The Christmas season means plenty of things – from gathering with family and friends to watching the annual lighting of our town’s Christmas tree. And, for some of us, the highlight of the season is curling up in bed, sipping a cup of hot chocolate, and getting lost in a Hallmark movie. Call it our guilty pleasure, right? Well, when you visit these 10 Pennsylvania towns at Christmastime, you might just feel as though you’ve stepped into the middle of a Hallmark movie.
1. Jim Thorpe
Stroll through the festively decorated streets of Jim Thorpe, which transforms into a magical wonderland each Christmas season. And, for the first three weekends in December, Jim Thorpe welcomes residents and visitors to celebrate its annual Olde Time Christmas, featuring a slew of fun activities. Take a train ride with Santa. Listen to Christmas carols. And, join the free Christmas Club for Kids, which features craft-making and holiday movies.
Experience a picture-perfect Christmas when you visit the enchanting town of Wellsboro. The quaint town, with a Main Street drenched in Christmas lights, kicks off December with its Annual Dickens of a Christmas Celebration. Then, on December 7, 2018, Wellsboro celebrates Christmas on Main Street, a charming celebration that includes trolley rides and appearances by Santa.
Feel as though you’ve stepped into the popular Christmas film "It’s A Wonderful Life" when you visit the enchanting town of Indiana, also the hometown of Jimmy Stewart. Every year, Philadelphia Street – the main street in town – transforms into Bedford Falls. Weekends mean the "It’s A Wonderful Life Festival," which features a full menu of activities including appearances by Santa, Christmas carolers, and free holiday movies.
Bring your shopping list to Franklin, where you’ll be mesmerized by the festively-decorated windows in the town’s shops. The town features a variety of activities throughout the season, including performances of "A Christmas Story" at the Barrow-Civic Theater.
Step straight into a scene from a Hallmark movie in the endearing town of Lititz. Tick items off of your Christmas list as you shop in the quaint shops along Main Street. And, visit for one of the special holiday events. The town comes together for the annual Lititz Hometown Christmas on December 8, 2018, a day filled with family-friendly activities. The Annual Carol sing is set for December 13, 2018 followed by the Christmas Candlelight Tour at the Johannes Mueller House on December 14, 2018.
Known as Christmas City, Bethlehem celebrates Christmas all year long. But, the town glitters during the holiday season. Visit for Christkindlmarkt, perhaps the most popular Christmastime event. The massive holiday market boasts more than 150 vendors and is held every weekend through December 23, 2018. Of course, you might also want to climb aboard a horse-drawn carriage ride for a picturesque Christmas tour of the town.
Journey through the pages of time with Bellefonte’s Victorian Christmas, slated for December 7 and 8, 2018. The annual Christmas celebration features such memorable activities as carolers, a gingerbread house contest, and appearances by Santa.
8. Glen Rock
Embrace the warmth of the holiday season in Glen Rock, home of the famous Glen Rock Carolers. The Carolers have provided the soundtrack for Christmas since 1848. And, if you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping, you’ll find plenty of charming shops in Glen Rock, including The Shops of 104 South Main.
9. New Hope
New Hope provides the perfect backdrop for holiday shopping. And, plan a visit during one of the scheduled holiday activities, such as Kids Night Out at Sweet Occasions on December 12, 2018. Of course, a trip to Peddlers Village is certainly a memorable experience during the holidays. Peddlers Village is the ideal spot to finish your holiday shopping and to meet with Santa, who will be on hand Saturdays and Sundays through December 23, 2018.
Bundle up for your journey to Bernville, home to perhaps the state’s most dazzling Christmas lights display. Koziar’s Christmas Village, drenched in more than a million twinkling lights, welcomes guests to walk through its indoor and outdoor displays to January 1, 2019.
What other Pennsylvania towns would you add to this list? Join the conversation in the comments! Then, if light shows make your season brighter, embark on this holiday lights road trip in PA.
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