+F products for your skin. Come and be pampered!

When: Sat 12/5, 2-7pm
Where: Parisienne, 18 Anderson Ave, Ardmore
Contact: Parisienne, 610-649-0100


Join the Friends of Linwood Park for their annual Winter Solstice Celebration. Linwood Park will be alive with hot chocolate, s’mores, and a beautiful lumiere lighting along the wall. Purchase “Butterflies of Linwood Park” note cards and donate a dollar to have your very own Christmas ball hung on a tree for the season. Don’t miss this wonderful family-friendly event!

When: Sat 12/12, 4pm-Dark
Where: Linwood Park, Linwood and Athens Ave, Ardmore
Contact: Friends of Linwood Park,


Grab your passports and let the skaters from the Philadelphia Skating Club & Humane Society take you on a journey celebrating the holiday traditions of the world. Skaters of all ages and levels from beginners to national competitors will perform to holiday music from around the globe. This is trip worth traveling with us, and admission is free! Ample free parking is available in our private lot. The Philadelphia Skating Club & Humane Society is located at 220 Holland Avenue, behind Haverford College.

When: Sat 12/12, 5pm
Where: Philadelphia Skating Club & Humane Society, 220 Holland Ave, Ardmore
Contact: Philadelphia Skating Club & Humane Society, 610-642-8700


Local businesses are donating special holiday gift items for the special Win the Window holiday giveaway! Every week between Black Friday and Christmas, a portion of the holiday prizes in the Ardmore Initiative’s window (56 E Lancaster Ave) will be gifted to a lucky winner. To see what’s up for grabs, peek into the Ardmore Initiative’s window starting Friday, November 20. Enter the drawing by submitting a raffle entry at the Ardmore Initiative or at one of the participating stores listed here. The more stores you visit, the more entries you submit and the greater chance you have at winning!

Enter to win at these stores:

Aqua Hut Dive & Travel (51 Rittenhouse Pl): Donated snorkeling set
Ardmore Eye Care
 (11 W Lancaster Ave): Donated Juicy Couture sunglasses
Ardmore Music Hall (23 E Lancaster Ave): Donated NYE show tickets
Ardmore Toyota (219 E Lancaster Ave): Donated full detailing
Boutique Iris (38 Rittenhouse Pl): Donated clutch
Calliope Music Stores (4 E Lancaster Ave): Donated music book
Fuel (5 W Lancaster Ave): Donated gift card
Giannini Jewelers (15 E Lancaster Ave): Donated watch
Harry’s Treasures & Collectibles (22 E Lancaster Ave): Donated truck, airplane, and other collectors items
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant (60 Greenfield Ave, Ardmore Plaza): Donated gift card
Jack McShea’s  (34 E Lancaster Ave): Donated gift card
Jason’s Toridasu (40 Rittenhouse Pl): Donated gift card
John Henry’s Pub (98 Cricket Ave): Donated gift card
Jr League Thrift Shop (25 W Lancaster Ave): Donated Kate Spade bag
Maido Market (5 E Lancaster Ave): Donated giant Hello Kitty plush animal
Pageboy Hair (12 W Lancaster Ave): Donated gift card
Parisienne (18 Anderson Ave): Donated gift card
Past*Present*Future (15 W Lancaster Ave): Donated candle stick holder
Personally by Ani K (22 Ardmore Ave): Donated gift card
Pinot’s Palette (20 Greenfield Ave, Ardmore Plaza): Donated gift card
pucciManuli  (35 Cricket Ave): Donated gift card
Republic Bank (233 E Lancaster Ave): Donated Visa card
Styche (57 W Lancaster Ave): Donated gift card
The Mud Room (11 Station Ave): Donated gift card
Trillium Flowers (41 Rittenhouse Pl): Donated holiday greens
Viking Pastries (39 Cricket Ave): Donated gift card
World Wide Stereo (38 Greenfield Ave, Ardmore Plaza):  Donated gift card

When: Fri 11/20-Fri 12/18
Ardmore Initiative (56 E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore) and other participating locations
Contact: Ardmore Initiative, 610-645-0540, or see the Destination Ardmore events calendar


What is more fun than a party in your pajamas? Dress your family in their favorite PJs and head to Lulu’s Casita for the Pajama Holiday Fiesta. This BYOB event will feature a hot chocolate bar, arts and crafts, and live music by Adam Web for $15. Get in the holiday giving spirit by bringing pajamas to donate to the Plaid Pajamas Project, a local nonprofit providing pajamas to kids and teens in need.

When: Fri 12/18, 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave, Ardmore
Contact: Lulu’s Casita,


Saxadelphia, formerly The Philly Sax Quartet, will play at Ardmore’s Calliope Music on Saturday, December 19. Come hear a beautiful blend of saxes played by Giacomo DeAnnuntis, Thomas Rottler, Bart Bono, and Hayden Wright. The Saxadelphia Quartet will play a combination of holiday music and original arrangements. This will be a FREE in-store concert!

When: Sat 12/19, 2:30pm
Where: Calliope Music, 4 E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore
Contact: Calliope Music, 610-649-8842


Bring your kids to Fuel on Sunday, December 20 for the best brunch of their lives! None other than Old Saint Nick will enjoy brunch with diners from 12 to 2 pm. Delicious french toast and jolly Old Saint Nicholas — it doesn’t get much better than that, right? Actually, it can. Fuel will donate 15% of all checks to purchase toys for the Children’s Hospital all year. Mark your calendar now!

When: Sun 12/20, 12-2pm
Where: Fuel, 5 Lancaster Ave, Ardmore
Contact: Fuel, 610-896-3835


Celebrate the New Year with your little ones at the third annual White Fiesta- a countdown to noon fiestaThis special event will feature a family photo booth, arts and crafts, face painting, a balloon artist, live music, and story time with the legendary Ms. Val. There will be apple juice for the kids to toast and champagne for the parents. The entire Lulu’s Casita space will be open for the little ones to play. This event is $15 per child or free for annual members.

When: Thu 12/31, 10am-12pm
Where: Lulu’s Casita, 6 Cricket Ave, Ardmore
Contact: Lulu’s Casita,


Ring in the New Year family-style at the Ardmore Music Hall! The Ball drops at 12 (noon) so you can party with your whole family. Kids can enjoy fun activities upstairs and a full brunch menu. Downstairs, there will be music by Alex & The Kaleidoscope plus DJ SJ (Welsh Valley); DJ N-Rocc (Bala Middle School) and special guest MC Flash (Baby Loves Disco). Check out the Facebook event page for more details.

When: Thu 12/31, 10:30am-12:30pm
Where: Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore
Contact: Ardmore Music Hall, 610-649-8389


Looking for something fun to do on New Year’s Eve? Look no further than the New Year’s Eve Extravaganza. Ring in the New Year at the Ardmore Music Hall with PhillyBloco. The 23-piece ensemble of Brazilian, Samba, Funk, Reggae & other music influences from around the world promises to provide the perfect up-tempo beat for dancing into 2016! Purchase tickets here. Get a preview of PhillyBloco’s music here.

When: Thu 12/31, 8pm
Where: Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore
Contact: Ardmore Music Hall, 610-649-8389


Come enjoy this BYOB NYE event featuring two dance rooms – one with popular hits and house music from WDAS and the other reggae. Guests can step away from the dance floors to paint with Pinot’s Palette. There will be a 50/50 raffle and a gift basket made up of prizes from Downtown Ardmore’s local businesses. There will be a play area for the kids. $25 Advance/$30 Door. The ticket price includes a glass of champagne when the ball drops!

When: Thu 12/31, 8:30pm-2:00am
Where: First Position Dance Arts, 19 W Lancaster Ave, Ardmore
Contact: First Position Dance Arts, 610-642-4630,


Start 2016 with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe on Saturday, January 2. Karl Denson is a well revered saxophonist who is known best for his recent tours with the Rolling Stones and as a member of Lenny Kravitz’s band. His group Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe is a super-group made up of other talented jazz and soul musicians including Alan Evans from Soulive. Get a preview of Karl Denson’s music here.

When:  Sat 1/2, 7:30pm
Where: Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore
Contact: Ardmore Music Hall, 610-649-8389