Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is playing. The trees have been trimmed. Santa has made his presence known at local malls. It is Christmas time!
Time to get holly jolly at some festive events around Washington County this holiday season!
Celebrate in Washington County’s DowntownsBack to Top of List
Small towns offer what big shopping malls cannot—unique shops, locally made products and a distinctive atmosphere.
Head to Downtown Washington for Small Business Saturday on November 26. The event will feature the Annual Breakfast Crawl, live music, Indoor Farmer’s Market, Vendor Fair, children’s area and activities, market at Ignite, and shopping at downtown businesses. The man in red himself will be present as well!
After the Thanksgiving turkey is carved and Black Friday is shopped, stop by for Canonsburg’s Jingle Bar Hop (November 26)! Each "holiday movie-themed" jingle bar will serve up holiday magic with over-the-top décor and festive novelty Christmas drinks.
Beallsville will kick off the season on November 26 with Beallsville Light Up Night. Santa and his elves will be arriving in a Model T Ford! Kids can get their faces painted and hot chocolate and soup will be available for purchase to warm you up!
Washington’s Annual Christmas Parade will take place Friday, December 2 and features a Holiday Market at the Main Pavilion. The Holiday Market will feature dozens of vendors and performances starting at 4:00 p.m. The parade will kick off along Main Street from Chestnut Street starting at 7:00 p.m.
Step into a Hallmark movie with Canonsburg’s Old Fashioned Christmas on December 2-3 along Pike Street in downtown Canonsburg. The festive event includes the annual tree-lighting celebration, Christmas parade, children's ice-skating rink, pictures with Santa, market, food, and live entertainment. What a movie-esque way to celebrate the holidays!
Get festive with Holly Day in California on Friday, December 9. Festive organizations march down the streets of California dressed in their holiday best to celebrate multiple Holly Days. There will be a special visit from Santa and his elves too! Also enjoy snacks and activities.
Pack the family into the station wagon and head down to the Washington County Fairgrounds for the 1st Annual Deck the Barns: Lighted Christmas Drive Thru, December 16-17! Drive through a display of lighted tractors, trucks and machinery who are competing for holiday spirit awards throughout the decorated fairgrounds. At the end of the driving tour, the festivities will continue with a variety of family fun activities including: face painting, cookie decorating, FREE pictures with Santa, S’mores making and more!
Dress warmly and head out to the Stone Pavilion at the Washington Park on Saturday, December 17 for Hark in the Park. The free family friendly event will feature crafts, smores, music, bingo, and even an appearance by Santa Claus. Enjoy the winter beauty of the park while staying warm with heaters and the fireplace.
Celebrate at the TheatreBack to Top of List
Enjoy the classic Miracle on 34th Street December 1-4, 8-11, 15-17 at Little Lake Theatre. Filled with humor and spectacle, this joyous, heartwarming musical is the perfect holiday treat! Recommended for ages 5+.
Old Schoolhouse Players will perform 1940's Radio Hour Christmas Carol on December 2-4, 9-11. Whether it's the noisy plumbing, missed cues, electrical blackouts, or the over-the-top theatrics of veteran actors, this radio show is an entertaining excursion into the mayhem and madness of live radio.
Washington Festival Chorale brings to life Christmas Memories on December 3-4. The concert will feature traditional Christmas choral favorites and original works.
Hear Washington & Jefferson’s music ensembles at their Holiday Concert on Monday, December 5. Listen to your favorites, including traditional classics, well-known carols, and popular tunes that will kick off your holidays in unforgettable style.
Celebrate the spirit of the season with the Washington Symphony Orchestra at Ho Ho Ho with the WSO on December 17-18. The Washington County All-Star High School choir will be back to bring the best young voices in our area. There are three performances of this fan favorite.
Celebrate with Train and TrolleysBack to Top of List
The fun stays on track at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum with the annual Santa Trolley (Nov 25-27, Dec 3-4, 10-11, 17-18). Celebrate the season with the man in red himself - Santa! Also enjoy caroling, hot cocoa, crafts, and toy train displays. This popular yuletide event is a delight for kids and adults alike! Already mailed your wish list to the North Pole? The museum offers Trolley and Toy Trains (Dec 2, 9, 16) on Fridays in December to ride on the red and green decorated trolleys and to view the Lionel toy train layout.
Check out another fantastic train layout at The Train Gang of Washington County PA. Located in the Washington Crown Center, the Train Gang has an extensive display of model trains. The display takes on a beautiful look for the holiday with its Christmas Village overlay. The impressive exhibit has lights, sounds, and plenty of moving parts! It’s a beautiful display made by volunteers and is free to the public.