The holiday season is stretched more

The kids haven’t finished their Halloween candy yet, but apparently, Christmas is right around the corner.

Holiday shows/events have already begun in Pennsylvania. The Distelfink Country Christmas  Show in Schaefferstown is already closed for the season– if you missed it, mark it down for next year. And, here are a few more you might want to check out for the family or that office gift exchange. Added are some Christmas events and tours, sites, rides or concerts.

Distelfink: a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch design motif in the form of a stylized bird.

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York County’s Christmas Magic celebrates its 35th year.

York County Parks opens its spectacular Christmas Magic extravaganza November 23 and continues to December 31– closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. You are probably not going to find a much better lit or organized light show (600,000 lights) than at Rocky Ridge Park.


Headed to the Pittsburgh area? Friday, November 16, is opening day for Overly’s Country Christmas in Greensburg,  where you can “Sing carols ’round the bonfire, revel in the model train display, have your picture taken with Santa (in the days before Christmas), take a horse-drawn wagon/sleigh ride or shop for gifts in the C. Edgar & Sons General Store.” From the website.

3Pittsburgh Holiday Spectacular in Monroeville also begins November 16. This crafting event is true to its name, with nearly 300 vendors over two Monroeville Convention Center halls.  The Spectacular is this weekend only, doors open at 10 a.m.

Also in western Pennsylvania is the Beaver County Festival of Trees in Beaver, opening November 22 and continuing until December 9.  It features photos with Santa, make-and-take for the kids, craft sales, a train display, and appearances by Snoopy, the Grinch, Rudolph, and Frosty.

Old Bedford’s Candlelit Christmas on December 1 and 8, is something special. Old Bedford is an old restored village that will have many of its hosts and hostesses inside the village’s 40 authentic and reproduction buildings.  There will be hot cider in the tavern and period costumed narrators. Bring a flashlight. It’s worth the two-hour trip.

North of York in Williamsport, you might want to check out the Victorian Christmas.  On Saturday, tour homes, churches, and museums in town. Old, magnificent mansions will be decorated for the season, some offering live music. Friday and Saturday, visit The Artisan Market for artwork. At 7 p.m. Friday, Santa arrives.

Just a few miles south of the New York state line is LeRaysville, home of the Santa Sleigh Ride. It’s a 3.5-hour drive to LeRaysville to begin the self-guided tour, but it’s an interesting concept. More than 20 artists open their shops, barns, and businesses for the event which runs November 23-25. Enjoy handmade crafts, food (bakeries, wineries, maple syrup), jewelry, and quilts.

9Closer to home is the Made in Philadelphia Holiday, November 22 to December 24. From the website This charming winter bazaar was conceived and designed to complement Christmas Village in Philadelphia, which is back again at Love Park this year – right across from the Dilworth Park. More than 40 local artisans, designers, crafters, and confectionaries will offer unique selections for gifts and special holiday foods.

Christmas Village is open Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve with a preview weekend November 17-18. Christmas Village features over 80 vendors selling authentic European food, ornaments and arts and crafts from all over the world.

One of the most well-known events in Pennsylvania is the Christmas City Village in Bethlehem. It opens Friday, November 16 and continues through December 23.

From the Bethlehem website– From its humble beginnings as a Moravian settlement to its modern status as the heart of the thriving Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem has carefully preserved its past. It is a city of 71,000 that shines as brightly as its huge electrical star atop South Mountain.

Here, think carriage rides, walking tours and museums.

For more Christmas in November events, click here.

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