Holiday Season

2019


Welcome to … “The Christmas Tree Capital of the World”


Indiana, Pennsylvania, the Christmas Tree Capital of the World, is located just one hour east of Pittsburgh at the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains. Each year visitors and residents alike drive out to their favorite Christmas tree farm to select and cut down a fresh Christmas tree to display through the holiday season. Meet up with family and friends in Pittsburgh’s Countryside and enjoy some holiday cheer as you pick your tree. Start a new tradition and visit Indiana County and take home a tree!

Indiana County has much to offer being the Christmas Tree Capital of the World.  We have numerous Christmas Tree Farms throughout the county.  Depending on which way you enter the county, you can select the most convenient farm.

Download a copy of the Indiana County Christmas Tree Growers Association Brochure for a complete listing of the Indiana County Tree Growers.

Or, request a printed copy.  Send us a message and  include your request to receive a Tree Growers Brochure as well as your mailing address within your message.

To begin (or end) your day in Indiana County with family and friends, we suggest the following:

Tree Farms open to the public:

Mytrysak Family Christmas Tree Farm (Formerly Flemings)

Come create a family tradition with Mytrysak Family Christmas Tree Farm! You’ll have tons of fun selecting your perfect Christmas Tree whether you opt for a pre-cut tree from their lot or choose one from the field. You can cut it down yourself or they’ll cut it down for you. Available Christmas Trees are Fraser Fir, Douglas Fir, Canaan Fir, White Fir, Scotch Pine, White Pine and Colorado Spruce. They offer free baling and shaking of the trees and free gifts for the kids. Gift Shop on premise and the occasional hay ride.  Inquire directly for schedule. Contact Information: 1803 Fleming Road, Indiana, PA 15701. Phone: 724-463-0570.

Gregg Van Horn’s Christmas Tree Farm

Visit one of Indiana County’s individually owned Christmas Tree farm during the holiday season. Choose your fresh cut Christmas Tree from the field or a tree lot of pre-cut trees. Holiday wreaths are also available.  Contact Information: 5601 Hwy 954 N., Creekside, PA 15732. Phone: 724-463-8201.

Plan your day(weekend) accordingly and enjoy several holiday venues and events while in the area.

Jimmy Stewart Museum and Downtown Indiana

How ironic is it that the “Christmas Tree Capital of the World” is also the birthplace of Jimmy Stewart, Hollywood’s Christmas Classic Film Star of “It’s A Wonderful Life”. Visit the museum in downtown Indiana, Pennsylvania.  Open seven days a week:  Mon- Friday  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, and Sundays Noon – 4:00 PM.   Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

The museum is devoted to the famous actor’s film, radio, television and military career as well as highlights from this civic leader’s life.  See artifacts from Stewart’s life, including objects from his Oscar-nominated role of George Bailey in the Christmas classic, “It’s A Wonderful Life”!  The museum also features a 1930′s vintage movie theatre which plays the Christmas classic daily throughout the holiday season at 1:00 PM.  Make the Jimmy Stewart Museum a “must stop” during your visit to Indiana County this holiday season.  ** No admission fee to shop the gift shop** Contact Information: 835 Philadelphia St., Indiana, PA 15701. Phone: 724-349-6112.

Downtown Indiana Shopping

While downtown stroll the streets for unique gifts for that special someone.  You will find many handmade gifts, unique one of a kind gifts, several artisans, etc. Click here for more area shopping information.




Special Ongoing Holiday Celebrations


It’s The…First Commonwealth Bank “It’s A Wonderful Life” Festival
Date: Occurring November 23 and continuing throughout the Holiday Season  (Festival Kick off is Friday, November 22 and includes Tree Lighting and Parade – details below)
Location: IRMC Park, located at North 7th St. & Philadelphia St., Indiana, PA
Information: See a 32-Ft. LIVE Christmas tree & beautiful Christmas light displays, tour the Jimmy Stewart Museum, indulge in specialty shopping & dining, visit one of our many tree farms in the county and take home your perfect Christmas tree. Through December 15: Enjoy festival fun, including: local dancers, musicians and singers, holiday cookie contest, walk through Bethlehem, cornhole tournament, gingerbread house decorating, caroling, a restaurant tour and more. Visit with Santa Noon – 5:00 PM on Saturdays; Noon – 3:00 PM on Sundays.
Contact: Downtown Indiana 724-463-6110 www.downtownindiana.org www.wonderfullifefestival.com

The Jimmy Stewart Museum Presents “It’s a Wonderful Life” Movie & Holiday Display
Dates: Everyday beginning Friday, November 23 through Monday, December 30, 2019
Location:  Jimmy Stewart Museum (third floor),  835 Philadelphia Street, Indiana, PA 15701
Time: IAWL movie shown daily at 1:00 PM
Information: See the 1946 production of “It’s A Wonderful Life”, featuring the restored movie with its original soundtrack by Dimitri Tiomkin starring James Stewart and Donna Reed. Also enjoy the NEW IAWL exhibit and themed Christmas tree display. No admission fee to shop in the gift shop. 
Extra 10% off merchandise on Small Business Saturday, November 30th.
Museum Admission: Adults – $9 / Seniors, Military, Students with ID – $8 / Children 7 to 17 – $7 / Children under 7 – free
Contact:  724-349-6112     www.jimmy.org 




Additional Holiday Celebrations


Smicksburg Old Fashioned Country Christmas Open House 
Dates: 2 Weekends – November 1st through 3rd and November 8th through 10th
Location: Downtown Smicksburg
Time: Friday 10:00  AM – 5:00 PM; Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Sunday 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Information: Kick off the holiday season with a trip to the Amish community of Smicksburg, PA!   Visit the 20 or more Specialty Shops all decorated for the Christmas Season. Enjoy Christmas themed refreshments  and food samples at select shops. Let them help with your Christmas list & decorations.
Contact: 814-257-0192      www.smicksburg.net

Christmas Open House at Rustique Log Cabin & Black Dog Wine
Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: The Rustique Log Cabin & Black Dog Wine Company, 115 Sandy Flat Rd., Kittanning, PA
Information: Lots of Christmas decor! Handmade primitives – snowmen, reindeer, Santa’s, Christmas floral’s & pine, candles, signs, trees and much much more! Wine too!!
Contact: 724-545-7549  therustiquelogcabin.com

Treasures for Children
Date: Monday, November 4, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: The Salvation Army, 635 Water St., Indiana, PA 15701
Information: Ages: 0-14 Yrs. Must bring a valid drivers license/ID, SS#’s for all members of the household, proof of income, birth certificate (all children), proof of address & proof of ALL bills for the last 30 days. (rent/mortgage/electric, water, gas, insurance, phone, cable, loans & other bills) Please know your child’s 3 wishes & clothing sizes to receive gifts at a later date. This is a supplemental Christmas present program for children of income eligible families in Indiana County.
Contact: The Salvation Army 724-465-2530

7th Annual Crafts, Gifts & Goodies Show
Date: Saturday, November 9, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Homer City United Methodist Church, Main & Church St., Homer City, PA
Information: Annual craft show is full of homemade crafts, popular direct-sale vendors, tasty treats and so much more! Lunch concession will be available throughout the day.
Contact: 724-479-2015

Founders Christmas Open House
Date: Saturday, November 9, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Founders Gallery and Gifts, 157 W. Campbell St., Blairsville, PA
Information: Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies by one of our fireplaces while shopping our local art and hand made gifts. Hope to see you at our Christmas Open House to kick off the holiday season.
Contact: 724-675-8574 www.foundersgalleryandgifts.com

Mommy and Me Christmas Rudolph Cake Class
Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Cake Shotts, 1014 Barnard Rd., Smicksburg, PA
Information: There is no minimum or maximum age, just consider smaller children will not be able to help as much.
$45/mommy/child pair additional children require additional spot. All supplies are included. Preregistration is required to secure spot. checks can be mailed to 1014 barnard rd smicksburg 16256 or by email. message email address and i can send invoice to be paid online
All payments are non-refundable. Class dates may be switched only when someone can take your spot.
Contact: 724-954-0161 www.cakeshotts.com

Christmas Open House – Dillweed Bed & Breakfast
Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019 & Sunday, November 17, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Sat.; 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM on Sun.
Location: Dillweed Bed & Breakfast, 7453 Route 403 Hwy. S., Dilltown, PA
Information: More details to come.
Contact: 814-446-6465

“It’s A Wonderful Life” Festival Kickoff Event in Indiana County, PA Including Tree Lighting and Parade
Date: Friday, November 22nd
Location: Philadelphia Street, Downtown Indiana
DETAILS:
Tree Lighting at 6:15 PM (Note New Time) • IRMC Park, located at North 7th St. & Philadelphia St., Indiana, PA. Watch with excitement the lighting of a 32-foot LIVE tree, donated by local tree grower Ron Mancabelli.
Holiday Family Activities 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM • IRMC Park, located at North 7th Street & Philadelphia Street, Indiana, PA. 5:00 PM — 7:00 PM: Roasting Marshmallows – Hot Chocolate – Kettle Corn – Crafts – Music – Hayrides – Eat’n Park Giving Out Cookies – Jimmy Stewart Museum Gift Shop Booth – Indiana Junior High School Spirit Band at 6:00 PM.
Activities at the Jimmy Stewart Museum • 835 Philadelphia Street, Indiana, PA. Movie: “The Making of It’s A Wonderful Life” (a 30 minute documentary) showing at 4:30 PM, 5:00 PM & 5:30 PM. Admire a brand new “It’s A Wonderful Life” display, “themed” Christmas tree display throughout the museum (with paid admission) and shop the gift shop (no admission fee).
Holiday Parade at 7:00 PM • Starts at 11th Street and ends at 5th Street, Indiana, PA.  Holiday parade featuring area groups, bands and organizations.
Visit with Santa • Throughout IRMC Park, located at North 7th Street & Philadelphia Street, Indiana, PA. Santa will mingle with guests after the parade.
Additional Activities Throughout the Night: First Commonwealth Bank will give away winter scarves and hot chocolate. S&T Bank serving fresh popcorn and distributing glow necklaces. Diamond Drug providing free hotdogs.
Contact: Downtown Indiana www.downtownindiana.org

Free Screenings of “The Making of It’s A Wonderful Life” Documentary
Date: Friday, November 22, 2019
Location: The Jimmy Stewart Museum Theatre
Information: Visit the Jimmy Stewart Museum for a FREE screening of “The Making of It’s A Wonderful Life” documentary prior to the “It’s A Wonderful Life” Parade. FREE holiday cookie while supplies last. Visitors will also be able to see the NEW “It’s A Wonderful Life” exhibit.
Showings at 4:30 pm, 5:00 pm, and 6:00 pm. Museum Admission: Adults: $9.00; Seniors (62+), military personnel, students: $8.00; Children 7-17: $7.00; Children Under 6: Free
Contact: 724-349-6112 www.jimmy.org

Special Event at Dan Smith’s Candies & Gifts
Date: Friday, November 22, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Location: Dan Smith’s Candies & Gifts, 799 Philadelphia St., Indiana, PA
Information: Stop in at Dan Smith’s Candies & Gifts and get a FREE chocolate Christmas Tree Lollipop and pick up your Calendar of Savings. Come in and taste the difference!
Contact: 724-403-3928 dansmithscandies.com

Small Business Weekend – Smicksburg
Date: Friday, November 29, 2019 – Sunday, December 1, 2019
Location: 138 E. Kittanning St., Smicksburg, PA
Information: A special Thank You to our customers for shopping locally! Find the perfect holiday gifts!
Contact: 724-463-7505 www.smicksburg.net/events

Light-Up Night – Clymer
Date: Friday, November 29, 2019
Information: More details to come
Contact: 724-254-4710

Customer Appreciation Holiday Sale
Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Dan Smith’s Candies & Gifts, 799 Philadelphia St., Indiana, PA
Information: Biggest Sale of the Year…..20% OFF ALL Candy & Gifts! Gift Baskets, Holiday Boxes, Boxed Candy, Chocolate Caramel Apples & wide variety of gifts. Free Gift Wrapping! Friday, 10 to 7 and Saturday 10 to 5.
Contact: 724-403-3928 dansmithscandies.com

Light-Up Night – Blairsville
Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019
Information: More details to come.
Contact: 724-388-9788

KCAC Annual Winter Bazaar
Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, 711 Pratt Dr., Indiana, PA
Information: The KCAC Annual Winter Bazaar will return! Vendors, crafters, bakers and flea market will be available for all your Holiday shopping needs.
Contact: 724-357-5200

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex (KCAC), 711 Pratt Drive, Indiana, PA
Information: Come see all of the beloved characters from the TV special, including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius, and, of course, Rudolph, as t hey come to life onstage in this seasonal musical. Filled with Johnny Marks’ famous Christmas tunes (“A Holly Jolly Christmas”, “The Island of Misfit Toys,” and the title song), this adventure reminds us that our differences are what make us special.
Event Cost: Tickets start at $20
Contact: 724-357-5205 www.kovalchickcomplex.com

30th Anniversary of the Annual Tinsel Time Luncheon presented by Evergreen Garden Club
Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Rustic Lodge, 2199 Oakland Avenue, Indiana, PA
Information: There will be a memory table of centerpieces, favors and other memories from the past 30 years.
Limited number of advanced tickets sales only – for boutique shopping, delicious luncheon, holiday designs, entertainment, Santa’s surprise, raffle, door prizes.Tickets may be purchased from The Book Nook and Historical Society in downtown Indiana, The Indiana County Tourist Bureau at the Indiana Mall, Flo’s Floral in Homer City or by calling 724 726-5708
Contact: Evergreen Garden Club 724-726-5708

Dillweed’s Parlor Players present “Christmas Stories”
Date: Friday, December 6, 2019 through Sunday, December 8, 2019
Location: Dillweed Bed & Breakfast, 7453 Route 403 Hwy. S., Dilltown, PA
Information: More details to come.
Contact: 814-446-6465 www.dillweedinc.com

Old Fashioned Christmas – Homer City
Date: Friday, December 6, 2019
Information: More details to come.
Contact: 724-479-2184

Smicksburg Annual Cookie Tour
Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019
Location: 138 E. Kittanning St., Smicksburg, PA
Information: We love to share our favorite home made holiday cookies with you. Stop by local businesses and sample treats made with love just for you.
Contact: 814-257-0192

Trees for Troops Day
Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Mytrysak Family Tree Farm, 1803 Fleming Rd., Indiana, PA
Information: Come and join us as we say “Thank you” to all our active duty men and women serving our country. Join us on Saturday when you will be able to purchase a tree individually or contribute towards the purchase of a tree. Come and enjoy many activities including a concession stand, wagon rides, kids activities, visit from Santa, picture opportunities, and face painting. If you are unable to attend that day, you can still contribute to this great cause by contacting Mytrysak’s Family Tree Farm at 724.463.0570.
Contact: 724-463-0570 mytrysakfamilytrees.com

Santa’s Workshop hosted by YMCA of Indiana County
Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Indiana Free Library, 845 Philadelphia St., Indiana, PA
Information: Help Santa get prepared for Christmas this year and enjoy some holiday fun. Join us at the Indiana Free Library for cookies, crafts, games, books, Mr & Mrs Claus and so much more.
Contact: YMCA 724-463-9622

Quota Christmas Home Tour
Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Indiana, PA
Information: Enjoy the fourth annual Quota Christmas Home Tour. Self navigate lovely homes in the downtown area decorated for the holidays.
All proceeds will be used by Quota International of Indiana, PA in our local community to benefit disadvantaged women and children, and deaf, hard-of-hearing and speech impaired individuals.
Registration – 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM at the Jimmy Stewart Museum. Home Tour – 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Ticket includes admission to the Jimmy Stewart Museum, access to the Historical & Genealogical Society and entrance to six featured homes in the Downtown area. Tickets can be purchased at the following locations: Helwig Insurance, Indiana County Tourist Bureau, www.indypaquota.org or from a Quota member.
Event Cost: $25.00.
Contact: 724-840-7477 www.indypaquota.org

The Swingles: “Winter Tales”
Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Gorell Recital Hall, Second Floor Sutton Hall
Information: What better way to get into the holiday spirit than with songs of good cheer brought to you by The Swingles?
The unmistakable sound of The Swingles has long been associated with Christmas, and audiences can look forward to music from five decades of holiday releases including their 2015 album ‘Yule Songs Vol.II.’ Alongside these seasonal favorites, the program includes select pieces from the group’s year-round touring repertoire. Program to include classic carols, beloved Christmas songs, and more.
Event Cost: $22/Regular; $18/60+ I-Card Military; $11/Student.
Contact: IUP – Lively Arts 724-357-2787 www.iup.edu/livelyarts/

Downtown Indiana Holiday Cornhole Tournament
Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: Register at The Coney
Information: Downtown Indiana presents a Holiday Cornhole Tournament as part of the First Commonwealth Bank It’s a Wonderful Life Festival. Limited to forty teams who will compete at three local taverns – including Twisted Jimmy’s and the Coney. A $500 prize will go the first place team! Second place will take home $200 and third place will receive $100. Everyone will have fun! Register at https://bit.ly/2Moi1WW
Teams are welcome to bring friends and family to cheer them on as well as visit with Santa in IRMC Park, do some Christmas shopping in our beautiful downtown and enjoy our 32-foot live Christmas tree.
This event requires registration.
Contact: Downtown Indiana 724-463-6110 downtownindiana.org

Indiana Players present “Candy Canes & Mistletoe: A Christmas Bouquet”
Date: Thursday, December 19, 2019 – Sunday, December 22, 2019
Times: 7:30 PM on Thursday and Friday; 2:30 PM on Sunday.
Location: Philadelphia Street Playhouse, 725 Philadelphia St., Indiana, PA
Information: A delightful holiday bouquet of playlets and sketches in celebration of this heartwarming time of the year.
Contact: 724-464-0725 www.indianaplayers.com

Feel the Love Christmas Concert
Date: Saturday, December 21, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex (KCAC), 711 Pratt Drive, Indiana, PA
Information: The B.E. Taylor tradition will return to Indiana, PA in December when the 2019 FEEL THE LOVE—Christmas Concert returns. It will be a fun-filled night of music and entertainment that the entire family will enjoy. The “FEEL THE LOVE” Christmas Concert with B.C. Taylor and the Band, presented by S&T Bank, will again benefit Renda Broadcasting’s 40th annual Teddy Bear Fund Drive, and will be held on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 7:30 PM. Doors and admission to seating bowl will open at 6:00 PM. As in the past, a pre-concert show will be held starting at 7:00 PM.  We are also pleased to announce that the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is sponsoring the “Christmas In July Ticket Launch.”Customers purchasing concert tickets will also receive a matching complimentary ticket to the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium valued at $18.00 each. Concert fans will receive one free ticket to the Zoo for every FEEL THE LOVE—Christmas Concert ticket purchased. Supplies are limited to only 500 free tickets to the Zoo, so you are encouraged to get your concert tickets early. Zoo tickets must be picked up at the KCAC Box Office, they will not be mailed.
Contact: KCAC 724-357-5205 www.kovalchickcomplex.com

Festivus
Date: Monday, December 23, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Disobedient Spirits, 30 S. Main St., Homer City, PA
Information: TBA
Contact: 724-915-8124

 All event information is subject to change.


For additional Holiday Events, be sure to visit our Calendar of Events or Holiday Happenings Page!