Businesses and organizations are getting creative with holiday events in an effort to offer up fun and safe Christmas cheer.
Keystone Safari, the animal park in Liberty Township, has a Christmas light display, reindeer, Santa Claus, ice carving demonstrations and a live nativity.
Nearly one million lights decorate the walk-through zoo. Dress for the weather.
The drive-through Bethlehem nativity is new this year and features shepherds, donkeys, horses, cattle, camels, three wise men, and a very special stable.
Keystone Safari is open Friday through Sunday through the end of the year, weather permitting. For more information, visit the Facebook page or keystonesafari.com or call 724-748-6777.
Other local events include:
• The Grove City Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the 13th annual Christmas in the Park. Displays will be lit 5 to 11 p.m. Nov. 27 through Jan. 2. Visitors can view the displays from the safety of their vehicles. Admission is free.
• As part of Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28, there will be a holiday market vendor and craft show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 145 S. Broad St., Grove City – between beans on broad and Voodoo Brewery.
• Olde Town Grove City hosts a tree-lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 28 at the gazebo on South Broad Street. There will also be activities for kids at 4:30 p.m., and free movies at the Guthrie Theatre.
• Slippery Rock University students have organized the Festival of Trees at Memorial Park in downtown Slippery Rock. An artificial tree has been installed, and the festival itself will be held on weekends through the holiday season featuring more trees, entertainment, vendors, horse-drawn carriage rides and more.
A lighting ceremony is set for 5:30 p.m. Nov. 29, and it will be livestreamed on the festival’s social media pages. Info: Visit “Festival of Trees- Slippery Rock, PA” on Facebook.
• The Mercer Area Chamber of Commerce hosts Christmas on the Square from 6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 4 in Mercer’s Courthouse Square. Visit with Santa, mail letters to Santa, and vote for your favorite decorations set up by businesses.
• The Mercer County Ag Development Council hosts the Tractors and Tinsel Drive-Thru Parade from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Stoneboro Fairgrounds. Use the main entrance on Route 62 and follow the signs to drive around the track to see all of the displays.
Admission is one canned food item, which will be donated to Lakeview Area Helping Hands. Kids can bring their letters for Santa.
• The Stoneboro Garden Club hosts a drive-through Christmas event from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Stoneboro Fire Hall, Linden Street, Stoneboro.
Stay in your vehicle and Santa Claus will greet you with treats and take your letters to Santa.
• Harmony hosts its traditional New Year’s Eve events – the Silvester 5K race and pork and sauerkraut dinner. The race is a virtual event hosted by the Harmony Parks Board; runners need to register and keep their own time. Info: Visit runsignup.com/Race/PA/Harmony/HarmonySilvester5K
The dinner will be available for curbside pickup between 2 and 6 p.m. at the Harmony Museum. Meals are $14, and reservation must be made by Dec. 23 by visiting HarmonyMuseum.org or calling 724-452-7341.
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