Experience Holiday Magic in Crawford County

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published on November 2023

Experience Holiday Magic in Crawford County

Family-friendly, Fun and Amusement, Shopping

Get ready to be enchanted by falling snow, beautiful wreaths, twinkling lights, and festive trees. In this winter wonderland, you’ll find yourself craving warm coffee and embarking on magical holiday shopping adventures.

If dreaming of a white Christmas is your thing, Crawford County is the place to be. With its charming landscapes and cozy atmosphere, this region almost always delivers the snowy holiday experience of your dreams. But there’s more to it than just pristine snow-covered scenery.

To truly immerse yourself in the holiday spirit, we’ll guide you through some of our favorite seasonal events in Crawford County. From cherished traditions to one-of-a-kind experiences exclusive to this area, we’ve curated a list of activities that are bound to make your holidays extra special.

Linesville Tractor Parade

So, grab a cup of hot cocoa, put on your warmest clothes, and join us as we dive into the joyous celebrations and incredible adventures that await you during this magical time of year in Crawford County.

Celebrate the Holidays With These Classic Events

Celebrating the holidays in Crawford County is a delightful experience filled with warmth and community spirit. The county comes alive with festive decorations, twinkling lights, and an array of local events that bring residents and visitors together, making it a heartwarming and memorable holiday experience.

Conneaut Lake Trees of Light

Looking for some holiday magic? Look no further than the Conneaut Lake Trees of Light! This community project began in 2006 with a simple Charlie Brown-style Christmas tree and has since grown into a dazzling annual spectacle that brightens up our community during the holiday season. Thanks to the colorful lights that are displayed on the flagpole trees, visitors can experience the most magical moments with loved ones. Barbara J’s Trees of Light cruises are also available on weekends from late November to mid-December, allowing visitors to take in the beauty of the Conneaut Lake Trees of Light in all its splendor on the water aboard a sternwheeler boat. This is a really popular event so purchase your tickets early.

Merry Meadville

Get ready for a two-day celebration that’s gonna kick off the holiday season in style, Merry Meadville. From Santa photos to the tree lighting ceremony, this event is jam-packed with unforgettable moments. Enjoy cookies, hot cocoa, thrilling sleigh rides, and the magic of the holidays while munching on delicious treats from food trucks. Explore the amazing shopping and dining options in downtown Meadville. So come on down and spread holiday cheer while making unforgettable memories! 

Merry Meadville (Formerly known as Light Up Meadville)

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.

Chateau Christine

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. Purchase your tickets early, this event sells out every year!

Winter Ice House Festival

Embrace the chilly season at the Ice House Festival, this unique winter event.  Step back in time as you discover the fascinating tradition of ice harvesting, where antique tools and equipment are used to showcase how ice was gathered before modern refrigeration. Watch live demonstrations that will transport you to a bygone era while you breathe in the crisp winter air. But that’s not all! Prepare to be amazed by the ice carving competitions, where talented artists transform blocks of ice into jaw-dropping sculptures. And don’t worry about staying warm – there are plenty of food and drink vendors ready to satisfy your cravings with delicious treats! With its blend of educational demonstrations, stunning artistry, and cozy amenities, the Ice House Festival is the perfect way to celebrate winter in Crawford County. 

Fezziwig’s Christmas Dinner at the Baldwin-Reynolds House

There’s no better way to celebrate Christmas than with a dinner party at the Baldwin-Reynolds House Museum in Meadville. Celebrate the spirit of the season with this Charles Dickens-themed dinner complete with delicious drinks and fabulous food at the historic Baldwin-Reynolds mansion. This is the perfect event to enjoy an old-timey Christmas and create lasting memories with loved ones and new friends.

The Baldwin Reynolds House Museum

Getting in the Crawford County Holiday Spirit

As the days grow shorter and the air turns colder, there’s a special feeling that starts to stir within us. It’s a mix of anticipation, joy, and warmth that can only mean one thing – the holiday season is approaching. We find ourselves getting excited as we see decorations being put up, hear the familiar tunes of holiday music, and smell the comforting aroma of freshly baked treats. The thought of spending quality time with loved ones, exchanging thoughtful gifts, and partaking in cherished traditions fills our hearts with an incomparable sense of joy. We eagerly await the first sight of falling snow, the twinkle of holiday lights, and the taste of festive meals. It’s a time of laughter, togetherness, and creating lasting memories. So let’s embrace the magic of the holiday season and revel in the excitement that it brings.

Market House

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, download our appvisit our events directory or book your stay here.

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