Santa Claus Arrives in PA's Americana RegionHere comes Santa Claus! Finally, the long wait is over. This weekend, Santa Claus makes his first public appearance in Pennsylvania’s American Region at the Annual Holiday Parade. And, what a perfect way for Santa to arrive! Following the pageantry of floats, marching bands, public dignitaries, and the Grand Marshall, you know the parade is drawing to an end when you spy Santa. Traditionally held the Saturday before Thanksgiving, the parade is fun for everyone, especially, young children. Take chairs, blankets, a thermos of hot cocoa, and be prepared to be entertained. It’s a wonderful way to get into the spirit of the holiday season. The parade leads my list of Top 5 things to do this weekend there are plenty of other great activities to check out.

November 18Santa Claus Arrives in PA's Americana Region

Reading Holiday Parade
9 am -12 pm
Penn Street, Reading

Arrive early and find the perfect spot to watch the annual Reading Holiday Parade as it makes its way down Penn Street. Take in the sights and sounds of the holidays at the family-oriented event complete with colorful floats, holiday-themed music by local marching school and community bands.

Annual Candlelight Tour at Conrad Weiser
5:30 pm – 8 pm
Santa Claus Arrives in PA's Americana RegionConrad Weiser Homestead

Step back in time and hear the voices of the 18th century. Experience the times of Conrad Weiser, ask questions at a tavern scene or talk to Weiser’s friends staying on the property. How did people survive without the comforts we take so for granted? The living history event allows you to better understand what it took to survive in the earliest days of our country.  Donations are kindly accepted.

November 18 & 19

Fall into Winter Tour 
10 am – 5 pm
Boyertown, Barto, Oley

Talk about a twofer. Not only do you get to enjoy the picturesque landscape of Boyertown, Barto, and Oley, but you can put a dent in your holiday shopping as you follow the annual driving tour. Fall into Winter Tour takes you to the spaces of well-known local artists. View their art and purchase their handmade pieces for gifts.

Santa Claus Arrives in PA's Americana RegionSanta Claus Train Rides
Trains depart: 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, & 4 pm
Allentown & Auburn Railroad

Now that Santa has arrived, make time to visit with him on a Santa Claus Train Ride. The 1.5 hour train ride allows plenty of time to take pictures and make a quick stop at a picnic grove. You can even purchase holiday evergreens at the grove. Seating is limited. Tickets: 12+: $15.00, 65+: $13.00,  3-11: $9.00, 2 & Under: $.01

Nouveau Weekend at Pinnacle Ridge
11 am – 5pm
Pinnacle Ridge Winery

This is one of the winery’s favorite parties of the year! Dine on delicious German cuisine like Sausage and Sauerkraut Fritter and Gourmet Potato Waffles while sampling reislings. It sounds like the perfect way to unwind after a long work week.

There are more activities going on this weekend. Check Pennsylvania’s Americana Region’s Calendar of Events for more suggestions.