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It may feel like Winter but there is plenty to enjoy

Winter definitely feels as if it has arrived, with cold temperatures and snow on the ground. It makes you feel like staying indoors by a fire. But there are plenty of things you can do close to Tredyffrin Easttown to enjoy the season.

Typically there are all the decorations up in villages and towns along the Main Line as well as people's house decorations as well. But a quick trip into Philadelphia using SEPTA allows you to visit the Christmas Market set up around City Hall. Having just got back from Germany where we saw multiple Christmas Markets the Philadelphia Version is a good example and well worth a visit. Suburban Station is the closest stop. There are multiple booths with food, pretzels, nuts, wine, Christmas Decorations and gift ideas. 

Terracotta Warriors

Whilst Trudy browsed the Christmas market I grabbed the chance to visit the Franklin Institute to see an exhibition on loan from China of the 2000 year old Terracotta Warriors. You do need to book a timed ticket to enter but Thursday evening last week I got there on the dot of 5.00 pm and had the place almost to myself. You can get so close to these figures it is amazing. I know a little about the history of these figure discovered almost 40 years ago and have always wanted to see them in situ. As I do not have plans right now to visit China, on my bucket list, I thought this was a great opportunity. The history behind the find and the examples shown are wonderful. Well worth a visit. We then grabbed the chance to have dinner with one of our sons and his wife who live in Philadelphia, we had not reserved and that was a mistake showing how busy the restaurants are in town.

Going in the other direction by car a quick visit to Winterthur, the home of the Dupont family gave us a chance to visit the house decorated for Christmas, The YuleTide Tour, again you need to purchase timed tickets and you get put into a group of ten so you can fit in elevators and see when visiting the various rooms. A chance to see the home in a different light, but it makes you realize this is a place well worth a visit at any time of year, the gardens are wonderful and I am sure in the Spring they are filled with color. Again I loved the tour and the antiques on show are amazing.

Whilst you are out this way, a visit to Longwood Gardens is also possible and they have their winter light show and seeing the gardens decorated for the holidays is interesting to view a different perspective than normal.

Where do you like to visit over the Holidays, the ballet to see Nutcracker, a pantomime maybe at People's Light Theatre in Malvern. 

Remember, just because the holidays are here does not mean homes are not selling, so if you are thinking of listing your Tredyffrin Easttown home give us a call as we are seeing plenty of serious buyers out looking for homes to buy. Nick Vandekar, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor with Long & Foster Real Estate, office 610-225-7400, cell or text 610-203-4543, email

Happy holidays, enjoy the season, but don't forget homes are selling!

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Comment balloon 5 commentsNick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 • December 14 2017 05:14PM


I have not been to The Franklin Institute since I was a kid . What a fantastic place to visit .  Center city so many places to go and eat . Glad to see you feeling Better Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543  beautiful post

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) about 1 year ago

Nick and Trudy, Roy Kelley also shared wonderful images from Winterthur, we hope to take time to see it one day.  We saw the terra cotte warriors in London many years ago,  soon after they were discovered.  We were absolutely mesmerized and stood and looked for quite a bit of time.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) about 1 year ago

Thanks for sharing some of your holiday activities. 

We are annual members at Winterthur and need to visit soon.

We saw the Terracotta Warriors when we visited China.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 1 year ago

Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543 Thanks for the list of Holiday events to attend in Franklin Institute.

Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) about 1 year ago

Nick I am glad you are back in action, that is more important than anything else, Have a Merry Christmas, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) about 1 year ago

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