The Laurel Highlands is packed with seasonal cheer that all ages can enjoy. From a family fun day to an exciting night out with friends, there’s plenty of holiday spirit to be found. Be sure to check out our full list of winter festivals and holiday events.
On-Going Holiday Happenings
- Don’t have your Christmas tree yet? Make a new holiday tradition at Painter Pines Christmas Tree Farm. Pick out a tree to cut down together, or select a fresh pre-cut to take home. Enjoy homemade snickerdoodles, hot chocolate, and handmade ornaments, too!
- Experience the magic at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. Their winter wonderland offers a variety of events and things to do throughout the holiday season. Don’t miss the life-size gingerbread bakery in the lobby of the Chateau Lafayette! This walk-through gingerbread house makes dreams a reality. The bakery is made from real gingerbread and icing and decorated with lots of candy. Inside the sweet smelling creation, you’ll find a baker serving some delicious gingerbread treats.
- Overly’s Country Christmas creates holiday memories with their delightful Christmas Village, old-fashioned traditions, and treats, horse drawn wagon rides, and so much more. Take a ride through the light displays, or marvel at the model train display. Get a picture with Santa in the days before Christmas.
- Drive 4 miles through more than one million lights during the Holidays in the Highlands at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. Stope in town square, where you’ll find Santa Claus and have the opportunity to take photos with the whole family. Hop aboard the Santa Express Holiday Train right and ride through the Holiday village, filled with more than thirty local crafters, all while carolers fill the room with holiday cheer.
- Rivertowne is brewing a festive blend for the season: Rudolph’s Red, an imperial, red-style beer with a burst of cinnamon and red tint. Stop by the tap room to enjoy a pint of this holiday special or one of the many other flavors of hops in their collection.
Events Full of Cheer
- Pop the Cork at the Latrobe Art Center for a Holiday Painting Party on December 8. Ring in the Christmas cheer with shopping surprises, sweet treats, and tipsy painting fun plus a special visit from Buddy the Elf.
- December 10-11 are the last candlelight tours of the season at the Compass Inn Museum. The spirit of the holiday season is reflected in the charming décor, traditions, and hospitality of days gone by.
- Take a trip the land of the Sugarplum Fairy with the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra and Laurel Ballet Company performance of The Nutcracker at The Palace Theatre on December 10-11. The State Theatre Center for the Arts is also presenting the timeless ballet on December 9, which features local dancers.
- Experience three centuries of Christmas in America at Historic Hanna’s Town. Explore the 18th, 19th, and 20h centuries, for a nostalgic look at Christmas. Tours begin at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., and 1 p.m. on December 10. Reservations are recommended.
- Have dinner at the Ramada Ligonier for a comedic murder mystery dinner theater, “Rudolph the Dead-Nosed Reindeer” on December 17. Hear the tale of Christmas Eve at the North Pole when one arrogant red-nosed reindeer refuses to fly, and Santa, Mrs. Claus, and few of the friends try to settle the strike permanently.
- Have breakfast with Santa on December 17-18 at the Stone House Restaurant & Country Inn. Enjoy Christmas cookie decorating station and photo opportunities with Mr. and Mrs. Claus.