Pennsylvania

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in the Mid-Atlantic, and these destinations are thrilled to showcase a dazzling array of holiday happenings that will ignite the spirit of joy and wonder.

Looking for mesmerizing light displays? An enchanting performance of the Nutcracker? Or perhaps the cozy charm of a traditional German Christmas Village is what delights your heart. There are so many ways to experience the magic of the season! And Pennsylvania has it all!

Allegheny National Forest Region
Find the magic of the season celebrating an Old Fashioned Christmas in Historic Downtown Bradford. This family-friendly full-day event features horse-drawn carriage rides, Storyland with Mrs. Claus, breakfast with Santa, an artisan vendor market, small business discounts, live entertainment, and the tastes and sounds of the season. Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau, VisitANF.com, Linda Devlin, devlin@visitanf.com

Bradford County
The Sayre Christmas Parade is the annual kickoff for a season full of celebration across beautiful Bradford County.  Visit the region for the best of small-town shopping as local merchants “deck the halls” full of unique and one-of-a-kind treasures. Tree farms, farm markets and local wineries have all the items you’ll need to bring the holiday home with you from your holiday visit. Bradford County Tourism Promotion Agency, VisitBradfordCounty.com, Morgan Christopher, morganckc@gmail.com  

Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau
This year’s “Endless Mountains Christmas” celebration will feature a record number of holiday events, deals, and getaway ideas to enjoy “Christmas in Our Hometown”. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, holiday happenings like light shows, free holiday movie screenings, and small-town shopping events offer visitors the nostalgic warmth of a mountain Christmas celebration.  Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau, EndlessMountains.org, Morgan Christopher, sales@endlessmountains.org  

Juniata River Valley
Start the holiday season right with a visit to the Festival of Ice. Stroll downtown Lewistown with a hot cup of cocoa as you gaze upon the beautifully carved ice sculptures, listen to Christmas carolers, admire the decorations, and even visit with Santa Clause himself. This year’s theme is Christmas Island! Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau, JRVVisitors.com, Buffie Boyer, bboyer@juniatarivervalley.org

Lancaster
The traditional start to Lancaster County’s holiday season is the early November debut of American Music Theatre’s annual Christmas Show.  This year’s edition – “The First Noel” – is an original production full of heartwarming secular & sacred holiday songs and the spectacular dancing that AMT is always known for. Discover Lancaster, DiscoverLancaster.com, Joel Cliff, jcliff@discoverlancaster.com

Laurel Highlands
Nemacolin is known for its “real-life magic,” and no time is more magical than the holiday season. At Christmas, the 2,200-acre resort transforms into a glowing winter wonderland full of festive family-friendly fun. Twirl on the outdoor ice rink, hit the slopes at The Peak, and enjoy delicious holiday specials.GO Laurel Highlands, GoLaurelHighlands.com, Eric Knopsnyder,  eknopsnyder@golaurelhighlands.com

Lawrence
Visit local parks with beautiful light displays, visit the grandeur of Arts+ Education at the Hoyt decorated for Christmas, watch the spectacular performance of the Nutcracker by the New Castle Regional Ballet Company at the historic Scottish Rite Cathedral or simply take in winter’s beauty in Lawrence County. Visit Lawrence County, VisitLawrenceCounty.com, Ginny Jacob, gjacob@Visitlawrencecounty.com

Pennsylvania (Commonwealth of)
Nothing shines like Pennsylvania during the holiday season! From lighted walking trails to glimmering shops, holiday spirit is bright across the Keystone State. To learn about more spectacular light displays and other holiday adventures in Pennsylvania, check out visitPA.com. Pennsylvania Tourism Office, VisitPA, VisitPa.com, Michael Chapaloney,  mchapalone@pa.gov

Potter-Tioga
December’s “Dickens of a Christmas” and “Christmas on Main Street”, two annual events taking place in the heart of historic Wellsboro, draw hundreds of visitors each year to celebrate the season when the first weekend town becomes an authentic Victorian holiday marketplace, and the second weekend when the town’s history as the birthplace of “Shiny Brite” ornaments is celebrated. Visit Potter-Tioga, VisitPotterTioga.com, Morgan Christopher, morgan@visitpottertioga.com

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