Cartoon Christmas Trio Returns to Iron Hill

WILMINGTON, DE – Each December, acclaimed food and drink destination Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant celebrates the season with a series of performances by The Cartoon Christmas Trio, a musical group that performs authentic arrangements of musical selections from the classic holiday TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas. Originally aired in 1965, the special created by Charles Schulz has become the most popular holiday program throughout television history.

“For any of us who grew up in the ’60s and ’70s, the Peanuts’ Christmas Special is as much a part of the holiday experience as holly and mistletoe,” says Founding Partner Kevin Finn. “These concerts are our favorite way of celebrating ‘the most wonderful time of the year’.”

Throughout the month of December, the Cartoon Christmas Trio will perform at each of Iron Hill’s seven acclaimed locations. The first performance will take place with an Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade and Tree-Lighting Ceremony from 6:45 p.m. until 8 p.m. in West Chester, PA on Friday, December 5; concerts will follow at each location on the following dates:

Iron Hill North Wales, PA on Thursday, December 11

Iron Hill Lancaster, PA on Monday, December 15

Iron Hill Newark, DE on Tuesday, December 16

Iron Hill Media, PA on Wednesday, December 17

Iron Hill Phoenixville, PA on Thursday, December 18

Iron Hill West Chester, PA on Friday, December 19

Iron Hill Wilmington, DE on Sunday, December 21

Iron Hill Newark, DE on Monday, December 22

All performances will begin at 7 p.m. and run approximately two hours, with programs that include the score of A Charlie Brown Christmas along with selections from such other holiday favorites as The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and The Little Drummer Boy.

The Cartoon Christmas Trio formed in 1995 for the sole purpose of performing music from classic Christmas cartoons. The music of A Charlie Brown Christmas, written by acclaimed jazz pianist and composer Vince Guaraldi, is the best-selling Christmas recording of all time. The trio performs each song from the classic TV special, using the exact instrumentation Guaraldi specified in his original compositions, to transport listeners back to the nostalgic world of Charles Schulz’s beloved cartoon.

Since 1996, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant has consistently been recognized for its outstanding beers and cuisine, accruing over 100 “Best of” awards from regional magazines. Their hand-crafted beers have also won acclaim and in total, they have received 39 medals from the three most prestigious beer events, the Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup and Real Ale Festival.

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant has seven locations: Wilmington, DE; Newark, DE; West Chester, PA; Lancaster, PA; Media, PA; Phoenixville, PA and North Wales, PA. An eighth location is planned for Maple Shade, NJ in early 2009. For more information about Iron Hill, or to make a reservation at any of their locations, please visit their website at