Free ways to kickstart your holidays

Here are a few family-friendly events that have crossed our path. 

As always, be safe and sober behind the wheel.  And from all of us here at the Inquirer, Happy Thanksgiving!


  • Small business cash mob in downtown Pottstown
    The Pottstown Downtown Improvement District Authority is giving out prizes to shoppers who buy local on Friday. Stop by their office at 17 N. Hanover Street for a sticker, a map and contest rules. 
    Then go out and do your shopping! Merchants will have special offers and treats.  Keep an eye out for "Captain Buy Local" and his sidekick "Small Biz".  And when you're done, return to the office visit Grumpy's (137 E. High St.) to submit your prize entry.
    For more information, visit:
  • Skip shopping and check out a new river trail instead
    Join the Friends of Cynwood Heritage Trails for a walk on the county's newest trail!  Walk is about 2 miles, past the Bala Cynwood Park, between West Laurel Hill and Westminster cemeteries, and up to the Schuylkill River at Manayunk.  The trail recently won a county award for outstanding land developments and revitalization.
    Meet 11 a.m. Friday at the Cynwood station. 
    For more information visit
  • Christmas tree lighting in Conshohocken
    Friday, 6-7:30 p.m. at Conshohocken Borough Hall.  DJ, hot chocolate, trivia and treats. Plus, Santa Claus will arrive with a Conshy Fire Co. escort.
    For more information visit


  • Bird-watching at Green Lane Park
    The fall migration of ducks, geese, swans, and other birds will be well underway. Bring binoculars to witness this annual spectacle.
    Saturday, 1 p.m. -- meet at the tennis court parking lot, 2298 Green Lane Road. Participants will travel by car to two additional “hot spots” in the park
    Program is free, but you must register: (215) 234-4528
    For more information, visit:


  • Tour the Victorian-themed Christmas display at Pennypacker Mills.
    Dates: Now through Jan. 6; closed Mondays and holidays
    Times: Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sundays 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
    For more information call 610-287-9349 or visit,A,3,Q,24473,historicsitesNav,|.asp
  • Tour Colonial Christmas at Pottsgrove Manor
    Dates: No through Jan. 6; closed Mondays and holidays.
    Time: Tours begin hourly, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays
    For more information call 610-326-4014 or visit,a,3,q,24487.asp
  • Have your pet's photo taken with Santa in Pottstown
    Proceeds go to American Cancer Society
    Dec. 1, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Coventry Animal Hospital
    Dec. 2, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Frederick Living
    Dec. 8, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Patt Veterinary Hospital
    Dec. 9, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Waltz's Golf Farm
    For information, call (484) 366-1735 or email