Without a doubt, 2020 has been a year of challenges. The pandemic has affected everyone, especially Berks County's small and family-owned businesses like shops, boutiques, attractions, museums, galleries, theatres, restaurants, bakeries, salons, printers, spas, and many more.

These businesses are part and parcel of Pennsylvania's Americana Region. They are the people and places that make Berks County memorable and unique. Over the years, we relied on them for exceptional meals, one-of-a-kind gifts, outstanding services, hours of entertainment, and employment. Now open, they need our support.

Our small business community is eager to see you. They follow health and safety regulations, and most locations provide curbside pick-up, delivery, and touchless services. Let's make an effort to eat, play, and shop local because when local businesses succeed, we all succeed! Let's Go Local!

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Open through January 2

Koziar’s Christmas Village 
Opens daily on Thanksgiving
Bernville, PA

November 26

Thanksgiving Dinner at Stokesay Castle
11:00am – 4:00pm
Stokesay Castle & The Knight’s Pub

November 27, 28 & 2

Christmas Themed Train Rides 
Fri: 7pm, Sat: 12, 3 & 7pm, Sun: 12 & 3pm
Colebrookdale Railroad

December 4 - 23

Holiday Lights at Gring’s Mill
Fri, Sat & Sun: 6:00 – 9:00pm
December 21 – 23: 6:00 – 9:00pm

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Eat Local

Whether you’re looking for fresh produce to purchase or a new restaurant to visit for dinner, try one of the many local farms or eateries in our region for delicious and fresh food. Berks County offers food for every craving, from ethnic foods to small coffee shops and pubs, you don’t need to go too far to find the meal you’re looking for. Pick up fresh fruit from Frecon Farms or visit Weaver’s Orchard Farm Market for locally grown and made foods. Looking for good food, drinks, and entertainment? The Other Farm Brewing Company is ready to serve you! Curb your appetite for Latino American cuisine at Mi Casa Su Casa. To finish off any meal, treat yourself to a tasty dessert from Sublime Cupcakes or Sweet Ride Ice Cream.

Shop Local

Resist the urge to shop online warehouses this year. Instead, shop local in Berks County. Most of our area merchants offer convenient online access to their goods and services with safe delivery and pick-up options. Plus, there’s nothing like human contact when you have questions about a purchase.

With holiday sales in full swing, locally sourced gifts are sure to impress everyone on your list. For starters, pamper your gal pals with soothing spa supplies from Paisley & Company Bath Boutique & Fragrance Bar or dazzling earrings from Sorrelli Jewelry. Find toys your kids will actually play with at Evelyn & Harriette’s, and one-of-a-kind, handmade pieces from Robesonia Redware for that friend who has everything. Send Tom Sturgis and Unique Pretzels to out-of-town friends and family, and pick-up an assortment of handcrafted soda from Reading Soda Works for your favorite teetotaler. Surprise neighbors with sweets from the Peppermint Stick Candy Store and Reppert’s Chocolates. As for the in-laws, they will be delighted with a gift certificate to any number of restaurants like DansJudy’s, or Say Cheese. And just that quickly, your shopping is done!

Shop locally every day to help our community businesses thrive.

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Play local

What do you do for fun during a pandemic? That’s easy; play locally! Berks County offers countless options for safe fun. For starters, our geographical location avails plenty of outdoor activities. Hike and bike the Greater Reading Trails Systems – even in the snow. Scale Pulpit Rock, the Pinnacle or try your skills at rock climbing at Birdsboro Quarry.  Visit Berks County Parks for nature walks,fishing or a quick run. Bird watch from Hawk Mountain, French Creek, and Blue Marsh Lake

If you prefer indoor activities, there’s always something to see or do Reading Public Museum and Neag Planetarium. Rumor has it that resident mummy, Nefrina, loves to gab. GoggleWorks Center for the Arts rents their theatre for to small groups for gaming or private movie viewings. Speaking of movies, Fox Berkshire, Reading Movies 11 & IMAX,  and The State Theatre Boyertown are open with first-run movies. Ozzy’s Family Fun Center, Escape the State, and The Works make it easy to keep moving without going outside.  

As for holiday fun, warm up your evenings with the glow of twinkling lights at Koziar’s Christmas Village and Holiday Lights at Gring’s Mill. Or, take a Santa-theme train ride at one of our local railroads. 

If you’re still looking for ways to spend time, our Road Trip itineraries are sure to help you plan many memorable days across Pennsylvania’s Americana Region.