Ah, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season! The kids are getting antsy for the holiday break, end-of-the-year work deadlines are approaching, your dog just ate a whole loaf of bread, and you're not even sure what day it is. You look at the calendar and realize the in-laws are coming next week, and you're completely unprepared. How did December go by so quickly? You haven't thought about dinner for tonight, let alone planned an itinerary for their stay...

Have no fear! Here are some last-minute ideas for how to spend your time with them. 

Koziar's Christmas Village 

While it's the busiest time for Koziar's, and you may have to wait a bit to get in, this famous attraction is a can't-miss for locals and out-of-towners during the holiday season. We recommend getting there early to try and beat the rush.


 Kids looking into the window of a tiny house at the Christmas Village

Go for a Hike 

Berks County offers lots of different parks and trails for all skill levels. Whether you're looking to go for a heart-pumping uphill excursion or a nice walk on flat ground, there's a place for you and your family to check out. Avoid the crowds and breathe in that cool, fresh air while taking in some great views. 


Two people smiling at the top of Hawk Mountain with the last bits of fall foliage in the background.



Eat Local 

Our area has so many fantastic dining options that can't be found anywhere else! From traditional American classics, Texas-style barbeque, and delectable Asian cuisine to fine dining experiences and charming cafes, we have it all! 




Explore the Arts

Embrace your creative side and check out all of the different art experiences the county provides. GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading is the largest arts center of its kind in the country, offering a FREE unique viewing experience that supports local artists. We also have countless public art displays located throughout the county, perfect for your visitor's photo opportunities. 


Woman standing in front of the butterfly mural in West Reading

Visit a Museum 

There's no better way to show your guests the area you live than to take them to one of our museums or historical centers. Learn the history of Berks County at Berks History Center or visit the exhibits at Reading Public Museum. Several exhibits are leaving the museum soon, so don't miss out! 


Reading Museum Cartography Exhibit


Attend an Event 

Many awesome events are happening in Pennsylvania's Americana Region this time of year. Share our events calendar with your loved ones so they can pick out an event they'd like to attend while they're visiting.


 Reading Holiday Parade

Image courtesy of Reading Historic Neighborhoods