While the month is a time of transition, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a lot of great things to do in Pennsylvania in November.
Check out my 7 handpicked things to do in PA in November, and then start planning your travels around the state.
(Article Updated October 12, 2020, for Pennsylvania events in November 2020)
Koziar’s Christmas Village in Bernville – Opens November 7
Koziar’s Christmas Village in Berks County is one of Pennsylvania’s best destinations for holiday cheer. If you want to start your holiday season off right, Koziar’s opens for the season on Saturday, November 7, and will be open through early January 2021.
Walk through their Christmas wonderland, which features more than one million lights, and get ready for this festive season. You might even see Santa during your visit.
For more information, head over to their website.
Enjoy Fall Foliage in Southeastern PA – Early November
Pennsylvania is an incredible state for fall foliage, and while the season starts between late September and early October in the higher elevation and more northerly parts of the state, the southeastern corner is the last part of the state to enjoy this colorful season.
Because of this, there is often color in Philadelphia and the rest of this region into the first week or so of November. That makes this a great area to visit to enjoy the last gasps of autumn.
It’s a Wonderful Life Festival in Indiana – Begins mid-November
The annual It’s a Wonderful Life Festival in Indiana, Pennsylvania, is one of the great kickoffs to the holiday season. Unfortunately, in 2020, things will look a little different. For example, they won’t be having their annual parade or tree lighting ceremony.
However, for lovers of this charming festival, there will still be things to do in Indiana, PA this November.
While details are still being finalized, expect downtown Indiana to be fully decorated by mid-November with decorations, a giant Christmas tree, and huts featuring local vendors.
In addition, stores around town will be offering a variety of promotions and the Jimmy Stewart Museum will have plenty of safe activities.
For more information and a full event listing, check out the festival’s website.
Dedication Day in Gettysburg – November 18, 19, and 21
Every year, the town of Gettysburg holds a celebration honoring the anniversary of the day the Gettysburg National Cemetery was dedicated in 1863, an event best known for President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
This year, some of the events have been canceled while others are being held virtually. So, if you’ve ever wanted to visit the cemetery to see the reenactment of Lincoln’s speech, you can do so from home on November 19. There will also be virtual tours of the cemetery and the David Willis House.
If you happen to be in the area, you can still head to the cemetery in the evening of November 21 for a Rembarance Day illumination of the graves.
Find out more information about this year’s events on the National Park Service’s website.
A Longwood Christmas in Kennett Square – Begins November 20
Every year, Longwood Gardens in southeastern Pennsylvania decks itself out for the holiday season. One of the best holiday attractions in all of Pennsylvania, A Longwood Christmas should be on every PA travelers list.
In 2020, their display will pay homage to Christmas traditions and visitors will be able to stroll through their large conservatory and the surrounding gardens to see their magnificent holiday displays. The display will run from late November through early January.
For more information, visit Longwood Garden’s website.
Festival of Trees in Fairview – November 27-29
The Festival of Trees has been a tradition for many years in the community of Fairview in Erie County.
This year, things are a bit different with the major addition being a drive-through light display from November 27-29. The display will include incredible lights, live reindeer, and even a chance to visit Santa’s castle.
The festival will also feature an online component with their annual festival of trees auction, which you can participate in from anywhere in the world.
Find out more information on the event’s website.
Small Business Saturday – November 28
One of my favorite things about Pennsylvania is how many great downtown areas there are. To help support these local shopping areas, head out on Small Business Saturday (the Saturday after Thanksgiving) for deals on fantastic locally-made products.
This great event will be happening at small shops throughout the state, so wherever you are in Pennsylvania, you can participate in this event. Make sure not to miss out on these great deals and the chance to support Pennsylvania businesses.
PA’s small businesses need our help more than ever in 2020.
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