Holiday Fun For Everyone!

Get in the Holiday spirit with a getaway to Altoona, Blair County! From a fifty-one acre display of lights and animation to a steam-powered train ride with Santa, theatre events, shopping, dining, and so much more...we look forward to welcoming you for Big Holiday Adventures!

Holiday Lights on the Lake

 Holiday Lights on the Lake 2019-20


Drive through a fifty-one acre dazzling display of more than one million lights and animation at Lakemont Park. Either before or after you ride, stop in and see Santa at his gift shop for unique holiday gifts, ornaments, and decorations. Right next door to Santa's Gift Shop is the Alto Model Train Display. Enthusiasts and newcomers alike will enjoy the many scenes and trains operating. November 15-January 5, 2020. Open nightly 6pm-10pm.  For more information


Holiday Shopping

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From antiques & collectibles to national retailers and unique boutiques, Altoona, Blair County is well known as a shopping destination.  Whether you're shopping for someone on your gift list or want to treat yourself, we invite you to come shop with us!  Visit the SHOP section of our website for more information.

Holiday Events

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Plan a getaway and experience these fun Holiday Events! For a complete list of events, click here

Photos with Santa at Logan Valley Mall November 9-December 24:
Children of all ages can sit with Santa and tell him their holiday wishes.  Monday-Saturday 11am-8pm, Sunday Noon-6pm.

Indoor Train Rides at Logan Valley Mall November 7-December 24:
Monday-Saturday 11am-8pm, Sunday Noon-6pm

Holiday Lights on the Lake
 November 15-January 5, 2020: 
Fifty-one acre dazzling display of lights and animation at Lakemont Park. Drive through a wonderland of bright Holiday lights and incredible animated displays. Open 6pm-10pm.

Santa Express Train November 29-December 1, December 7&8, December 14&15, December 20-22: 
Join the magic aboard the Santa Express Train, a family holiday tradition on the rails! This steam-powered ride will feature festive decorations, Christmas carolers and of course ole Saint Nick himself.  For more information and tickets

Heritage Holidays at Baker Mansion November 29-December 29:
Baker Mansion will be decked out with one-of-a-kind decorations provided by the Blair Garden Club of Altoona. This is your last chance to view the WW2 Exhibit. Museum is fully stocked with a variety of items to please that history buff in your family.

4th Annual HoHo Expo December 1:
Altoona Grand Hotel. 11am-5pm; A family, friendly holiday shopping experience! Shop & support local vendors & businesses. Event is free to attend.

Spirit of Christmas 2019 Altoona Christmas Parade December 5:
Downtown Altoona. 6-9pm

Tyrone Yuletime Christmas Weekend December 5-7:
December 5: Soup Sampling
December 6: Tree Lighting at City Hotel Park (6pm), Christmas Parade (6:15pm), Visits with Santa, cookies and hot cocoa (immediately after the parade)
December 7: Breakfast with Santa

Hallelujah at Mishler Theatre
December 6:
7:30pm; Hear some of the area’s most accomplished vocalists perform music released by
Amy Grant, Matthew West, Celine Dion, Josh Groban and more. Twenty-two piece orchestra on stage. Make your heart swell with the joy and the glory of Christmas!

Dickens of a Christmas December 6-8:
300 W High Street, Ebensburg. Come enjoy vendors and crafters hawking Christmas wares, wassailing in quaint neighborhoods, antique shopping, a live nativity, model railroad, a Christmas parade, children's events, ice skating, sleigh & carriage rides, and holiday productions.

Home for the Holidays at Mishler Theatre December 7:
Presented by the Altoona Symphony Orchestra, a special evening set to fill your heart with warmth and cheer as we celebrate the tradition of coming ‘Home for the Holidays’. We are certain you will enjoy the sights and sounds of this special time of year. For more information and tickets

Merry On The Mountain at Blue Knob Conference Center December 7:
4pm-7pm; Holiday Crafts, Gift Ideas, Kids Activities, Santa, Food!  Holiday Tree Lighting at 6:30pm.

Santa is Coming to Quaint Corner! December 7:
10am-Noon. Admission $4 per adult and $4 per child. Those under age 2 are free. ($3 for member children)
Come for stories and songs, a visit with Santa, decorating a cookie, and play in the museum. No extra charge for taking your own photos with Santa. For more information

Christmas Thyme at Royer Mansion
December 7 & 8:
12pm-5pm; Hot chocolate, light refreshments, outdoor bonfire, self-guided mansion tours, and warm fireplaces provide an experience for family photos, connecting with friends, or just a leisurely day with your family and friends. Tickets

The Nutcracker
(presented by Altoona Dance Theatre) December 14: 
Jaffa Shrine Center 2200 Broad Avenue, Altoona. Doors open 6pm, Show begins 7pm Don't miss this Classic Holiday Tradition for the whole family! An amazing Classic Christmas Story Ballet. For tickets

Santa in the Cave
 December 14 & 15:
Lincoln Caverns 7703 William Penn Highway, Huntingdon. Come visit Santa in our natural underground environment. Professional digital photographs will be taken. Shop Santa's Little Helpers' Sale. For more information

The Nutcracker December 19 & 20:
Mishler Theatre 1208 Twelfth Avenue, Altoona. 7:30pm; Presented by Performing Arts of Central PA

Ornament: Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tribute December 21:
Ornament-The Premier Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tribute returns to the Mishler Theater this Holiday Season for One Night Only! Come celebrate the magic of Christmas with the mighty sounds of Ornament-New England’s Premier Rock Orchestra performing your TSO favorites. This show has sold-out the Mishler in years past so don’t miss out….order your tickets today!

Breakfast with Santa at Blue Knob All Seasons Resort December 21:
Bring your little ones to a breakfast buffet with Santa from 9am until Noon! Tickets are $12 for ages 4 and 3 and younger are free.

Blair Regional YMCA Twilight Race 
December 31:
Finish the year in a healthy way! All courses run through the Holiday Lights on the Lake at Lakemont Park. For details

Countdown at the Convention Center December 31:
Join the Blair County Convention Center for their 1st New Year's Celebration.  Doors open at 6:30pm. For more information

Tailgate Themed New Year's Eve Party at the Jaffa Shrine Center December 31:
8pm start time; 10pm NYE Kids Ball Drop. Tickets available in the Jaffa Main Office.

NYE Roaring 20s Party at Altoona Grand Hotel December 31:
8pm-12:30am; Ring in the new decade in style! Ticket includes a grand dinner buffet, open bar, photo booth, Shallow 9, DJ. Prizes for best dressed.

First Day Celebration at Canoe Creek State Park January 1:
1:30pm Start the New Year by getting off on the right foot with Friends, family and food! The Friends of Canoe Creek will be there with a fire, hot beverages, and snacks. First Day Hike 2pm so dress for the weather - we'll have options for short or long hikes. 


Ski PA's Highest Skiable Mountain

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Located in beautiful Central PA in the heart of the Allegheny mountains, Blue Knob All Seasons Resort is the highest skiable mountain with the most challenging slopes in Pennsylvania, with the longest and sweetest rides for skiers and snowboarders.

In addition to downhill skiing there's snow tubing and groomed Nordic skiing. 34 Trails with a Vertical Drop of 1072′ Beginner 20% • Intermediate 35% • Advanced 35% • Expert 10%
Imagine the excitement of skiing down the highest skiable mountain in the state while competing with other skiers on the NASTAR course, or dining at Alpine Village! What a great way to get some exercise and fresh air while spending time with friends and family!

Indoor Recreation

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A number of trendy indoor recreational sites are open throughout the year. From mini golf and more than 100 arcade games at Tilt Studio to laser tag, bumper cars, and soft play at Slinky Action Zone, there's fun-filled entertainment for the entire family.  Looking for a fun way to rack your brain? Enjoy an interactive puzzle adventure at Escape Altoona Co. Learn more

Experience More with an Overnight Stay

Bell Mansion Tea House B&B


Our destination is fortunate to have a number of NEW and Award Winning Hotels! Most are easily located off of Interstate 99. Our hotels have a variety of room choices, including suites. Many have indoor swimming pools for Winter Fun for Everyone!

Visit the STAY section of our website for a complete list of lodging options.