Sparkle and shine! — it’s something you’ll notice as soon as you arrive in Pennsylvania’s Americana Region. As our Main Streets begin to glimmer with festive décor, the celebrations are already underway! Come share in our host of seasonal experiences, rich in our Germanic heritage and steeped in the spirit of joy and happiness. Celebrate your favorite holiday traditions in the place where many of them began!
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Miller Center for the Arts
Bear Creek Brew Fest
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Bear Creek Mountain Resort
Reading Blues Fest
Show times vary
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Except for a little town called Bethlehem, you won’t find a place more rooted in the origins of Christmas tradition than PA’s Americana Region.
From Advent calendars, buttery sand tart cookies and nativity scenes to Gingerbread houses, Christmas trees, and more — the source of so many seasonal memories awaits your arrival. Come immerse yourself in the joy and wonder! Meet Santa’s polar opposite, the Belsnickel, at “Christmas on the Farm” at the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center. Shop for nutcrackers and tree ornaments at Murdough’s Christmas Barn. Or, purchase unique gifts for loved ones and partake in delicious delights at the Christkindlmarkt at the Reading Liederkranz. There’s so much to see, do, and experience in PA’s Americana Region to make your season merry and bright!
Let the merrymaking begin now! For those who cherish family memories of Christmases spent together, PA’s American Region is the perfect place to create even more. Come share quality time in a family-friendly destination that grows even friendlier this time of year!
We suggest making an activities list (and checking it twice!) because there’s a lot going on. Love a parade (and who doesn’t)? The Reading Holiday Parade should be first on your list. Want to take in a show? The Russian Grand Ballet will be performing The Nutcracker, a must-see for sure. What about a magical train ride? Or setting eyes on the “Greatest Christmas Display” at Koziar’s Christmas Village in the country with more than one million lights! Of course, there are plenty of events where children can bend Santa’s ear with their wish lists and opportunities for you to find unique stocking stuffers and inspired gifts. In PA’s Americana Region, there’s lights, Santa, and holiday action everywhere your family turns.
Love venturing out this time of year? Then let your adventurous spirit come play with our holiday spirit and let the good times roll…or ride or hike or whatever gets you dashing through the cold!
Up for a hike? Trek the Appalachian Trail to help burn off those buttery sand tarts and holiday desserts. Or, if freewheeling it down a mountainside on a bike, snowboard, or pair of skis is your thing, then there are plenty of places to pursue your pulse-raising passion in PA’s Americana Region. For bird enthusiasts (or fans of gorgeous vistas), you can still catch sight of hawks this time of year from Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. If feeling the wind on your face, steam rising off the top of your head, or breathing in the fresh, cold air is what you seek, then we have what your adrenaline demands. Ready to join our reindeer games?