Have yourself a merry little roadtrip to Pennsylvania's Americana Region. Discover the magic of the season in Berks County. Our festive seasonal events, unique Yuletide traditions, and beautiful decorations make for wonderful holiday memories. Experience the joy of Christmas while creating new holiday traditions and memories in Pennsylvania's Americana Region!
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Koziar’s Christmas Village
Open daily thru January 1, 2022
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
7 – 8:30 pm
Santander Performing Arts Center
Mrs. Claus’s Christmas Singalong
Wanamaker Kempton & Southern RR
Holiday Lights at Gring’s Mill
Dec 3-5, 10-12, 17-23, 26- 30
6 -9 pm
Gring’s Mill Recreation Area
Christmas magic begins with a holiday excursion on the Colebrookdale Railroad. Imagine the fun you’ll have with family and friends as you celebrate the season on an old-fashioned train ride. Settle into the beautifully restored Edwardian-era cars with the help of Colebrookdale’s smartly attired and white-gloved crew. Travel the Secret Valley on Santa’s Polar Bear Express, snacking on complimentary hot chocolate and Christmas cookies. Rumor has it, Santa rides this train, appearing to deliver gifts to children and gather any letters addressed to him. Pajamas are optional on ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas rides. After all, you’ll want to be comfortable as you listen to a reading of the famous holiday poem will enjoying the complimentary hot cocoa and cookies. Once again, be on the lookout for Santa. He joins the festive ride with gifts for all the little ones on board. Christmas memories are yours for the making aboard the Colebrookdale Railroad. Isn’t it time for a new holiday tradition? Book your excursion today!
Our merry and bright holiday happenings make Pennsylvania’s Americana Region the perfect spot to spend time with family and friends. Festivities began in early November with the opening of Koziar’s Christmas Village. The must-see holiday attraction opens weekends through Thanksgiving, then daily through January 1, 2022. Next up, Reading’s Holiday Parade, complete with marching bands, floats, and clowns welcomes Santa on the Saturday before Turkey Day. Last but not least, our area railroads begin running their Christmas excursions in late November – perfect for anyone who wants to avoid the holiday rush.
By December, we’re in full swing, with seasonal events across Berks County. Take in the fantastick light displays at Holiday Lights at Gring’s Mill and Reading’s Christmas on the Mountain. Santander Arena and Performing Arts Center’s seasonal offerings include Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Cirque Dreams Holidaze, Elf on a Shelf plus many more great events. Movie lovers, don’t miss the Hamburg Strand’s Christmas movie line-up. Is there anything better than movie theatre pop-corn and a holiday classic? There’s so to see and do this Christmas in Pennsylvania’s Americana Region. Visit our Calendar of Events for more ideas.
Let a drop in temperature keep us from our favorite outdoor adventures? Never! We simply bundle up before hitting local trails, parks and waterways. Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Blue Marsh Lake, French Creek State Park, Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site and Berks County Parks stay open year-round for walks and hikes. You’ll find fly fishermen enjoying the sport throughout the year at places like the Tulpehocken Creek. When snow falls, many of these local parks and rec areas are perfect for cross country skiing, snowshoeing and ice fishing fun. And there’s nothing like the snow covered ground for freewheeling down a mountain trail on a bike. Snowboarding and skiing enthusiasts head to nearby Bear Creek Mountain Resort for hours of thrills and spills. If feeling the wind on your face, steam rising off the top of your head; or if breathing in fresh, cold air is what you seek, we have what your adrenaline demands. Come and join our reindeer games!
There’s no need to worry about vendor shortages and delivery dates when you shop Berks County’s Main Streets. Penn Avenue, West Reading, offers a great starting point with its Holiday Glow Celebration. The three weekends before Christmas, stores along the avenue invite shoppers to enjoy music, carriage rides, Santa visits, merchant specials, and extended store hours. Boyertown’s Annual Chillin’ on Main provides a fun-filled way to get acquainted with the unique shops and vendors that line Philadelphia Avenue. To the north of Reading, the Hamburg’s Strand Theatre is screening well-loved Christmas movies. Purchase tickets for your favorite feature in advance, then shop the stores that dot 4th Street and State Street before the show.
Just in time for the holidays, the GoggleWorks Arts Festival Reading & Holiday Market is your source for artisan gifts. Shop the wares of amazing juried artists and makers at the free holiday market while enjoying food, music, kids’ programs, and demonstrations. Eat, drink, and shop at Reading Liederkranz’s traditional Christkindlmart, a celebration and shopping event rolled into one. More shopping ideas are just a click away.