Merry & Bright

Post by Wendy RoyalNovember 21, 2018

There are destinations throughout Pennsylvania that just make the Christmas season extra special. Towns, big and small, decorated for the holidays, Christmas lights, shows and parties designed to the season merry and bright.

Note: many of these attractions are closed on the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Always check their websites to
confirm days/hours of operation.


It's A Wonderful Life Festival, Indiana, PA Photo courtesy It's A Wonderful Life Festival

It’s A Wonderful Life Festival. Weekends, Nov 17- Dec 16

Dickens of a Christmas. Downtown Ebensburg Nov 30-Dec 2

Gettysburg Christmas FestivalPhoto courtesy Destination Gettysburg

Gettysburg Christmas Festival. Downtown Gettysburg Dec 1

Bellefonte Victorian Christmas, PA
Bellefonte Victorian Christmas Photo by Wendy Royal

Bellefonte Victorian Christmas. Bellefonte Dec 7-8

Penn Wells Hotel, Wellsboro, PAPhoto courtesy of The Penn Wells Hotel

Christmas on Main Street. Wellsboro Dec 7-9

Christmas In Our Hometown, TunkhannockPhoto courtesy Christmas In Our Hometown

Christmas in our Hometown. Tunkhannock Dec 7-8

Treefest, Bloomsburg, PAPhoto courtesy of the Caldwell Consistory

Treefest. Caldwell Consistory, Bloomsburg Dec 1-2

Holiday Excursions. Colebrookdale Railroad, Boyertown Nov 23 - Dec 31

Fezziwig’s Christmas Party, Baldwin-Reynolds House, Meadville Dec 7-8

Woodford Mansion Fairmount Park, PhiladelphiaWoodford Mansion Photo courtesy of Fairmount Park Conservancy

A Very Merry Christmas at the Historic Houses of Fairmount Park, Dec 1-2, 9-10

A Longwood Christmas, Longwood Gardens, PAPhoto courtesy of Longwood Gardens

A Longwood Christmas. Longwood Gardens Kennett Square, Nov 22- Jan 6

2018 Christmas Show, American Music Theatre, PAPhoto courtesy of American Music Theatre

American Music Theatre’s 2018 Christmas Show. Lancaster Nov 1 - Dec 30.

Twas the Night Before Christmas. Little Theatre of Mechanicsburg. Nov 30 - Dec 16.

The Nutcracker, Brandywine BalletPhoto courtesy of the Brandywine Ballet

The Nutcracker. Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, West Chester Dec 8-16


Koziar's Christmas Village Drone footage by the 717 Drone Guys

Koziar’s Christmas Village Bernville Nov 3 - Jan 1

Holiday Lights On The Lake, Lakemont Park, PAPhoto courtesy Lakemont Park

Holiday Lights on the Lake. Lakemont Park, Altoona, Nov 16-Jan 6

Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland, Pittsburgh Photo courtesy Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland. Big Butler Fairgrounds, Prospect Nov 16 – Jan 6

Asbury Woods Nature Center Winter WonderlandPhoto courtesy of GoErie

Winter Wonderland. Asbury Woods Nature Center, Erie Dec 14-16, 27-30

Winter Light Spectacular, Lehigh Valley ZooPhoto courtesy Lehigh Valley Zoo

Winter Light Spectacular. Lehigh Valley Zoo, Schnecksville Nov 9 – Dec 31

Holiday Light Spectacular. Nay Aug Park, Scranton, Nov 23- Dec 31

Holiday Lights At Gring's Mill, PAPhoto of Gring's Mill by Phil Magistro

Holiday Lights. Gring’s Mill Recreation Area, Wyomissing Dec 1-30

Christmas Magic A Festival of LightsPhoto courtesy York County Convention & Visitors Bureau

Christmas Magic, A Festival of Lights. Rocky Ridge County Park, York, Nov 23-31 (closed Dec 24-25)

Overly's Country Christmas, GreensburgPhoto courtesy Overly's Country Christmas

Overly’s Country Christmas. Westmoreland Fairgrounds, Greensburg, Nov 16 - Jan 1

Kennywood Holiday Lights, Kennywood ParkPhoto courtesy Kennywood Park

Kennywood Holiday Lights. Pittsburgh, Nov 23-Dec 23, Dec 26-30

Christmas CandyLane, HersheyparkPhoto courtesy Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company

Christmas CandyLane. Hersheypark, Hershey, Nov 16-Jan 1

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Merry & Bright

Contributing Writer

Wendy Royal | Editor

Wendy Royal

Wendy Royal is the editor of Where & When, Pennsylvania's Travel Guide. Though she enjoys bragging about all that Pennsylvania has to offer, she is a life-long Lancaster County resident, who lives in Lititz with her husband.