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Holiday Highlights in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania has many fun and interesting winter events, especially during the holiday season. Whether you are a PA resident or you’re looking for a great destination for a winter holiday, you should know about some of the possibilities. It doesn't matter if you're a winter sports enthusiast or you want to escape indoors, Pennsylvania offers possibilities for everyone… check it out!
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Lady Luck Casino
If you’re looking for an exciting indoor environment where you can enjoy a holiday getaway, the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Uniontown, PA and the Lady Luck Casino® Nemacolin right next door provide all kinds of diversions and special holiday events.
The Woodlands Resort provides luxurious accommodations all year round, along with features such as a wellness center, golf, spa and a variety of gourmet dining options. The casino offers a full range of table games and slots. Here are just a few of the highlights you won’t want to miss this holiday season:
- Thanksgiving Weekend Special -The Nemacolin offers three, four and five night Thanksgiving Packages so that you and your family and friends can enjoy a relaxing holiday weekend without worrying about cooking or cleaning up. You can enjoy a delicious traditional Thanksgiving Dinner for only $14.99* per plate. *Tax and gratuity not included
- Thanksgiving Day Drawings -This is a fun and exciting drawing where you pick a number that corresponds to a balloon with a prize in it. Balloons will be broken to reveal winners and prizes. Five winners will be drawn hourly to win fan play or up to $1,000.
- Woodlands World Gift Card Giveaway -During this special holiday promotion, the first 200 guests who earn 1500 same day base points will be eligible to receive a $20 Woodlands World Gift Card.
- Annual Light Up Nemacolin -This festive occasion marks the start of the holiday season at the resort and casino. Features include the annual lighting ceremony, appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus and a choral performance. There will also be pictures with Santa and ice carving demos.
Skiing and Outdoor Sports
Pennsylvania is one of the best winter sports destinations in the Northeast. There are many ski resorts in the Poconos that offer slopes for people of all abilities. If you prefer cross country skiing or snowboarding, there’s tons of options there too! Both Eastern and Western Pennsylvania are abundant with ski resorts. If you want to celebrate the holidays with a ski or snowboarding vacation, you should keep your eye on the weather and find out which areas are best this season.
Holidays in Philadelphia
Philadelphia has lots to offer year round, but it has many exciting special events during the holidays. Aside from being a world class holiday shopping destination, you may want to check out events such as a local Christmas light show which features nearly 100,000 LED lights. Visit a traditional German-style Christmas celebration that has arts and crafts and holiday favorites such as bratwurst and gingerbread. For New Year’s Eve, you should not miss the spectacular fireworks show by the Delaware River.
Holiday Attractions in Lancaster County
Lancaster County is steeped in tradition, which makes it an ideal holiday destination. Lancaster has many special holiday celebrations. These include the annual Christmas Show and the White Christmas celebration at the Fulton Theatre.
Lancaster is known as the Antiques Capital of the USA, so if you enjoy browsing and shopping for antiques this is the place to come. If you come early, you might find the perfect holiday gift in an antique store. Lancaster County is also where you’ll find the famous Amish Country and Pennsylvania Dutch Country. This is a beautiful and fascinating region to explore any time of year, with its farmhouses, windmills and quaint shops, but it becomes especially magical during the holidays.
Christmas in Bethlehem
The city of Bethlehem in Pennsylvania, has long held the title of Christmas City. As befitting a city whose name matches the Biblical site of such importance, Bethlehem, PA transforms itself into a Christmas-themed wonderland each year. The entire city is elaborately lit up and decorated and you will find bus tours, carriage rides, crafts markets and a variety of special events.
The above are just some of the highlights that you can experience in Pennsylvania this holiday season. If you are a visitor, you may be surprised at all you can find here in the winter. If you are already a resident of PA, there may still be areas of this large and diverse state you haven't yet explored. Whether you prefer winter sports, the excitement of a casino or taking a stroll through a beautifully decorated town, Pennsylvania is the place to be during the holidays.
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