Make your Holiday Season Memorable in Bucks County!

(Bucks County, PA) Holiday Cheer is abound in Bucks County this time of year! Visitors will stroll with delight at holiday festivals, historic house tours, old fashioned celebrations and historic re-enactments while touring our historic towns beautifully decorated to ignite the holiday spirit in all of us!

Don’t forget to venture out to Bucks County’s restaurants of diverse cuisines such as the Indian Rock Inn in Upper Black Eddy with a breathtaking river view or be daring at a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater at Cock n’ Bull Restaurant in Peddler’s Village. Remember to bring your camera… a wintry photo opportunity under one of our twelve covered bridges with your loved one is a memory to cherish for years to come!

For a complete list of holiday events, please visit the online calendar of events at www.visitbuckscounty.com  

30th Annual Festival of Trees Holiday House Tours at Pearl S. Buck House
DATE   November 4 — December 31, 2008. 
TIMES Tuesday-Saturday: 10 and 11am; 1, 2, and 3pm Sundays: Noon, 1, 2, and 3pm.
Admission $8 per Adult, $7 per Senior or Student, No cost under age 6
Celebrate the holidays at the Pearl S. Buck House by touring this year’s Festival of Trees. With over a dozen trees, beautifully decorated by community organizations and businesses, plus other holiday decorations, the House is truly something to experience during the festive season.
LOCATION Pearl S Buck House, 520 Dublin Road, Perkasie, PA
PHONE 215 249 0100
WEBSITE WWW.PBSI.ORG  

GRAND ILLUMINATION CELEBRATION AT PEDDLER'S VILLAGE
DATE  November 21
TIME  6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
ADMISSION  FREE admission and parking.
INFORMATION  Kick off the holiday season as Santa switches on the Village's outdoor holiday light display at 6:15 pm. Santa begins his weekend visits with children at Giggleberry Fair through December. Join us for free cider and marshmallow toasting. Visit the shops to preview the holiday merchandise
LOCATION  Peddler's Village
Rt. 202 & 263, Lahaska, PA.
PHONE  215 794-4000
WEB SITE  http://www.peddlersvillage.com

NORTH POLE EXPRESS ON THE NEW HOPE & IVYLAND RAILROAD
DATE  November 21 - December 23
TIME  Varied, see website
ADMISSION  Varied, see website
INFORMATION  This annual holiday program has been enjoyed by thousands of children of all ages. Relax and enjoy our holiday story as we journey to the North Pole. Children and parents clad in pajamas board our heated passenger coaches for a magical journey to the North Pole. Hot chocolate and cookies are served by Santa's elves, and everyone enjoys our holiday minstrels who lead you in all of your favorite carols. This wonderful train adventure will reacquaint you with what makes Christmas truly special. This is definitely a holiday experience not to be missed!
LOCATION  New Hope & Ivyland Railroad
32 W. Bridge St., New Hope, PA.
PHONE  215 862-2332
WEB SITE  http://www.newhoperailroad.com


PEDDLERS VILLAGE GINGERBREAD HOUSE DISPLAY
DATE  November 21 - January 3
TIME  Holiday Hours
ADMISSION  Free Parking and Admission
INFORMATION  Gingerbread House Competition & Display--open the same as Shop Hours, closes 1/2 hour earlier than the Shops. Over $3,400 in cash prizes in such categories as Traditional, Authentic Reproduction of a Significant Building, Amateur, Unusual 3-Dimensional Creation, and Kids Only! A visual delight, the entries are displayed throughout the holiday season in the Village Gazebo.
LOCATION  Peddlers Village
Routes 202 & 263, Lahaska
PHONE  215-794-4000
WEB SITE  http://www.peddlersvillage.com  


BUCKS COUNTY HOLIDAY TREEFEST
DATE  November 24 - January 10
TIME  9am-5pm daily
ADMISSION  Free
INFORMATION  The Bucks County Visitor Center in Bensalem will be decorated for the Holidays! Bucks County businesses will sponsor holiday trees that will be beautifully displayed by theme. Santa will be kicking off this event on November 25th at 6pm and will return for pictures on November 30th, December 7th and December 14th from 1-3pm. Santa will be extending his hours until 4pm on December 14th for pictures with your pets! Bucks County visitors and residents are invited to come in and take in the spirit of the holidays!
LOCATION  Bucks County Visitors Center
3207 Street Road, Bensalem, PA 19020
PHONE  215 639 0300
WEB SITE  http://www.visitbuckscounty.com  

PEDDLERS VILLAGE -FRUIT WREATH DEMONSTRATION
DATE  December 3
TIME  10:00am-12 Noon
ADMISSION  $20.00
INFORMATION  Learn how easy it is to make your own door or window decoration for the holidays from fruit in the traditional Williamsburg style (della robia). See examples of different styles and observe step-by-step procedures to enable you to create your own fruit wreath at home. The Seminar is led by Ann Fry, floral designer, Philadelphia Flower Show exhibitor and owner of Annie's Flower Farm in Jamison, PA. $20 admission fee includes demonstration and Continental Breakfast. (Please note that this is not a "make & take" event.)
LOCATION  The Cock'n Bull Rest.
Peddlers Village, Lahaska, PA
PHONE  215-794-4000
WEB SITE  http://www.peddlersvillage.com  

OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS
DATE  December 5
TIME  11 am - 4 pm rain or shine
ADMISSION  Free, varied prices on events
INFORMATION  Step back in time to a slower-paced age of carriage rides and holiday festivities. Antique carriage rides through the park, entertainment, holiday items for sale and refreshments. The Antique Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides are $14 for adults/ $8 for children. The Holiday Horse-Drawn Hay Wagon rides are $10 for adults/ $6 per child. Rides will begin at 11 am and continue every half hour until 3:30 pm. Children 14 years and under must be accompanied by a guardian 18 years of age or older. Bring one hand-made ornament to decorate the tree in the barn.
LOCATION  Tinicum Park, River Road (Rte 32), Erwinna, PA.
PHONE  215 489-5132
WEB SITE http://www.buckscounty.org/government/departments/ParksandRec/ProgramsEvents/2008OldFashionedChristmas.aspx  

HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES FOR THE FAMILY AT FONTHILL CASTLE
DATE  December 7
TIME  Noon-4pm
ADMISSION  Free
INFORMATION  Begin the holiday season at our house. Enjoy Fonthill’s holiday decorations during our ground floor open house. Sip hot cider and enjoy and make a handmade ornament. Help decorate the tree with a handmade ornament at the Tile Works and enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, holiday music, and a visit with Santa.
LOCATION  Fonthill Castle
Route 313 & E. Court Street
Doylestown, PA
PHONE  215 348 9461
WEB SITE  www.fonthillmuseum.org  

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL AT PEDDLER'S VILLAGE
DATE  December 6 - December 7
TIME  10:00 am - 6:00 pm.
ADMISSION  FREE admission and parking.
INFORMATION  Join us for our annual Christmas Parade at 1:30 pm on Saturday. Santa arrives in a horse-drawn carriage accompanied by local scout troops and heralded by the Central Bucks East Marching Band. The Village is beautifully decorated Victorian-style with fruit wreaths and greenery. Live entertainment.
LOCATION  Peddler's Village
Rt. 202 & 263, Lahaska, PA.
PHONE  215 794-4000
WEB SITE  http://www.peddlersvillage.com  

BRT THEATER FEATURES: "WINTER MUSICALE"
DATE  December 11- December 21
TIME  Varied, see website
ADMISSION  BRT members $25/non members $29.00.
INFORMATION This BRT tradition celebrates the season with your favorite holiday songs from yesterday and today. Full of warmth, humor and joy, you will hear first rate performances of traditional carols, popular classics, contemporary arrangements and even original songs.
LOCATION  Bristol Riverside Theatre
P.O. Box 1250 Bristol, PA 19007
PHONE  215.785.0100
WEB SITE  http://www.brtstage.org  

HOLLY NIGHTS AT PENNSBURY MANOR
DATE  December 11 - December 12
TIME  5:30pm9pm
ADMISSION  $7/adults, $6/seniors. $5/children, $25/family
INFORMATION  Experience Pennsbury Manor by candlelight. Enjoy crackling bonfires, carolers, candlelit tours of the Manor House, craft demonstrations, musical ensembles, and holiday shopping. A truly memorable evening for all ages.
LOCATION  Pennsbury Manor
400 Pennsbury Memorial Road
Morrisville, PA
PHONE  215 946 0400
WEB SITE  www.pennsburymanor.org  

CHILDREN'S HOLIDAY PARTY/THREE ARCHES TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
DATE  December 13
TIME  3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
ADMISSION  FREE
INFORMATION  Face-painting, tattoos, coloring contest, candy making, refreshments, Santa & Mrs. Claus and puppet show. Dignitaries and a William Penn will be on hand to say a few words and officially light the tree.
LOCATION  Historic Three Arches
335 Trenton Rd., Fairless Hills, PA.
PHONE  215 949-9000
WEB SITE  http://www.threearches.info/  

WASHINGTON CROSSING RE-ENACTMENT DRESS REHEARSAL
DATE  December 14
TIME  10 am - 4 pm
ADMISSION  $6 adults, $3 children 6-17
INFORMATION  The Crossing occurs around 1:00 p.m. Over 100 re-enactors and demonstrators fill the Park on this exciting day. Experience open-hearth cooking, historic demonstrations, sutlers and more at this great event. River Crossings are contingent upon safe conditions for participants.
LOCATION  Washington Crossing Historic Park
1112 River Rd. Washington Crossing, PA.
PHONE  215 493-4076
WEB SITE  http://www.ushistory.org/washingtoncrossing  

WASHINGTON CROSSES THE DELAWARE RE-ENACTMENT
DATE  December 25
TIME  1 pm. Visitor's Center open 11-3
ADMISSION  FREE
INFORMATION  Witness the reenactment of the Crossing of the Delaware. General Washington will address the troops and cross the river. River crossings are contingent upon safe conditions for participants.
LOCATION  Washington Crossing Historic Park
1112 River Rd. Washington Crossing, PA.
PHONE  215 493-4076
WEB SITE  http://www.ushistory.org/washingtoncrossing  

SANTA'S RETURN ON THE NEW HOPE & IVYLAND RAILROAD
DATE  December 26
TIME  see online for times
ADMISSION  see online for pricing.
INFORMATION  After Christmas, ride aboard this unique holiday train and help escort Santa and Mrs. Claus BACK to the North Pole, allowing all boys and girls on board to thank Santa for all the gifts they received.
LOCATION  New Hope & Ivyland Railroad
32 W. Bridge St., New Hope, PA.
PHONE  215 862-2332
WEB SITE  http://www.newhoperailroad.com  


 Contact: Michelle Greco, Public Relations
Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau
215 639 0300 x. 231
MGreco@Visitbuckscounty.com