The holiday season has arrived in Bucks County! The area’s most popular attractions are debuting family-favorite holiday productions and light shows all over the County. 

Try something new this holiday season and spend the day at Harley Hill Farm. Visit the farm to hang out with some of Bucks County’s friendliest alpacas and knock out some last-minute holiday shopping while you're at it. Don’t miss your last chance to see two family-friendly Bucks County holiday shows, the Bristol Riverside Theatre’s An American Christmas Songbook and Acting Naturally Theatre’s The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Plan a trip to Tabora Farm and Orchard for your last chance to build the perfect gingerbread house, plus visit Santa for brunch at The Market at DelVal and The Buck Hotel.

Take advantage of the season and check out our guide below for details on this weekend’s must-see events around the County. Stay up-to-date on what’s coming up next week with our Upcoming Events calendar.

Friday, December 15

Ebenezer Scrooge at Bucks County Playhouse

Ebenezer Scrooge’s Big Playhouse Show

The Bucks County Playhouse is taking one of the most beloved holiday stories ever told, A Christmas Carol, and putting a comedic, Bucks County spin for the world premiere of Ebenezer Scrooge’s Big Playhouse Show. Perfect for the entire family, follow Scrooge as he terrorizes the folks of Bucks County in this hilarious retelling of the Charles Dickens classic.

When: December 15 – 17, 8 p.m. (Friday); 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. (Saturday); 2 p.m. (Sunday)

Where: Bucks County Playhouse

Cost: Price varies, check website

The North Pole Express and Santa’s Steam Spectacular at the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad

All aboard the North Pole Express! Join Mr. and Mrs. Claus as you depart from the New Hope Station for a North Pole Express train ride in a vintage diesel locomotive through historic Bucks County. Listen to roaming Christmas carolers, sip warm cocoa and enjoy freshly baked cookies. Each child on board will get an opportunity to share their wish list with Santa Claus and receive a sleigh bell gift from the big man himself!

When: December 15 – 17, check online for departure times

Where: New Hope & Ivyland Railroad

Cost: Varies, check online for prices

2017 Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farms

View more than three million lights as they illuminate the acres of farmland during Shady Brook Farm’s Holiday Light Show. Hop in your car or enjoy the open air of a wagon ride as you trek through the two-mile trail, featuring festive displays and wintry sights. Warm up with some hot cocoa, take a picture with Santa and pick out the perfect Christmas tree to take home while you visit!

When: December 15 – 17, 5 – 10 p.m.

Where: Shady Brook Farm

Cost: $30/car, $50/mini-bus, limo or RV, $125/bus

An American Christmas Songbook at Bristol Riverside Theatre

Celebrate the holidays in style with the Bristol Riverside Theatre as Keith Baker and the BRT Concert Band take the stage to perform beloved carols and holiday classics. Reservations are required.

When: December 15 – 17, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. (Friday & Saturday); 3 p.m. (Sunday)

Where: Bristol Riverside Theatre

Cost: $30 – $45

Bucks County Holiday TreeFest

Visit Bucks County’s annual TreeFest returns to the Bucks County Visitor Center in Bensalem, inviting locals to view uniquely themed trees from some of Bucks County’s best attractions. This weekend’s performances include an Allen Foster Holiday Piano Recital, Brick Door Productions Holiday Cabaret, Vivian Read Holiday Piano Recital, Cherry Lane Duo, as well as a visit by Santa for Pet Photos with Santa and Santa Sundays. Check links for times and dates.

When: December 15 – 17, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Bucks County Visitor Center – Bensalem

Cost: Free to attend

Special Guided Christmas Tours at Historic Fallsington

Explore the now-festive Historic Fallsington during the debut of their guided tours through the beautifully decorated homes and buildings. Reservations are required.

When: December 15 – 17, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where: Historic Fallsington

Cost: $7 per adult; $3 per child

Gingerbread House Making at Tabora Farm and Orchard

Have the folks at Tabora Farm and Orchard help you make the perfect Gingerbread House this year. Guests get to decorate pre-constructed gingerbread houses with candy and icing galore – all while Christmas music plays within cozy Tabora!                 

When: December 15 – 16, 6 – 9:30 p.m.

Where: Tabora Farm and Orchard

Cost: $30 per house

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Acting Naturally Theatre

Acting Naturally presents the hilarious Christmas classic, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Watch as the Bradley’s are faced with casting the unruly Herman family in the church Christmas pageant.

When: December 15 – 17, 7:30 p.m. (Friday & Saturday); 3 p.m. (Sunday)

Where: Acting Naturally Theatre

Cost: $14 - $16

Saturday, December 16

Then, at the end of each November, Sesame Place transforms into a one-of-a-kind Christmas wonderland with millions of twinkling lights and festive decorations during A Very Furry Christmas. See special Christmas shows and visit with Santa in his workshop!

A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place

Join everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends during Sesame Place’s family-favorite holiday Celebration: A Very Furry Christmas. Sesame Place is transforming into a one-of-a-kind Christmas wonderland with millions of twinkling lights, spectacular musical shows and parades, as well as a Grand Illumination of the park by Santa on his magical sleigh.

When: December 16 – 17, 1 – 8 p.m.

Where: Sesame Place

Cost: $37 online

Fonthill Holiday Lights Meander

Explore Fonthill Castle’s halls at your own pace during this special evening tour of the castle. The candlelit tour route will take you through the festively decorated corridors. Docents will be available to answer questions and guests can look forward to music and light refreshments. Reservations are required.

When: December 16, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Where: Fonthill Castle

Cost: $20/adults, $10/youth

Christmas on the Farm at Harley Hill Farm

Spend the holidays meeting some very friendly alpacas at Harley Hill Farm! Take family photos, pick out a Christmas tree, enjoy a complimentary cup of hot cocoa and feed the alpacas their favorite hay. You can even purchase warm winter clothing made from, you guessed it, alpaca fur!

When: December 16 – 17, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Harley Hill Farm

Cost: Free to attend

Brunch with the Big Guy at Market at DelVal

Feed your holiday excitement with a jovial breakfast with the Big Guy himself! A delicious homemade brunch of ham, French toast, omelet station, bacon, cut fruit, and more. Bring a camera to get a perfect picture with your little one. Reservations are required.

When: December 16 – 17, 9 a.m. (Saturday); 9 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. (Sunday)

Where: The Market at DelVal

Cost: Adults $15; Children $10

Brunch with Santa at The Buck Hotel

Santa’s coming to The Buck Hotel for holiday brunch! Enjoy a large selection of breakfast and lunch foods, including French toast, chicken fingers, French fries, as well as an omelette station and ice cream sundae bar. Reservations are required.

When: December 16, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: The Buck Hotel

Cost: Adults $29.95; Children $19.95

Annie the Musical at McCoole’s Arts & Events Place

In the depths of the 1930's lives Annie, a fiery young girl who must live in a miserable orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan. Her seemingly hopeless situation changes dramatically when she is selected to spend a short time at the residence of the wealthy munitions industrialist, Oliver Warbucks. Reservations are required.

When: December 16 – 17, 7 p.m. (Saturday); 2 p.m. (Sunday)

Where: McCoole’s Arts & Events Place

Cost: $18 Adults, $15 Seniors, $12 Students

Peace Valley Nature Center Art Show

The Peace Valley Nature Center is displaying a collection of wildlife photography featuring the work of some of the most talented photographers around.

When: December 15 – 17, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Peace Valley Nature Center

Cost: Free to attend

Sunday, December 17Fonthill Castle in Doylestown includes interior walls, floors and ceilings elaborately adorned with an array of original handcrafted tiles.

Winter Wonderland Holiday Decoration Tours at Fonthill Castle

Visit Fonthill Castle for a regular tour and see the castle dressed up for the holiday season with exquisitely decorated trees, and greens throughout the house. Trees in each room are themed to express the varied interests of Henry Mercer. Reservations are required.

When: December 15 – 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Fonthill Castle

Cost: Adults $15; Seniors $13; Youth $8

Gingerbread Competition & Display at Peddler’s Village

More than 50 creative and uniquely themed gingerbread houses have arrived in Peddler’s Village, helping to officially kick-off the holidays in the village. Vote for your favorite cookie home and enjoy Peddler’s winter wonderland as you dine and shop your way through tons of whimsical boutiques.

When: December 15 – 17, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Friday & Saturday), 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Sunday)

Where: Peddler’s Village

Cost: Free to attend

Winter Season Wine and Paint Class at Sand Castle Winery

Join Sand Castle Winery for an afternoon of art and wine led by an instructor from The Uncorked Artist. Tickets include a full wine tasting, painting instruction, select cheeses and chocolates, as well as a souvenir wine glass to take home. RSVP by December 15.

When: December 17, 1 – 4 p.m.

Where: Sand Castle Winery

Cost: $45