Falling snow, decorative wreaths, lights and trees, warm coffee and holiday shopping… All of these come to mind when we think of Crawford County around the holiday season. If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, then Crawford County nearly always delivers. And if walking in a winter wonderland isn’t enough to get you singing carols, then try some of our favorite seasonal events to get in the holiday spirit. From traditional seasonal events to experiences exclusive to Crawford County, you won’t want to miss out on these special holiday activities.

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Meadville Light Up Night is a magical evening to experience. Photo credit: Amanda Barrick

Celebrate the Holidays With These Classic Events

These fun, local activities get everyone thinking of the holidays. From lighting Christmas trees, hanging wreaths, shopping and wearing fuzzy socks and flannel scarves, these classics are sure to get you and your loved ones get in the holiday spirit.

Conneaut Lake Trees of Light

Every year on Thanksgiving night, Al’s Melons Farm Market lights Conneaut Lake with beautiful lighted flagpoles. This tradition was started by two neighbors who had the idea of putting lights on their flagpoles, then grew as more Crawford County residents joined in on the fun. The lights surround the lake and create a stunning picture as they reflect off the surface. You can walk around the lake or even take a ride on the lake’s historic paddleboat, the Barbara J, to get a lovely, immersive winter experience.

Meadville Light Up Night

To kick off the season, Meadville celebrates with their annual Light Up Night. Local shops downtown open their doors for an evening of shopping and the restaurants are full of delicious food and good cheer. Complete with lights, live music, ice sculptures and even Santa Claus himself, this event is a night your family will remember for years to come. 

Downtown Dollars

The holiday season means holiday shopping! There are lots of great places to shop in Crawford County’s downtown areas. From boutiques to chocolate shops to antique stores, there’s a gift for everyone on your list. To get in on the holiday fun, you can purchase gift cards that are redeemable at over 20 downtown stores from Meadville’s Downtown Dollars campaign. Available in $5, $10 or $25 sums, you or your secret Santa can find the perfect gift this holiday.

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Attendees toast in the new year during the New Year's Eve party at the Baldwin-Reynolds House Museum. Photo Credit: The Crawford County Historical Society

Join the Crawford County Holiday Tradition

Crawford County loves the holidays and developed their own unique ways to celebrate. With fun traditions you can’t find anywhere else, your family can celebrate like the locals with these special events.

Santa Train Rides

The Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad gives passengers a magical, up-close experience with Santa Claus. Join Santa and his helpers for a three-hour-long ride through the countryside, caroling, complimentary Christmas cookies and hot chocolate. It’s a festive and fun way to see Crawford County in its winter finest.

Winter Ice House Festival

The cold weather means it’s time for one of Conneaut Lake’s coolest events— the annual Winter Ice House Festival! Originally a midwinter event, now the festival is in December to add to the season’s festivities. This year features a caroling and sing-along activity, a beer stein holding contest and a raffle for some special Crawford County wares. Come see the best ice sculptures of the year and get a taste of holiday spirit.

New Year’s Eve at the Baldwin-Reynolds House

There’s no better way to ring in the new year than with a party at the Baldwin-Reynolds House Museum in Meadville. Wear your nicest suit or dress and dance the old year away to live jazz music. Complete with a champagne toast, craft beer from VooDoo Brewery and hors d’oeuvres from The Venango Valley Inn in the historic Baldwin-Reynolds mansion, it’s the perfect event to create lasting memories.

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The holidays in Crawford County puts a smile on everyone's face. Photo credit: Amanda Barrick

Get in the Crawford County Holiday Spirit

There’s something for everyone when it comes to the county’s holiday cheer. Whether you love lights, shopping or sipping champagne, Crawford County is the quintessential holiday destination. With these special events, you’ll be coming back year after year to celebrate with us. For more events, visit our events directory or book your stay here.

small child in the snow
There are so many fun ways to get in the holiday mood in Crawford County! Photo credit: Megan Kammerer
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