Home for the Holidays is supported by these generous local businesses.

Home for the Holidays is Swarthmore’s annual holiday tradition featuring horse-drawn carriage rides, a visit from Santa Claus and fire truck parade, dreidel games, a West African dance circle with Jeannine Osayande & Dunya Performing Arts Company, strolling singers from Media Chamber Chorale, The Nutcracker Ballet, and so much more! Home for the Holidays will take place on Saturday, December 4. 

The day will also feature the Reindeer Dash 1-mile run/walk through the streets of Swarthmore on the morning of December 4. Wear your ugliest holiday sweater or come dressed up as a snowflake, elf, or jolly old St. Nick! 

Photo by Andy Shelter Photography.

Photo by Andy Shelter Photography

We are pleased to offer advance ticket sales for the Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides, which start and end in front of Bryn Mawr Trust.  Provided by Philadelphia Trolley & Carriage Company.

Each carriage holds a total of 6 passengers.  Small children and babies are counted towards a carriage's capacity - even if seated in a lap - and are required to purchase a ticket.  No exceptions will be made by Philadelphia Trolley & Carriage Company.  

Information on reservations is coming soon. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your reservation.  Latecomers will only be served if time and availability permits. No refunds or cancellations.   REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN.

Horse-drawn carriage rides

​Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022

 REINDEER Dash 1-Mile Run/walk

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The Reindeer Dash 1-mile run/walk is the kick-off event for Home for the Holidays.  The course will commence and conclude at the Swarthmore Methodist Church (129 Park Avenue). 

Race day registration and check-in will open on Saturday, December 4 at 8:15 am. The race will start at 9:00 am. $20/person until Nov. 22, then $25/person (under 10 free).  

​Race participants +21 will receive a koozie and free drink at Ship Bottom Brewery!

Registration is OPEN NOW!

Dressing up in any winter holiday gear/apparel is 100% encouraged and prizes will be awarded to the best costume!

If you're a hardcore running enthusiast, don't worry...the race will be professionally timed by Bryn Mawr Running Company!