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Visit PA to Enjoy the Spirit of the Holiday Season

first_img Holidays,  The Blog The holidays have arrived and Pennsylvania has plenty to keep you in the spirit of the season while giving you a break from the usual hustle and bustle. Bundle up, hit the road, and pursue your happiness at the various charming attractions open now across the state.Christmas Magic – A Festival of Lights, York, York CountyWarm up with some hot chocolate and enjoy a stroll through 600,000 Christmas lights, holiday scenes, train displays, and more during Christmas Magic – A Festival of Lights at York County’s Rocky Ridge Park. The half-mile walking trail, accessible to anyone, wanders through a forest nestled on a quiet mountaintop. The annual holiday celebration has earned acclaim in The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Wall Street Journal. The event runs through December 31, but is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.Shadrack Christmas Wonderland, Prospect, Butler CountyThe second annual Shadrack Christmas Wonderland at Big Butler Fairgrounds in Prospect is the world’s largest drive-through, fully synchronized light and music show of its kind. Featuring hundreds of thousands of environmentally friendly LED Christmas lights, guests can sync their radio with the show and watch the lights dance in perfect harmony with the music. Shows are held nightly through January 8.Winter Lights Spectacular, Schnecksville, Lehigh CountyDuring the holiday season, the Lehigh Valley Zoo transforms into the Winter Lights Spectacular. The winter wonderland boasts giant snow globes, “snowballs” for children to toss, and milk and cookies with Santa. The annual event will be open Wednesday to Sundays through January 1, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.Hershey Sweet Lights, Hershey, Dauphin CountyExperience NOEL in Hersheypark, a breathtaking light show featuring more than 200,000 dancing lights synchronized to your favorite Christmas music. Nightly shows take place every half hour starting at 5 p.m. in The Hollow of Hersheypark. For those who want to stay warm in the car, explore Hershey Sweet Lights. This two-mile wooded driving path provides a twinkling journey where visitors can view more than 600 animated displays.Illuminaire Nights in Scenic Skippack Village, Skippack, Montgomery CountyThe annual Illuminaire Nights in scenic Skippack Village takes an already picturesque main street and dusts it with extra holiday charm. Hundreds of candles line the pathways and retail spaces of this alluring Montgomery County spot, where shoppers and carolers tap into the warm feeling of the holidays. See the spectacle Wednesdays and Fridays until December 23.Winter Flower & Light Show at Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh, Allegheny CountyGet into the spirit of the holiday season at the Winter Flower & Light Show at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh. Go on a magical stroll through the vibrant holiday light displays throughout the Conservatory, and marvel at the holiday decor illuminating the Outdoor Garden. This enchanting celebration of the winter season will be open until January 8.Koziar’s Christmas Village, Bernville, Berks CountyThe night sky above Pennsylvania’s Americana Region is brightened each holiday season thanks to the beautiful light displays of Koziar’s Christmas Village in Bernville. Koziar’s is an extraordinary seasonal attraction filled with delightful displays, a train, a kissing bridge, and thousands of twinkling lights. Koziar’s is open seven nights a week through January 1.Overly’s Country Christmas, Greensburg, Westmoreland CountyMake a new holiday memory at Overly’s Country Christmas. In Greensburg, the event features a Christmas Village for visitors to explore that’s filled with an array of old-fashioned traditions and treats. Sing carols around the bonfire, revel in the model train display, have your picture taken with Santa, take a horse-drawn wagon or sleigh ride, and shop for gifts in the General Store.To stay connected with more holiday ideas, follow Pennsylvania’s updates on our social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube) and use the hashtag #PAHolidays to help spread the word about this special time of the year. Or signup for our monthly newsletter for PA road trip ideas and events that are happening across our great state. December 07, 2016 Visit PA to Enjoy the Spirit of the Holiday Season HOLIDAYS SHARE TWEET By: First Lady Frances Wolf Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Even Dodger Dogs are playoff ready

first_imgThe Los Angeles Police Department officer stopped in his tracks late Sunday afternoon.He took a long look at me as I came toward him on the Dodger Stadium loge level with what may have appeared to be a lethal weapon.I was merely carrying, on a tray that was beginning to buckle, one the newly created Dodger Playoff Dogs.It was loaded. I was definitely handling it without a proper permit. “Good luck with that,” he offered. He could have at least handed me a card to explain self-adminstered CPR.This is the time of year at Dodger Stadium when you can’t even get arrested. Except for a cardiac arrest.My non-aggravated assault of the dog took 4 minutes, 23 seconds, without any PETA protesting. Considering the first three innings of Sunday’s game took about an hour and a half, followed by a mad rush to the restrooms on every level of the park, it was worth the nutritional investment.Usually, the “Loaded” dogs go for $7.75, ranging from the Doyer Dog Jr. (Nacho cheese, chili, pico de gallo and jalepenos) the Kim Chi Dog (with, of course, Kim Chi), Frito Pie Dog (Fritos, chili, cheese), the Big Kid Dog (gooey Mac and Cheese with Fritos) and the classic Heater (buffalo wing sauce and blue cheese cole slaw).Taking things to the next level — because that’s what you do with your eating game when October comes around — meant a bigger gulp, reassessing your health insurance plan pre-Affordable Health Care and then sizing up your appetite for success.This foodie investment is probably longer lasting than sliding the charge card for a $30 playoff cap or a $30 playoff T-shirt that will be outdated by the end of the month.The only problem we had with the whole transaction is that instead of “Playoff Dog,” the words “Pastrami Dog” came up on the concession register.Are the computers not playoff-ready?The concessionaire had no answer for that. Her arms were tired from carrying it the two feet from the kitchen shelf window to the counter.An usher watched as I planted myself behind the back row of the loge level and attempted to get into post-season mode.“Do they give you a knife and fork with that?” she asked.Yes, but it was buried underneath this Rose Parade sized beast — perhaps this is what Vin Scully will be riding on come January 1.As if I needed it anyway.“Somehow, they forgot to include a fishing harpoon,” she added.This is the time and place to check your pulse. And your blood pressure. When your stadium seats vibrate from the rocking after a Carl Crawford home run as much as from the rap music coming out of the center-field speakers.It’s a stadium already in full “Let’s Go Dodgers” pregame chant, shouting down some clown on the field with his Dodgers hat turned backward yelling into a microphone that it’s time to get loud because it’s time for the TV cameras to come on.You don’t need to light up the “applause” sign this time of year.A crowd full of blue towel-waving fans trumps red foam tomahawks on any perfect fall night when the temperatures are in the high 70s, the San Gabriel Mountains glisten that certain shade of purple in the background, and even Chris Capuano can go to the mound and look like Clayton Kershaw for a few amped-up innings.Not even Larry David could curb his enthusiasm when put up on the video screen.In the 2013 playoff baseball buffet, the Dodgers may end up treating the Atlanta Braves like cheap hors d’oeurves. Just don’t mistake them for cocktail franks. We’re going super-sized this time. Pass the onions. Next round, we’re adding fresh blue berries to the recipe. The problem was I couldn’t get a hold of my doctor at the moment, since he was most likely in a club level suite and out of cell range. And my cholesterol medicine had a child-proof cap, so I might as well be DOA.The crime wasn’t the fact I actually paid $9 for this creation at the Extremely Loaded Dog concession stand — this foot-long all-beef wiener on a pretzel baguette was already topped with pastrami, a few squirts of mustard and a sliced pickle. It was that I went ahead and added a scoop of onions to the whole mess, possibly vandalizing the work of postseason art.Guilty, but just a force of habit.How hungry are Dodger fans for an extended playoff run? Evidenced by the fact I wasn’t the only one in line for one of these beauties, plenty.“If you handcuff me now, and didn’t allow me to eat this, you’d be doing your duty to protect and to serve,” I told the officer who, at this point, couldn’t walk far enough around me.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more