(Bucks County, PA) - Get in the holiday spirit in Bucks County, PA! From spectacular light displays to historic Christmas traditions and much more, come experience the charm of the countryside, holiday-style. Located 75 miles south of New York City and 25 miles outside of Philadelphia, Bucks County is the perfect getaway destination for seasonal fun!
Here are Bucks County's top 10 festivals, events and happenings this holiday season beginning in November and running through the New Year.
1. Christmas at Byers' Choice, Through January 10, 2016 - Come to the Christmas capital of the county this holiday season! On weekends, visitors can enjoy Christmas cookies and juice as they explore the famous Christmas Museum. See how Carolers are made from the workshop observation deck and marvel at more than 250 Nativities from around the world in the Creche Room. On December 11 and 12, listen to the great-great grandson of Charles Dickens when he performs a reading of the classic "A Christmas Carol" (tickets required). Meet Mrs. Claus on November 29, make reindeer food and write a letter to Santa himself from 1-4:30 p.m.
2. Holiday Season at Peddler's Village, November 13, 2015- January 2, 2016 - The holidays get an early start at Peddler's Village, the 18th-century-style shopping village. Enjoy holiday fun and mini-lightings throughout the Village on November 13 at "Kick Off to the Holidays" leading up to the Village's much anticipated Grand Illumination Celebration on November 20. Santa Claus will arrive on the Main Green at 6:15 p.m. sharp to flip the special switch and illuminate the Village with one million holiday lights! Through the rest of the holiday season, visit with Santa at Giggleberry Fair, check out the Annual Gingerbread Competition, on display November 20 through January 2 and attend the Christmas Festival December 5-6.
3. North Pole Express on the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad, November 21, 2015- January 2, 2016 (select dates) - Dress the kids in their PJs as they live out their Christmas fantasy and hop aboard the North Pole Express for an unforgettable holiday journey! Sit back and relax on the heated, vintage passenger coaches for a magical trip to the North Pole. The journey wouldn't be complete without a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, hot cocoa, cookies and Christmas carols!
4. A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place®, November 21-December 31, 2015 (select dates) - Everyone's favorite street will be decked out in holiday lights during this one-of-a-kind celebration! Sesame Place, the nation's only theme park based on the award-winning children's television show Sesame Street®, comes alive this holiday season with special Christmas shows, dry rides, the illuminated Neighborhood Street Party Christmas Parade and more. Don't miss the opportunity to visit with Santa in his Furry Workshop, enjoy delicious Christmas treats and get a head start on shopping!
5. Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm, November 21, 2015-January 10, 2016 - Millions of lights illuminate acres of farmland during Shady Brook Farm's 21st Annual Holiday Light Show, presented by PECO Energy. Guests can take a tractor-drawn wagon ride through whimsical light displays filled with holiday characters or keep cozy and warm in the comfort of their own vehicle. Santa arrives by helicopter on November 27 to kick off the season! Bonus: pre-registered runners can get a preview and one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the Light Show on foot on Friday, November 20 at the Run The Lights event.
6. Holidays at the Castles at the Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle, November-January - From November 21 through January 3, visitors can stop by the Mercer Museum to visit the "Under the Tree: A Century of Holiday Trees and Toys" exhibit. See Fonthill Castle decked out for the holidays December 5-January 3 or stop by on December 12 for a special Holiday Lights Meander. On December 26 or January 2, marvel at the castle under the cloak of darkness with a candlelight holiday tour. On December 6, Fonthill Castle and Moravian Pottery & Tile Works host a free Holiday Festivities event for the whole family and on December 8, the Mercer Museum and James A. Michener Art Museum join together for a free Holiday Open House.
7. Festival of Trees and Craft Show at the Pearl S. Buck House & Historic Site, November 10-December 31, 2015- Take a holiday tour of the farm house once lived in by Nobel-and-Pulitzer Prize winning author Pearl S. Buck during the 37th Annual Festival of Trees November 10 through December 31. On December 10, come out for a complimentary tour, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, entertainment and more during the Community Open House. Be sure to stop by November 27 through December 6 (on select dates) for their annual Holiday Craft Show featuring one-stop-shopping from the region's best artisans and crafters.
8. 10th Annual Bucks County Holiday TreeFest, November 24, 2015-January 5, 2016 - The Bucks County Visitor Center in Bensalem will be filled with holiday cheer as 25 uniquely-themed holiday trees light up the Main Gallery during the Annual Holiday TreeFest. Each tree showcased is designed by a local business or non-profit organization. Throughout the six-week celebration, visitors can browse the decorated trees, enjoy musical entertainment, visit with Santa Claus himself and even bring the furry friends along for pet photos on select dates. Stay tuned for even more surprises this year as TreeFest celebrates its 10th anniversary!
9. Holly Nights at Pennsbury Manor, December 3 & 4, 2015 - Get a feel for a colonial Christmas this year at Pennsbury Manor during their annual Holly Nights event. A community tradition for more than 35 years, warm up beside crackling bonfires, listen to the beautiful sounds of carolers and take a candlelit tour of this historic Manor House home of Pennsylvania's founder William Penn.
10. Annual Christmas Day Crossing and Reenactment at Washington Crossing Historic Park, December 13, 2015 and December 25, 2015 - Witness history on the shores of the Delaware River at the annual re-enactment of General George Washington's daring river-crossing on Christmas Night in 1776. Attendees can watch more than 200 re-enactors row across the river in the same style of Durham boats Washington used in 1776. The December 13 reenactment also includes colonial-era games, period demonstrations and other fun activities throughout the historic park.
For a full list of holiday events, tree lightings, community celebrations and more in Bucks County, please check out VisitBucksCounty.com/Events.
Contact: Jessica Lawlor
Visit Bucks County
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About Visit Bucks County
Visit Bucks County (VBC) is the official tourism promotion agency for Bucks County. The tourism office, with more than 450 tourism/hospitality partners throughout Bucks County, promotes all there is to see and do to potential visitors and residents. In addition to consumer travel, Visit Bucks County targets sports tournaments, motorcoach groups, meetings, special events and weddings. For more information on VBC activities call 1-800-836-BUCKS, visit VisitBucksCounty.com or stop by the Bucks County Visitor Center located at 3207 Street Road in Bensalem (adjacent to the entrance to PARX Casino). The Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. It is easily accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Route 1 and Interstate 95.