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10 Things To Do This Weekend In Central Pa. WTAJ


(WTAJ) – WTAJ wishes you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. Discover these events taking place this weekend in our region.

1. Christmas in our hometown (County of Huntingdon)

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Join the Orbisonia Rockhill Furnace Historical Society and get into the Christmas spirit with their Christmas celebration in our hometown this Saturday, November 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Kicking off the event on Cromwell Street in Orbisonia is the Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Gather with Victorian Carolers, Southernland bagpipes, dignitaries, local Boy Scout troops and even Santa himself to light the Twin Boroughs Christmas tree.

Then from 6 p.m., there will be a walk in the crib, a Christmas story hour, a musical piece from “The legend of the silent night”, a visit to the art house, a Christmas candy shop. and a Christmas tree competition.

For more information on the list of events, visit their Facebook page.

2. Turkey Trot (Blair County)

The 10th annual Perry Wellington 4.5 Mile Turkey Trot will also be held on Saturday, November 27 at 8:30 am This event features a 4.5 mile run and a 2 mile run / walk.

Runners must wear a race number to show that they are a participant. Some bibs will be given to runners, depending on the race for which they are registered.

Race kits will be available for pickup Friday, November 26 from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Blair Regional YMCA. Rewards will also be given.

Registration for the event can be done online through the Blair Regional YMCA. The deadline to register is November 26 at 11 a.m.

3. Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is a shopping spree that takes place on the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping times of the year. To counter Black Friday and national chains and franchises, Small Business Saturday is focused on supporting the “mom-and-pop” stores that live in your community. Here are some great events to check out and support local businesses starting on Saturday:

  • Shop Small in Bellefonte with the “Shop Small Crawl”. A fun way to get out and discover some of Bellefonte’s unique small businesses. Best of all, you could be entered to win a $ 500 gift card !! The event takes place over several weeks in December. For more information and a list of participating local stores, be sure to check out the Downtown Bellefonte Inc. website.
  • Blair County‘s “Small Crawl Shop” will also begin on Small Business Return Friday / Saturday. Just make sure you have an official Shop Small Crawl bag and start shopping. This event will also run over several weeks so you have plenty of time to shop while still being eligible for big prizes! For more information, you can join the Shop Small Crawl 2021 Facebook group to follow everyone. Just follow the link to the official Facebook event page and you will find everything you need.

4. Grand Illumination (County Bedford)

It’s the season to celebrate. Join Omni Bedford Springs Resort for its annual vacation tradition with holiday tree lighting in front of the resort and a day filled with themed activities for all to enjoy.

Santa will make his first appearance of the year, singers will walk the property, and special performances will set the event in motion. All neighbors, guests and associates are welcome to visit and enjoy the holiday glow and decorations, throughout the holiday season.

Want to spend the night? You are lucky! They even have a special tree lighting package that includes your room and breakfast for two. For more information, be sure to check out their website or Facebook event.

5. Festival of Lights (County of Bedford)

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Christmas is just around the corner – celebrate with the Holiday Nights of Lights at the County of Bedford Fairgrounds!

This is a drive-through display that features over 100 businesses in the county.

The exhibition will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. between November 26 and 28. There is a suggested donation of $ 10 per vehicle.

6. SCI Cresson free-range exploration (Cambria county)

The former SCI prison in Cresson opens its doors to visitors to explore at their own pace from November 26 to 28. There are over 20 buildings to walk through the 34 acres of the prison complex. This includes the remaining historic buildings of the tuberculosis sanatorium.

There are several slots to choose from during the weekend and tickets can be purchased for $ 10 each online. This event is reserved for people 18 years of age and over.

7. Visit an arboreal farm and cut down your perfect Christmas tree

Just one month away from Christmas, that’s when a lot of people start putting up decorations. At the center of it all often includes a tree. If you love the smell of pine in your home, a fun family tradition is to plant and cut your own.

There are many tree farms in the area. Some of these farms even have other activities such as meeting Santa, feeding farm animals, and shopping for Christmas.

At JB Tree Farm in Huntingdon County, you will find any tree large or small, perfect for your home. Visit their website to find additional information on preparing for your tree planting experience. They also offer wagon rides and lots of homemade wreaths.

In Cambria County, visit the Klines Forest Farm. They have an assortment of trees which include fir, spruce, pine and more. Father Christmas also makes a stopover for several days in December.

In County Bedford, Sellers Tree Farm in Bedford and Kuhne Tree Farm in Everett open this weekend.

Visit the Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Growers Association for a comprehensive directory of tree farms in central Pennsylvania.

8. Winterfest soup sampling and tree lighting (Blair County)

Every Friday after Thanksgiving, Downtown Hollidaysburg gets the community excited for the season with a soup tasting and tree lighting. A soup tasting ticket will allow you to try favorite recipes from nine area restaurants with the option to vote for your favorite.

Before the tree is lit, there will be live music, an ice sculptor and a visit from Santa himself. It all starts at 5 p.m. with Joe Murgo from WTAJ. Soup tickets are available in advance or at night, but get there early as it gets crowded.

9. Light up Somerset & Holiday Parade (Somerset County)

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Giving season is fast approaching in Somerset. This weekend they will officially kick off Christmas by turning on the holiday lights and welcoming a special guest to the free Light Up Somerset & Holiday Parade event.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, November 27, near 130 N Center Avenue in Somerset. Throughout the day, Small Business Saturday (Uptown Businesses), vacation design contests (Uptown Diamond), local vacation pop-ups (Uptown Stores), and a ‘walk of stories’ (Mary S. Biesecker Library ) will take place. Then, starting at 3 p.m., other holiday-themed festivities will take place.

The schedule, according to the Somerset Inc. website, includes:

Christkindlmarkt on the Diamond – 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Beginning of the Holiday Parade – 5:30 p.m. (followed by the magic of Santa Claus lighting the tree at the courthouse)

Additional festivities – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (wagon rides, food vendors, children’s activities, music, dancing, etc.)

For more information, such as which streets will be closed, a detailed calendar of events, or a map of the area, go to the Somerset Inc. website and check out their flyer.

ten. Penn’s Cave & Wildlife Park Holiday Views & Lights (Central County)

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This weekend, head to Penn’s Cave & Wildlife Park for their special vacation night.

During the Holiday Sights and Lights event Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, there will be a live reindeer show, a ‘Merry Maze’, free rides for children on the Gemstone Express tram and a new pack of young wolves ready to make their official debut on the wildlife tour. The event is part of the traditional cave tours and tickets can be purchased online.

This weekend also kicks off their Cave Evening Lantern Tours, which is a special and limited tour of the cave offered only on holiday weekends.

At the end of these tours, there will be great Christmas light shows and Christmas decorations throughout Penn’s Cave property. The last weekend available for the event is December 18th.

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