“It’s A Wonderful Life” Festival Holiday Itinerary


Sample Itinerary:

10:00 – 10:30  Hometown Tour
10:30 – 11:45   Jimmy Stewart Museum
11:45 – 12:00   Group Photo at Jimmy Statue for take-home souvenir
12:00 – 1:00     Lunch at Historic Restaurant
1:00 – 2:00       Victorian Clark House Christmas Open House
2:30 – 3:30       Tour Fleming’s Tree Farm & Historic Thomas Covered Bridge
4:00 – 5:00      Stroll and Shop Downtown Indiana and the Holiday Festival
5:00 – 6:30      Dinner & Entertainment with Jimmy Stewart Impersonator
7:00 – 8:00      Parade Watching or Ride on a Float!

Free step-on guide service is available!

Hometown Tour of Indiana, PA – Jimmy Stewart’s Birthplace

Greeted by a representative of the Indiana County Tourist Bureau, guests receive a complimentary gift tote! The motorcoach travels to Jimmy’s boyhood home on Vinegar Hill overlooking the town, his church, school, work and family sites. Enjoy the humorous tales of Jimmy’s life as he grew up in this small, quaint town. A complimentary group photo is taken in front of the bronze 9-foot statue of Stewart and given as a souvenir card.

Tour of Jimmy Stewart Museum
Enjoy the 5,000 sq. ft. museum displaying Jimmy Stewart memorabilia that represents his accomplishments as an actor, military figure, civic leader, family man and a first-class citizen. The museum’s unique timeline layout includes personal items donated by Stewart’s family and friends, a gift shop and a 50-seat vintage theater featuring “The Making of It’s A Wonderful Life,” A&E movies of his life, and weekly showings of his many movies.

Lunch at a Local Historic Restaurant
Enjoy lunch at a local made-to-order restaurant in an historical setting. Hear Jimmy Stewart’s voice at the crosswalk of Downtown Indiana, home to 40 diverse restaurants from gourmet to ethnic foods which include local craft beers, wines and spirits. Shop our unique Downtown Specialty Stores featuring a bookstore, ladies fine clothing, kitchenware, high-end Naot shoes, antiques, accessories/purses, running shoes, bakeries, and an art gallery.

Browse the Historic Victorian Clark House
The guided tour of the mansion features period pieces and artifacts from local history decorated beautifully for the holidays by the local Garden Club. Part of the Historic Sixth Street Mansion Walking tour, the Indiana Historical Museum next door exhibits local coal mining, Civil War, WWII, and Native American history.

Tour Fleming’s Christmas Tree Farm and Historic Thomas Covered Bridge
Groups ride to the fields on a tractor or horse-drawn hayride led by a local tree grower recalling the history and process of growing and harvesting Christmas trees. The holiday gift shop provides hot chocolate and desserts to warm guests browsing for fresh holiday wreaths and trees, along with unique Christmas decorations! Nearby Thomas Covered Bridge built in 1879 is a perfect photo opportunity for groups.

Dinner and Show
Enjoy a Jimmy-themed meal at a local farm-to-table or gourmet restaurant. Choose from historic settings to cozy, fireplace rooms where your group is entertained with a visit from a Jimmy Stewart Impersonator performing your favorite Stewart movie scenes. Complimentary dinner gifts, free parking and door-to-door drop-offs are included!

It’s the…First Commonwealth Bank “It’s A Wonderful Life”  Festival
The annual holiday festival takes place in the heart of downtown at IRMC Park. On Friday, Nov. 17th, enjoy the Lucy Donnelly Holiday Parade from a second story restaurant or groups can choose to ride on a float with their tour guide serving as co-grand marshal with a Hollywood celebrity! Lose yourself in a holiday wonderland of music, crafts, local artisans, food, hayrides, a Santa tree lighting and a showing of the famous movie at the Historic Indiana Theater. At your hotel Santa visits with gifts for all!  The festivities continue every weekend, beginning November 18th with the: It’s the…First Commonwealth Bank “It’s A Wonderful Life” Festival.  Exclusive for November 18 & 19:  See two of Santa’s live reindeer!

Make it a TWO OR THREE DAY trip or include these SPECIAL HOLIDAY offerings:

  • Journey to nearby Gobbler’s Knob to see Punxsutawney Phil
  • Step back in time to an Amish Wedding Feast and Specialty Shopping in Smicksburg, PA
  • Sip and savor flavors on a Craft Brew, Winery or Distillery tour and shop the local Antique & Art Shops
  • Smicksburg Annual Cookie Tour in the quaint, Old Order Amish community of Smicksburg
  • Artist’s Hand Gallery Whimsical Santa Showing
  • Trees for Troops Festival
  • Holiday Hotel Party: Santa surprises overnight groups with gifts! Guests decorate the live Christmas Tree chosen earlier, while enjoying popcorn and hot chocolate and viewing the “It’s A Wonderful Life” movie.


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