Visitors shopping for gifts at the vendors of a PA holiday festival market.

Holiday Festivals in PA

There’s something special about attending a festival. Whether it’s a flower fest in the spring, strawberry fest in the summer or a fall fest filled with pumpkins and apples, these festivals capture the essence of their respective season. While we may associate festivals with warm weather months, there are still lots of fests to enjoy before Old Man Winter spends some time in our state. 

If you’re looking for some fantastic festivals to enjoy this holiday season, get out your calendar and jot down the info below! 

Festival of Ice

For over 25 years, the annual Festival of Ice has put lots of smiles on plenty of faces. For two days, the Lewistown community embraces the holiday spirit by decorating the downtown area with a collection of remarkable ice sculptures. Intricately carved, these festive sculptures line the streets, parks, and businesses, inviting visitors to enjoy their beauty while they shop, take a carriage ride and enjoy the sounds of wandering carollers. Special events for all ages are held throughout the festival and Santa has been known to stop by for some fun, too!  

Holiday Lights Festival & Tree Lighting

Fischer’s Park in Montgomery County ends its festival season with a truly spectacular event: the annual Holiday Lights Festival and Tree Lighting Ceremony! The fun starts at 4:30 PM with a dance workshop followed by a choir performance of holiday favorites. Then, after the sun sets, Santa arrives to light the tree and invite all to enjoy free hot chocolate, cookies and marshmallows to roast. Children can meet Santa and have their pictures taken with him, while everyone enjoys more holiday entertainment until 8:30 PM. 

Winter Luminary Nights

Looking for a more serene festival to get yourself in the holiday spirit? Then head on over to Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens in Devon. That’s where you can bask in the glow of Winter Luminary Lights! As you walk the luminary-lined paths, you’ll ultimately find yourself at a beautiful pond setting surrounded by luminary lanterns. After you’ve finished walking the trails, head over to the education center for cookies, brownies and other delicious treats. Kids can enjoy hot chocolate, while adults can sample some special holiday brews. Then end this special evening with a photo opportunity in front of the arboretum’s giant holiday wreath! 

Old Fashioned Christmas Evenings

Have you ever wanted to experience an old-fashioned holiday? Old Bedford Village invites you to travel back in time to the 19th century to enjoy their Old Fashioned Christmas Evenings! See historical re-enactors in period costumes partake in Pennsylvania holiday traditions that date back to the 1700 and 1800s. Hear music from those eras performed by musicians on vintage instruments. Enjoy treats that PA families feasted upon during their holiday festivities. Fun, informative and festive! It’s a holiday tradition you’ll want to experience again and again! 

Christmas City Village

Praised by Travel and Leisure as one of the best holiday markets in the country, Bethlehem’s Christkindlmarkt is a festival you won’t want to miss! Find handmade crafts from dozens of artisan vendors. Sing along to your favorite holiday songs with the live entertainment performed throughout the festival. Purchase ornaments and gifts imported from Germany. And so much more!

Hawley Winterfest

There’s plenty of holiday fun to be had at Hawley Winterfest! From the lights strewn on the town’s trees and the holiday music that fills the air to the delicious treats along the Cookie Walk and the unique gifts available at the Holiday Artisan Marketplace, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a winter wonderland! Don’t forget to wrap up your day with a delicious feast at the Winterfest Dining experience! 

The holiday season is here – and these festivals are sure to dazzle and delight. Enjoy these great events and all of the other holiday festivals happening throughout PA during the season. 

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