The Holiday Season at Kendal-Crosslands is magical. Residents from different faiths share their family traditions, and everyone looks forward to the Annual Arts & Crafts Fair, where amazing things from hand-woven kitchen towels to bird houses, to stained glass ornaments and so much more are available for sale, with proceeds going to support the Residents Associations.

In addition to the many celebrations going on here on campus, be sure to check out the wonderful seasonal celebrations happening nearby.

What’s Happening In The Area

Longwood Christmas

In addition to Holiday Traditions on campus, there’s so much to do in the surrounding community as well. A few events to check out include:

A Longwood Christmas Nov 17 – Jan, 7, 2024. Be sure to buy tickets in advance for a Longwood Christmas, and see their amazing displays. The Gardens come to life at night as well with stunning light displays, indoors and out.

West Chester Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting, Friday Dec 1, 6:30 – 10 pm

The largest local Christmas parade is in nearby West Chester! Be sure to check out the many wonderful shops and restaurants in this historic University town. Don’t miss the handcrafted treats at Eclat Chocolate, where wonderful and sophisticated chocolates and truffles will truly amaze.

Kennett Square Holiday Village Market– Saturday, December 2nd and Sunday, December 3rd, and Saturday, December 9th and Sunday December 10th. Kennett Collaborative and The Creamery hold this artisan Holiday Market annually at The Creamery on Birch Street in Kennett Square. It’s a great place to see local artisans and pick up unique presents that are sure to delight! Vendors change each day, so you’ll always find something new- click here to see a list of vendors and events. There’s ice skating, ice sculptures, Santa, hot chocolate, mulled wine, treats and more!

West Chester Christkindlmarkt Saturday, December 9th and Sunday December 10th

Held in conjunction with the Chester County Art Association and Downtown West Chester, 90 stalls featuring individually handcrafted art, ceramics, jewelry and more will be sure to help you find something special for everyone on your list.

Midnight on the Square December 31st, starting at 7:30 pm

Join a local tradition of the lighted Mushroom Drop to ring in the New Year in Kennett Square! Music, dancing and a laser light show are all part of the festivities in our local nod to New Year’s in Times Square!

Holiday Celebration with Family Recipes

Each year, we love to share a family recipe that means a lot to us, and this year, we’re sharing our favorite holiday cookie recipes- the ones that remind you of home and family.

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Helene’s Merry Christmas Cookies

My mom used to let me stay home from school as a kid and together we would make cookies all day long. There are two versions of this Merry Christmas Cookie, we always made the honey and lemon variety.

I make these for my own family and friends, they are super easy to roll out and are fun to decorate. These cookies stay somewhat soft once they cool which makes them delightful to bite into.

Maureen’s Russian Tea Cakes

I was first introduced to these cookies in 8th grade Home Economics class with the name of “Russian Tea Cakes”.  They are commonly known now as “Mexican Wedding Cake Cookies”.  They are great to make with little ones because they do not contain raw eggs and they can sneak a bit of dough to eat.  Enjoy!!

Nancy’s Apricot Kolaches

Growing up, I always heard my father talk about the Kipfels his grandmother would make. She was from Hungary and her recipe used over 3 pounds of flour and made dozens and dozens of cookies. His favorite was filled with prune, while I prefer raspberry. Many years later, we found this recipe that makes about 5 dozen- much more manageable!

Kelley’s Pecan Tassies

Growing up my parents made Christmas magical for us.  There are to many wonderful memories to count.  My favorite memory was, coming home after school and the house being filled with the smell of fresh baked cookies and breads and the slow addition of home decorations as my mom prepared for the holiday.  Pecan Tassies were always a popular accent to my mom’s beautiful cookie tray on Christmas Day.

Cook’s Tips:

Butter will provide the best flavor when making these rich, miniature tarts.

The Flour & Sugar Shaker is ideal for sprinkling powdered sugar or cinnamon over baked goods for a pretty finishing touch.

To store the tarts, cool completely, then place them in a tightly covered container. For longer storage, freeze up to one month. To thaw, let the tarts stand at room temperature. You may want to sprinkle the tarts with additional powdered sugar before serving.

Julia’s Sprinkle Cookies

This recipe is always a family favorite, and fun to decorate with the whole family!

Ellen’s Oatmeal Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies

These cookies just taste like the Holidays- they’ve gotten rave reviews here from my co-workers as well as being a holiday favorite at home.