39 December Events and Festivals in Pennsylvania

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and these events and festivals will bring the ultimate holiday cheer! Pennsylvania is decking the halls with dazzling holiday light shows, beautiful winter wonderlands, fun and fanciful Christmas markets for unique gift giving treats, and amazing holiday adventures.

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

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1. Hawley Winterfest

The town of Hawley is brimming with fun festivities and twinkling lights during Hawley Winterfest. Stroll the sidewalks or hop on a horse and carriage ride to enjoy all the hustle and bustle of this quaint town as holiday music fills the air. Grab sweet treats at The Cookie Walk, try a craft project at the library, and be sure to visit local merchants offering all sorts of specials, holiday treats, and gift-giving ideas. Round out the fun with the Winterfest Beer Tour, Holiday Artisan Marketplaces, and Winterfest Dining.

When: Dec. 3 - 12
Where: Hawley
Cost: Free

2. Community Arts Center and the Potters Guild: Handcrafted Holiday Sale

The artists of the Potters Guild invite you to a weeklong celebration and sale of their beautifully handcrafted pieces at the Handcrafted Holiday Sale. The Community Arts Center is decked out in its holiday finery, providing a festive atmosphere to peruse the amazing work of the guild’s local artists where you are sure to find the perfect, one-of-a-kind gift for everyone on your list.

When: Dec. 3 - 11
Where: Wallingford
Cost: Free

3. Presque Isle Lights at Presque Isle State Park

Experience Presque Isle State Park's natural beauty in a whole new light at Presque Isle Lights. The park’s 13-mile loop trail is once again aglow with holiday lights, as well as some standalone displays and the beautifully decorated historic Lighthouse that complement the natural beauty of Presque Isle after dark.

When: Dec. 3 - 31
Where: Presque Isle State Park
Cost: Free

4. Westmoreland Historic Society’s Holiday Tour of Historic Hanna’s Town

Just as each family has its own special holiday traditions that have evolved over time, so has the nation’s, including many brought from the homelands of generations of immigrants that are now melded into the fabric of this country. Discover the origin of many of America’s Christmas traditions and how they have changed over the past three centuries on a Holiday Tour of Historic Hanna’s Town of buildings from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, each decorated to reflect the period.

When: Dec. 4 and 11
Where: Greensburg
Cost: $10 for Westmoreland Historical Society members; $12 for nonmembers.

5. Berwick Christmas Boulevard

Holiday Lights
Berwick Christmas Boulevard | Credit: Shane Kiefer

Grab some hot chocolate, the pets, and the kids and pile into the car to view a longtime Christmas tradition: The Berwick Christmas Boulevard, where a mile of Market Street is adorned with holiday displays, animatronics, and thousands of sparkling lights. You can even walk the route if you want! Now in its 75th year, this spectacular display of holiday cheer has been delighting generations of holiday revelers who have come from near and far to enjoy this bit of Christmas cheer.

When: Dec. 4 - 31
Where: Berwick
Cost: Free

6. Christmas in Coal Country

Holding a pocket watch in hand
Christmas in Coal Country

East Broad Top Railroad and the Rockhill Trolley Museum invite you to bundle up and gather your friends and family to climb aboard a vintage trolley and a heated historic rail car to experience Christmas in Coal Country this holiday season. The adventure includes a one-hour, diesel-powered train ride where along the way Santa will give every child a special gift, with train and trolley stops providing loads of fun holiday activities.

When: Dec. 10 - 12
Where: Rockhill Furnace
Cost: $20 - $30

7. Christmas on Main Street

snow covered Christmas trees with a lamp post on main street during snow fall
Christmas on Main Street

Experience the magic of the holiday season with a weekend of activities that will warm your heart and fill you with Christmas spirit at Wellsboro’s Christmas on Main Street. There will be free games and prizes for kids at the Winter Carnival, horse-drawn carriage rides, Victorian house tours, and helpful shop owners along the gas-lit Main Street of this picturesque small town who excel at identifying the perfect gift for even the most difficult person on your list!

When: Dec. 10 - 12
Where: Wellsboro
Cost: Free; Prices vary for certain activities

8. Santa In the Cave at Lincoln Caverns

You’re never too old to sit on Santa’s lap! At Lincoln Cavern’s Santa in the Cave event, you and your family will get the chance to spend some quality time with Santa to discuss your Christmas wish list. Don’t forget to take a selfie while you are at it.

When: Dec. 11 - 12
Where: Huntingdon
Cost: Free

9. 31st Quiet Valley Old Time Christmas

A house with a window and trees in the front
31st Quiet Valley Old Time Christmas

Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm has pulled out all the stops for its 31st Annual Old Time Christmas. Experience what Christmas was like in the 1800s with a candlelit tour of the buildings and grounds all decked out in their festive holiday finery. See if you can spot the Christmas putz in the Victorian parlor and be sure to visit the Belschnikel in the farmhouse who really knows who has been naughty or nice!

When: Dec. 11 - 12
Where: Stroudsburg
Cost: $12 for adults; $6 for ages 3 - 12

10. Jim Thorpe's Olde Time Christmas

Downtown Jim Thorpe is all decked out in its finest Victorian holiday splendor for the 40th annual Olde Time Christmas. Enjoy strolling carolers and musicians, horse-drawn carriage rides, tours of the town’s historic buildings and museums, The Krampus Festival, special community holiday events, holiday shopping, and plenty of free family fun activities.

When: Dec. 11 - 12, 18 - 19
Where: Jim Thorpe
Cost: Free; Prices vary for certain tours and activities

11. English Country Dance Lessons

A group of people dancing
English Country Dance Lessons | Credit: Anna Weltz

Tune up your dancing legs and learn a few English Country Dances at Fort Ligonier from returning dance instructor Brett Walker. Then, don your favorite 18th century attire or 21st century cocktail garb to test out your newfound dance skills at the Annual Twelfth Night Celebration on Jan. 8, 2022, complete with hearty treats, spirits, and 18th century music by the Wayward Companions!

When: Dec. 14
Where: Ligonier
Cost: $8 per person for lesson; Prices vary for 12th Night Celebration

12. Breakfast with Santa

chocolate donuts with peppermint topping stacked on plate
Breakfast with Santa

What could be better this holiday season than Breakfast with Santa?! Every Saturday, Santa invites you to join him at Nemacolin’s Marquis Ballroom for a sumptuous buffet. Enjoy family-friendly activities, photo ops, and spectacular decorations in addition to the magnificent fare that includes savory and sweet breakfast favorites, fresh-baked desserts, and a decadent waffle bar that even Scrooge would find delight-filled!

When: Saturdays, Now - Dec. 18
Where: Farmington
Cost: $50 for adults, $25 for kids 5-12, free for children 4 and under

13. Commonwealth Bank “It’s A Wonderful Life” Festival event

Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the iconic Christmas classic, “It’s A Wonderful Life” in Indiana County. You might think you’ve been transported straight to Bedford Falls while watching the classic film It’s a Wonderful Life in the 1930s vintage theater at the Jimmy Stewart Museum in Indiana, Stewart’s hometown. Check out a screening, showing daily at 1pm everyday throughout the holiday season, then the enjoy the music, fun, and holiday festivities of The First Commonwealth Bank “It’s A Wonderful Life” Festival on weekends now through Dec. 19

When: Now - Dec. 19
Where: Indiana
Cost: Free

14. Pocono Organics Farm Tales

Join Pocono Organics for free story time sessions! During each Farm Tale session, explore a different farming theme, followed by related activities, games and crafts. Recommended for children ages 3 to 6. Siblings are welcome to join in on the fun or spend the time shopping in the market or getting a bite to eat at the café.

When: Mondays, Now - Dec. 20
Where: Long Pond
Cost: Free

15. Lights in Lansford

Illuminated with thousands of twinkling lights, Kennedy Park is brimming with holiday magic during Lights in Lansford. Enjoy some hot chocolate and an appearance from Santa on opening night, then take an evening stroll-through the light tunnel and snap a selfie at the 4-foot-tall snow globe – a great backdrop for family holiday photos!

When: Dec. 18 – Jan. 2
Where: Lansford
Cost: Free

16. Peoples Gas Holiday Market

christmas tree at Holiday plaza
Peoples Gas Holiday Market™

Looking for a unique and fun-filled shopping experience?! Visit Market Square in downtown Pittsburgh for the 10th annual Peoples Gas Holiday Market. With more vendors than ever before, live entertainment, and a village of wooden chalets, the holiday market is brimming with international flair and local charm. Be sure to stop by EQT Plaza to gaze upon the World’s Largest Pickle Ornament, a three-story high Heinz pickle balloon. Trust us, this is a truly big dill!

When: Now - Dec. 23
Where: Pittsburgh
Cost: Free

17. Linvilla Orchards Christmas Around the Farm

Linvilla Orchards is transformed into a winter wonderland and filled with holiday magic during Christmas Around the Farm. Select and cut your own tree, enjoy live entertainment, and complete your holiday decorating with their handmade wreaths, greens, holly, poinsettias, and timeless decorations. Be sure to visit Santa and his whimsical “Noelziphone” on Saturday and Sunday afternoons when children can give Santa their list of wishes!

When: Now - Dec. 23
Where: Linvilla Orchards
Cost: $2 per person for hayride to cut-your-own-tree field

18. Kris Kringle Fest and Festival of Lights

Christmas decoration hangings
Kris Kringle Fest

Get in the holiday spirit with Carbon County Fair’s Kris Kringle Fest and Festival of Lights. Stroll through animated light displays with warming stations along the way. The kids will delight in visits from Kris Kringle and candy treat, games, rides, and even a sleigh display. A variety of artists, crafts people, and artisans will be selling from their unique wares and artwork – sure to please even the pickiest person on your list!

When: Now - Dec. 23
Where: Gilbert
Cost: $6 (3 years and older)

19. Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Christmas village
Christmas Village in Philadelphia | Credit: Dave Lakatos

Chase away those holiday humbug blues with a visit to Philadelphia’s authentic German Christmas Market at LOVE Park and City Hall. Dozens of vendors have set up shop in wooden booths selling a wide variety of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry, and arts and crafts, as well as traditional European food, sweets, and drinks. The village features thousands of lights, a beer garden, and an old-school carousel, Ferris Wheel, and Kids Train.

When: Now - Dec. 24
Where: Philadelphia
Cost: Free

20. Honesdale and Hawley Santa Christmas Tree Express

Make your search for the perfect Christmas tree a true holiday adventure with a trip on the Santa Christmas Tree Express! Choose your departure point – either Honesdale or Hawley – then climb aboard a beautifully restored, historic, and heated railroad coach for an unforgettable journey to the trackside Christmas Tree Farm to find and purchase your perfect tree. Visit with Santa and enjoy some delicious hot chocolate before re-boarding with your tree safely baled, labeled, and stowed on a flatbed car for the return journey.

When: Now – Dec. 24
Where: Honesdale/Hawley
Cost: Prices vary

21. The Nutcracker Ballet at the State Theatre

theater artist holding a prop toy while perform act, christmas tree in the back
The Nutcracker Ballet at the State Theatre

Experience the magic, charm, and joy of the holiday season with a trip to the magical land of sugarplum fairies, waltzing snowflakes, and an epic battle between good and evil at a performance of The Nutcracker Ballet. Set to Tchaikovsky’s captivating score, this beautiful production is sure to delight both the young and the young-at-heart!

When: Dec. 17 - 29
Where: Uniontown
Cost: $15 reserved seats

22. North Pole Express Train

A train on the railway tracks
North Pole Express Train

Join Santa and Mrs. Claus as you depart New Hope Station for a North Pole Express Train ride through historic Bucks County. Enjoy an hour filled with holiday magic, fresh cookies, hot chocolate, and live entertainment aboard the beautiful 20th century passenger cars pulled along by one of the railroad’s vintage diesel locomotives. Bonus: Each child will receive a sleigh bell gift from Santa himself!

When: Now - Dec. 30
Where: New Hope
Cost: Prices vary

23. Overly's Country Christmas

General store front decorated with holiday lights
Overly's Country Christmas

Stroll through the twinkling lights and festive atmosphere of Overly’s Country Christmas and its array of the Christmas Village’s old-fashioned traditions and treats this holiday season. Sing carols around the bonfire, delight in the model train display, have your picture taken with Santa, and enjoy a horse drawn wagon/sleigh ride, then shop for gifts in the C. Edgar & Sons General Store as you experience the warmth and wonder of this decades-long holiday tradition!

When: Thursday - Sunday, Now - Dec. 30
Where: Greensburg
Cost: $20 per family carload (8 people or less), $5 per person park and walk, $40 per extended passenger vehicle (9 people or more) NOTE: Cash only.

24. Kraynak's Santa's Christmas Land

Enter a magical world of make believe at Kraynak’s Santa’s Christmas Land. With twinkling lights, glittering trees, and an enchanting array of life-like characters, their 300-foot, indoor “starlight avenue” features dozens of uniquely designed Christmas trees, each with its own special theme and scenery and a perfect way to kick off your holiday celebrations.

When: Now - Dec. 31
Where: Hermitage
Cost: Free

25. Tall Pines Forest of Lights

A landscape with trees, holiday lighting

Tall Pines Forest of Lights captures the beauty of the season with more than a mile of twinkling holiday lights in enchanting displays illuminating a magical trail – a trail that leads directly to Santa’s Workshop! After wending your way along the enchanting trail in the comfort of your car, visit with the jolly man himself, send a letter to the North Pole, and enjoy s'mores over an open fire and a variety of kids’ activities!

When: Now - Dec. 31
Where: Friendsville
Cost: $25 per vehicle (up to 8 passengers); $50 per vehicle (9 - 15 passengers)

26. The Festival of Lights at Stone Hedge Golf Course

People walking on a sidewalk with christmas lights
The Festival of Lights | Credit: Amy Bohr

No need to worry about your golf handicap when visiting the back nine of the Stone Hedge Golf Course this holiday season! The course has been transformed into a holiday wonderland during its Festival of Lights with even more lights and themes than ever before. Enjoy the magic of 500 holiday displays from the warmth and comfort of your own car. Afterwards, stop by the pavilion for some family friendly food and drinks, including s'mores by the fire, and other vendors.

When: Now - Dec. 31
Where: Tunkhannock
Cost: $25 per vehicle Monday - Thursday; $30 per vehicle Friday - Sunday

27. Macy’s Christmas Light Show, Santaland & Dickens Village

Christmas tree in a mall
Macy’s Christmas Light Show | Credit: G. Widman

The holidays just don’t seem complete without the magic and wonder of Macy’s Christmas Light Show, Santaland, and Dickens Village. A Philadelphia tradition for well over six decades, the historic Wanamaker Building is all aglow with 100,000 holiday lights that dance along to classic tunes played on the spectacular Wanamaker Organ. Victorian England comes to life at Dickens Village in scenes from “A Christmas Carol.” Be sure to visit Santaland for a picture with Santa and fun activities along the way!

When: Light Show: Dec. 1 - 24 once daily at 10:30 a.m., then Dec. 26 - 31 at 11:30 a.m. / Dickens Village: Now - Dec. 31
Where: Philadelphia
Cost: Free. NOTE: Advance reservations required for Dicken’s Village and Santaland

28. Rose Tree Park’s Festival of Lights

Rose Tree Park’s glimmering walkways, brilliantly lit trees, and festive displays are the perfect place for a wonder-filled evening stroll this holiday season during The Festival of Lights. Enjoy beloved characters gracing the displays, including Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang and Santa and his reindeer. New this year, be sure to stop by the Delco Holiday Village where a rotating roster of many of your favorite local merchants and food trucks set up shop during the first three weekends in December.

When: Now - Dec. 31
Where: Media
Cost: Free

29. Hersheypark Christmas Candylane

Christmas lights in Hersheypark
Christmas Candylane®

Hersheypark has decked the halls with more than 5 million twinkling lights for the merriest event of the year, Hersheypark Christmas Candylane. Enjoy your favorite rides and coasters, visit Santa and all nine of his reindeer, and watch the spectacular NOEL light show as more than 250,000 lights dance to your favorite, classic holiday tunes, then warm up with a cup of Hershey’s signature hot chocolate!

When: Now - Jan. 2 (closed Christmas Day)
Where: Hershey
Cost: Prices vary

30. Hershey Sweet Lights presented by T-Mobile

Holiday Sweet Lights sign with lights
Hershey Sweet Lights | Credit: Amanda S Polyak

Enjoy nearly 600 illuminated, animated displays from the warmth and comfort of your car as you drive through 2 miles of wooded trails at Hershey Sweet Lights. Play your favorite holiday music as you ride to truly get into the holiday season.

When: Now - Jan. 2
Where: Hummelstown
Cost: Prices vary, discount tickets available online

31. Kennywood Holiday Lights

Kennywood is sparkling with holiday magic during its Holiday Lights extravaganza. Be dazzled by a million twinkling lights, enjoy a variety of select rides and holiday entertainment, and marvel at the tallest Christmas tree in all of PA. Savor the flavors of the season with festive foods and holiday drinks. For an extra special treat, surprise the little ones with a kid-friendly dinner with none other than Santa, Mrs. Claus, and some of their sprightly helpers from the North Pole!

When: Now - Jan. 2
Where: Pittsburgh
Cost: Prices vary

32. Lights at the Lake

A tree with colorful lights
Lights at the Lake

No worries if the winter winds doth blow this holiday season. Picturesque Mauch Chunk Lake Park’s drive-through light show is simply dazzling with sparkling lights and brilliant holiday displays during Lights at the Lake. Set your vehicle’s radio to your favorite holiday music station then enjoy the show in warmth and comfort – sure to become a holiday tradition for the whole family!

When: Now – Jan. 2 (Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, and Saturday)
Where: Jim Thorpe
Cost: $20 per car

33. Holiday Lights Mini Golf at Fun Fore All

Holiday Lights decoration
Holiday Lights Mini Golf at Fun Fore All | Credit: Tiffany Hernandez

Looking for something a little off beat to do this holiday season? Holiday Lights Mini Golf at Fun Fore All may be just the ticket because who doesn’t love a round or two of mini-golf? Their two 18-hole mini golf courses are decked out with lights galore, creating a holiday light extravaganza for you to walk through or play a round of mini-golf with your nearest and dearest this holiday season. And, in keeping with the spirit of the season, 10 percent of all sales benefit The Caring Place.

When: Now - Jan. 3
Where: Cranberry Township
Cost: $15 for 1 course; $20 for both

34. Holiday Lights on the Lake at Lakemont Park

Prepare to be mesmerized by holiday magic as you drive through a dazzling array of more than a million lights twinkling lights at Lakemont Park’s Holiday Lights on the Lake. A holiday tradition dating back 25 years, the lights and animated displays continue to delight generations of families. Be sure to stop in Santa’s gift shop where you’ll find unique holiday gifts, ornaments, delicious baked goods, decorations from local crafters, and special treats for the kids!

When: Now – Jan. 9
Where: Altoona
Cost: Prices vary based on vehicle type

35. LumiNature at Philadelphia Zoo

Holiday lights look like python
LumiNature at Philadelphia Zoo

Take a magical journey of lights, sounds and surprises at Philadelphia Zoo’s LumiNature when the zoo’s daytime magic is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland. Enjoy more than a million shimmering lights and 14 themed zones filled with creative displays, light shows, and holiday entertainment activities for guests of all ages that combine the joy of animals, nature and the holiday season in spectacular fashion!

When: Now - Jan. 9
Where: Philadelphia
Cost: $25 Adult (ages 12+); $20 Child (ages 2-11) NOTE: Pre-purchased tickets and reservations are highly recommended.

36. Holiday Light Extravaganza

Celebrate the season with your family and the furry friends at Living Treasures' Second Annual Holiday Lights Extravaganza! There will be holiday light displays, decorations, and a light and sound show. And of course, the little ones will love petting, feeding, and seeing reindeer and other members of the park's animal family.

When: Dec. 2 - 5, 9 - 12, 15 - 23, 26 - 31, and Jan. 1 - 2 and 7 - 9
Where: Jones Mills
Cost: $13 for adults, $11 for seniors, $10 for children ages 3-11, and free for children ages 2 and under.

37. Snowmen of Stroudsburg

Pocono Joe, Sapphire Snow Fairy, Mr. Penny Bags, and Valentina are among the 39 whimsical Snowmen of Stroudsburg gracing downtown Stroudsburg this holiday season. Painted by local artists, the life-size snowmen (and snow ladies) are known to move about throughout the downtown during the season hoping to catch your eye and all-important vote for fan favorite. Visit some of the shops, art galleries, restaurants, and local entertainment venues of this charming downtown as you try to find all 39!

When: Now - Feb. 26
Where: Stroudsburg
Cost: Free

38. Winter at Dilworth Park

You’ll find tons of fun at Philadelphia’s Dilworth Park. The whimsical Wintergarden with its playful reindeer topiaries and seasonal plantings adorned with festive twinkling lights is sure to delight! Perfect your axel, lutz, and salchow at the Rothman Orthopedics Ice Rink, then warm up with delicious seasonal food and drink items at The Cabin. Now through New Year’s Day, enjoy the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market and the Deck the Hall Light Show, bringing City Hall to life with festive projections.

When: Now - Feb. 27
Where: Philadelphia
Cost: Free for Wintergarden and Deck the Hall Light Show; ice skating: $10 for adults; $7 for children 10 and under, with reservations strongly encouraged

39. Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

people skating on Ice rink by river, christmas tree and holiday lights around
Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest | Credit: K Huff

Hear the joyous sounds and laughter of ice skaters celebrating the holiday season at the 28th annual Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest. This winter wonderland is complete with an Olympic-size ice skating rink, festive warming cabins and fire pits, games and carnival rides for the young and young-at-heart, delicious food and refreshing drinks, and the signature holiday tree – all set amidst thousands of sparkling lights!

When: Now – March 6
Where: Philadelphia
Cost: Ice Skating Admission: $5; Ice Skate Rental: $10; Amusements: prices vary; Cabin Rental: $75-$125 per 90 minutes

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