Top Christmas Towns in Pennsylvania

The holidays are finally here and it is time to have a great time with friends and family. Take out your Christmas tree, decorate it, put some lights on and watch the magic happen. Buying the gifts can be stressful, but if you start early, you will avoid the crowds. Try to enjoy the shopping, but have in mind that the right gift is actually the time spent with the loved ones and not the material stuff. Some people decide to stay at home for Christmas and maybe have some guests and family members over. Others prefer visiting new places and perhaps making some new friends. If you are the kind of person who is always looking for new excitement, maybe you should choose some of the top Christmas towns in Pennsylvania for your next adventure. Whichever you decide to visit will not be a mistake, so go for it.

Pick any of the top Christmas towns in Pennsylvania

Unless you stay at your home, anywhere you go, you will see local traditions, especially for holidays. Some towns are famous for food and others for great Christmas decoration and music. The important thing is to be cheerful and to share happiness with others. It can be hard to be cheerful if you are new in the city and you don’t have a lot of friends. If that is the case, don’t sit around your house and be sad, but go outside, meet new people and enjoy the festivities. If you are moving to Pittsburgh try to visit as many nearby towns as possible and see why are top Christmas towns in Pennsylvania so famous.

A town with Christmas decorations
Visit some of the top Christmas towns in Pennsylvania and enjoy holidays


The streets of the biggest city in Pennsylvania are not only famous because Bruce Springsteen sang about them. Philadelphia is also one of the best cities for families with children, so you know there are going to be a lot of shiny Christmas trees and Santa Clauses around. Also, there is an amazing Christmas show at the largest functioning pipe organ in the world. On the New Year’s Day, you should attend the Mummers Day Parade and don’t miss out on the beautiful New Year’s Eve fireworks. If you enjoy ice skating, there are two outdoor rinks. After ice skating, take a walk on the authentic German Christmas market and try some of the amazing sweets they have to offer, like:

  • gingerbread man and house,
  • Santa goodie baskets,
  • reindeer candy canes,
  • Christmas sweet jars and others.


The second largest city in the state and one of the top Christmas towns in Pennsylvania is famous for it’s New Year’s Eve fireworks as one of the biggest in the country. In mid-November, starting with the Light Up Night, the city becomes shiny and festivities come to life. You can visit the Winter Flower Show at Phipps Conservatory gardens and see how people around the world celebrate Christmas in the Nationality Rooms at the University of Pittsburgh. A lot of Christmas trees are all around the town and you can enjoy ice skate rinks. Don’t worry if you left your ice skates in self storage in Pittsburgh a while back when you were moving – you can always rent out your size and enjoy the ice.

Christmas sweets
The festivities are not complete without the Christmas market full of sweets


One of the most festive cities in the state is definitely Bethlehem. They call it ”Christmas City USA”, so you know it won’t disappoint you if you decide to visit. There are two famous markets during the holidays and you will not make a mistake whether you visit either:

  • the authentic Christmas City Village or
  • the Christkindlmarkt.

Enjoy the Christmas decorations on the buildings of Historic Bethlehem before they pack up the Christmas decor and meet the polite residents. Don’t miss the horse-drawn carriage rides across the town.


One of the top Christmas towns in Pennsylvania is the birthplace of actor Jimmy Stewart. Indiana is waking up each November and December with the Wonderful Life Festival. The name came from the famous Jimmy’s movie ”It’s a wonderful life” and the whole town looks like the set from it. The festival and the parade are full of live music and events that make a town especially festive. Speaking of Jimmy Stewart, you don’t want to miss the great museum named after him and learn a thing or two about the famous actor. While in Indiana, make sure to visit a Christmas tree farm. It’s not called the ”Christmas Tree Capital of the world” for nothing.

Jim Thorpe

If you are looking for a winter wonderland, the jewel of top Christmas towns in Pennsylvania is settled in Jim Thorpe. It is a beautiful holiday destination among Pocono Mountains that offers festivities in the romantic setting. In December you can attend the Old Time Christmas celebration and enjoy train rides with Santa along with some live music and holiday shopping.

Christmas lights in the top Christmas towns in Pennsylvania
Christmas lights everywhere you look to bring out the holiday spirit


If you are checking off the checklist of top Christmas towns in Pennsylvania you really shouldn’t miss Hershey. The ”Sweetest place on Earth” or ”Chocolatetown, USA”. Seems like the name explains it all. You don’t have to be a child to enjoy the Christmas Candylane at Hersheypark. Finally, even the college students from all over Pennsylvania come out for holiday festivities and sing Christmas carols on the streets.


One of the largest holiday light displays in the state is in Greensburg. The Overly’s Country Christmas started in 1956 and people come from all over the state to see holiday decorations. Beautiful Christmas trees with colorful lights are at every corner of the town. Your children can take photos with Santa and sing Christmas carols before you take them to the Christmas market.

Here you have just some of the top Christmas towns in Pennsylvania you should make sure to visit if you are in the state per Movin’ Murdy – Pittsburgh Movers‘ suggestion. Walk the decorated streets, take photos of fantastic parades and sing as much as you can. After all, there is no better way to celebrate than singing. You don’t have to be Mariah Carey to tell everyone what you want for Christmas. Firstly, surround yourself with loved ones, and half of your wishes will be fulfilled. Unless you are the Grinch, you can enjoy holidays wherever you are.

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