PA Events Sampler

The following is a sample of annual events in Pennsylvania compiled as of June 2014.

For a complete list of events and attractions, please visit our calendar of events or follow us using Twitter. All information is subject to change.

JANUARY 2014

Jan. 1
Mummers Day Parade
The Mummers Parade is a beloved Philadelphia tradition and a one-of-a-kind celebration, blending neighborhood roots with European customs and culture. This annual New Year’s Day event brings South Broad Street alive with everything from 10,000 performers in elaborate costumes and the unique musical sound of the string bands to the staging of the fancies and of course, the “strutting.” www.mummers.com

Jan. 1-31
Pennsylvania Learn a Snow Sport Month
Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association, the month of January provides visitors with the opportunity to learn to ski or snowboard this winter. Throughout January, the 22 member resorts of the Pennsylvania Ski Area Association will offer a $5 coupon on all “Learn a Snow Sport” packages. www.skipa.com

Jan. 4-11
Pennsylvania Farm Show
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in America, attracting more than 400,000 spectators with more than 290 commercial exhibitors, 6,000 animals and 10,000 competitive exhibitors. The 2014 Farm Show theme is “Pennsylvania Farms: Growing for You,” showcasing the work being done in the fields, farms, homes and classrooms throughout the commonwealth. From livestock shows to educational displays, the participants at the 98th Farm Show promise to provide a family-friendly event designed to educate people of every age. www.farmshow.state.pa.us

Jan. 17-19
Fire & Ice Festival
This winter festival in the Laurel Highlands thrives on chilly temperatures and the frozen handiwork of international ice carvers, who spend the weekend creating dozens of life-size, hand-carved ice sculptures. The talents of fire jugglers, bonfires, a fireworks display and red-hot chili add the heat to this unusual festival. www.somersetincpa.org

FEBRUARY 2014

Jan. 28-Feb. 2
Groundhog Day
Every year, visitors gather in Punxsutawney for the famous weather forecast from internationally recognized weather expert, Punxsutawney Phil. The multi-day festivities include everything from breakfast with Phil and s'mores with the Inner Circle (local dignitaries who plan Groundhog Day events and care for Phil), to children’s activities and the procession to Gobbler’s Knob, where Phil will appear to make his famous prognostication early in the morning on Feb. 2, Groundhog Day. www.groundhog.org

Feb. 22–Mar. 1
International Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous
Each year hundreds of chainsaw carvers from around the world gather in Ridgway to share their art and skill with the public and to raise money for charities at the world’s largest event of its kind. The International Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous, located in the heart of the Pennsylvania Wilds, has delighted thousands with chainsaw competitions, safety classes, carving displays and much more since its start in 2000. www.chainsawrendezvous.org

MARCH 2014

Weekends in March
9th Annual Tour de Tanks on the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail
Each Saturday and Sunday throughout the month of March, the award-winning wineries of the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail offer exclusive tank and barrel tastings to preview the season's upcoming wines before they are bottled. A single ticket is valid for all four weekends and offers wine lovers discounts on purchases during the events. www.masondixonwinetrail.com

March 1-9
The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show is an annual event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in March. It is the world’s oldest and largest indoor flower show, attracting more than 260,000 people annually. The Show features large-scale gardens, elaborate landscapes, and over-the-top floral creations. www.theflowershow.com/ShowInfo/index.html

March 14-16
Sugarloaf Crafts Festival
Lovers of fine arts and crafts will find more than 250 top artisans in Oaks, Pa., displaying and selling their unique creations in pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, home décor, and more. In addition to top national artists, the festival will also feature new and emerging artists showcasing the latest trends in handmade fashion and accessories. www.sugarloafcrafts.com/festivals/oaks/spring/

March 15
Scranton St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Boasting more than 12,000 participants, Scranton is said to be home to the second largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the country, as measured by participants per population of the city in which it's held. Celebrating the region’s rich Irish heritage, the 52nd annual event will feature food, entertainment and festivities all day. www.stpatparade.com

March 28-April 6
Berks Jazz Fest
This 10-day jazz extravaganza features dozens of top-name performers and an array of styles from jazz to blues to gospel. The festival, now in its 24th year, will be held at a variety of venues in Berks County. www.berksjazzfest.com

March 29, April 12
With more than 83,000 miles of streams and rivers and a large variety of fish including pink and chinook salmon and rainbow, brook and lake trout, Pennsylvania is every fisherman’s dream. Fishing begins for 18 southeastern counties on March 29 and statewide on April 12. www.fishinpa.com

APRIL 2014

April 11-12
Pennsylvania Herb & Garden Festival
This two-day event is held each April and features nationally known speakers like Judy Bono and Sue Morris, workshops and numerous vendors of plants and herbal crafts, as well as products for the gardener, cook, and crafter. www.paherbandgardenfestival.com/

MAY 2014

May 3-4
Strawberry Festival
Juried artisans show their wares and demonstrate their skills at the Street Road Green Artisan Area. Strawberries are served in every form - dipped in chocolate, assorted pastries and shortcakes, jams, fritters, and fresh and unadorned. Live entertainment and pie-eating contests add to the festivities of this traditional spring celebration. www.peddlersvillage.com/festivals/strawberry_festival.aspx

May 22-June 1
Devon Horse Show and County Fair
From its humble beginnings as a one-day show in 1896, the Devon Horse Show and County Fair has become the oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed competition in the United States. In 2010, it was named the fourth American horse show to be honored with the designation as a United States Equestrian Federation Heritage Competition. Hosting some of the top riders from around the world, this internationally recognized show and fair in Devon is an exciting and fun-filled event for the whole family. www.devonhorseshow.net/

May 31-June 1
125th Anniversary of the Johnstown Flood
The Johnstown Flood National Memorial is commemorating the 125th anniversary of the Johnstown Flood with events and activities including a Luminaria with the lighting of 2,209 candles that will bear the names of each flood victim. Additional activities include the display and ringing of a historic church bell that survived the flood, a temporary exhibit on how the Flood has been commemorated over the last 125 years, and guided tours of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Clubhouse. To encourage visitors to participate in the commemoration, all entrance fees are waived to Johnstown Flood National Memorial on Saturday, May 31. www.nps.gov/jofl

JUNE 2014

June 6-8
6th Annual Pocono Raceway Festival
Taking place the day before the fan-driven 400 NASCAR Spring Cup Series race at the Pocono Raceway, the Pocono Raceway Festival is a free, all-day music and racing celebration. Along Main Street will be a wide number of activities, including NASCAR and antique show cars and dozens of beer tents and food vendors. The festival will also include a rock climbing wall and a full carnival, featuring a number of carnival staples such as the big slide and Ferris Wheel. www.poconoraceway.com/pocono-raceway-festival-3-day-weekend.html

June 6-15
Three Rivers Arts Festival
This annual kickoff to summer in the city features more than 300 artists in the Artists Market, with popular concerts, public art and special exhibitions throughout the weekend. Over the course of more than 50 years, the Three Rivers Arts Festival has grown from a “little outdoor art show” to the region's largest multidisciplinary showcase of visual and performing arts. www.3riversartsfest.org

June 11-15
Gettysburg Fest
Celebrating its 7th year in 2014, the Gettysburg Fest is an annual, highly anticipated event with attendance from 30 states and the District of Columbia. The event celebrates Gettysburg by presenting an eclectic mix of local, regional, and national artists through its programming of traditional and contemporary music, visual, and culinary arts. www.gettysburgfestival.org/

June 12-14
National Road Chainsaw Carving Festival 
The 11th annual National Road Chainsaw Carving Festival will host chainsaw carvers from all over the U.S. and other countries. Artisans will carve, display, and sell their carved items to the public. www.carvingfest.confluencelions.org/

June 13-15
Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival
Many aren’t aware that Butler, Pa., is the birthplace of the Jeep, and The Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival is a premier annual event. The festival attracts Jeep enthusiasts from all over the Mid-Atlantic region and has even set Guinness Book of World Records in the past. This three-day event features a Jeep parade and cruise, a Jeep show, off-road events, historical exhibits, vendor displays, children’s activities, a concert and much more. www.bantamjeepfestival.com

June 18-21
Made in America
Discover how America’s favorite products are crafted in the Factory Tour Capital of the World, York, Pa., during the 16th annual Made in America Tour. Visitors can participate in more than two dozen tours, discovering everything from how Martin’s Potato Chips makes mouth-watering snacks to how Harley Davidson crafts its iconic motorcycles. http://www.yorkpa.org/events/made-in-america-event/

June 26-29
Thunder in the Valley® Annual Motorcycle Rally
First offered to the public a decade ago, the Thunder in the Valley® Motorcycle Rally is one of the largest of its kind in the Northeast. More than 125 vendors and over 100,000 bikers visit Johnstown and Cambria County for scenic rides and the opportunity to mingle with other enthusiasts. The weekend also offers live musical entertainment and other events at local dealerships. www.visitjohnstownpa.com/thunderinthevalley

June 27-July 5th
Big Butler Fair Fourth of July Fireworks
The largest fair in Western PA, the Big Butler Fair, has been a family tradition for more than 150 years. Celebrate the 4th of July and American independence with the whole family at the Big Butler Fair. Bring a blanket and enjoy an evening of food, festivities and fireworks as everyone anxiously awaits the famous annual fireworks spectacular by Shivley Fireworks. http://bigbutlerfair.com/big_butler_fair_fireworks.html

June 28-July 6
The Kutztown Festival and America’s Largest Quilt
More than 2,500 locally handmade quilts will be on display at this Pennsylvania Dutch festival, known as America’s largest quilt sale. With a variety of traditional crafts, food demonstrations and tastings, music, animals and more, the Kutztown Festival is where the whole family can learn about and enjoy Pennsylvania Dutch folk life. www.kutztownfestival.com

JULY 2014

July 4-July 6
Annual Battle of Gettysburg Reenactment
Gettysburg, the site of the American Civil War’s most tragic battle and Lincoln’s immortal Gettysburg Address, will observe the epic battle through a three-day commemoration that will include battle re-enactments, battlefield tours and programs and performances, along with new ways to learn about and pay respects at the nation’s most visited battlefield. http://www.gettysburgreenactment.com/

July 10-13
Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts
Attracting more than 100,000 visitors to downtown State College and the adjacent Pennsylvania State University campus, the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts is an annual celebration of the visual and performing arts with presentations of diverse and high quality art. In addition, there are events for kids, a 10K race and plenty of restaurants and food vendors during the festival. www.arts-festival.com

July 11-13
Erie Summer Festival of the Arts
The Erie Summer Festival of the Arts has grown into the premier fine art exhibit in the region with a demonstrating artists program and an exciting schedule of theatre, dance, music performances and children's arts programming. Every year regional and local talent is featured at the festival, including the Erie Philharmonic, the Erie Chamber Orchestra, Erie Civic Ballet and the Erie Playhouse.
www.eriesummerfestivalofthearts.org

July 11-12
Independence Day in the “Fireworks Capital of America”
New Castle, the “fireworks capital of America,” is home to two of the world’s biggest fireworks manufacturers – Pyrotecnico and Zambelli Fireworks Internationale – and attracts thousands of fireworks enthusiasts for this annual spectacle. New Castle also bears the name as the “Hot Dog Capital of the World,” serving some of the first chilidogs brought here by Greek immigrants in the early 1900s. www.fireworkscapitalofamerica.com

AUGUST 2014

Aug. 1-3
AmeriServ Flood City Music Festival
The Flood City Music Festival is a three-day, three-stage music festival considered to be one of the largest music festivals in the nation. Flood City Music Festival features American roots music with more than 20 national and regional acts during more than 75 hours of entertainment. Music styles range from bluegrass, rock ‘n’ roll, jazz and polka. www.floodcitymusic.com

Aug. 1-10
Musikfest
A 10-day music event that attracts one million people annually, Musikfest features more than 300 musical performers at 14 indoor and outdoor stages and includes food, children’s activities and a closing night fireworks display. www.musikfest.org

Aug. 2-Oct. 26
Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire
Named one of the Top 100 Events in America by the American Bus Association, the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire is a mesmerizing re-creation of a 16th century country festival celebrating a visit by Queen Elizabeth I. More than 75 shows take place daily on the 35-acre Elizabethan village, including a “Final Joust.” Visitors can sample authentic foods from the time period. www.parenfaire.com/faire/main.php

Aug.14-24
75th Anniversary of International Little League World Series
Every year, the top 16 Little League baseball teams from more than 6,000 leagues across the country gather in Williamsport to compete for the World Series championship title. Join the 75th anniversary celebration for exciting youth baseball, and visit the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum for a unique history of the sport. www.littleleague.org

August 14-17
The Peach Music Festival
The annual Peach Music Festival takes place in Scranton, Pa., at the Pavilion at Montage Mountain and Montage Mountain, and each year visitors enjoy four days of live music, camping, a water park and much more. The festival is the first ever Allman Brothers Band inspired festival in the Northeast Pennsylvania region and will continue the tradition this year August 14-17. For the first time, the Allman Brothers Band will be performing two headlining sets this year to close out the festival. www.thepeachmusicfestival.com/

Aug. 16-17
Elk Expo

The Elk Expo at the Elk Country Visitors Center will take place August 16 and 17. The expo will feature events and activities including an Elk Calling Contest, horse drawn wagon rides, and a musical performance by American roots music band, The Dusty Trout. www.elkexpo.com/

Aug. 16-17
40th Annual Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show
Years ago, local artists began to informally display their work on the historic grounds of the Pennsylvania Chautauqua. Now, 40 years and 20,000 visitors later, the Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show has become a true treat for the community, the artists, and of course, the visitors. Be a part of the excitement when this small town comes to life with art, music, food and fun for everyone. www.mtgretnaarts.com

Aug. 21-24
31st Annual Pittston Tomato Festival
The 31st annual Pittston Tomato Festival will be held in downtown Pittston and will host more than 50,000 people. The festival will include delicious food, live entertainment, a parade, 5K run, games, rides, arts and crafts, bingo, and home-grown Pittston tomatoes. The Tomato Fights are the highlight of the festival, which will be held Saturday, August 16. www.gobop.com/events/Pittston_Tomato_Festival/13596.htm

Aug. 22-24
Corvettes at Carlisle
Join Corvette enthusiasts from around the globe for the world’s largest Corvette extravaganza and a weekend of entertainment, education and more! The annual Corvettes at Carlisle event features more than 5,000 Corvettes representing all generations of America’s classic sports car. Activities include the famous Corvette Race Reunion, the chance to test Corvette skills on the Autocross, a restoration gallery and activities for kids. www.carsatcarlisle.com/events/corvettes

Aug. 30-Sept. 1
La Festa Italiana
La Festa Italiana is Northeastern Pennsylvania's largest celebration of culture and cuisine and characterizes the area’s rich Italian heritage. La Festa Italiana is an end-of-summer tradition that attracts thousands of visitors, as more than 70 vendors offer a wide variety of foods and displays. www.lafestaitaliana.org

SEPTEMBER 2014

Sept. 6-7 The 29th Annual Mushroom Festival
Known as the “Mushroom Capital of the World,” Kennett Square will host the 29th annual Mushroom Festival complete with two days full of music, mushroom soup cook-offs, cooking demonstrations, educational seminars, children’s rides and T-shirt design contests. www.mushroomfestival.org

Sept. 11
Flight 93 Memorial
One of the most recent memorials erected in Pennsylvania honors the passengers and crew aboard Flight 93, the third plane that went down during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The memorial captures the heroic actions of the flight and crew through dedicated areas like the Tower of Voices, which has 40 wind chimes as a tribute to the last sounds before the plane went down, memorial groves, ponds, the Field of Honor and a memorial plaza. www.nps.gov/flni

Sept. 13-14
107th Annual Flax Scutching Festival 
The art of making linen from the flax plant is demonstrated throughout the weekend. Homemade food and pastries, live family entertainment, crafts, wagon train rides and encampments will provide entertainment during the second oldest continuous flax scutching festival in the world. www.flaxscutching.org

Sept. 19-21
Pennsylvania Bowhunters Festival
Every September, thousands of Bowhunters travel to Forksville for the oldest gathering of Bowhunters in the world. The three-day event offers a wide variety of shooting activities and events designed to prepare Bowhunters for the upcoming archery season and entertain them at the same time. www.pabowhunters.com/

Sept. 20-28
Farmers National Bank Autumn Leaf Festival
Experience the largest daytime parade in Pennsylvania, the “Tournament of Leaves Parade,” at the Autumn Leaf Festival. The festival also offers everything from sidewalk sales and a carnival with evening fireworks, to a crafters’ day with more than 300 crafters. Held each fall, this award-winning festival celebrates Clarion and Cook Forest's beautiful foliage. www.clarionpa.com/event/66/

Sept. 20-27
159th Annual Bloomsburg Fair  
This annual event is the largest agricultural fair in Pennsylvania. Top-notch musical acts entertain the crowd at the grandstand each evening, while visitors can explore the hundreds of exhibits, food stands, craft stands, livestock, poultry and rabbit exhibits daily. www.bloomsburgfair.com

Sept. 26-28
Wine Festival
Enjoy wine by the glass, grape stomping demonstrations, and wine and food seminars throughout this weekend celebrating the local wine harvest. A champagne breakfast, bus tours of nine local wineries, arts and crafts, and main stage entertainment are just a few of the treats awaiting visitors during the three-day festival. www.nechamber.org/pages/CelebrateWineFest1/

Sept. 27
PotatoFest
Enjoy all things potato by celebrating one of Cambria County's biggest agricultural exports. Children can enter potato sack races and potato-peeling contests, as well as a Miss Tater/Mr. Tot competition. More than 200 crafters and artisans line the streets for blocks with homemade wares and food of all kinds. Live entertainment, a myriad of crafts, good food (including potatoes!), bingo and face painting are just a few of the fun activities. www.potatofest.com

OCTOBER 2014

Oct. 2-5
Covered Bridge and Arts Festival
Situated in the beautiful surroundings of Knoebels Amusement Resort, this festival celebrates the arts with nearly 350 crafters, live entertainment, games, more than 25 vendors with regional delicacies for meals, wagon rides and scenic guided tours of local covered bridges. A “Fun Auction” on Saturday featuring works of local craftsmen and the antique car show on Sunday always draws a crowd. www.itourcolumbiamontour.com/events/covered-bridge-festival/

Oct. 3-5
Applefest
This annual fall tradition features more than 300 arts and crafts booths in nearby parks, live entertainment and shows, a classic and antique car show, a farmers’ market, a 5K race, and of course, everything apple – from cider press making and an apple pancake breakfast to a visit from Johnny Appleseed and an apple pie eating contest. www.franklinapplefest.com

Oct. 4-5
Annual Pennsylvania Apple 'n Cheese Festival
Set in the beautiful Endless Mountains of rural Pennsylvania amid fall scenery, the Apple ‘n Cheese Festival is a must-see. The annual event is held the first full weekend in October at the family-friendly Manley-Bohlayer Farm. From chainsaw carving and free entertainment to apple butter making and wine and cheese tasting, this festival is the largest show of its kind. www.paapplecheese.com

Oct. 4-5; 11-12
Annual Bedford Fall Foliage Festival
The Bedford Fall Foliage Festival is organized entirely by volunteers and draws an estimated 70,000 attendees annually. Visitors can browse the work of more than 400 artists and craftsmen lining the streets and the square in Bedford and enjoy food and musical entertainment. In Fort Bedford Park, scarecrow making and the antique car parade are just a few of the activities that make this event so special. www.bedfordfallfestival.com

Oct. 4-5; 11-12
50th Annual National Apple Harvest Festival  
Located 10 miles northwest of Gettysburg, the National Apple Harvest Festival began more than 50 years ago with the Adams’ County Fruit Growers Association. With six stages and demonstrations including chainsaw carving, a display of birds of prey and Native American dancing, the festival has grown significantly in recent years. Apple butter made hot from the kettle, applesauce made from scratch and apple fritters are available for visitors to taste. www.appleharvest.com

Oct. 4-5; 11-12; 18-19
Fall Foliage Weekends  
For three weekends in October, the picturesque town of Jim Thorpe comes alive with entertainment, old-fashioned train rides, arts and crafts, ethnic food and antiques. Free music at venues all over town encourages visitors to explore quaint shops and restaurants, while nearby Reading & Northern Trains provide a unique way to view the Pocono Mountains’ best fall foliage aboard a steam train. www.jimthorpe.org

Oct. 10-12
Pennsylvania State Flaming Foliage Festival
Since 1949, the beautiful colors and views of fall are celebrated at the Pennsylvania Flaming Foliage Festival during the second weekend in October, when leaves are at their peak. For the last 64 years, nature has lent the colorful backdrop to this festival with great food, crafts and a parade. www.pa-vendors.com/events/clinton-county/renovo-pa-october-flaming-folia...

Oct. 10-12
Fort Ligonier Days
This spectacular fall festival commemorates the key strategic battle of the French and Indian War at Fort Ligonier. Battle reenactments, 150 juried craftsmen, specialty foods, entertainment, a huge parade and a performance by the U.S. Marine Corps Band are just a few of the highlights. www.ligonier.com/fld.html

Oct. 17-19
Black Bear Film Festival
Held each year in Milford, the mission of the Black Bear Film Festival is to support and promote innovative and independent films. The festival has become known for screening high-quality, yet often unreleased new films, including world premieres of major movies such as John Sayles’ “Sunshine State” and Jim Carrey’s “The Majestic.” www.blackbearfilm.com

NOVEMBER 2014

Nov. 2-Jan. 1
Koziar’s Christmas Village
A scenic drive through the countryside leads visitors to this dazzling wonderland set aglow with more than 500,000 lights adorning buildings, barns, and landscape of Koziar’s Christmas Village. Since its inception, Koziar’s Christmas Village has grown drastically into a massive display of lights and attractions, and boasts many awards, including Best Outdoor Christmas Display in the World from Display World magazine and the Award of Excellence from the Pennsylvania Travel Council as one of the Top Ten Travel Attractions in Pennsylvania. www.koziarschristmasvillage.com

Nov. 14-Dec. 31
Christmas in Hershey
Get into the holiday spirit by experiencing Christmas in Hershey for its 30th anniversary. Start off the evening by exploring Christmas Candylane, where guests can enjoy all the wonders of the holiday at Hersheypark. Visit with Santa and his reindeer, sing along to some holiday tunes and enjoy some hot roasted nuts while strolling through the amusement park. For those who want to stay warm in the car, check out Hershey Sweet Lights display. This two-mile wooded driving path provides a twinkling journey where visitors can view more than 600 animated displays. With so many holiday happenings and family friendly entertainment, Christmas in Hershey can be the sweetest place on earth to celebrate the holiday season. www.christmasinhershey.com

Nov. 21
“It’s A Wonderful Life Festival and Parade”
Jimmy Stewart’s hometown of Indiana kicks off the holiday season with this parade and festival paying tribute to the iconic movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Visitors can enjoy a parade, hayrides, crafts and music while roasting marshmallows and enjoying a cup of hot chocolate to keep warm. The Indiana Theatre also offers free admission and the local theatre runs the famous movie that day without charge. Indiana County is also known as the “Christmas Tree Capital of the World” because the area was the first to produce various species of evergreen trees, which are popular during the holiday season, in 1918. http://downtownindiana.org

Nov. 21
Light Up Night®
Downtown Pittsburgh will celebrate the 53rd anniversary of Light Up Night® with a weekend-long event complete with Pittsburgh entertainers, a bridge party, special lighting ceremonies, marching bands, the third annual Candlelight Horse-dawn Carriage Parade, Santa and, of course, fireworks! The annual event is one of the largest holiday lighting celebrations in the country. www.downtownpittsburgh.com

Nov. 21 - Jan. 1
Overly’s Country Christmas
Featuring 2.4 million twinkling lights spread across 15 acres of the Westmoreland Fairgrounds, Overly’s Country Christmas has been a tradition in western Pennsylvania for more than 50 years. Nearly a thousand volunteers help to create this massive light display, as well as provide a warm bonfire, tasty treats and quaint sleigh rides to all attendees. To keep in the holiday spirit of giving, proceeds of this sparkling event go to supporting at-risk families. www.overlys.com

Nov. 27
Thanksgiving Day Parade
The oldest Thanksgiving parade in America, the 6ABC Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade is a true Philadelphia tradition. The city streets make way for massive floats and giant balloons, plus local performers from choirs, dance groups, marching bands and more spanning 1.4 miles from center city to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Santa himself arrives in grand fashion, ushering Philadelphia into the holiday season. Now in its 94th year, the annual Thanksgiving Day parade promises another visual and celebratory feast. http://dig.abclocal.go.com/wpvi/html/parade2013/

Nov. 27-Jan. 11
Longwood Gardens Christmas Display
They’ll put the stars in your eyes this holiday season as you wander through half a million twinkling lights, thousands of poinsettias, and magnificent Christmas trees. Beautifully lit fountains dance in their starry holiday wonderland, and concerts are presented daily. Experience nature’s holiday display as Longwood Gardens celebrates the season with its annual Christmas Display. Heated glass conservatories hold even more holiday plants indoors while concerts and ice skating shows entertain guests outdoors. This display of nature and beauty is sure to leave every visitor in the holiday spirit.
www.longwoodgardens.org/events-and-performances/events/longwood-christmas

Nov. 29, Dec. 6
Santa Train (Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad)
All aboard the polar express! Ride the rails with Santa, Mrs. Claus and all their helpers on a one-of-a-kind wintertime trip through the beautiful Oil Creek State Park. Relax aboard the historic Titusville Railroad as it winds through the snow-covered valleys and soars through the winter air. Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and homemade cookies as local choirs sing carols and spread the holiday cheer. www.octrr.org

TBD
Christmas Magic
Christmas Magic is a spectacular half mile trail winding through Rocky Ridge Park in York displaying more than 600,000 lights and animation. To keep warm, there are five heated pavilions located along the trail. This magical holiday happening has become a traditional visit for many families far and wide. Christmas Magic has been named one of the top 13 events in the country by the Wall Street Journal, the very best special event in Pennsylvania by the Pennsylvania Recreation and Parks Society and one of the top ten holiday events in Pennsylvania by The Philadelphia Inquirer. http://yorkcountypa.gov

TBD
The National Dog Show Presented by Purina
The National Dog Show is the most widely viewed dog show in America and nationally broadcasted on Thanksgiving Day immediately following the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It reaches an audience of nearly 20 million viewers each year and is attended by thousands of dog enthusiasts. The show is held over the course of two days at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks and is rapidly becoming an important American holiday tradition. www.nationaldogshow.com

TBD
Christkindlmarkt
Celebrate the holidays at this unique Old World-style family marketplace. Celebrating 20 years of holiday magic, Christkindlmarkt features more than 125 vendors with an amazing array of exquisite gifts, fine arts and crafts, including jewelry and hand-made quilts that will satisfy all holiday shopping needs. Relax, enjoy hot cocoa or apple strudel and listen to musicians performing an assortment of holiday classics and original Christmas music. The market also features a glassblowing booth where visitors can try their hand at creating glass ornaments. St. Nicholas is on hand for the children, who can also observe ice carving demonstrations and participate in other holiday-related activities in the charming historic district of Christmas City. www.christmascity.org

DECEMBER 2014

Dec. 5-6
Christmas in Our Hometown
Whether visiting from just around the corner or making the trek far from home, there is nothing quite like feeling at “home for the holidays” at Tunkhannock's Christmas in Our Hometown weekend. Street carolers, hot chocolate, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus and a host of other holiday festivities await visitors as they wander through this picturesque town celebration. Enjoy horse and buggy rides, open air peanut roasting, ice sculptures and more during this annual occasion. http://tunkhannockbusiness.com

Dec. 6
“A Dickens of a Christmas” Celebration
This celebration and street festival follows the theme of Charles Dickens’ famous “A Christmas Carol.” Vendors sell roasted peanuts, homemade soups, hot cider and other Victorian treats. Street musicians and carolers dressed in period costumes entertain guests along the tree-lined, gas-lit Main Street, and horse-drawn wagon and special train rides provide a glimpse of the old-fashioned holiday wonderland. In addition, the citizens of Wellsboro open their historic homes for Victorian tea parties, tours and luncheons. Throughout the day, the Arcadia Theater offers back-to-back live theater shows of “A Christmas Carol,” and it’s not uncommon to hear and see impromptu skits, poetry and performances in the streets. The festival is topped off with a tree-lighting ceremony on the green in the center of town on Saturday night. www.wellsboropa.com/index.php/calendar-and-events2/

Dec. 7
Boiling Springs Tree Lighting & Christmas Tree Float
Since 1992, the Boiling Springs Civic Association has lit the small town of Boiling Springs into a magical picturesque Christmas village. Hundreds of luminaries line the lake and crowds gather near the Gazebo to watch Santa Claus row his boat across the lake to greet the children. A Christmas tree that is set afloat near the Memorial Clock Tower is lit and even on the coldest days, the warmth of the town and the people make this night one of the more memorable holiday experiences. www.boilingsprings.org/christmas-tree-lighting-in-boiling-springs/

TBD
Annual Festival of Ice and Annual Festival of Wreaths
For three days in central Pennsylvania, downtown Lewistown hosts two holiday celebrations, the Annual Festival of Ice and the Annual Festival of Wreaths. Old-fashioned carriage rides take visitors past walls of magnificently sculpted ice, interactive ice sculptures and more than 40 individual blocks of sculpted ice, while live entertainment and festive foods keep visitors warm among the decorated wreaths that line the halls of the historic courthouse on Monument Square. www.juniatarivervalley.org/communityevents_festivalofice.html

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Victorian Christmas
Take a journey back in time to Christmases of the past at the 32nd annual Bellefonte Victorian Christmas. Stroll through the streets alongside ladies in traditional dress riding in horse-drawn carriages and gentlemen in top hats greeting the visitors. This weekend-long Christmas celebration includes a candle lighting ceremony, walking tours, horse-drawn buggy rides, holiday displays and concerts. www.bellefontevictorianchristmas.com

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