Pennsylvania is a state located in the North and Mid-Atlantic region of United States. It is bordered by the Delaware to the southeast, Maryland to the south, West Virginia to the southwest, Ohio to the west, Lake Erie and Ontario, Canada to the northwest, New York to the north, and New Jersey to the east.
Harrisburg is the capital and Philadelphia is the largest city of Pennsylvania.
Other big cities and towns in Pennsylvania include – Pittsburgh, Allentown, Erie, Reading, Scranton, Bethlehem, Northampton, Lancaster, Altoona, York, Williamsport, Easton, etc
Some of the popular tourist destinations in Pennsylvania include – Laurel Highlands, Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania Wilds, Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes Region, etc.
Christmas Celebrations in Pennsylvania :
In the capital city of Harrisburg, the Harrisburg Holiday Parade takes place every year on the third Saturday in the month of November. Central Pennsylvania’s largest holiday parade, the Harrisburg Holiday Parade features marching bands, helium balloons and floats.
The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Harrisburg takes place at the Veterans Park on first Friday in the month of December.
Philadelphia - the largest city of Pennsylvania celebrates Christmas and the holiday season in a grand manner with lots of events taking place across the city.
The Macy’s Christmas Light Show is decades-old holiday tradition at the Macy’s Center City in Philadelphia. More than 100,000 bright, energy-efficient LED lights to the wall of the Grand Court atrium at Macy’s Center City present a four-story show of holiday images like snowflakes, reindeer, ballerinas and snowmen. The light show can be seen every day from Thanksgiving till December end.
Love Park in Center City, Philadelphia gets transformed into a Christmas Village with more than 60 vendors all offering a wide range of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry, toys and high-quality arts and crafts. Thats not all, there are thousands of lights, a giant Christmas tree in the center and frequent performances and special events.
Other Holiday attractions in Philadelphia include – Comcast Holiday Spectacular, Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, Franklin Square Holiday Festival & Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show.
Light Up Night is the main holiday event in the city of Pittsburgh which is usually held in November on the Friday before Thanksgiving. The ice rink and christmas tree at One PPG Place is unveiled on Light Up Night. It is a day-long family festival which unofficial start of the Winter holiday shopping season. Light Up Night is also a time for free music, including many choirs, street performers, and even rock concerts, downtown and in Station Square and free carriage rides downtown.
Pittsburgh Crèche delights delights visitors to downtown Pittsburgh every year during the holiday season. This larger-than-life nativity scene, is the world’s only authorized replica of the Vatican’s Christmas crèche on display in St. Peter’s Square in Rome.
Celebrate the Season Parade is one of the traditional parades held each year in Downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Saturday after Thanksgiving Day; that is, the last Saturday in the month of November.
Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania gets transformed into a holiday destination with more than 500,000 twinkling lights, colorful fountains, thousands of seasonal plants and beautifully adorned trees.
Peddler’s Village in beautiful Bucks County is perfect for holiday shopping. There are more than 70 specialty shops and eight restaurants for the festive season apart from the festive decorations and lightings in the village.
Discover holiday razzle dazzle with carols, holiday music, dancers and comedy sketches at the “American Music Theatre’s Christmas Show” – an annual Lancaster holiday tradition
Christmas at Elizabeth Farms in Lancaster County has lots of events lined up. Besides cut your own Christmas trees, it also features sleigh rides, a model train display, Bloomingdale’s Holiday Window displays, and a Gift of Lights mile long drive through Christmas light displays.
Jim Thorpe in Pennsylvania celebrates Christmas over the first two weekends in December with the annual Olde Time Christmas Festival which include festive events like train rides, music, caroling, Christmas parade and tree lighting, historic ghost walks, and more.
Overly’s Country Christmas is a holiday light display in Westmoreland County offering more than 2 million lights spread across 15 acres at Westmoreland Fairgrounds in a dazzling annual tradition including eats and treats, a talking Christmas tree, holiday bonfire and a vintage toy collection.
Koziar’s Christmas Village is a seasonal attraction located in Jefferson Township, near Bernville, Berks County, Pennsylvania. It offers more than one million Christmas lights adorning buildings, gift barns, and landscape.
Finally the holiday season comes to an end with the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront featuring two spectacular shows at 6 p.m. and again at midnight. Philadelphia’s main attraction on New Year’s Eve draws thousands of people to the Delaware River Waterfront each year.
Wishing all readers Merry Christmas 2016 & Happy New Year 2017 !!!