By Peggy Mazyck
Mercer County PA showcases a spectacular line-up of holiday celebrations to thrill the whole family. Bring your friends and family– it’s the perfect opportunity to get together and celebrate while kids are home from school and family members have traveled in for the holidays! Take a road trip to Mercer County PA and experience a calmer, less hectic holiday season without the hassle of traffic jams and high parking fees. In most cases, you can park directly in front of the attraction or event you want to visit at no cost. Mercer County PA is centrally located near Pittsburgh, Erie, PA, and Cleveland, OH.
Kraynak’s Christmasland — September 10 – December 31
Imagine a world of make-believe with twinkling lights, glittering trees, and a magical array of life-like characters.”Santa’s Christmas Land” is a 300-foot, indoor starlight avenue of uniquely designed artificial Christmas trees. Each tree has a specific theme that is enhanced and complimented by surrounding scenery and a cast of life-like animated characters. Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas. 724-347- 4511.
Hermitage Holiday Light Parade – Saturday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m.
This annual event features over 80 participants in various categories. The parade begins at the intersection of East State Street and North Kerrwood Drive, travels east to the intersection of East State Street and Route 18, turns left, and proceeds to the entrance of the Shenango Valley Mall. This widely anticipated community event draws over 15,000 people to the Hermitage Business District. 724-983-0900
Christmas In The Park at Grove City Memorial Park – Nov. 25 – Jan. 2
Enjoy a drive through lighted Christmas displays from area businesses and organizations. Candy canes will be given out on weekends in December. 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. 724-458-6410.
Hemitage Historical Society Christmas Tours – Nov. 26 – 27 Festival of Christmas Trees. A 150-year-old brick Victorian, home of the Hermitage Historical Society, is decorated for the holidays with 30-plus trees, 13 rooms, halls, and grounds. Sat. and Sun.: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 724-981-4843
Noel Night in Volant –Dec. 2, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Sample delicious holiday treats. Enjoy special offers and strolling entertainment in the magically lit village of Volant. A must for your holiday tradition. 724-533-5611.
Olde Town Grove City Light Up Night – Dec. 3, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Enjoy the holiday spirit when Olde Towne Grove City lights up. Carolers, and open house atmosphere, hayrides and of course Santa rides into town. 724-458-0301.
Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade – Dec. 3, 5 p.m.
The parade travels from Main St. in Greenville to Central Park. Parade by lights, visit with Santa, enjoy hot chocolate in Central Park following the parade. 724-588-7150.
Enjoy plenty of holiday and Christmas events in Mercer County, PA.