Imagine a charming snow-covered town decked with perfectly trimmed evergreens, Christmas carolers, and homemade hot cocoa. Sounds straight out of a Hallmark Christmas movie, right? Well…Happy Travelers, put down the remote and look no further than these movie-esque Pennsylvania wonderlands.
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The Christmas tree shines bright in Lincoln Square and wreaths hang on every lamppost. Gettysburg businesses along the square join in the holiday fun with Christmas lights, festive decorations, and shiny wrapped presents donning their windowsills and doorways. The Gettysburg's Season of Wishes, happening all season long, will look to promote small business shopping and support.
Enjoy a stroll through downtown Canonsburg to experience the town’s Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration. Surround yourself with sparkling white lights and festive holiday window displays and shop for the perfect Christmas gift at the Christmas Market. Visit their Facebook page to stay updated on their schedule of events every weekend.
3. Jim Thorpe
Nestled in the breathtaking Lehigh Gorge, Jim Thorpe offers visitors a unique and family-friendly way to view the snow-covered Pocono Mountains. At Christmastime, the historic Victorian architecture, cheerful music, and brisk mountain air burst with holiday spirit. Their 35th annual Olde Time Christmas Weekends will feature horse-drawn carriage rides, special community holiday events, live entertainment throughout the town, and, of course, Santa Claus!
4. New Hope
Embark on a winter adventure as you explore 18th-century-style buildings, beautiful gardens, and winding brick walkways of Peddler’s Village. December is a month-long celebration with holiday shopping, festive light displays, and a gingerbread house competition! Wander to Shady Brook Farm to warm up with a cup of hot cocoa and cook up s’mores at a toasty bonfire. Snap a holiday photo with Santa at the farm market or pick out the perfect Christmas tree.
Gallivant along the charming streets of Historic Bethlehem trimmed in twinkling lights and boosting with holiday cheer. Take a stroll through beautiful downtown Historic Bethlehem or ride in style on cozy, serene horse-drawn carriages. The festive atmosphere full of lights, sights, and sounds of the Christmas City is truly a scene straight from a Hallmark classic. Not to mention, Christkindlmarkt nearby has been recognized as one of the best holiday markets in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure and Maratha Stewart Magazine.
Bundle up and climb aboard the trolley and travel down snow-covered tracks through holiday light displays at the Rockhill Trolley Museum. The festive vessel invokes movie-quality holiday spirit with a roving fiddle player on board followed by hot chocolate and cookies around the bonfire.
Indiana, the Christmas Tree Capital of the World, is the hometown of Jimmy Stewart, star of the beloved holiday classic "It's A Wonderful Life." During the holidays, downtown Indiana is transformed into a modern-day Bedford Falls, complete with twinkling light displays and a 32-foot live Christmas tree in the center of town.
8. Kennett Square
Embrace the holiday spirit among illuminated trees, glowing orbs, and a shimmering tunnel of lights at Longwood Gardens. Stop at the Main Fountain Garden to witness a choreographed light display and the whimsical Garden Railway to find magic within the shimmering tunnel of light. Unwrap the magic of Christmas at A Longwood Christmas and allow romance to blossom this holiday season.
Celebrating 73 years of season's greetings, Koziar's Christmas Village has inspired the holiday spirit for generations. The extraordinary seasonal attraction filled with delightful displays, a train, a kissing bridge, and a million twinkling lights adorn buildings, gift barns, and landscape.
A charming late 19th-century B&B is the perfect backdrop for a holiday Hallmark film. Juniata Valley Winery & Wilson House Bed and Breakfast sits among towering trees, meandering country roads, a vineyard, and spectacular mountain views. This romantic holiday getaway allows guests to cozy up by the fire with a selection of award-winning dry and sweet wines.
11. Conneaut Lake
Lighting up the lake is a community tradition. Locals refer to the celebration as “The Christmas Project,” where more than 230 lighted trees surround Conneaut Lake to spread holiday joy this season. Hop aboard Barbara J cruise to take in the sights from the water. Tours are available every weekend between Nov. 27 – Dec. 15.
Experience one of the most beautiful light displays in the area from the comfort of your own car, van, or bus. Take the family or that significant other to Lakemont Park’s Holiday Lights on the Lake, where more than one million lights illuminate more than 50 acres of land... Make a visit to Santa’s Village at the end of the tour, and you may just bump into Santa himself! Open through Jan. 3.
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