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Susquehanna Life Magazine's 2016 Winter Activities Guide

Nov 30, 2016 05:06PM ● By Melanie Heisinger
Tis the season for celebration and cheer! So many wonderful activities this time of year! Enjoy local-area events and places to visit, sorted by county, this holiday season, in conjunction with our sponsor, Evangelical Community Hospital

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Happy Holidays! 

Adams County

Breighner Tree Farm

Location: 2501 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg , PA 17325

Contact: (717) 451-0014


Also known as the Gettysburg Tree Farm, they specialize in landscaping, pine, fir, spruce, red oak and Christmas Trees. Well-seasoned hardwood firewood is also for sale on site. Choose your own and cut your own trees are available in the following varities: Concolor, Douglas, Frazer, Normandy, White Pine, Scotch Pine, Blue Spruce, Serbian Spruce and Norway Spruce.

Also offers baled and burlapped trees. This farm uses safe growing practices. Click here to learn more.

An Eisenhower Christmas

Location: Eisenhower National Historic Site, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA 17325

Contact: (717) 338-9114


The National Park Service at the Eisenhower National Historic Site is inviting the public to celebrate this holiday season at the home and farm of Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower. The Eisenhower home will be decorated for Christmas, December 1 through 31. The celebration includes a holiday reception on Saturday, December 10 complete with cider and cookies courtesy of Gettysburg Tours, Inc.

Event begins December 1st and continues through January. 

Butler County

Harmony's Silvester Celebration: Dec 31, 2016 6:00PM

Harmony celebrates New Year’s Eve on Dec. 31 with a family-oriented "Silvester" celebration reflecting the community’s historic German roots, beginning with races with hundreds of runners... Read More » 

Centre County

Tussey Mountain

Location: 301 Bear Meadows Rd. Boalsburg, PA 16827

Contact: 814-466-6266


Winter activities: skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing. Celebrate the holidays with Tussey Mountain! They also showcase a great Christmas Village this time of year that you won't want to miss. 

December First Friday Dickens Festival - start Dec 02 2016 0500PM

December First Friday: Dickens Festival: Dec 2, 2016 5:00PM

It’s a Dickens Festival in Downtown State College for this First Friday. A casual atmosphere features art, people-watching, mingling with friends, shopping, and dining at the diverse and ... Read More » 


Columbia County

Ponduce Farms - Wreath Barn Gift Shop

Location270 White Church Rd, Elysburg, PA, 17824

Contact: (570) 799-5887


Fresh handmade wreaths & greens. Ponduce Farms is a family owned and operated tree farm and wreath manufacture. They currently maintain 100 acres of Douglas Fir trees. They make four varieties of wreaths in ten sizes. Also; garland, shaped wreaths, grave blankets, swags and centerpieces. Fundraising programs are available and can be customized for any size of group or organization.  

Start: November 12, 2016 10:00 am
End: December 20, 2016 7:00 pm

Third Annual “Cash & Carry” Art Exhibition

LocationThe Moose Exchange, 24 East Main Street, Bloomsburg PA 17815

Contact: (570) 217-2596


Through January 6. The Exchange Gallery called all regional artists to enter the third annual “Cash & Carry” exhibition. We gave away 400 hardboard panels, they made the artwork. All interpretations and all media accepted. As always, we opened this exhibition to all artists regardless of level of experience and abilities, and of the 350 pieces that went up at the beginning of the show, almost half came from middle- and high school students, with many more by younger children. As always, other artists represented include Bloomsburg University professors and other professionals, as well as amateurs of all levels of experience. 

4th Annual Destination Blues Music Festival  - start Feb 17 2017 1100AM

4th Annual Destination Blues Music Festival: Feb 17, 2017 11:00AM

The 4th annual Destination Blues Music Festival brings its smooth rhythms to Bloomsburg, Danville, and Berwick. Friday - Musicians will perform in 19 venues Saturday - Blues all day Dow... Read More » 


Cumberland County

Colonel Denning State Park

Location: 1599 Doubling Gap Road Newville, PA 17241

Contact: (717) 776-5272


Surrounded by rolling mountains, Colonel Denning State Park's 273 acres of woodland is the perfect place to enjoy a little piece and quiet. With the 3.5-acre Doubling Gap Lake for swimming and boating in the summer and ice-fishing and ice-skating in the winter, a 52-site campground, volleyball, picnicking and trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding, it's the perfect place to bring the family and connect with nature. Cross-country ski or enjoy ice-skating at Doubling Gap Lake. 

Carlisle Christmas Parade - start Dec 02 2016 0700PM

Carlisle Christmas Parade: Dec 2, 2016 7:00PM

Carlisle Regional Medical Center Carlisle Christmas Parade (rain or shine) kicks off weekend of holiday events, Hanover St between North & Willow Sts ending in the square. Santa will ... Read More » 


Dauphin County

Reading Fire  Ice Fest - start Jan 13 2017 0530PM

Reading Fire + Ice Fest!: Jan 13, 2017 5:30PM

The 2017 festival will be held Friday, January 13th and Saturday, January 14th, 2016 in the 500 block of Penn Street in downtown R... Read More » 

Open Hearth Cooking Demonstration

Location: Fort Hunter Mansion and Park, Harrisburg

When: December 4

Contact: (717) 599-5751 or

Christmas At Fort Hunter

Location: Fort Hunter Mansion & Park, Harrisburg

When: December 1-23, 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM; Tuesday – Saturday  10 a.m. –  4:30pm; Sunday 12 – 4:30 pm; Closed Mondays

Contact: (717) 599-5751 or

Tour the Mansion decorated for the season in it’s holiday finery.  Fresh greens adorn the windows, staircase and windowsills, while fresh arrangements of fruits and flowers decorate the mantels.  The Civic Committee of the Harrisburg Garden Club creates the beauiful decorations using only fresh and natural materials. 

Huntingdon County

Fat Biking (Winter Mountain Biking)

Fat bikes – bicycles with oversized tires for cruising on soft terrain like snow – date back to the early 1900s, but have gained popularity over the past the few years.

Last year, snow biking at Huntingdon County’s FrozenFat Weekend (January 15-17, 2016), where you can ride, camp, and socialize with other bikers, was a great success. Stay tuned to see if this year will be just as great!

Either way, this is a fun sport to try. 

Batfest 2017 - start Feb 11 2017 1000AM

Batfest 2017: Feb 11, 2017 10:00AM

Warm up in 52 degree cavern comfort. Observe our favorite furry friends. Workshops for all ages. PLUS an update on Pennsylvania bat species and white nose syndrome (WNS) with the PA Game ... Read More » 

Juniata County

20th Annual Juniata River Valley Festival of Ice

Location: Downtown Lewistown 

Contact: (717) 248-6713 or

When: December 1-2 

The Festival of Ice is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season in the Juniata River Valley. Christmas time is the jolliest time of the year, and merriment is everywhere! It is the best time to celebrate the joy of this wonderful season and have fun with your friends, family and loved ones.

Come join us for the 20th Annual Festival of Ice. There is no better place to be than on Market Street in downtown Lewistown, PA during the festival. Gaze at the beautifully carved ice sculptures, go for an old fashioned carriage ride, listen to carolers and live music, participate in children’s activities and even visit with Santa Claus himself.


Lycoming County



Founded in 1991, this mesmerizing and creative ensemble is comprised of Russia’s finest young adult string players under the tutelage of its world-renowned founder, Misha Rachlevsky. The ... Read More » 

Montour County

Sunshine Farmers Conference


“Using No-Till Systems to Improve our Soil Quality, Productivity and Profitability for Future Generations” 

LocationPine Barn InnOne Pine Barn Place, Danville, PA 17821

When: March 14, 2017, 8:00am - 5:00pm

Contact: (570) 922-1838 or

Northumberland County

Location: 3021 Mexico Road, Milton , PA 17847


Kohl's Stony Hill Tree Farm is a small Christmas tree farm that took root in 1986.  That's when they purchased a rundown 39 acre farm that just happened to have nearly 2,000 evergreen trees planted in one field. That first year, they cut some of them and toted them to their grandparents farm market (Kohls Market) located along route 147 about 3 miles north of Northumberland. 

Milton Model Train Museum ChristmasSeason Open House


LocationThe Milton Moose Family Center, Milton

When: November 25-December 31, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM


2016 Christmas Season Open House schedule of the Milton Model Train Museum. Huge - 20’ x 60’ O-Gauge Layout. The main attraction – “Milltown” -1950’s Milton plus other fictional settings and many operating O-Gauge trains and interactive action scenes. FREE ADMISSION – Donations gladly accepted. Presented by T.I.M.E. and the Milton Moose Family Center at 139 South Front Street.

Perry County


Christmas Walk

When: Saturday, December 17 at 6:00pm to 9:00pm → more dates through December 23, 2016

Location: Little Buffalo State Park 1579 State Park Road, Newport, PA 17074-9428

The Little Buffalo Christmas Trail is brought to you by Little Buffalo State Park, in conjunction with The Friends of Little Buffalo. Meet Santa in the woods and enjoy the thousands of lights and holiday displays located along this quarter mile trail in the park's East Picnic Area. Enjoy live music at the stage, and hot chocolate and cookies sold by local 4H groups in the warming hut. This is a free program and flashlights are helpful for some areas of the trail.

Snyder County

2016 Annual Heartland Christmas Wine Trail - start Nov 19 2016 1200PM

2016 Annual Heartland Christmas Wine Trail: Nov 19, 2016 12:00PM

A Heartland Christmas Remember grandma's homemade cookies at Christmas? There was flour and sugar and eggs and the kitchen smelled so good. It was the one time of the year that the who... Read More » 

Union County

Lewisburg Victorian Holiday Weekend

Location: Downtown Lewisburg, Lewisburg

Contact: (570) 523-1743

When: December 1-3

Lewisburg's Victorian Holiday Weekend begins with a traditional tree lighting ceremony to light the huge tree in Hufnagle Park on December 4. The next day stores stay open late, most until Midnight for Late Night Shoppers night on December 5. On December 6 don't miss the Victorian Parade at 1:00pm. 

It's an authentic period procession with music, horse-drawn carriages and Kris Kringle followed by a free holiday movie at Campus Theatre.

Windham Hill’s Winter Solstice

LocationWeis Center for the Performing Arts, Lewisburg

Contact: (570) 577-3727 or

When: December 2, 2016 7:30pm

Master musicians who made their names on the Windham Hill label, pianist Liz Story, singer and multi-instrumentalist Barbara Higbie, and guitarist Sean Harkness, have created a special show in celebration of Winter Solstice. This ensemble in various forms has toured nationally for the past 10 years in support of the recording series that sold over 8 million copies. Warmth, humor and stunningly pristine performances abound.  The significance of Winter Solstice is recognized in indigenous traditions around the world. This concert brings the best of acoustic music to joyfully mark a special moment in time.

Gypsy Jazz Cyrille Aimee

Location: Campus Theatre, Lewisburg

Contact: (570) 577-2000 or

When: February 8

Vocalist Cyrille Aimée was primarily raised in France by a French-Dominican parentage. She now happily tours the world with her band as well as in a duo setting with Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo. Aimée's talents also recently caught the attention of Stephen Sondheim, who cast her in an Encores Special Presentation at New York City's City Center in November 2013. 

The New York Times referred to Aimée's major label debut in August 2014, as "a bravura turn, presented with a smile."

York County

Christmas Magic 2016: A Festival of Lights  



Location: 3699 Deininger Rd, York Pa 17406 (Rocky Ridge County Park located east of York)

Contact: (717) 840-7443

When: November 25 - December 31 (Closed Dec. 24, 25 )

Times: Mon. through Fri.  6 to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 5 to 9 p.m.

Yorks First Friday - start Jan 06 2017 0500PM

York's First Friday: Jan 6, 2017 5:00PM

EVERYONE is invited to attend First Friday in downtown York! First Friday is a celebration of downtown shops, restaurants, cultural venues, and nightlife hotspots. From 5-9 p.m., downtown... Read More » 

This guide proudly sponsored by: 

Evangelical Community Hospital - Lewisburg PA

Evangelical Community Hospital

Our highly trained and expertly skilled physicians provide the best possible care and treatment on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Read More »  

Evangelical Community Hospital – a non-profit, independent community hospital in Lewisburg – has provided convenient, accessible, and affordable healthcare for more than 90 years. The Hospital offers a full spectrum of inpatient and outpatient services, including joint replacements through the Center for Orthopaedics, women’s care through OB/GYN of Evangelical, the Center for Breast Health, and The Family Place, interventional cardiovascular care, and advanced surgical services.

Evangelical’s commitment to providing outstanding patient care is evident through the growth and expansion of its services. In addition to continually adding new medical specialists, the Hospital is in the process of opening West Branch Medical Center which will house an urgent care center, a combined family medicine practice, as well as outpatient services including diabetes, wound and hyperbaric medicine, bariatrics, and pain medicine.

One of the county’s largest employers, Evangelical is licensed to accommodate overnight patients and acute rehab patients. Around 1,000 babies are born each year at The Family Place and the Hospital includes a primary stroke center, diabetes center, community health and wellness program, and more. The Hospital serves residents of Snyder, Union, Northumberland, and Lycoming counties and their surrounding areas.

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