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'Tis the Season - Holiday Events in Erie County

Friday Nov 13th, 2020

The holidays are upon us and everyone we hope is ready to celebrate, whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukah or even Festivus!  If you need a little more encouragement this season, we have some great events to get you in the holiday spirit!  

For a complete list of events taking place in our area, click here.

Festival of Trees
November 27 – 29 from 5 pm to 9 pm.
Fairview Business Park, 7401 Klier Drive, Fairview, PA 16415.   festival trees

For 36 years Festival of Trees has been a holiday tradition for the Erie community with proceeds supporting Saint Vincent Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network. The new drive through experience will immerse friends and families in the spirit of the season and will include beautiful light displays, visits to rooms in Santa’s castle, live reindeer and fun takeaways. Virtual visits are offered as well with voting on trees, a tree auction and an Avenue of Baskets. 1-10 guests: $20 per vehicle, 11-30 guests: $40 per vehicle. Tickets can be pre-purchased or at the gate.


North East PA Sugar Plum Sunday
Sunday November 29
Downtown North East

Sugar Plum Sunday Holiday Coupon Book - Get your holiday shopping done locally! Get a coupon book with special offers from participating businesses from the North East Chamber office and stay tuned for more information on giveaways and more. Details here.




P I Lights
December 5-6, 11-13, 18-20, 25-27, January 1-3 from 6 pm to 9 pm. PI Lights Erie PA
Presque Isle State Park, 1 Peninsula Drive, Erie, PA 16505
Experience a self-guided evening driving tour of seasonal lights throughout Presque Isle State Park from the comfort and safety of your vehicle. Follow the Park’s 13-mile loop road encountering a variety of lights and displays coupled with Presque Isle’s natural nighttime beauty. This event is free however donations are appreciated.


Asbury Woods Winter Wonderland
December 4-31 (no program Dec 24-25) from 5 pm to 8 pm.
Asbury Woods Nature Center, 4105 Asbury Road Erie, PA 16505. AsburyWoods.orgwinterwonderland
Holiday lights will twinkle in the woods and wetlands along the boardwalk (1/3 mile).  Access to the lighted are is free and open to the public as a special way to thank the community for continuing to visit Asbury Woods. Donations are appreciated.



Erie Playhouse – A Christmas Carol
December 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 at 7 pm.  
Waldameer Park & Water World, Parking lot off of Peninsula Drive, 3100 West Lake Road. Erie, PA 16505.
Live theatre meets the drive-in! Pack up the family and join us for a live performance of “A Christmas Carol” from the east lot of Waldameer Park. The Charles Dickens holiday classic comes to life as a live 1940s radio broadcast, complete with vintage christmascarolcommercials for fruitcake (extra-fancy), and the magic of live sound effects and musical underscoring.
Tickets are $40 per car, pre-purchase required. Tickets will not be available at the venue.




Erie Philharmonic Holiday Concert Tour of Homes
December 1 - 31, 2020
Virtual Event.

The tour includes a virtual view of a beautifully decorated area of a home along with special performance in the same stunning phillocation. Performers include musicians from the Erie Philharmonic, the Junior Philharmonic, and the Philharmonic Chorus. Join us as we ring in the holidays together! Tickets on sale now. During the first week of December, a link will be emailed to each ticket buyer to view these performances as many times as they want at their own leisure throughout December. $20 ticket per household includes a link to the performance.




WQLN Holiday Special
December 17 at 8 PM & December 20 at 2 PM
Virtual Event

FREE on WQLN PBS and Facebook! December is a time for families to relive their treasured traditions, celebrate the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of Christmas, reconnect with loved ones, and sing songs of old. And let’s face it, Erie is also perfectly situated to holidayspecialcreate those ‘winter wonderland’ scenes so distinctly etched into our memories from our childhood. We have crafted a program designed to bring all those fond moments back in a selection of works centered around the most traditional and universally-loved works from the holiday. Grab a mug of hot cocoa and join us for an Erie Philharmonic celebration!


Partner Spotlight

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Outdoor Dining at the Bayfront Grille

The Bayfront Grille Restaurant at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel is excited to announce that our Bayside Patio is open for Lunch and Dinner. Please check Open Table for reservations or contact the restaurant directly at 814-454-2005.

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Make memories all year at Port Farms!

Bring your family to Port Farms this summer, fall and winter! Port Farms is a fun-filled family destination located in Waterford, PA (30 minutes outside of Erie). The farm features many activities for all ages including a NEW Flower Festival, animal exhibits, slides, pedal carts, wagon rides, 8-acre corn maze, jumping pillows, pumpkin picking, Christmas tree picking, visiting with Santa, and much more. Options for wedding venues, corporate events, birthday parties, and school field trips are also available. To learn more, purchase tickets, or book an event visit

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John Russell Brewing Company Brew House & Restaurant

Local Craft Beer Brewery & Pub in Erie, PA! Featuring a large selection of craft beers, a wood-fired brick oven featuring fresh dough specialty pizzas & our open-view brewing environment makes for a unique experience! Reservations // Call 814.866.BEER (2337)
:: Full Menu, Wood-fired Brick Oven & Casual Pub Dining
:: Brewery & Craft Beer Pub
:: Craft Beers on Tap & Beer To-Go
:: Indoor & Outdoor Dining & Bar
:: Online Ordering & Takeout
:: Beer To-Go
:: Conveniently located of I-90 on Peach Street

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Millcreek Mall

The Millcreek Mall features more than 160 stores, restaurants, and fun for the whole family on Upper Peach Street, Erie’s most popular shopping district! Shopping in Erie means no sales tax on clothing or shoes. Choose from a variety of hotels located on the Mall property and just minutes away at the intersection of Peach Street and Interstate 90.

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When you have an opportunity to fly, give Erie a try - support your hometown airport!

Direct Daily Flights to Charlotte and Chicago.
Erie International Airport is serviced by American Airlines and United Airlines with daily flights to Charlotte and Chicago with connections across the country and around the world. Book your flight today at or

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The Cork 1794

The Cork 1794 is the perfect spot for a date night or special occasion! Indoor and outside seating available with amazing food.

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The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern

Join us today! The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern is sure to give you an unforgettable and care-free dining experience. Enjoy a nautical atmosphere with a beautiful view of Presque Isle Bay.

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U Pick 6 Craft Beer Pubs & Restaurants

Erie’s own local craft beer pubs are a must-visit! With 4 great locations, just pick one that’s convenient for you! A casual, family friendly dining experience with something for everyone! To view our menu, check out what’s on tap, or get to directions to our pubs, learn more now!”

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Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership

The Erie Regional Chamber is leading Erie’s economic evolution through awareness, advocacy, and access to the people, education, and information integral to elevating regional success and economic growth. Become a member today and join us in championing a vibrant and sustainable regional economy.

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UPMC Hamot - See What Makes Us Different

UPMC Hamot is a 423-bed hospital in Erie, PA, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services, and serves as a regional referral hub and Level II Trauma Center.

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Mazza Vineyards and the South Shore Wine Company

Local wine is great for holiday entertaining, plus it makes a great gift! Stop by to try (and pick up) award-winning wines at Mazza Vineyards and the historic South Shore Wine Company, both located in North East, PA.

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Dobbins Landing

Located on the southeast shore of Lake Erie, the Port of Erie has been promoting industrial, commercial, and recreational opportunities on the waters of Lake Erie since 1959.

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