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
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
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.
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
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
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)
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 17
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