The 2013 MARS Drinks Old Fashion Christmas Parade

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Date(s) - 12/06/2013 - 02/23/2018
5:30 pm - 1:54 pm

Downtown West Chester



The 2013 MARS Drinks Old Fashion Christmas Parade

The Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce – Now in its 35th year, the Mars Drinks Old Fashioned Christmas Parade in West Chester evokes the aura of Norman Rockwell paintings. A small historic town hosts a big-time parade and everyone comes out to support it. The parade was recently named by USA Today as one of the top ten places to experience the arrival of Santa Claus during the holiday season.

On Friday evening, December 6, the excitement of the holiday season moves into full swing with countless performances around the borough beginning at 5:30pm. The 5th annual charity event “THE JINGLE ELF RUN” ( Sponsored by ESC Janitorial and Maintenance) kicks off at 6:30pm and the 34th edition of the OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS PARADE begins at 7:15pm. MARS Drinks of North America, our title sponsor will once again be in the tent on North High Street serving delicious hot chocolate. The celebration continues with other various holiday events on Saturday and Sunday, December 7 & 8.

QVC is the new presenting sponsor! QVC on-air personalities will serve as masters of ceremonies for the Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade. The parade starts at 7:15pm, but visitors are encouraged to gather and enjoy other events happening throughout downtown West Chester earlier in the evening

This year’s highlights:

  • The 5th Annual Jingle Elf Run beginning at 6:30pm, Sponsored by ESC Janitorial and Maintenance – To Register, please visit or download the registration pdf here
  • “Welcome Home Vets” Float presented by DNB First and The Rotary Club of West Chester
  • Fulton Bank’s “Battle of the Bands” Competition featuring over 15 area bands
  • Check out the Wells Fargo Bank “Light the Night” show on the corner of High and Market Streets
  • Last but not least, Santa makes his arrival to West Chester!


Starting at New and Market Streets, the parade will travel east on Market, north on Matlack Street, west on Gay Street and south on New Street. Family Tip- best early view of Santa will be on West Market Street. The one-mile long circuit allows spectators to take advantage of abundant viewing locations, especially near the judging stand on West Market Street near the historic courthouse.

 West Market Street between New Street and Bradford Avenue will close at 3:00pm and will remain closed until 10:00pm. All vehicles must be moved from West Market Street by 3:00pm. Special parking cards will be available for residents on West Market Street which will allow you to park your vehicle/vehicles on nearby streets. Cards will be issued to residents a few days before the parade. Parking is prohibited from 5:30pm – 10:00pm on both sides of the entire parade route. The entire parade route and cross streets will close at 6:00pm.


Meghan Kelly

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