Festival attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy 100 professionally decorated Christmas trees which will glisten brightly throughout the Gallery of Trees. Each tree is uniquely decorated, so when it comes to choosing a favorite, it's nearly impossible! Each guest will be provided with a ticket to vote for their favorite tree, (the “People’s Choice Award”) and the winning decorator will be announced on Sunday evening at the close of the Festival.
The 'No Room at the Inn' display of 70 nativity scenes presented by Erie DAWN, will again showcase how each part of the world depicts the Christmas story. New this year, a Life-Size Nativity Scene sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of NWPA!
Once again we present the magical Santa's Castle (sponsored by Erie General Electric Federal Credit Union) and the North Pole Experience. Attendees will tour our version of Santa's Castle and visit the Gingerbread Bakery, the Elves' Workshop, the Reindeers' Den and the Peppermint Ballroom , to name a few. Activities include: Christmas shopping for the little ones in “Santa’s Secret Shop,” Voting for your favorite reindeer, Taking a test to find out whether you are on Santa’s “Naughty or Nice List,” and creating your own craft, coloring page, tree ornament, and frosted cookie in the “Creation Station!”
For an additional cost, children have the opportunity to share Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, November 24th during two seating’s: 8:30am or 10:30am. This sell out event includes a hot breakfast buffet, holiday entertainment, an autograph book to obtain signatures from local area mascots, a private photo session with Santa & Mrs. Claus, and a goodie bag to takeaway.
Raffle tickets will be on sale in the “Avenue of Baskets” offering the chance to win a $500 grand prize, one of the many decorated gift trees, and one of nearly 50 custom gift baskets, each valued at more than $75.
There will be live entertainment showcasing local talent and a holiday marketplace so you can get a jump start on your holiday shopping if you choose. This event is for all ages and is sure to be the premier event this holiday season! All proceeds benefit the Saint Vincent Children’s Miracle Network.