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The 2021 Bucks County Winter Break Survival Guide

Happy Holidays and Merry “Keep the kiddos entertained” Week!

The 2021 holiday season may have no snow on the ground, but Bucks County countryside is a stunning experience at any time of year. We have a wide variety of entertainment for your calendar to keep your family from cabin fever. Grab your masks and winter gear and let’s get going!

Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm

December 22-23rd, 26-29th, 5-9PM 

Shady Brook Farm offers multiple options for your needs. If you’d rather avoid the crowds, the Light Show can be driven through in your vehicle. Admission is open every evening. Both private and public open-air wagon rides also take you through the lights where you can stop in Santa’s Village, stroll through Candy Cane Lane, and warm up with a cider and smores at the campfire. Children under 2 years are free. Tickets are best purchased online here   

Holiday Kid’s Camp 

December 23rd 10am-12:30pm 

Need to accomplish some last minute shopping? Keep your little ones entertained at Board and Brush art studio in Newtown, PA. Choose a design you will be guided step-by-step to create a wooden art piece for your home or for a gift. Materials are provided. *pre-registration is required 

Sesame Place: A Very Furry Christmas  

November 21-January 2nd 

A Very Furry Christmas Celebration at Sesame Place® invites you to witness your favorite friends come to life! Also offered is a  1-2-3 Christmas Tree show,  a 30-foot fully-illuminated pixel-based tree, that will project festive animated images accompanied by holiday music. Photo-ops with Santa are available as well as visiting the ALL-NEW Christmas Family Fun Zone. 

Byers Choice Factory 

Dec 1-31st, Monday – Saturday: 10am to 5pm, Sunday: Noon to 5pm

If you want to switch it up, learn about Bucks County’s beloved Doll Carolers in Chalfont PA. This is great for families with a passion for collecting figurines or for doll lovers of all kinds. 

A special opportunity awaits you now through December 31st, stop by their gift shop to enter a monthly drawing for a free featured Caroler figurine! One winner will be chosen. December’s special piece is a “Santa in Chimney.” 

*In-store only; No purchase is necessary to participate.

Holiday Movie Screening – Newtown Theatre

Thursday, December 23, 2021

If you’re a movie-goer and want to relive the magic with your kids of seeing Elf on the big screen, Newtown Theatre has you covered! Two showings are available at 2pm and 3:30 pm. 

69th Annual Christmas Day Crossing Reenactment

December 25 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Gather on the banks of the Delaware River to watch the reenactment of George Washington’s 1776 Christmas night river crossing. Reenactors in Continental military dress listen to an inspiring speech by General Washington before rowing across the river in replica Durham boats. Witness a memorable experience that is unique to our area. The actual crossing begins at about 1 PM and visitors can stroll along the walking bridge and enjoy the colonial houses set around the battleground. Admission is free! 

New Hope Railroad Presents: The North Pole Express

Dates: November 13, 2021 – December 30, 2021, Recurring daily

All aboard! New Hope, PA is nestled along the Delaware river with a plethora of small businesses, music and arts, bed and breakfasts and fine dining. Your family will join Santa and Mrs. Claus at New Hope Station for a North Pole Express Train through the historic Bucks County countryside on the way to the North Pole. Roaming musicians invite you to sing along to their Christmas carols accompanied with  warm cocoa plus a freshly baked cookie. Each child receives their own keepsake of a sleigh bell from Santa himself. You are encouraged to come in your comfiest pajamas for the full experience. 

Bucks County Children’s Museum 

Dec 26-31st 

Also located in New Hope, coordinate your tickets ahead of time to stop in. Only $8 and children under one are free. 

Peddler’s Village

Dec 21-Jan 9th 

Peddler’s Village truly has something for everyone. The annual holiday lights display is spectacular. Shoppers will enjoy the Gingerbread House Display and the friendly competition amongst locals. The shop directory is vast as you circle the outdoor grounds with plenty of eateries. Kids will love playing at Giggleberry Fair and lunch at Painted Pony Cafe which also is available for private parties and birthdays. Beer and wine are available for adults to enjoy as well. 

The Lahaska Bookshop toes the line at the edge of the Village and Doylestown PA and offers childrens books, toys and games if you’re stumped on gift ideas. Older children may enjoy creating terrariums across the street at Greenology Organics with the option to book a private date night or party for Mom and Dad to relax after the craziness of the holidays. 

Looking for things to do on New Year’s Eve with your Kids? Check out Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebrations in Bucks County!

Photo by R. Kennedy for VISIT PHILADELPHIA® 

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