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Holiday Happenings to Catch at PA Parks

Even though the holiday season will look a little different this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t get a healthy dose of cheer right here in Pennsylvania. You may not be traveling far and wide to see relatives, but you and your family can experience the magic of the holiday season by checking out these local holiday happenings at PA’s parks.

Presque Isle Lights

From December 5 to January 3, experience Presque Isle State Park like you’ve never seen it! This holiday season Pennsylvania’s only “seashore” will be awash in holiday glow with a light show for all to enjoy. Notable points like the Presque Isle Lighthouse, Public Safety building, Perry Monument, beach area, and more will be showered in holiday lights for all to enjoy. As you drive through the park, you can tune into 95.5FM to enjoy holiday tunes. You can even grab a warm drink at the Lake Erie Speedway Hot Chocolate Pit Stop.

Holiday Light Spectacular at Nay Aug Park

If you’re near Scranton, head to Nay Aug Park for a holiday light spectacular you can enjoy from your own vehicle or on foot. From now until January 7, experience more than 100 light displays coupled with festive music, some synced together, as you drive or stroll through the park. This light show is free and open to the public though donations are always appreciated. Sip on hot cocoa and munch on doughnuts as you enjoy the holiday spirit. On weekends take the opportunity to visit with Santa or hop on a hayride or horse-drawn carriage ride as your mode of transportation through the park.

Holiday Lights on the Lake

More than a million lights illuminate the more than 50 acres of Lakemont Park in Altoona. For more than 20 years, this seasonal favorite has been welcoming community members to drive through the park and enjoy the season with family and friends. During your visit, stop at Santa’s Gift Shop to meet the big man himself or pick up some last-minute gifts or treats most of which are made locally. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays stop by the Alto Model Train Display and see it decked out for the holidays.

There is so much fun to be had at Pennsylvania parks no matter the season. Whether you’re driving through enchanting holiday light displays or simply barreling down a snowy hill on a sled, enjoying time outside is important year-round. Be sure to check out what the parks near you have to offer this holiday and winter season.