This weekend marks the official start of the Christmas season! Work off those Thanksgiving calories with festive walking tours or guide yourself through Christmas shopping. Bring the whole family to magnificent light shows and gingerbread displays! 

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, November 27
Snow at Fonthill

Winter Wonderland: Fonthill Castle Daily One-Hour Guided Tours

Immerse yourself in history and Christmas all at once. The Fonthill Castle will showcase Henry Mercer’s home decked out for the holidays while sharing the history of Mercer and the construction of this unbelievable property.

When: November 20 -- January 3, everyday 10 a.m – 5 p.m.

Where: Fonthill Castle

Cost: Ticket prices vary

Amazing Christmas Village

It’s never too early to start Christmas shopping! Head to Bensalem to check out this brand new European-style outdoor market. The market offers everything you need to get in the spirit from shopping to specialized food vendors to festive entertainment. While you are there, make sure to check out the Amazing Christmas Tree tent to pick up a fresh cut tree and Christmas flowers.

When: Through December 24

Where: 4201 Neshaminy Blvd, Bensalem, PA 19020

Cost: Free to attend

Gingerbread Competition & Display

The Gingerbread Competition & Display is a feast for the eyes with creative and whimsical entries in several categories: Traditional, Authentic Reproduction, 3-D, Movie or TV Set, Student, Kids Only and more. The Gingerbread entries will be on exhibit in the Village Gazebo during shopping hours.

When: Through January 9, Display Times Vary

Where: Peddler's Village

Cost: Free to attend

Brick Acoustic Duo at Vault Taproom

Unwind from Thanksgiving with the Brick Acoustic Duo. This “feel good” duo is known for producing incredible tunes with harmony vocals bakecd by six and twelve string guitars, mandolin and harmonica. They are sure to play something you love from their set list including over 300 songs by more than 100 artists. They urge you to make as many requests as your heart desires.

When: November 27, 7 – 10 p.m.

Where: Vault Taproom

Cost: free to attend

 Christmas Tree Lighting Festival

Quakertown Alive! is VERY happy to let you know that there will be a Christmas Tree Lighting Festival this year. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be coming to town to help light Quakertown’s Christmas Tree. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be viewing the Christmas Tree Lighting from their sleigh before riding to the Trolley Barn Public Market to have safely distanced visits with kids. Be sure to visit The Gathering Place for pictures with Frosty, Olde Towne Carolers, vendors, gift card drawings, FREE hot chocolate and cookies!

When: November 27, 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: Downtown Quakertown

Cost: free to attend

Saturday, November 28

Shady Brook Farm Holiday Light Show

25th Annual Holiday Light Show

Experience the magic of more than 3 million lights illuminating acres of farmland at Shady Brook Farm’s Holiday Light Show! Encounter whimsical displays and familiar characters as you drive through in the comfort of your own car or enjoy the show on an open-air wagon ride (weather permitting). Warm up with a cup of hot cocoa and cook up s’mores at a toasty bonfire.

When: Through January 10, 5 - 10 p.m.

Where: Shady Brook Farm


A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol, but unlike any other you’ve ever experienced! The timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge has been given new life thanks to the haunting vision of one of Broadway’s most imaginative directors, Michael Arden and the Tony-winning virtuoso, Jefferson Mays, starring in 50 roles of a lifetime. Staged exclusively for this production and captured live with breathtaking clarity, this must-watch streaming event conjures the powerful spirits of Christmas and brings all the magic of live theatre home for the holidays. 

When: through January 3

Where: Bucks County Playhouse  

Cost: $50

North Pole Express Train

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. 

When: Nov. 21 through Dec. 26.

Where: New Hope Railroad

Cost: Adult/$55.99, Child/$45.99, Infant/$14.99

Annual Holiday Small Works Show

Support your favorite local artists at the annual show. With so many different artists and creative techniques, you are bound to found the perfect piece for you or to gift to a loved one! If you can’t make it in person, you can view the show virtually on their website.

When: Through December 30

Where: Canal Frame – Crafts Gallery

Cost: Free to attend

Sunday, November 29

Display at Festival of Trees in Pearl Buck

42nd Annual Holiday Festival of Trees

Each year, the rooms of the Pearl S. Buck House in Perkasie come to life with the incredible glow of holiday decor. Tickets are required for the tours, which showcase trees and vignettes designed by local artists, decorators and community groups.

When: Daily until December 30.

Where: Pearl S. Buck House & Historic Site

CostTicket prices vary

A Very Furry Christmas

Visit for a festive, family-friendly celebration with everyone’s favorite Sesame Street® friends. The park is transformed into a one-of-a-kind Christmas wonderland with millions of twinkling lights and festive decorations all around.

When: November 21 – January3

Where:  Sesame Place® Philadelphia

Cost: Ticket prices vary

Family Mystery Walking Tours: Elf on the Stealth

Santa’s elves have been watching your family all year long. Now it is finally time for them to start revealing themselves. Unfortunately, one very special elf named Shelfie is missing and we need your help to find him. Join Mrs. Claus at the North Pole for this walking tour and help solve the mystery of the missing Elf on the Shelf!

When: through January 10

Where: Cock ‘n Bull

Cost: $25