Columbia-Montour Holiday Happenings

November 25, 2021 – December 5, 2021

The Holiday Season Kicks off!

The holidays are a great time of year to spend time with friends and family. If your Thanksgiving travels bring you into Columbia & Montour Counties in the next month, there are plenty of great events and area activities planned that will provide fun for the whole family, beginning Thanksgiving morning with this year’s Run for the Diamonds marathon. After Thanksgiving, the Christmas festivities begin in earnest, including the renowned 75th annual Berwick Christmas Boulevard.

Berwick’s 112th Annual Run for the Diamonds draws hundreds of participants.

Thursday, November 25th – Thanksgiving Day

Berwick’s 112th Annual “Run for the Diamonds” Race – Before the turkey dinner finds its way to the table, head over to Berwick to be a part of an incredible Thanksgiving Day Tradition – the 112th Annual Run for the Diamonds. The 9-mile course, unchanged from the inaugural route, takes runners throughout the Berwick borough. It starts and ends on Market Street. The race used to be called the “Berwick Marathon” until the 1970’s and 1980’s. However, since the race is too short to qualify as an official marathon, and winners receive diamonds as part of their prize, the name was changed to “Run for the Diamonds” and has stuck ever since. For more information about this year’s race, visit the Event Facebook Page or the Run for the Diamonds website.

Although the registration window has passed and there is no race day registration this year, it’s still a great event to be a part of as a spectator. Spectators will come out early to line the course and runners from around the world will gather at the start line. This year’s start times are: 10:00 AM – Elite Male (those expecting to finish in under 1 hour); 10:05 AM – Elite & Open Female; 10:10 AM – Open Male & Female. This year’s race will also include a virtual component. Runners will be allowed to complete their run any time from November 25 – 28. Virtual runners’ times will be designated as “unofficial” and will not be eligible for any of the final prizes.

Friday, November 26th

WHLM Parade of Lights – If you’re already ready to be done with Thanksgiving and gear up for Christmas, look no further than the 2021 Parade of Lights in downtown Bloomsburg. Starting at 6:00 PM on Friday evening, the town will be filled with classic cars, floats, boats, fire trucks, entertainment, and of course – thousands upon thousands of Christmas lights! The parade ushers in the Christmas season, and Santa Claus will make a special appearance. The parade forms at 4:30 PM and moves at 6 PM. It will leave from the Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital parking lot and travel down Lightstreet Road onto Main Street. The parade then turns at Market Street and eventually will end at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall (911 Market Street). Visitors attending the Parade of Lights are also invited to join the festivities at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds for this year’s Winterfest. The Parade of Lights is hosted by WHLM Radio Station and sponsored by Kowalski Incorporated. For more information, visit the Parade of Lights website.

Bloomsburg Fair Winterfest: Day One – This year’s Bloomsburg Fair Winterfest will be held at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds on Friday, November 26th from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM & Saturday, November 27th from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  There will be 150+ craft vendors, food vendors, wineries, holiday movies, basket raffles, Christmas tree displays, horse-drawn wagon rides, Irish Dancers, face painting, games, a caricature artist, accordion players, and much more. Parking and Admission to the Fairgrounds for the event will be FREE. Enter at the Main Street entrance of the Fairgrounds (Gate 2). For more information and daily schedule info, please visit the official Event Page. 

Knoebels Joy Through the Grove Opening Night – Knoebels Amusement Park’s “Joy Through the Grove” returns for its 2nd year in 2021. The stunning drive through Christmas light display in the park will begin near Impulse roller coaster, travel down the park’s main boulevard, and throughout much of the campground. Joy Through the Grove will happen nightly starting Friday, November 26th through Sunday, January 2nd (excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Daily event hours are 5:30 – 9:00 PM.

New for this season, guests who pre-purchase a ticket will receive a Joy Through the Grove souvenir magnet. Pre-purchasing a ticket is not required, but guests are urged to do so, especially if they plan to add a snack package which includes Knoebels favorites like fudge, cotton candy and kettle corn.

Knoebels Christmas Village Opening Night – Throughout the holiday season, Knoebels Christmas Village is open Thursdays & Fridays from 4:00 – 9:00 PM and Saturdays & Sundays from 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM. The village features photos with Santa, fresh cut Christmas Trees, Santa’s workshop, a firepit and s’mores station, and plenty of holiday treats! Plus, find gifts for everyone on your list at Knoebels Three Ponds Christmas Shop. Learn more here.

BTE’s “Merry Christmas, George Bailey” Food Preview Day – Join the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble in feeding families in need this holiday season and see their 2021 holiday show for free! Bring one or more canned goods per person and see the show on November 26th at 2:00 pm. All non-perishable food items will be donated to the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard. No reservations are needed for this performance, tickets are available at the door. Seating is limited, all tickets are first come, first served.

Saturday, November 27th

Small Business Saturday – Shop local this holiday season in Columbia & Montour Counties! Support small businesses and visit our area towns and businesses on Small Business Saturday and throughout the rest of the holiday season.

Bloomsburg Shop Small Crawl Begins – Visit local businesses between November 27 – December 19 for a chance to win $250 in Chamber Bucks (can be spent at a variety of local businesses). Organized by Downtown Bloomsburg, Inc – visit downtownbloomsburg.org for more details.

Artspace Gallery Members’ Holiday Show Open House – Artspace Gallery in downtown Bloomsburg is currently displaying their annual Members’ Holiday Show. The show runs from November 18 – December 31 during gallery hours. On Saturday, November 27th from 12:00 – 6:00 PM, the gallery will host an Open House event for the Holiday Show.

Bloomsburg Fair Winterfest: Day Two – This year’s Bloomsburg Fair Winterfest will be held at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds on Friday, November 26th from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM & Saturday, November 27th from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. There will be 150+ craft vendors, food vendors, wineries, holiday movies, basket raffles, Christmas tree displays, horse-drawn wagon rides, Irish Dancers, face painting, games, a caricature artist, accordion players, and much more. Parking and Admission to the Fairgrounds for the event will be FREE. Enter at the Main Street entrance of the Fairgrounds (Gate 2). For more information and daily schedule info, please visit the official Event Page. 

Wire Tree Making Workshop at Rohrbach’s Farm – In this workshop, Mark Golomb will guide participants to make a unique wire Christmas-themed tree sculpture. The class will run from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM on Saturday, November 27th. Register in advance for the class by clicking here.

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble Presents: Merry Christmas, George Bailey – From November 26th – December 27th, join the cast of the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble in the studios of WBTE Radio for their recreation of a 1940s radio broadcast, complete with singing commercials, sound effects, and audience participation. Since its premiere in 2002, this BTE original adaptation has warmed holiday hearts from Allentown to South Dakota. The time is right to welcome the beloved story back to Bloomsburg; how one person’s seemingly ordinary life is revealed to be, in fact, extraordinary. Inspired by The Lux Radio Theatre broadcast of It’s A Wonderful Life, adapted by James Goode, music by William Decker. Show times vary – please visit BTE’s website for more information and to purchase show tickets.

Sunday, November 28th

Artspace Gallery Members’ Holiday Show – 12:00 – 5:00 PM.

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble Presents: Merry Christmas, George Bailey – 3:00 PM showtime.

Knoebels Christmas Village Continues – 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM.

Knoebels Joy Through the Grove Continues – 5:30 – 9:00 PM

Monday, November 29th

33rd Annual TreeFest in Bloomsburg – TreeFest kicks off on Monday, November 29th from 2:00 – 8:00 PM and continues through Sunday, December 5th at the Caldwell Consistory. The event began in 1989, and serves as a fundraiser for the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (BTE) and supports the local community. TreeFest begins with local Christmas tree growers who donate over a hundred live trees to be trimmed. Then, community volunteers, youth groups, florists, garden clubs, and other local organizations set up and decorate the rooms and the trees for the holidays. Each tree will be sponsored by an area business or individual. Throughout the event, local entertainment is provided, including school choirs, dance groups, and folk musicians. At the conclusion of the year’s festivities, the trees are donated to area families in need.

In the spirit of the giving season this year, TreeFest will be accepting items of non-perishable food which will be donated to Bloomsburg’s Food Cupboard. Admission to this year’s event is $5 per visitor. Present a TreeFest postcard, found at local businesses and agencies, for $1 off the cost of admission. Admission is free for children 12 years of age and younger. For more information, visit the Event Facebook Page or the TreeFest website.

2021 TreeFest Schedule:
Monday, November 29th: 2:00 – 8:00 PM
Tuesday, November 30th: 4:00 – 8:00 PM
Wednesday, December 1st: 4:00 – 8:00 PM
Thursday, December 2nd: 2:00 – 5:00 PM
Friday, December 3rd: 3:00 – 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 4th: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday, December 5th: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Knoebels Joy Through the Grove Continues – 5:30 – 9:00 PM

Tuesday, November 30th

TreeFest Continues – 4:00 – 8:00 PM

Knoebels Joy Through the Grove Continues – 5:30 – 9:00 PM

Knoebels Joy Through the Grove will be a hit with the whole family.

Wednesday, December 1st

Welcome Santa Parade in Danville – Welcome Santa to his Mill Street home for the Holiday season. The parade downtown starts at 6:30pm. Features local Fire companies and police departments, Danville High School Band, and the Komotion Dance Program.

TreeFest Continues – 4:00 – 8:00 PM

Knoebels Joy Through the Grove Continues – 5:30 – 9:00 PM

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble Presents: Merry Christmas, George Bailey – 7:30 PM showtime.

Thursday, December 2nd

Artspace Gallery Members’ Holiday Show – 12:00 – 6:00 PM.

TreeFest Continues – 2:00 – 5:00 PM

Knoebels Christmas Village Continues – 4:00 – 9:00 PM.

Knoebels Joy Through the Grove Continues – 5:30 – 9:00 PM

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble Presents: Merry Christmas, George Bailey – 7:30 PM showtime.

Friday, December 3rd

Downtown Bloomsburg’s Coming Home For Christmas – Visit downtown Bloomsburg for a celebration of the start of the Christmas season. From 4:00 – 9:00 PM, visitors can enjoy late night shopping, holiday vendors, live music, a TubaChristmas performance, food & more. The main event of the evening, however, is the lighting of the town Christmas Tree. The tree lighting will take place at 5:45 PM in front of the New Bloomsburg Diner (161 East Main Street). Enjoy live music by the tree from 5:00 -6:00 PM and in Fog & Flame from 6:00 – 7:00 PM. Move on down to the Fountain for more entertainment including a performance by Danceworks by Amber and the Jr-Sr Choir from Millville High School. Don’t miss the TubaChristmas performance at 7 pm in front of TreeFest at the Caldwell Consistory! Click here for more information.

Christmas in Downtown Bloomsburg – Photo Courtesy of @starmarie29

The Exchange Cash & Carry Show: First Night – Beginning at 6:00 PM on Friday, December 3rd, The Exchange Gallery in downtown Bloomsburg will display their annual “Cash & Carry” show, open to the public. Pieces have been designed as 8″ x 8″ squares on medium density fiberboard and the Gallery received open submissions through November 21st. Every piece on display will sell for $25, with the artist receiving $20 and the rest going to support the Exchange Gallery’s ongoing operations; sales will begin at 6 PM during Downtown Bloomsburg’s holiday event: All attendees wishing to buy will receive numbers; when sales start, the person with #1 may choose one piece from the walls, and if they want a second piece, they must get another number.  So on with #2, #3, etc.  This prevents any one buyer from getting “all of the good stuff”, and it makes for a lot of fun. Artwork may be taken home on the spot, rather than waiting until the end of the show.  They make great holiday gifts!

Visit Santa’s Cottage in Danville – Visit Santa at his Cottage on Fridays from 5:00 – 7:00 PM in Watch Box Park to tell him everything on your wish list this Christmas. Santa loves giving out goody bags and taking pictures!

Holiday Puppet Sing-A-Long – From 6:30 – 7:00 PM, join Chrissy Shipe & her Disney and Sesame Street puppet friends as they bring joy and laughter into this holiday season. No cost, but reservations are required. Limited to 25 participants. Please call Thomas Beaver Free Library at 570-275-4180 to reserve your spot today.

Artspace Gallery Members’ Holiday Show – 12:00 – 6:00 PM.

TreeFest Continues – 3:00 – 8:00 PM

Knoebels Christmas Village Continues – 4:00 – 9:00 PM.

Knoebels Joy Through the Grove Continues – 5:30 – 9:00 PM

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble Presents: Merry Christmas, George Bailey – 7:30 PM showtime.

Saturday, December 4th

Berwick Christmas Boulevard OPENING NIGHT – Celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2021, the Berwick Christmas Boulevard is a must-see spectacle that visitors flock to see from hours away. Market Street will come to life each night from December 4th – 31st. This beautiful and historic Berwick tradition provides visitors the opportunity to drive a one mile long display on Market Street to view thousands of Christmas lights, animatronics, decorations, displays, and more. Hundreds of cars pass through each night throughout December. Opening night will feature the town tree-lighting ceremony, followed by the official opening of the holiday boulevard. The Boulevard is open every night from 6:00 – 10:00 PM.

Benton Winterfest – From 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, make your way to the charming town of Benton in northern Columbia County for a day filled with local crafters, food, entertainment, horse-drawn wagon rides, and more.

Hometown Holiday Market in Danville – From 12:00 – 5:00 PM, visit historic Mill Street in Danville for the first annual Hometown Holiday Market. This will be a festive street fair featuring holiday shopping (downtown businesses and craft vendors alike), entertainment, and activities.

Visit Santa’s Cottage in Danville – Visit Santa at his Cottage on Saturdays from 12:00 – 3:00 PM in Watch Box Park to tell him everything on your wish list this Christmas. Santa loves giving out goody bags and taking pictures!

Holiday Wreath Workshop – Held at the Danville Business Alliance Office from 1:00 – 3:00 PM. Create your very own beautiful, long-lasting holiday wreath to hang on your door for the holidays. Gibby of Gib’s Farm will teach you how to make a hand-wired wreath. Beginning with a metal frame, you’ll combine evergreens, pine cones, and decorations to achieve an intriguing mix of texture and color. Space is limited to 12 participants. $45 ea, prepayment required. Price includes all materials and instruction. Click here for reservations/availability.

Holiday Puppet Sing-A-Long – From 4:00 – 4:30 PM, join Chrissy Shipe & her Disney and Sesame Street puppet friends as they bring joy and laughter into this holiday season. No cost, but reservations are required. Limited to 25 participants. Please call Thomas Beaver Free Library at 570-275-4180 to reserve your spot today.

TreeFest Continues – 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Knoebels Christmas Village Continues – 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM.

Artspace Gallery Members’ Holiday Show – 12:00 – 6:00 PM.

Knoebels Joy Through the Grove Continues – 5:30 – 9:00 PM

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble Presents: Merry Christmas, George Bailey – 7:30 PM showtime; SOLD OUT ONLINE.

Sunday, December 5th

Catawissa Winterfest – Come celebrate the joy of Christmas from 4:00 – 8:00 PM in Catawissa on Sunday, December 5th.  Bring your family out for a live, walk-through Nativity, petting zoo, hayrides, campfires and a bounce house.  There will be pictures with Santa at the River Station Diner and the Lyons Club Polar Bear. There will also be food & drink available for purchase from Vito’s Pizza, Cracker Barrell, Woody’s Place, The Village Donut, and Catawissa Bottling.  Homiak’s Tree Farm will be on-site with wreathes for sale and decorating.  Rohrbach’s Farm Market will be there will gingerbread houses available for sale.  Additional activities are still being added.

TreeFest Final Day – 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Knoebels Christmas Village Continues – 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM.

Artspace Gallery Members’ Holiday Show – 12:00 – 5:00 PM.

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble Presents: Merry Christmas, George Bailey – 3:00 PM showtime

Knoebels Joy Through the Grove Continues – 5:30 – 9:00 PM

Berwick Christmas Boulevard Continues – 6:00 – 10:00 PM