Shopping in Pennsylvania offers everything from shopping malls and outlet centers to chic boutiques and unique stores along quaint main streets in its cities and small towns. You’ll find brand names, homemade wares and items unique to Pennsylvania to take home with you, whether as a souvenir or a gift for someone special.
Holiday shopping is no different, if not augmented by the anticipation of the season. With new snow covering the ground and thoughts of upcoming holidays spent with family and friends on your mind, take to the streets of PA and find those perfect holiday gifts that await you among the pleasantries of the season.
While in the Allegheny National Forest area wander through a collection of local artisan shops within a converted elementary school at The Olde Schoolhouse Village Shoppes, where each classroom holds a different artisan’s wares, ranging from handcrafted items to collectibles. Or visit a restored railroad depot, Artworks at the Depot, which now houses an artists’ cooperative that contains a gallery and a store where artwork is displayed and sold along with treasures of local history.
Huge savings abound at The Crossings Premium Outlets in the Pocono Mountains. Designer clothing brands and the best consumer product goods brands are housed here to provide a one-stop premium shopping experience. Find clothing for the whole family, specialty items, items for your home and accessories for you, and best of all, go home with a crossed-off holiday shopping list!
Fashionable boutiques line the streets everywhere you go, like the Snow Water Boutique in Pittsburgh, selling unique items that you won’t find anywhere else and are worthy of a holiday wrapping paper and bow disguise to surprise that special someone.
Get your holiday shopping done at a fun PA event
Butler County, in the countryside of Pittsburgh, is the home of WeihnachtsMarkt, an annual Christmas market open November 8–9, 2014. In addition to traditional German food and entertainment, local artisans gather to create a marketplace full of quality, handmade ware that continues to draw people from the surrounding area and make this market a regional favorite.
Main Street in downtown Wellsboro takes visitors back in time with the annual Dickens of a Christmas event, held on December 6, 2014. The area will be closed to traffic as it transforms into an early Victorian marketplace of food, drink and artisan goods perfect to meander through in the holiday spirit of the past.
October 31–November, 2014, holds the Gingerbread Tour, which ends up in Cook Forest State Park. Vendors unique to the area will set up shop to help with holiday shopping lists.
Santa will be present at the Blossburg Small Town Christmas event, on November 29, 2014, as well as food and craft vendors. Don’t miss out on the ice-skating rink or a free showing of Miracle on 34th Street at the local theater.
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