5 Memorable Christmas Time Family Adventures

From the November / December issue of The Quarter Roll

Wondering what you can do with your family during the holiday season that is both unique and highly memorable, without cleaning your stocking out? Here are 5 ideas that will bring joy to your world and leave your little angels singing.

1. Ebensburg Dickens Of A Christmas
This year Ebensburg, Pennsylvania will celebrate the 5th anniversary of its family-oriented Christmas celebration "Dickens of a Christmas".
This unique holiday celebration features characters dressed in Dickens style clothing interacting with you throughout Ebensburg. There are many events located at different points throughout Ebensburg, all within a short walking distance. Events include the Christmas parade, a tour of an authentic old English prison, sleigh rides, model railroad train display, a visit with Scrooge, free photos with Santa, and Mrs. Buck's Sweet Shoppe inside the Ebensburg Historical society building.

Where:
West High Street, Ebensburg, PA 15931

When:
December 2-4, 2011

Costs:
Some events are free. Mrs. Buck's Sweet Shoppe, sleigh rides, and some other events will have a fee.

More information:
http://www.ebensburgdickens.com/



2. Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
While the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is open year round, Christmas time is special at the President's home and museum! You can you still tour both the President's home, as well as, the museum, of course. However, during Christmas time the museum also hosts a giant model train display. This interactive display uses trains in the style President Hayes would have been familiar with. Additionally, horse drawn sleigh rides are offered to visitors during the holidays. Enjoy a scenic sleigh ride around the President's estate! President Hayes was a general during the Civil War, and 2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the war. In order to commemorate the war's anniversary, as well as President Hayes’ service, the center will be host an exhibit that interprets the war through letters of Northern residents.

Where:
Spiegel Grove, Fremont, OH 43420-2796

When:
Tuesday - Saturday: 9am to 5pm, Sundays & holidays: Noon-5 p.m.
Mondays: closed

Costs:
(There are separate charges for the home and the museum)
Adults: $7.50 / Seniors 60+: $6.50
Children 7-12: $3.00 Children 0-5: Free
Sleigh rides are an additional $3.00 per person.

More information:
http://www.rbhayes.org/hayes/



Holiday Lights On The Lake
Holiday Lights on the Lake is a fifty-one acre dazzling display of lights and animation at historic Lakemont Park, in Altoona, PA. Delight your family this holiday season at Lakemont Park's unique Holiday Festival "Holiday Lights On The Lake". It's a unique Pennsylvania Holiday tradition!

Visitor's drive through a wonderland of bright Holiday Lights and incredible animated displays! Enjoy listening to holiday music on your car radio as it is broadcast live on Lakemont Park's Radio Network. You'll find it hard to believe this unique holiday PA Festival is inside a Pennsylvania Amusement Park.

Where:
Lakemont Park & Island Water Park, 700 Park Avenue, Altoona PA 16602

When:
Open Every Night 6pm - 10pm
November 24, 2011 -January 8, 2012

Cost:
$10.00 Per Car / $20.00 Per Commercial Van
$30.00 Per School Bus / $75.00 Per Motorcoach

More Information
http://www.lakemontparkfun.com/lightsfestival.html

 

A Christmas Story House & Museum
This is the actual house that much of the film A Christmas Story was filmed in. For fans of the movie it is an incredible adventure. Admission includes a tour of the entire house and another house down the street that contains the museum. A third house on the street holds a gift shop loaded with unique gifts based on the movie. Looking for a leg lamp or a pink bunny pajama set? This is the place to go!

Where:
3159 W 11th Street, Cleveland, OH 44109

When:
A Christmas Story House and Museum is open year round.
Hours are Thursday-Saturday: 10am-5pm, Sundays: 12pm-5pm, and closed Mondays-Wednesdays

Cost:
Adults: $10.00 / Children 7 to 12: $6.00
Children 6 & under: FREE / Seniors: $8.00

More Information
http://www.achristmasstoryhouse.com/



Altoona Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert
The annual Christmas Concert given by the Altoona Symphony Orchestra is an excellent family oriented evening. There were typically several bonuses during the evening. There is a youth symphony and a children's choir as well. The Altoona Symphony plays many Christmas favorites and gives a tremendous performance. Don't be surprised if the Grinch himself shows up at the concert. Don't worry though, even the mean Grinch is sure to be won over with Christmas spirit after hearing this magnificent orchestra!

Where:
Hollidaysburg Area High School
1510 North Montgomery Street, Hollidaysburg, PA

When:
Saturday, December 3, 2011, 7:30pm

Costs:
Adults: $33.00 each / Children: $13.00 each

More information:
http://www.altoonasymphony.org/index.html

 
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