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HOLIDAY WINTER HAPPENINGS
From festive furry friends to holiday light shows, Bucks County offers the perfect events and activities to celebrate the holiday season. Bring the whole family to welcome winter and spread the yuletide joy:
For more on ways to have fun this winter in Bucks County, see our board on Pinterest. Note: This information reflects the 2015 season. Check back for 2016 information.
• Everyone's favorite street will be decked out in holiday lights during this one-of-a-kind celebration! Sesame Place, the family-friendly amusement park dedicated to 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 your shopping! A Very Furry Christmas opens November 21 and runs through December 31.
• Millions of lights illuminate acres of farmland during Shady Brook Farm’s 21st Annual Holiday Light Show, presented by PECO Energy. Take a tractor-drawn wagon ride through whimsical light displays filled with your favorite holiday characters or keep cozy and warm in the comfort of your 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 Friday, November 20 at the Run the Lights event. The lights will be shining through January 10.
• 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 on the New Hope & Ivyland Railroad. The journey wouldn't be complete without a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, hot cocoa, cookies and Christmas carols on select days from November 21 through January 4.
• 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 built by Pennsylvania's founder William Penn. This weekend-long event takes place December 3-4.
• The holidays get an early start at Peddler’s Village, an 18th-century-style shopping village in the heart of Bucks County. Enjoy holiday fun and mini-lightings throughout the Village on November 13 at the "Kick Off to the Holidays" leading up to the big illumination event! Santa kicks off the holiday with one million dazzling lights at the Grand Illumination Celebration on November 21. The lights will stay on through the holidays. Visit during the first weekend in December and participate in their Christmas Festival to see Santa arrive in a parade. Stop in to see their Gingerbread House Display, locally-made architectural masterpieces.
• 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 include colonial-era games, period demonstrations and other fun activities throughout the historic park. The Annual Christmas Day Crossing Re-enactment takes place at Washington Crossing Historic Park December 25.
• The Bucks County Visitor Center in Bensalem will be filled with holiday cheer as 25 uniquely-themed trees light up the main gallery during the 10th Annual Bucks County Holiday TreeFestat the Bucks County Visitor Center! 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 their furry friends along for pet photos on select dates between November 24 and January 4.
• Come to the Christmas capital of the county, Byers' Choice,this holiday season! On weekends through January 10, visitors can enjoy Christmas cookies and juice as they explore the famous Christmas 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." Meet Mrs. Claus on November 29, make reindeer food and write a letter to Santa himself from 1-4:30 p.m.
• From November 21 through January 3, 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, the Mercer Museum and James A. Michener Art Museum join together for a free Holiday Open House.
• Take a holiday tour of the farmhouse 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 on select dates from November 27 through December 6 for their annual Holiday Craft Show featuring one-stop-shopping from the region's best artisans and crafters.