Joyous tidings unite people for Tinsel on the Town in Kennett Square

KENNETT SQUARE — Family and friends enjoyed a festive holiday experience in the borough for Tinsel on the Town this past Friday.

“Tinsel on the Town went off without any concerns from the PD’s perspective, said William Holdsworth, chief of police for the Kennett Square Police Department.

“The Kennett Square Police Department wishes that everyone take time to enjoy the holidays with the ones they love, and to cherish those moments,” Holdsworth said.

“We wish that everyone has a safe and happy holiday season, and we look forward to what 2023 will bring to this wonderful community of Kennett Square,” the chief said.

“We certainly encourage and wish that people support our merchants as they ‘shop local’ during this holiday season.

With the heart of State Street closed from vehicular traffic, allowing pedestrians to stroll uptown with ease while visiting the borough’s boutiques, specialty shops, galleries and restaurants.

seventh-grade students, from left, Emma and Harper visit Kennett Square on Friday. The girls traveled to the borough in Southern Chester County from West Chester for Tinsel on The Town. (JEN SAMUEL / MediaNews Group)

Tinsel on the Town, an annual merchant-led event in Kennett Square, featured plenty of bonuses for shoppers strolling along the State Street business district including live music with a DJ, in-store Bingo, a raffle opportunity, and of course, for the little ones, a special appearance by Santa Claus, who was available for photos.

“Shopping and dining locally — giving the gift of our truly gifted chef’s, artisans, winemakers and brewers uplifts the entire community,” said Nina Kelly, director of marketing and communications for the Chester County Conference & Visitors Bureau.

“Supporting a vibrant region for not just the holidays but all year long assists Chester County’s mission of being a preeminent destination in which to live, work and play,” she said.

The chief of police said on Monday that the Kennett Square Police Department is looking forward to a safe and festive end of the year celebration with Midnight in the Square on New Year’s Eve.

Sponsored by The Mushroom Festival, Inc., Midnight in the Square begins 7 p.m. New Year’s Eve in uptown Kennett Square along State Street. A brightly lit “mushroom” shall drop at the strike of midnight.

“Like chief, I do eagerly await the Midnight in the Square,” said Kennett Square Borough President Doug Doerfler.

“And as was the case with so many events this past year, I’m sure this year’s attendance will include many neighbors and visitors who we have not seen for a couple of years,” Doerfler said.

Mila joins her mother, Erika Mahoney for Tinsel on the Town in Kennett Square on December 9. The mother-daughter duo traveled to uptown from Avondale for the special event. (JEN SAMUEL - DAILY LOCAL NEWS)Mila joins her mother, Erika Mahoney for Tinsel on the Town in Kennett Square on December 9. The mother-daughter duo traveled to uptown from Avondale for the special event. (JEN SAMUEL / MediaNews Group)

“Although the weather tried to dampen the spirits the last two weekends, I really enjoyed the Holiday Market at the Creamery,” the borough council president said. “I was glad each of the weekends had one nice day for so many to enjoy.”

Doerfler added, “State Street is absolutely beautiful this year.”

He continued, “The entire town has been buzzing with activity over the last few weekends, and I continue to urge all to support local. Our merchants, restaurants and retailers have been so resilient over the last few years and it is crucial we keep our economy strong and our town vibrant for all to enjoy.”

Lisa Baldwin, owner of Chantilly Blue, said Tinsel on the Town had a great turnout with “lots of happy faces” — adding the business district was “busy all around town.”

“Events like Tinsel on the Town not only create a fun atmosphere in which to experience Kennett Square, it also highlights the importance of shopping local,” said Mayor Matthew Fetick on Tuesday.

“Our merchants thrive when the community shops local and it makes a huge impact. The event was fantastic and despite the weather had a great time exploring downtown Kennett Square,” Fetick stated.

“The holiday season brings a lot of great events to Kennett Square. The holiday market at the Creamery brought in over 100 different vendors and was a great venue to get into the holiday spirit,” the mayor of Kennett Square said.

Kennett Square officially ends the holiday season with the borough’s Mushroom drop on New Year’s Eve.

“This is a family, friendly event where everyone is welcome to ring in the New Year,” he said.

Patrons join boutique owner Lisa Baldwin at her store, Chantilly Blue, on Friday during the annual merchant-led Tinsel on the Town event in Kennett Square. Baldwin said the event had a great turnout with lots of happy faces, adding the business district was “busy all around town.” (JEN SAMUEL / MediaNews Group)

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