Top Holiday Happenings
From festive furry friends to holiday light shows, Bucks County offers the perfect activities and events to celebrate the holiday season.
- Shady Brook Farm
ALL IS BRIGHT
27th Annual Holiday Light Show
Shady Brook Farm
Opening November 20
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! Tickets go on sale November 1, 2021.
Gingerbread House Competition and Display
November 19 – January 8
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 4 & 5The holiday season celebrations at Peddler’s Village culminate with the Holly Jolly Weekend on Saturday, December 4, and Sunday, December 5, 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
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
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!
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.
- Van Sant Covered Bridge
JOY TO THE WORLD
The Crossing Reenactment
Washington Crossing Historic Park
December 12 & 25
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.
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.
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
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!