Home for the Holidays is Swarthmore’s annual holiday tradition featuring horse-drawn carriage rides, arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, a visit from Santa Claus, dreidel games, a West African dance circle with Jeannine Osayande & Dunya Performing Arts Company, food trucks, hot cocoa and mulled wine, carols led by the Swarthmore Ukulele Orchestra, The Nutcracker Ballet, and so much more! Home for the Holidays will take place on Saturday, December 2. 

This year will also feature the inaugural Santa 5K Run through the streets of Swarthmore on the morning of December 2. Come dressed as Jolly Old St. Nick, his reindeer, or elves! All pre-registered runners will receive a long-sleeved t-shirt to commemorate their participation. 


This event is made possible through the support of volunteers.  If you're able to donate an hour or two of your time, please sign up to volunteer.  

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Horse-drawn carriage rides

Home for the Holidays is made possible through the generous support of our local business community and event sponsors, who help make Swarthmore an exciting place to live, shop, and invest! Learn more about our sponsors by clicking on their logo.

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, tickets are $10 per passenger.


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.  


Go to this Sign Up Genius link to purchase your timed ticket.  Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your reservation.  Latecomers will only be served if time and availability permits. No refunds or cancellations.  

​Santa 5K Run/Walk

The Santa 5K Run/Walk is the kick-off event for Home for the Holidays.  The course will commence at the Swarthmore Presbyterian Church (727 Harvard Avenue) and conclude at the Swarthmore Methodist Church (129 Park Avenue). Swarthmore Town Center and the Farmers Market will be open and located near the finish line so be sure to stick around and refuel after the race! 


Race day registration and check-in will open on Saturday, December 2 at 7:45 am. The race will start at 8:45 am. Entry fees include: 

  • Before November 13 = $15
  • Before December 1 = $20
  • Race Day = $25
  • All runners under age 22 = $15 (no matter entry date) 


Dressing up in any winter holiday gear/apparel is 100% encouraged! The first 100 registered people will receive a long sleeve t-shirt to commemorate their participation. And if you're a hardcore running enthusiast, don't worry...the race will be professionally timed by Bryn Mawr Running Company!

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