Not in the holiday spirit? Is your heart three sizes too small? Lose your inner Grinch at these magical light-up nights throughout the Laurel Highlands that are sure to leave you and your family full of cheer!
Irwin Light Up Night
Thursday, Nov. 15
Downtown Irwin's Light Up Night is jam-packed with fun activities. At 4 p.m., Main Street will close in preparation for light up night, but stores and restaurants remain open. So feel free to come early to shop around and grab a bite to eat. At 5 p.m., entertainment kicks off with an orchestra at 5th and Main and Janets Dance Studio and Queen of Angels Choir at 4th and Main. The Lamp Theatre will be showing The Polar Express before and after the Parade (approximately 4:15 and 8:15) for free. Stop by the box office beforehand for your ticket. At 6 p.m., rush to the Christmas tree at 3rd and Main to see I Am Music Singers perform and to get a good spot for the lighting of the tree at 6:25 p.m. The parade will start shortly after, around 6:30 p.m. After the parade is over, end your night by saying hi to Santa at the S&T Bank lobby at 3rd and Main.
Light Up Ligonier
Friday, Nov. 23
Santa is coming to Ligonier! Gather around the newly-renovated Diamond Park at 6:30 p.m. to admire the beautiful lights and kick off the holiday season. Then take a horse-drawn sleigh ride around town and be sure to stop and visit Santa!
Light Up Nemacolin
Nov. 23 - Dec. 21 5-7 p.m.
Admire the lights at Nemacolin, all two million of them! Festivities include live entertainment and an ice carving demonstration, train rides, holiday workshops and a holiday parade. Enjoy breakfast with Santa on Nov. 24 and 25 after enjoying Light Up Night and staying at the resort. In addition to breakfast, kids can take photos with Santa, play holiday games and try arts and crafts in Santa's Workshop.
Nemacolin Castle Light Up Night
Friday, Nov. 23
Brownsville Light Up Night is a tradition to ring in the Christmas season! The main streets are lined with luminaries, and residents are encouraged to light up their homes with displays! A parade kicks off the night, featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus. And at the end of the parade, kids can greet the special guests with treats. Be sure to take a walk through the historical Christmas rooms at Nemacolin Castle and enjoy a few traditional treats there as well!
Saturday, Nov. 24
Gather in Downtown Somerset to celebrate the season! The evening starts with a parade at 5:30 p.m., with Santa Claus riding into town. Then, he lights the tree with his magic dust! After the parade, the streets will remain closed and the charming shops of Uptown Somerset will offer tasty treats, warm drinks and friendly smiles. Be sure to patronize the shops, it is Small Business Saturday! Kids can take a photos with Santa in his little house on the diamond, hear a story from Mrs. Claus, get their face painted, enjoy free smores and more.
Ohiopyle Light Up Night
Saturday, Dec. 8
Head to the Stewart on the Green Playground before dusk to see Ohiopyle's Christmas lights come to life! Kids will be given a small gift, while everyone will enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and a special appearance Frosty the Snowman. Breakfast with Santa will be the same day at 10 a.m. and includes breakfast and a photo with Santa and a treat bag!