30 November Events and Festivals

As we prepare for the most wonderful time of the year, bask in the final weeks of fall and gear up for holiday magic with Pennsylvania’s shops, attractions, parks, and venues that are ready to put on a show! From pumpkin festivals to twinkling holiday lights to splendid Christmas markets and festive trolley rides, discover a perfect mix between autumn and holiday spirit in PA this November.

To see a full list of the events and festivals happening this fall, check out the visitPA website.

1. Fields of Adventure Fall Harvest Festival

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Fields of Adventure Fall Harvest Festival

Join in on some fun fall activities this season at Fields of Adventure Fall Harvest Festival. Your perfect fall day will be made complete with pick your own pumpkins, an a-maize-ing corn maze, a fun ride down the zipline, delicious homemade apple cider, and fresh kettle corn. If you’re brave enough, go to the farm for Flashlight Friday Nights where you can conquer the corn maze with friends in the dark.

When: Now-Nov. 5
Where: Aspers
Cost: $12 General Admission ages 3-64; $8 for ages 65+; Free for children under 3 years of age
Additional cost for certain activities

2. Canal-O-Ween

carved pumpkins
Canal-O-Ween

Enjoy the warm and welcoming spirit of Halloween at the week-long celebration, Canal-O-Ween. The event kicks off with the annual Carve-O-Thon—a family-friendly event where folks gather to carve more than 300 jack-o’-lanterns, all in about three hours! In the evenings, enjoy The Jack-O-Lantern Stroll along the historic Delaware Canal guided by the warm light of hundreds of uniquely carved jack-o’-lanterns flickering along the way for over a quarter mile—an old-fashioned, low-tech, magical way to celebrate Halloween!

When: Oct. 30-Nov. 5
Where: Yardley
Cost: Free

3. Linvilla Orchards’ Pumpkinland

Pumkins at Linvilla Orchards Pumpkinland
Linvilla Orchards Pumpkinland

Enjoy a day filled with fun fall adventures at Linvilla Orchards’ Pumpkinland. Take a hayride through beautiful farm fields, or to the kind and friendly Witch’s House, or on a beautiful evening autumn moon hayride that ends with a campfire, roasting marshmallows. and delicious apple cider. Larger-than-life figures and scarecrows illustrate the legends and lore of the harvest season, sharing local history and some of the many stories of pumpkins and apples. And don’t forget to take a pumpkin—or two—home!

When: Now-Nov. 6
Where: Media
Cost: Free

4. Sesame Place: The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular

A person with a mask on the face next to a person in a garment
The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular

Come in costume for some silly and not-too-spooky fun at The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place! The park is transformed into a family-friendly Halloween haven for guests to enjoy trick-or-treating around the park, Halloween-themed shows, and unique photo opportunities with everyone’s favorite furry friends dressed up in costume on their Halloween-themed floats!

When: Now-Nov. 6
Where: Langhorne
Cost: Price varies

5. Cook Forest Gingerbread Tour

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Cook Forest Gingerbread Tour

Shop the 20-mile corridor of unique shops and boutiques between Cook Forest State Park and Historic Brookville along the Cook Forest Gingerbread Tour. This pre-Christmas shopping extravaganza features a diverse selection of beautiful creations that will make the most tempting of gifts this holiday season!

When: Nov. 4-6
Where: Various locations
Cost: Free

6. PA Bacon Fest

bacon sausage meat on grill
PA Bacon Fest

Bacon lovers rejoice! One of the Mid-Atlantic region’s most popular events, PA Bacon Fest, is back in Lehigh Valley! Celebrate your love of cured meats during two days of all things bacon at this festival made for the ultimate foodie. Enjoy favorites, including bacon on a stick, peanut butter bacon beignets, bacon cookie sandwiches, chocolate-covered bacon, and deep-fried cupcakes. The weekend also offers a smokin’ music lineup with four stages jam-packed with performances from classic rock and blue to bluegrass and country and 100+ vendors.

When: Nov. 5-6
Where: Easton
Cost: Free

7. Peddler’s Village 47th Annual Apple Festival

vendor stall and people crowd at Apple festival
Peddler’s Village 47th Annual Apple Festival

Embrace the last few moments of PA’s apple season at Peddler’s Village’s 47th Annual Apple Festival. Tour the charming village as you shop for holiday gifts while sampling the area’s best apple-themed treats during the Annual Apple Festival. Get a jump on the crowds and pre-order one of the Village General Store‘s signature apple pies for pick up and receive a free apple tote bag before they sell out!

When: Nov. 5-6
Where: New Hope
Cost: Free

8. Koziar's Christmas Village

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Koziar's Christmas Village

Kick off your holiday season with a trip to Koziar's Christmas Village, one of the most spectacular Christmas displays in the entire country! Celebrating its 75th Anniversary Season, this festive holiday attraction is a must for all who love the magic of Christmas. One visit to the tiny village of dazzling lights and you'll understand why it has become a Christmas tradition for so many!

When: Weekends in Nov. until Thanksgiving; daily Nov. 24-Jan. 1
Where: Bernville
Cost: $12 for ages 11-64; $11 for ages 65+; $10 for children ages 4-10; Free for children under 3 years of age; Additional $5 per ticket on Prime Nights

9. Winter Light Spectacular

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Winter Light Spectacular

Bundle up and enjoy the beauty of nature in Lehigh Valley as you stroll through tree-lined paths aglow with more than 1.2 million twinkling lights at Lehigh Valley Zoo’s Winter Light Spectacular. Featured in USA Today for “Holiday light displays worth traveling for across America,” enjoy endless photo opportunities, hot cocoa, s’mores, and live performances by princesses. Splurge for a VIP ticket for even more fun and the opportunity to warm up from the cold in the Jingle Lodge Lounge!

When: Select evenings, Nov. 11-Jan. 1
Where: Schnecksville
Cost: Price varies

10. Hershey Sweet Lights and Hersheypark Christmas Candylane

Hershey Park Sweet Lights Christmas lights
Hershey Sweet Lights

Travel through two miles of fields and wooded trails resplendent with nearly 600 illuminated, animated displays crafted from 2 million lights at Hershey Sweet Lights. Enjoy a variety of themes from the comfort of your car including the 12 days of Christmas, favorite fairy tales, a Victorian village, and even Hersheypark rides.

When: Nov. 11-13, Nov. 18-30, Dec. 1-Jan. 1
Where: Hershey
Cost: Price varies

Afterwards, visit Hersheypark Christmas Candylane for even more holiday lights and fun. The park is brilliantly lit with more than 5 million twinkling lights. Get in the holiday spirit with “NOEL,” a light show featuring more than 250,000 lights dancing to classic holiday tunes, or visit Santa and all nine of his reindeer. Enjoy family-friendly rides, thrilling roller coasters, and shopping galore!

When: Select dates between Nov. 11-Jan. 1
Where: Hershey
Cost: Price varies

11. Harmony Museum’s Annual WeihnachtsMarkt

Harmony Museum building
Harmony Museum

Enjoy a Christmas market in the true German tradition at Harmony Museum’s annual WeihnachtsMarkt. Featuring close to 50 artisans and specialty vendors selected based on the quality of their work, you’ll find a beautiful selection of their finest art and handcrafted goods, as well as imported goods from Germany and other European countries, plus entertainment, food, and refreshments that all reflect Harmony’s German heritage.

When: Nov. 12-13
Where: Harmony
Cost: $8 for adults; $6 for seniors; $4 for students; Free for children ages 6 and under

12. Greater Pittsburgh Arts & Crafts Spectacular

Whether you’re in the market for holiday décor to deck your halls or looking for gifts for that special someone on your list, the annual Greater Pittsburgh Arts & Crafts Spectacular is the place to be. This holiday shopping extravaganza features more than 250 indoor booths filled with beautiful arts, crafts, and delicious foods, as well as musical entertainment, clowns Glitter Dot & Dapper who will be painting faces and creating balloon animals, and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus!

When: Nov. 18-20
Where: Monroeville
Cost: $6.50 for ages 16-64; $6 for ages 65+; $3 for children ages 12-15; Free for children under 12 years of age

13. Christkindlmarkt

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Christkindlmarkt

Located in the heart of the Christmas City in Lehigh Valley, Christkindlmarkt is a one-of-a-kind family event celebrating the spirit of the season. Recognized as one of the best holiday markets in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure and now in its 30th year, this heart-warming holiday event features handcrafted works by more than 50 of the nation’s finest artisans, the ring-ting-tingling sounds of live Christmas music, and a visit from Santa.

When: Select weekends and days, Nov. 18-Dec. 18
Where: Bethlehem
Cost: Price varies

14. Highmark Light Up Night®

Fireworks light up night downtown pittsburgh
Highmark Light Up Night®

Bigger, better, and brighter than ever before, Pittsburgh’s downtown will be overflowing with holiday cheer during the 61st Highmark Light Up Night®. The festivities kick off at noon with a variety of live performances throughout the city, featuring headliners The Little Mermen: Ultimate Disney Tribute Band and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, as well as three, free 30-minute, holiday-themed concerts by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall. Beautiful fireworks will light up the night sky following the official lighting of the City of Pittsburgh and the Hallmark Christmas trees, culminating with the dazzling, magical Xfinity Fireworks Spectacular and Supersized Zambelli Finale later in the evening. And no holiday celebration would be complete without a visit from and photo with the big man himself, Santa!

When: Nov. 19
Where: Pittsburgh
Cost: Free

15. Gettysburg Dedication Day and Remembrance Day

Commemorate the 159th anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery during Dedication Day. The commemoration starts with a wreath-laying ceremony, a reading of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, and remarks by a panel of distinguished historians. Remembrance Day activities honoring the soldiers who fought in the Battle of Gettysburg, one of the bloodiest battles of the U.S. Civil War, follow in the afternoon with a parade featuring thousands of Civil War re-enactors and the Remembrance Day Illumination in the National Cemetery.

When: Nov. 19
Where: Gettysburg
Cost: Free

16. Once Upon a Christmas

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Once Upon a Christmas

Join fellow holiday revelers for the 32nd annual Once Upon a Christmas in Knox’s scenic downtown. Shop vendors’ stands filled with decorations and gift ideas just for you. Cheerful snowmen show the way to participating shops, homes, and businesses of artists, crafters, antiques, and the Deer Creek Winery.

When: Nov. 18-19
Where: Knox
Cost: Free

17. It’s A Wonderful Life Parade

The It's a Wonderful Life Parade is the perfect small-town parade that pays tribute to actor Jimmy Stewart and his most well-known film, "It's a Wonderful Life." The celebration makes its way through the streets of Indiana, with floats provided by local businesses and organizations along with a Jimmy Stewart impersonator. After, everyone ends up at the borough’s Christmas tree, where there are snacks and s'mores. Make sure to stop by the Jimmy Stewart Museum in downtown Indiana before the main event.

When: Nov. 19-20
Where: Indiana County
Cost: Free

18. Glowland

Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood invites you to “Get Your Glow On” during GLOWLAND, a monthlong celebration of the season. Along with live entertainment, art installations, and beautiful light displays, Schenley Plaza will be transformed into an enchanting playground for visitors of all ages as 30 seesaws put on their own dazzling and whimsical display of light and sound that change when in motion with the playable art installation, Impulse. More fun awaits with games, music, and holiday revelry galore at this fun event!

When: Nov. 18-Dec. 17
Where: Pittsburgh
Cost: Free

19. Wild Lights at Elmwood Park Zoo

a person touching holiday lights
Wild Lights at Elmwood Park Zoo

Elmwood Park Zoo is transformed into an even brighter and magical winter wonderland during its favorite holiday tradition, Wild Lights. Experience the magic of thousands of lights adorning the zoo’s trees, exhibits, and buildings with live entertainment, holiday music, unique animal encounters, and a chance to see the spectacular Santa himself!

When: Nov. 18-Dec. 30
Where: Norristown
Cost: Price varies

20. Easton Winter Village

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Easton Winter Village

The city of Easton in Lehigh Valley is transformed during the holiday season into a fun-filled Winter Village complete with ice skating, hot cocoa, mulled wine, and tasty treats! Enjoy twinkling lights as you stroll around the Peace Candle and shop for holiday gifts at vendor huts in and around Centre Square. While downtown, be sure to stop in at the more than 30 shops for great gift finds.

When: Fridays through Sundays, Nov. 18-Dec. 18
Where: Easton
Cost: Free

21. The National Dog Show Presented by Purina

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The National Dog Show

Paws up for The Kennel Club of Philadelphia's National Dog Show presented by Purina, the most widely viewed dog show in the nation! Cheer on your favorite pup among the 2,000 beauties from 205 breeds and varieties competing for Best of Breed, First in Group, and the highly coveted Best in Show. Sunday’s show offers more canine competitions and enhanced athletic dog exhibitions, plus family-friendly activities and hands-on fun.

When: Nov. 19-20
Where: Oaks
Cost: $16 for ages 12+; $7 for ages 4-11; Free for children ages 3 and under

22. Saint Vincent Festival of Trees

Explore a gallery of 80 uniquely decorated trees and enjoy local entertainment, live reindeer, holiday displays and shopping, a visit with Santa, and rooms from Santa’s castle at AHN Saint Vincent Hospital’s Festival of Trees. Bonus: Little ones can have their favorite teddy bear or other stuffed toy examined by the hospital’s team of teddy bear specialists to make sure their treasured teddy is in tip-top shape this holiday season!

When: Nov. 25-27
Where: Erie
Cost: $10 for adults; $6 for children ages 2-12

23. Benigna's Creek's Lighting of the Vineyard

The vineyards of Benigna’s Creek Vineyard and Winery are festooned with lights as they "dance" to holiday music during the annual Lighting of the Vineyard. This year's event features even more Christmas light displays as well as live nativity animals, fun tractor rides through the vineyard, warm campfires, delicious homemade food, and of course, their wonderful wine!

When: Nov. 25-26
Where: Klingerstown
Cost: $10 General Admission (includes a wine tasting and food voucher); $5 Designated Driver Admission (no vouchers); Free for children under 12 years of age

24. Winter Wonderland

Downtown Honesdale once again is celebrating their hometown lyricist, Richard “Dick” Smith, who composed the lyrics to that favorite holiday classic, “Winter Wonderland,” at their Winter Wonderland holiday happening. Starting with a Santa Parade and ceremony to light the tree and star, shop the local stores for some wonderful gift finds then dine at one of their downtown eateries.

When: Nov. 25
Where: Honesdale
Cost: Free

25. Christmas at the Expo – A Holiday Gift Show

Get ready to shop ‘til you drop at the Lebanon Valley Expo Center’s 8th Annual Christmas at the Expo. As the largest holiday gift show and shopping event in the area, shop small and shop local with nearly 200 artisans and vendors while singing along to live holiday music playing throughout the weekend. Be sure to take a moment from your shopping to snag a picture with Santa!

When: Nov. 25-27
Where: Lebanon
Cost: Free

26. Christmas Open House

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Christmas Open House

The Greene County Historical Society Museum is opening its doors for some holiday fun at its Christmas Open House. Enjoy the museum decorated in the season’s splendor as well as the ever-popular Christmas Tree Auction, music, train sets, visits with Santa, and lovely refreshments. It’s the perfect way to welcome some holiday cheer!

When: Nov. 26-27, Dec. 3-4
Where: Waynesburg
Cost: Free

27. Christmas in Coal Country

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Christmas in Coal Country

Bundle up and gather your friends and family for a heart-warming holiday experience at Christmas in Coal Country. Climb aboard a historic train and vintage trolley for a trip through the Blacklog Narrows decked out in holiday lights. The railroad cars for the one-hour, diesel-powered train ride are heated and along the ride you will encounter Santa where he will give every child a special gift!

When: Fridays-Sundays, Nov. 25-Dec. 18
Where: Rockhill Furnace
Cost: Price varies

28. Beaver County Model Railroad Club Christmas Season Open House

The Beaver County Model Railroad Club is once again throwing open its doors and inviting the public to see its model trains in action at its annual Christmas Season Open House. You can even bring your own train equipment to join in the display and the fun! Be sure to explore the club’s headquarters and library to learn even more about this fascinating hobby.

When: Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 26-Jan. 1
Where: Monaca
Cost: Free

29. Holiday Trolley Excursions

guy dressed as Elf inside Trolly ride
Holiday Trolley Excursions

Take a trip on a vintage electric trolley car during a weekend filled with the Electric City Trolley Museum Association’s holiday trolley excursions. Take a trip with Elf on the Shelf on Friday or enjoy a ride with Santa on Saturday or Sunday! After your excursion, be sure to visit the museum to explore more vintage trolleys and their gift shop.

When: Friday, Nov. 25; Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 26-Dec. 18
Where: Scranton
Cost: Price varies

30. Holiday Light Spectacular at Nay Aug Park

Scranton The Electric City lights
Nay Aug Park

Scranton once again is lighting up winter’s night sky with sparkling holiday scenery at the magically illuminated Nay Aug Park. Marvel at the nostalgic displays of holiday cheer and take in the lights from the tractor-pulled hayrides or horse-drawn carriage rides. Make sure to stop by on select weekends for visits from Santa!

When: Nov. 18-Jan. 7
Where: Scranton
Cost: Free

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