“It’s A Wonderful Life” Festival Reviews
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“The ultimate place to see ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ is this small town in PA.”
Jim Cheney from PennLive.com
“It’s a Wonderful Life” in Indiana County, Pennsylvania.
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Many places claim special connections to the holidays, but Indiana County, Pa., may have a slightly better claim than most. After all, it’s “The Christmas Tree Capital of the World.” But just as importantly, it’s the hometown of actor Jimmy Stewart and is believed to be part of the inspiration for the town in Stewart’s holiday classic, It’s a Wonderful Life.
The Indiana Gazette
You can find your own holiday inspiration on a visit to check out important sites from his boyhood and at the Jimmy Stewart Museum. The attraction displays memorabilia from his Hollywood days, but also items representing other aspects of his life, including his military service, civic service, and family life. A timeline layout presents items donated by family and friends and there is a 50-seat theater featuring The Making of It’s a Wonderful Life. There also are weekly showings of his many movies.
Insider tip: Create your own memory with a photo taken in front of the 9-foot-tall statue of Stewart, located next to the museum on the lawn of the Indiana County Courthouse.
Indiana boasts more than Jimmy Stewart. The Historic Sixth Street Mansion Walking Tour includes 15 historic structures in a four-block area and the Indiana Historical Society Museum holds exhibits relating to local Civil War connections, coal mining, World War II, and Native American history.
Then, there’s the Christmas tree countryside to explore. Tour Fleming’s Christmas Tree Farm on a horse- or tractor-drawn hayride. Pick out a tree or browse for wreaths and decorations in the gift shop.
The Jimmy Stewart Museum contains memorabilia from throughout Stewart’s life, including the Hollywood years.
If you time your trip for Nov. 20, join in the It’s a Wonderful Life Parade and Festival, 5:00–9:00pm downtown. It’s an old-time holiday festival with a colorful parade, music, free crafts for children, local artisans, food, hayrides, and Santa lighting the tree.
Indiana boasts 40 diverse restaurants to choose from, offering everything from gourmet to ethnic fare as well as local craft brews, wine, and spirits.
Nearby, the Amish community of Smicksburg gets into the holiday spirit with its annual cookie tour on Nov. 14, when you can walk from shop to shop sampling the goodies. You can also get an advance look at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, located in nearby Jefferson County, where famous Punxsutawney Phil will make his annual prediction on Feb. 2.
Indiana Co. Tourism: visitindianacountypa.org
The Indiana Gazette
Additional Reviews on the “It’s A Wonderful Life” Festival:
“You gave me a wonderful time in your county. You went above and beyond to ensure we had a perfect time. Your efforts did not go unnoticed. Thanks again.”
Nancy M. on the Fernung Tour from Tipton County. Indiana
“Thanks for being such a wonderful host! We really lucked out with you and Carol. I didn’t realize that you wouldn’t be joining us on Sunday, otherwise I would have said good-bye to you Saturday night. The cards with the group photo were really sweet, and a nice surprise!”
Jennifer A. from Quakertown, PA
“Everyone had a wonderful time, thanks to all the extra effort you put into our group. Believe me it didn’t go unnoticed. I have done this enough to realize all the little extra things take a lot of time & effort. Everyone was so surprised It was a perfect Mystery Trip. I know I will do well on my next one because this was such a success. I told you we would bring good weather & it was perfect when we were there. There was just enough chill in the air for the parade to make it festive. Thanks for the ornaments, all the pictures the extra snacks, floats, tree & decorations and for setting up so many sites. Everything was greatly appreciated.”