Township eNews

November 30, 2018

The Holidays are Here!

The holiday season has officially arrived, and we've got plenty going on to keep you busy!


Holiday Village

Saturday, December 1 | 12:00PM to 3:30PM

Kick off your holiday season with us, and enjoy this great event with the whole family!

Watch Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive in a sleigh, enjoy holiday treats and a beer garden, have fun in the photo booth, get your face painted, marvel at live performances, plus much more!

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Gingerbread House Contest

Now is your chance to show off your building skills by making a gingerbread house!

Participants can make their gingerbread houses at home. All entries must be brought to the Upper Merion Township Building on December 1 between 10:00AM and 12:00PM.

Learn More

Gingerbread House Registration Form


Holiday Lights Contest

Registration due Wednesday, December 5

Show us your lights! Enter your holiday light displays in this annual contest

for a chance to win bragging rights in your neighborhood.

Winners will be announced in the following categories: Most Beautiful, Most Creative, Most Variety (the Clark Griswold), and Best Balcony (apartment/condo only).

Learn More

Holiday Lights Registration Form


'Tis the Season of Giving

Through the month of December

The holidays are a great time for giving back – whether that means donating winter clothing to those struggling to stay warm, holiday toys for less fortunate children, or canned food for the hungry. This holiday season, bring joy to a local family in need by making a donation. 

You can grab a tag off the Giving Tree, located in the lower level of the township building. Donations can be dropped off in the boxes in the upper level lobby.

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Happy Hanukkah!

The Jewish festival of lights begins at sundown on Sunday, December 2.

We would like to wish all of our Jewish residents a very happy Hanukkah!



Breakfast with Santa

Sunday, December 2 | 8:00AM to 11:30AM

Swedeland Volunteer Fire Company

609 A. Street, King of Prussia

Enjoy breakfast with the big guy and some of your favorite firefighters! Adults: $10 | Kids 5-12: $5 | Kids 4 and under: FREE! Call to reserve your spot today: 610-275-9930.


Sunday, December 16 | 8:00AM to 12:00PM

Swedesburg Social Hall

Come out and meet Santa himself! Watch him arrive on the Swedesburg Fire Trucks and spread cheer to all. Enjoy a home cooked breakfast filled with your favorite delights. Call for questions or pricing: 610-272-9853.


Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Saturday, December 22 | Starts at 12:00PM

Swedesburg Volunteer Fire Company

Santa will once again be pulled on his sleigh around the Swedesburg and King of Prussia areas. Come out and sit with Santa on his sleigh and meet his favorite firefighter helpers. Visit SVFC's Facebook page for more information.


Monday, December 24 | Starts at 8:30AM

King of Prussia Volunteer Fire Company

We're bringing Santa to the King of Prussia community on Christmas Eve! Check KPVFC's Facebook Page for current updates and more information.


Board of Community Assistance Grant Program

Non-profit organizations and Upper Merion students are encouraged to apply for one of many possible grants that are awarded through the BCA each year. The 2019 Awards application will open December 1 and run through April 1, 2019. Learn more.


Is Your Email Provider Clipping our Newsletter?

Some email providers, like Gmail, will clip our email newsletter if it gets too long. In this case, you'll see "[Message clipped] View entire message" at the bottom of the email. That means there is a lot of news you could be missing! To see the whole newsletter, you can either click "View entire message" or visit our newsletter archive online.

Meeting Schedule



December 3


No Meetings Scheduled




December 4


No Meetings Scheduled



December 5


Zoning Hearing Board


Freedom Hall


December 6

BOS Zoning Code Workshop
Freedom Hall
BOS Business Meeting
Freedom Hall



December 7


No Meetings Scheduled


Farmers Market

Indoor Winter Market

175 West Valley Forge Road
Every Other Saturday

December to Mid-May



Next Market: Saturday, December 1 (special hours: 12:00PM to 3:30PM)


The Winter Market is officially here! Like in past years, it will run every other Saturday from December 1 to May 4. The December 1 market will run concurrently with Holiday Village from 12:00PM to 3:30PM. The biggest change this year is the venue -- starting on December 1 the market will move inside the township building on the upper level between the front door and the library! Starting on December 15, market hours will also be extended to 10:00AM to 1:00PM!


Interested in volunteering for the market? Contact Vince at 484-636-3910 or email


Resident Services

Upper Merion Area Community Cupboard

Are you or someone you know food insufficient? The Upper Merion Area Community Cupboard invites anyone who lives within the bounds of the Upper Merion Area School District to shop two times each month. The UMACC is located in the Valley Forge Presbyterian building (191 Town Center Road, KOP). There is a *REQUEST* Rambler stop nearby at the Valley Forge Shopping Center. If you'd like to be picked up or dropped off at that location, please call 610-354-8899. For more information about the UMACC, visit their website

Fall Leaf Collection

Our Public Works Department would like to remind residents of a few tips during our leaf collection season.

🍁 Keep leaf piles as close to the curb as possible or in biodegradable paper bags
🍁 Use caution while driving in rainy weather, as wet leaves can make roads more slippery
🍁 Keep leaves out of storm drains to prevent blockage

Visit the Fall Leaf Collection page on our website to find your zone, guidelines, and schedule.

Neighborhood Meals on Wheels

Volunteers needed! Can you give 90 minutes of your time to make someone's life a little brighter? Neighborhood Meals on Wheels needs volunteers to pack meals, and deliver meals weekly, monthly and on a substitute basis. Shifts needed are 9:15 to 10:45AM and 10:30 to 11:45AM. Contact Crystal or Trudy at 610-265-7051, email, or visit



Environmental Advisory Council Tip

Environmental impact of Christmas trees: Should we buy a real or fake tree?

Not many topics cause more debates during the holiday season than holiday lights and Christmas trees. This article addresses the main pros and cons of using artificial trees versus real trees from an environmental standpoint, so that those who choose to celebrate the holiday with a tree can make the best decision and see what the science says. Regardless of which type of tree you get, make sure you know the impact it will have on the environment before you buy it!

Bad Bugs!

If you haven't heard of the Emerald Ash Borer or Spotted Lanternfly by now, you must be living under a rock. Both insects have made Upper Merion their homes, and homeowners and property owners need to be aware of what to do if you spot them on your property. Learn more:


Community Center

431 West Valley Forge Road

King of Prussia, PA 19040




There's always something fun happening at the Community Center! Try a fitness class, learn a new craft, or pick up a sport during Open Gym.


Parks & Recreation

Program Preview Party

Thursday, December 6 | 6:00PM to 8:00PM

UM Community Center

Enjoy a sweet night of crafts, giveaways, light refreshments and more as you get to know our instructors and see what new programs we're offering!

Parents Night Out

Friday, December 7 | 5:30 to 8:30PM

Everyone needs a date night! Drop the kids off for a fun-filled night of crafts, activities, pizza, and a movie! This month's theme is "Holiday Round Up!" Learn more and sign up today.

Winter Break Camps

Did you know UMPR offers day camps during winter break? Camps will take place December 26 to 29. Learn more and register:



Breathe Your Stress Out!
Thursday, December 6 | 7:00 to 8:00PM

We invite you to join us and learn about the science and secrets of the breath, the innate mind-body-breath connection, the benefits of breathing techniques and meditation, and why they are becoming increasingly popular tools to combat stress and anxiety. Register now.

Passport Pals - Canada! 

Monday, December 10 | 6:30 to 7:30PM

Kids in grades 3 through 6 are invited to join us for a fun and interactive way to learn about different countries and cultures. December's activities include crafts, games, and snacks from Canada! Register here.


Public Safety

The Upper Merion Township Public Safety Department is a singular, unified department that encompasses the divisions of police, fire, ambulance, and emergency management services, overseen by Director Tom Nolan, who is also the current Chief of Police.



Upper Merion Police

View the crime statistics archive.


Fire & Rescue

Have No Fear - Volunteer!

The Upper Merion Township Fire & Rescue Services is seeking volunteers. Interested in joining? Contact William Daywalt, Deputy Fire Marshal, at 610-205-8554 or find out more on our website.


Upper Merion Senior Service Center

Located at the Community Center
431 West Valley Forge Road
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Drug Take Back Event

Tuesday, December 4 | 11:00AM to 1:00PM

Drop off expired and unused medications in the lobby area.

Annual Holiday Party

Monday, December 10 | 11:00AM to 2:00PM

Parkview Room of the Valley Forge Casino Resort

Celebrate the holidays with us! The menu will be a choice of chicken or salmon. Tickets can be purchased for $30, which includes a $10 slot play. Find more information online.

Roadway Restrictions & Alerts

Abrams Road Over Abrams Run

Construction of the bridge carrying Abrams Road over Abrams Run has begun. Motorists will continue to be directed to use Beidler Road until construction is complete.

PECO Project on Evergreen Rd between Hillside Rd and Orchard Rd

Please be informed of the following information provided by PECO Gas Operations regarding the project on Evergreen Rd between Hillside Rd and Orchard Rd. Work may occur in roadways, sidewalks, and potentially on homeowner properties. Learn more | 610-265-2600

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175 West Valley Forge Road • King of Prussia, PA 19406-1802