4 Incredible Ways to Celebrate the Holidays with a Historic Twist

Add some historic holiday cheer to your celebrations this year! Embrace the fun, traditions, and beauty of an old-fashioned holiday season here in Pennsylvania, where unique shopping experiences, stunningly decorated historic homes, and engaging reenactments will inspire holiday cheer throughout the season.

Know before you go: We recommend contacting your destination before your visit for their latest rules and regulations. Find up-to-date COVID-19 traveler resources on the visitPA website.

1. PEOPLES GAS HOLIDAY MARKET™

Pittsburgh

Looking for a special present for that special someone? You’re bound to find it at a one-of-a-kind shopping village at Peoples Gas Holiday Market™ in historic Market Square in Pittsburgh, open daily through Dec. 23. Explore wooden chalets filled with high quality gifts while enjoying live entertainment at this illuminated public space dating back to the 1760s that housed the first courthouse, jail, and newspaper west of the Atlantic Plain.

2. YULETIDE AT WHEATLAND VIRTUAL TOURS

Lancaster

Experience three historic periods of Christmas displays at Yuletide at Wheatland, the home of former President James Buchanan. Running through Wednesday, Dec. 30, the two-story mansion tour takes you through exhibits from the early Victorian era to the dazzling 1920s – from the comfort of your home! Grab your tickets for a history-themed guided tour and see the spectacular holiday displays for yourself.

3. A BETHLEHEM CHRISTMAS

Bethlehem

The Lehigh Valley is the place to be this holiday season! Rooted in holiday charm and delights, A Bethlehem Christmas invites you to take a peek into 1700s Moravian life and experience local traditions, including the city’s Live Advent Calendar and Christmas City Stroll.

4. FORT LIGONIER

Ligonier

Shout a final Huzzah! to the holiday season and welcome the new year at the Fort Ligonier Twelfth Night Celebration, Jan. 9, 2021. Celebrate the colonial tradition of Twelfth Night with a virtual concert by the Wayward Companions and a Colonial Treat Box! The online event will host live demonstrations and musical entertainment.

For even more ideas on how to celebrate the holidays this year in PA, check out the visitPA website. Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram to stay up-to-date on even more great ideas and places to visit around our state.

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