What's Up This Weekend

Christmas is on its way to Bucks County this weekend! Check out the County’s most festive events and attractions to get the family in the holiday spirit. 

This weekend is full of unique festivities! Solve the Homicide & Holly Murder Mystery at Fisher’s Tudor House while enjoying delicious cuisine. Bucks County’s oldest dance company, Budzynski Ballet, is performing the time-honored holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Visit The Great Barn Taproom to experience their first annual Ugly Sweater Party, featuring photos with Santa, festive tunes and free food! Check out Christmas Eve brunches and dinners at The Black Bass Hotel & Restaurant and the Lumberville General Store for mouth-watering Christmas cuisine.

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 21

Bring the little ones out to live their Christmas fantasy and hop aboard the North Pole Express for an unforgettable holiday journey!

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 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 22 – 24, check online for departure times

Where: New Hope & Ivyland Railroad

Cost: Varies, check online for prices

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 22 – 24, 8 p.m. (Friday); 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. (Saturday); 2 p.m. (Sunday)

Where: Bucks County Playhouse

Cost: Price varies, check website

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 22 – 24, 5 – 10 p.m.

Where: Shady Brook Farm

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

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.

When: December 22, 23 – 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
December 24 – 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
December 25: CLOSED

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 22, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where: Historic Fallsington

Cost: $7 per adult; $3 per child

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 22 – 24, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Peace Valley Nature Center

Cost: Free to attend

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 22 – 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Fonthill Castle

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

Saturday, December 23

A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place

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 23, 1 – 8 p.m.

Where: Sesame Place

Cost: $37 online

Homicide & Holly Murder Mystery Dinner Show

Visit Fisher’s Tudor House for a night of delicious food, holiday spirit and…murder?! Uncover the mystery of a Christmas-time murder involving Mrs. Claus and Santa’s reindeer, all while guests enjoy a wonderfully prepared meal.

When: December 23, 7 – 10 p.m.

Where: Fisher’s Tudor House

Cost: $57.99 per person

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 23 – 24, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Saturday); 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Sunday)

Where: Harley Hill Farm

Cost: Free to attend

Budzynski Ballet’s The Nutcracker

Budzynski Ballet, the oldest dance company in Bucks County, invites locals and visitors alike to experience the time-honored classic, The Nutcracker. Celebrate the holiday season with this family-favorite holiday classic!

When: December 23, 12 p.m. & 4 p.m.

Where: Central Bucks South High School Auditorium

Cost: Tier A Adult/Child: $35/$30, Tier B Adult/Child: $30/$25, Tier C Adult/Child: $25/$20

Ugly Sweater Party at the Great Barn Taproom

Find your ugliest holiday sweater and head to the Great Barn Taproom for the first annual Ugly Sweater Party. Have your ugly sweater pictures taken with Santa while enjoying holiday music and free food to get into the festive mood.

When: December 23, 4 – 11:30 p.m.

Where: Great Barn Farm to Glass Taproom

Cost: Free to attend

Sunday, December 24

Families enjoy the Gingerbread House display at Peddler's Village.

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 22 – 24, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Friday & Saturday), 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Sunday)

Where: Peddler’s Village

Cost: Free to attend

Breakfast with Santa at BounceU of Langhorne

Take the kids to BounceU of Langhorne to enjoy a continental breakfast, meet Santa and, most importantly, BOUNCE! Reservations are required.

When: December 24, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Where: BounceU of Langhorne

Cost: Check online for prices

Christmas Eve Dinner at Lumberville General Store

Enjoy a delicious holiday meal with family and friends with a special four course Christmas Eve dinner filled with mouth-watering dishes like grilled marinated jumbo shrimp, roasted prime rib and New York style cheesecake.

When: December 24, 4 – 10 p.m.

Where: Lumberville General Store

Cost: $32.50 per person

Christmas Eve Brunch and Dinner at Black Bass Hotel & Restaurant

Whether you’re a morning person or a night owl, the Black Bass Hotel has got you covered with two special menus to celebrate the holiday season! Early visitors can look forward to a Sunday Champagne Brunch, serving plenty of brunch favorites like steak and eggs, southern fried eggs and omelet’s galore. Dinner guests can look forward to a mouth-watering four-course meal with gluten-free options.

When: December 24, 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Brunch); 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. (Dinner)

Where: Black Bass Hotel & Restaurant

Cost: $45 per person (Brunch); $97.50 per person (Dinner)