Sparkle and Shine
Sparkle and shine! — it’s something you’ll notice as soon as you arrive in Pennsylvania’s Americana Region. Our Main Streets glimmer with festive décor as seasonal celebrations take center stage! Experience our holiday fun - rich in heritage and steeped in the spirit of joy. Come make wonderful holiday memories in Pennsylvania's Americana Region.
So Much to Do, So Little Time
We suggest making an activities list (and checking it twice!) because there’s a lot to do in Berks County. Love a parade? The Reading Holiday Parade is held annually on the Saturday before Thanksgiving and should be first on your list. As for entertainment, attend seasonal concerts, theatre productions, and children shows at Santander Arena, Santander Performing Arts Center, and Miller Center for the Arts. Our local railroads welcome you to hop on a holiday-themed train ride complete with hot cocoa, yummy cookies and a visit with Santa. Enjoy the beauty of Centre Park Historic District by attending their Annual Christmas House Tour. Of course, any trip to Pennsylvania's Americana Region would be remiss without a visit to the sparkling light displays of Koziar's Christmas Village and Gring's Mill's Holiday Lights. There really is so much to do in Reading and Berks County this holiday season.
Merry and Bright!
Except for a little town called Bethlehem, you won’t find a place more rooted in Christmas traditions than Pennsylvania’s Americana Region. From Advent calendars, buttery sand tart cookies and nativity scenes to Gingerbread houses, Christmas trees, and more — so many of our holiday traditions were brought here by our PA Dutch ancestors. 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 and delicious delights at Reading Liederkranz'a Christkindlmarkt and GoggleWork's Handcrafted Holiday Market.
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Let your curiosity run free as you broaden your horizons with new adventures in Pennsylvania’s Americana Region. From city to countryside and main streets to mountains, Reading, and Berks County brim with curiosity and wonderfun for all ages. Experience our seasonal and hands-on arts & culture, entertainment, foodie events, festivals, outdoor adventures, and more— all year long!
Many family vacations were canceled or postponed this year due to COVID-19, but you don’t have to travel far away to enjoy a restful break and make wonderful memories. Plan a “safecation” and stay at one of our welcoming local hotels. The Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Wyomissing and Reading offers complimentary breakfast and in-room conveniences, the Courtyard by Marriott Reading/Wyomissings conveniently located only walking distance away from West Reading restaurants, attractions and shops, and the Econo Lodge Northeast is close to Albright College and the Reading Regional Airport. Take a break and get away from the daily stresses of life and book a stay in Pennsylvania’s Americana Region!