PA Events Sampler

The following is a sample of annual events in Pennsylvania compiled as of September 2015.

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.


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.”

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 19 member resorts of the Pennsylvania Ski Area Association will offer a $5 coupon on all “Learn a Snow Sport” packages.

Jan. 9-16
100th Pennsylvania Farm Show
Pennsylvania will celebrate its agricultural heritage at the 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show January 9-16, 2016, encouraging visitors to enjoy “Our Commonwealth’s Blue Ribbon Experience.” The Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the nation, with nearly 6,000 animals and 10,000 exhibits. Drawing more than 400,000 visitors each year, major attractions at the Farm Show include a life-sized butter sculpture, a stage with celebrity chefs and a PA marketplace for sampling and purchasing Pennsylvania products.

Jan. 15-17
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.


Feb. 2
Groundhog Day
Since 1887, thousands of revelers travel to Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney for the famous weather forecast from internationally recognized weather expert, Punxsutawney Phil. In 2016, Phil celebrates 130 years of prognosticating. Crowds numbering as high as 30,000 have visited Gobbler’s Knob for a multi-day festival celebrating the town’s most famous resident – Punxsutawney Phil. 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.

Feb. 1-29
Chocolate-Covered February
Every February, The Sweetest Place on Earth® dedicates a month to chocolate-filled events and cuisine. From a Hot Chocolate Pajama Party at The Hershey Lodge® to special chocolate treatments at The Spa at The Hotel Hershey®, Chocolatetown U.S.A. has found a unique way to celebrate this savory treat. With events for couples, friends and families, this is certainly a new way to experience chocolate in Hershey, Pa.

Feb. 20
Hibrewnation: Festival of Beers
The Hibrewnation is “an uncompromising exploration of beer,” giving visitors an opportunity to taste and savor rare and unusual brews. Hibrewnation will host their third festival (also held in Harrisburg and Gettysburg) at the York Expo Center on February 20, featuring 80 hand-selected craft and local brews. Admission is sold in a range of prices and limited quantities will be sold, so make sure to buy your tickets in advance.

MARCH 2016

March 5-12
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.

March 5-13
PHS Philadelphia Flower Show
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 theme for 2016 is Explore America - 100 Years of The National Park Service. The Show features large-scale gardens, elaborate landscapes, and over-the-top floral creations.

March 5-20 (Saturdays and Sundays)
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.

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 54th annual event will feature food, entertainment and festivities all day.

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.

APRIL 2016

2016 Trout Fishing Season

With more than 86,000 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.

April 1-10
Berks Jazz Fest
This 10-day jazz extravaganza features dozens of top-name performers and an array of styles from jazz to gospel. The festival, now in its 26th year, will be held at a variety of venues in Berks County.

MAY 2016

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.

61st Annual Apple Blossom Festival
Hosted by the Adams County Fruit Growers Association, the Apple Blossom Festival is a fun celebration to honor the apple orchards that go into bloom the first weekend in May. Not only can guests meet the growers and take a guided tour through the Fruit Belt, but they can also participate in the many activities available at the festival including the apple bobbing contest, crafter demonstrations, and the antique tractor-pulled wagon rides.

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.

JUNE 2016

Sprint Cup Series
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 variety 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.

June 3-12
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.

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.

June 15-18
Made in America
Discover how America’s favorite products are crafted in the Factory Tour Capital of the World, York, Pa., during the 18th 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.

National Road Chainsaw Carving Festival 
The 13th 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.

June 23-26
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.

JULY 2016

July 1-3
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.

July 2-10
The Kutztown Festival and America’s Largest Quilt Sale
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.

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 this iconic PA event. Bring a blanket and enjoy an evening of food, festivities and fireworks as everyone anxiously awaits the famous annual fireworks spectacular by Shivley Fireworks.

July 14-17
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.

25th 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.


Aug. 1-Oct. 25
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.

Aug. 7-9
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.

Aug. 7-16
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.

Aug. 13-16
The Peach Music Festival
The annual Peach Music Festival takes place in Scranton, Pa., at the Pavilion at Montage Mountain, and each year visitors enjoy four days of live music, camping, a water park and much more. The festival is the only Allman Brothers Band inspired festival in the Northeast Pennsylvania region and will continue the tradition this year August 13-16.

Aug. 15-16
Elk Expo

The Elk Expo at the Elk Country Visitors Center will take place August 15 and 16. 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.

Aug. 15-16
Mount Gretna Outdoor Art Show

Years ago, local artists began to informally display their work on the historic grounds of the Pennsylvania Chautauqua. Now more than 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.

Aug. 20-23
Pittston Tomato Festival
The 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. Be sure to join in the Tomato Fights, which are the highlight of the festival!

Aug. 20-30
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. Enjoy the exciting youth baseball, and visit the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum for a unique history of the sport.

Aug. 28-30
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.


Sept. 1
 Anniversary of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
In 2015, the Delaware Water Gap celebrates 50 years of preserving the natural, culture, and scenic resources of the Delaware River valley. With 67,000 acres, 100 miles of trails and 40 miles of easy-paddling river, the Delaware Water Gap provides opportunities for recreation, education, and enjoyment in close proximity to the most densely populated region of the nation. To celebrate the anniversary, the park is hosting the 50 Miles for 50 Years Hiking Challenge.

Sept. 5-7
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.

Sept. 10
Flight 93 National Museum
On September 10th, the Flight 93 National Museum will open to the public in Stonycreek Township, Somerset County just one day before the 14th anniversary of the terror attacks. Honoring the brave acts of 40 passengers responsible for helping to counteract an attack on the U.S. Capitol, the complex will feature two buildings, a visitors center and a learning center that will host activities, guest speakers and events. The visitors center will feature 10 exhibits that will tell the story of the day complete with interactive displays, video and photographs. Walking trails and an overlook of the crash site will also be available.

Sept. 12-13
The 30th Annual Mushroom Festival

Known as the “Mushroom Capital of the World,” Kennett Square will host the 30th 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.

Sept. 18-20
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.

Sept. 19-20
108th 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.

Sept. 26
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.

Sept. 25-27
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.

Sept. 26-Oct. 3
160th 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.

Sept. 26-Oct. 4
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.


Oct. 2-4
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.

Oct. 3-4
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.

Oct. 3-4; 10-11
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.

Oct. 3-4; 10-11
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.

Oct. 3-4; 10-11; 17-18
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.

Oct. 8-11
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.

Oct. 9-11
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 more than 60 years, nature has lent the colorful backdrop to this festival with great food, crafts and a parade.

Oct. 9-11
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.

Oct. 16-18
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.”

October 24
Philadelphia Cheesesteak Festival
Celebrating its legacy as the birthplace of the cheesesteak, Philadelphia will be hosting its first-ever major Cheesesteak Festival this fall at Lincoln Financial Field. More than 40 vendors from across the city will be in attendance with samples of the Philly favorite for guests to enjoy. The event will feature carnival games, live entertainment, a cheesesteak eating competition and the construction of the world’s largest cheesesteak. Tickets range from $20-$60 and are available online.


Nov. 7-Jan. 2
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.

Nov. 13-Dec. 31
Christmas in Hershey
Get into the holiday spirit by experiencing Christmas in Hershey. 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.

Nov. 14-15
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.

Nov. 20
“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.

Nov. 20
Light Up Night®
Downtown Pittsburgh will celebrate the 55th 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.

Nov. 20-22; 27-29 - Dec. 2-6; 10-13; 17-20

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.

Nov. 20-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.

Nov. 26
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. Once again, the annual Thanksgiving Day parade promises another visual and celebratory feast.

Nov. 26-Jan. 10
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.

Nov. 27-Dec. 31
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. Celebrating 31 years, 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.

Nov. 28; Dec. 5
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.


Dec. 3-4
Annual Festival of Ice
For two days in central Pennsylvania, downtown Lewistown hosts the Annual Festival of Ice. 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.

Dec. 4-6; 12-13
Olde Time Christmas Celebration
The streets of Jim Thorpe bustle with the sounds and joy of the Christmas season this time of the year. The decorations, cozy accommodations, sounds of the trains and carolers, and relaxed strolling through downtown are sure to put you in the holiday spirit. The town’s annual Christmas Parade and tree lighting, Christmas play, Historic District Ghost Walks, and Gingerbread House Contest are just a few of the Christmastime activities visitors can enjoy. In addition, the mansions are open for tours and decorated for the season.

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.

Dec. 5

“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.

Dec. 6
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.

Dec. 11-13
Victorian Christmas
Take a journey back in time to Christmases of the past at the 33rd 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.

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