Winter cheer this time of year brings friends and loved ones together. If you’re still shopping for folks on your gift list, time is of the essence. Forgo supporting big-box retailers and the holiday shipping delays, and head to local businesses instead. Many local attractions and shops offer gift cards and event tickets, which make great gifts. Give the gift of an experience this holiday season and you can all look forward to enjoying upcoming events together long after the holidays have passed.

Visit  any of these great local businesses in Pennsylvania’s Americana Region for perfect Christmas gifts for the whole family.


Colebrookdale’s Christmas Train

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With Christmas only a few days away, consider taking your family or someone special on a holiday excursion on the Colebrookdale Railroad. What could be cozier than settling in with loved ones as you sip a comforting cup of hot cocoa, and listen to a reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas? Buy tickets for the whole family to take a festive adventure on one of Colebrookdale Railroad’s special evening trains to bring the storybook magic of the season to life. Take in the holiday spirit by enjoying the comfort of Colebrookdale’s excellent old-fashioned train cars, and look for lights as the Secret Valley rolls past your window. For family delight, Santa himself will appear with a gift for every child.


Aqua Om Season Pass 

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For relaxing and restorative yoga classes, floating meditation, power paddle, and more, Aqua Om offers a variety of techniques and options - all at Blue Marsh Lake. The season pass is a great deal for friends and loved ones who would like to paddle board as much as possible when summer arrives, whether they’re professionals or just starting out. Buy the season pass and you can rent a board 7 days a week, valid from June 1 through September 19 2021, up to two hours at a time. 


Fightin Phils Tickets

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The Fightin Phils are Reading, PA’s official AA baseball team. FirstEnergy Stadium is the Fightin’s home and the award-winning park offers first rate baseball, incredible food, and exceptional entertainment for their die hard fans. Sports enthusiasts on your Christmas list might enjoy tickets for the 2022 season. You can save a little money long-term and treat them to great times in the new year. There are full-season and half-season memberships available. Check the Fightin’s website for deals. While on their site, check the Fightin’s store for additional gift ideas.


Jazzfest Tickets

Give the gift of amazing Jazz music and live entertainment! The annual Berks Jazz Fest offers 10 days and nights of world class, hot/cool sound in Pennsylvania’s Americana Region. For over 25 years, jazz lovers and professionals have come together to enjoy over 130 free and ticketed musical events that span the whole gamut of Jazz, Blues, and R&B music. World-class musical talents and emerging artists showcase their passions and talent to provide a complete series of concert performances. Bring your loved ones the gift of live music this holiday season with tickets to the 31st Annual Fest on April 1 - 10, 2022!


Bear Creek Lift Tickets

It’s the perfect time of year for skiing and snowboarding, and Bear Creek Mountain Resort provides an unmatched getaway location and outstanding amenities for every guest. Make the winter season special for a friend or loved one by getting them lift tickets at Bear Creek. Or… do you know someone who wants to learn how to ski or snowboard? Check out Bear Creek’s instruction costs.  In addition to cold weather sports and snow tubing, Bear Creek is a resort in every sense of the word. Enjoy resort events like dining specials, festivals, and live music.  A weekend at the Bear Creek complete with spa services would make an incredible and unexpected gift. Visit Bear Creek’s website for great gift giving ideas. 


Body Zone Sports & Wellness Complex

Looking for that perfect gift? Surprise your friends or family with a Body Zone Gift Card. Body Zone Sports and Wellness Complex provides a comprehensive and specialized sports and wellness experience for every member and guest. With two NHL-size ice rinks, two Sprinturf synthetic grass sports fields, a basketball/volleyball court, advanced wellness and aquatic centers, and a suspended running track, they offer every kind of fitness instruction and equipment you can imagine. Their diverse sports programs include basketball, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, volleyball, football and soccer. Extensive wellness programs include group exercise, aquatics, cardio, weight training, and more.


Manor Golf Club Lessons

Give a friend or loved one the gift of fresh air and 18 holes with private golf lessons provided by one of  Manor Golf Club's incredible professional instructors.  Manor Golf Club’s course is located in scenic Sinking Spring, PA  and is built on a mountain for distinct playing conditions. After their rounds, the Manor Golf Club offers a snack bar and daily lunch specials with a fully stocked bar to relax. When the snow melts away, dine on the shaded outdoor porch overlooking the course for incredible views and peace of mind.

To experience the region’s yuletide spirit, make beautiful memories and share cherished gifts with those who matter most.