Top Holiday Happenings
Bucks County offers the perfect activities and events to celebrate the holiday season in 2022!
- Shady Brook Farm
ALL IS BRIGHT
28th Annual Holiday Light Show
Shady Brook Farm
Remember the season with a photo of Santa. Don’t leave without a car or open-air wagon ride through the Holiday Light Show. With more than 3 million lights illuminating the vast farm, this 2-mile ride around is something to behold on a chilly wintry night. Finally, bundle up and toast some S’mores at a private or public fire pit!
Gingerbread Competition and Display
November 18, 2022 – January 7, 2023
A holiday tradition at Peddler’s Village since 1984, the Gingerbread Competition and Display is a feast for the eyes with more than 75 creative and whimsical entries in these categories: NEW! Holiday on Wheels, Traditional, Authentic Reproduction Around the World, 3-D, Movie or TV Set, Winter Wonderland, Student, and Kids Only. Admission is free.
Holly Jolly Weekend
December 3 & 4, 2022
The holiday season celebrations at Peddler’s Village culminate with the Holly Jolly Weekend, which includes among other happenings a Santa Parade through the Village on both Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
- Peddler's Village
JINGLE BELL ROCK
Bucks County Playhouse
November & December
The iconic Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope is putting on a slew of holiday shows for the public, including: The Everly Brothers Experience Christmas Show featuring The Zmed Brothers (December 10 - 12), Melissa Errico and Billy Stritch - Welcome To Our Holiday Party: Swinging and Broadway Songs (December 15), Holiday Specials presented by Downstage Center Dance Studio (December 16), Christmas With The Coasters (December 17 - 19).
Christmas with the Celts
Christmas With The Celts is an uplifting and spirited holiday celebration guaranteed to start your holiday season off right! Starring an international cast of musicians and dancers, this show is always a crowd pleaser! Launched as a live concert attraction after several successful seasons as a PBS-TV special, the show combines fiery arrangements of modern seasonal classics such as John Lennon's "Happy Christmas," "I'll Be Home For Christmas" and "White Christmas" plus traditional carols. With its foot stomping step dancers and a selection of both modern and indigenous instruments, Christmas With The Celts is more than just a concert, it's a celebration of the holiday and common connections to celebrate this special time of year!
Gerald Dickens’ A Christmas Carol Performance
December 11 & 12
Byers’ Choice in Chalfont has been handcrafting Caroler® figurines for more than 40 years. Stop in the factory to see how they are made and tour their Christmas Museum. This year “A Christmas Carol,” performed by Gerald Dickens, Charles Dickens great-great-grandson, will be performed on Saturday, December 11 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 12 at 1:30 p.m.
"Create Your Own Mrs. Claus" Caroler Figurine
November 1 - December 19
Stop in to create your own Mrs. Claus Caroler figurine. From baking cookies to wrapping presents, Mrs. Claus adds a festive flair to the festivities.
"An American Christmas Songbook"
Bristol Riverside Theatre
December 9- 19
The chill of winter is in the air as Keith Baker and the Bristol Riverside Theatre Concert Band, along with fabulous entertainers, take the stage to perform your favorite carols and heartwarming holiday songs. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to celebrate the holidays in style!
- Sesame Place Holiday Display
'A Very Furry Christmas'
Sesame Place® Philadelphia
November 20 – January 2
Head to Sesame Place® Philadelphia in Langhorne for a special holiday performance from everyone’s favorite furry friends. The fun music and dance specials are a festive way for the family to enjoy some fun holiday spirit while singing along! Do a Christmas Dine with Elmo and Friends, see the 1-2-3 Christmas Tree Show, and join in on the Hanukkah & Menorah Lighting Celebration with Baby Bear!
The North Pole Express & Santa’s Steam Spectacular
New Hope Railroad
November 26 – December 26
Sip hot chocolate and enjoy a freshly baked cookie while singing along with the railroad’s roaming musicians as they play Christmas carols on these two rides. Meet with Santa on the steam locomotive pulling Santa’s Steam Spectacular and share your Christmas wishes with him. The North Pole Express offers similar amenities, but is pulled by a vintage diesel locomotive instead. Gear up in pajamas and enjoy the relaxing holiday ride through historic Bucks County. Rent a private caboose or coach car for you and your close ones. Trains begin running on Friday, November 26 and continue to on weekends leading up to December 18. The rides will operate every day the week of December 19 except Christmas Day.
- Snow at Fonthill Castle
DECK THE HALLS
November 19 - December 31
There are 3 great options for visiting Fonthill Castle for the holidays this year. Starting November 19, 2021, Fonthill Castle will offer one-hour guided tours from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. to showcase Henry Chapman Mercer's homem decked out for the holidays! Saturdays and Sundays in December, the Castle willl host Holiday Lights Meander: 30-Minute "On-Your-Own" Timed Holiday Experiences. Lastly, enjoy Evening Tours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays December 7 & 8 and December 28 & 29. These guided tours show the castles unique rooms and artifacts in a gorgeous nightly glow.
Christmas at Aldie
With gilded hallways, sparkling decorations, festive music, and delicious cuisine, Christmas at Aldie will be a magical evening starting at 5:00 p.m. You will delight in a holiday-themed cocktail and a delicious dinner from Jeffrey A. Miller Catering and are sure to head home in the festive spirit. Limited capacity to 160 guests. Reservations required.
Festival of Trees
Pearl S. Buck House & Historic Site
November 16 - January 9
Each year during the Annual Festival of Trees, the rooms of Pearl S. Buck’s iconic Bucks County stone farmhouse come alive with the glow of holiday decorations. The event showcases beautiful trees and vignettes designed by Bucks County’s best artists, decorators, and local community groups to convey the spirit of Pearl S. Buck’s legacy as an author, humanitarian, and activist. Visitors have the opportunity to vote for their favorite display. Even though this year will look a little different due to COVID-19 protocols, the Festival of Trees remains one of the most unique and historic holiday traditions in the region.
Explore the many self-guided driving tours Visit Bucks County has online. Take the famous Covered Bridge Driving Tour. Or, try out one featuring Stone Barns, Haunted Stops, stops along the Underground Railroad – and more!
- Van Sant Covered Bridge
JOY TO THE WORLD
The Crossing Reenactment
Washington Crossing Historic Park
December 11 & 25, 2022
Held every year on Christmas Day at the location of Washington’s Delaware River crossing is a reenactment of the treacherous crossing itself! There are two chances to see the crossing with narrator Peter Hegseth, enjoy special colonial-era activities and demonstrtations in the Historic Villag. The park will be decked out in period wreaths, candles and holiday trees.
Holiday House & Grinchmas Food Truck Fest
December 4 & 5
Ho-Ho-Ho! Santa Claus (and The Grinch!) are coming to town! Join Bolton Mansion for holiday fun for the whole family! This event will be held from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and will feature the arrival of Santa via firetruck, visits and photos with Santa and The Grinch (free with your own camera!), food trucks, children's activities, a DJ, beer/cocktail garden, vendors/crafters for your holiday shopping and more.
Krampus Is Coming to Town!
Have you been bad this year? This is your chance to sit on Ol' Krampy's lap and tell him why you should be on Santa's nice list, and not on The Krampus's naughty list. There will be various Krampus and Creepy Christmas items available for purchase, including personalized ornaments to hang on your tree.
Guests can run, jog, or simply walk during the Holiday Hustle on Thursday, December 2. The evening event, presented in partnership with Scoogie Events, is designed so that participants can enjoy the holiday lights as well as outdoor exercise and socializing. Participation is limited to 1,000 people; online registration is available.
DRINK & BE MERRY
Holiday Celebration & Light Up the Vines
Bucks County Wine Trail
December 4 - January 2
Join the six wineries of the Bucks County Wine Trail for the second annual Light Up the Vines holiday illumination! Come, see the beauty of the holiday season in Bucks County's beautifully lit vineyards. Join in for the event kickoff following the Holiday Celebration on Saturday, December 4 at each of the six member wineries of the Bucks County Wine Trail illuminating the vineyard each evening at dusk. Each winery will have its own hours and special happenings.
Grab a brew (or two!) at one of the many breweries along the Bucks County’s Ale Trail! Relax and kick back with seasonal brews as you complete your passport to win a limited-edition t-shirt.
Visit Bucks County’s distilleries are offering take-out this holiday season! Warm up and sip on aged spirits, such as Whiskey with a Port Wine finish from Dad’s Hat or Sunday Morning Stout Corn Whiskey from Triple Sun Spirits Co. A bottle of one of their hand-crafted spirits makes the perfect holiday gift!