Big City Entertainment in a Small Town
By Christine Temple, VisitErie
Erie, Pennsylvania’s fourth largest city, is situated on Presque Isle Bay, one the world’s best-protected harbors, surrounded by a seven-mile peninsula opening up to the waters of Lake Erie. As a Great Lakes City, Erie boasts the state’s only seashore and features a wealth of natural beauty and fascinating historical tales. Erie offers cultural and entertainment options you would find in a big city, but with the friendliness and leisurely appeal of a small town. For complete tourism information, check out www.VisitErie.com or download the free ‘Hello Erie’ trip planner app.
Presque Isle Lights: Dates are to be determined at this time. Highlighting Presque Isle’s natural beauty. Erie’s largest outdoor playground comes alive for the holidays! Presque Isle Lights welcomes visitors to experience a self-guided evening driving tour of seasonal lights throughout Presque Isle State Park from the comfort and safety of their vehicles. Visitors will follow the park’s full 13-mile loop road encountering along the way a variety of lights and displays coupled with the natural beauty offered by Presque Isle after dark.
Asbury Woods Winter Wonderland: Dates are to be determined at this time. Holiday lights will twinkle in the woods and wetlands along the boardwalk which covers 1/3 of a mile. Access to the lighted boardwalk will be free and open to the public as a special way to thank the community for continuing to visit Asbury Woods, attend our programs and make donations as we have weathered the pandemic and shifted our ways of operating.
Erie Station Dinner Theatre – Christmas Memories: December 1 – 19, 2021; the 31st Annual Holiday Musical. Start your holiday season off right with this heart-warming musical in which the true meaning of Christmas is always celebrated. Join the Holiday Harmony Singers in the All New 31st Annual holiday show. It’s sure to get even “Scrooge” in the holiday spirit! This upbeat holiday musical always reflects on family and the true meaning of Christmas. The Erie Station Dinner Theatre is the place to be during the holidays with an ALL NEW family holiday musical. Plus, our Traditional Finale, “Let There Be Peace on Earth.”
Erie Playhouse – Irving Berlin’s White Christmas: Friday to Sunday, December 3 – 12, 2021. Based on the 1954 movie starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera‐Ellen, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas tells the story of a song‐and‐dance team putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and falling for a stunning sister act in the process. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written including “Happy Holiday,” “Sisters,” “The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing,” “Snow” and the unforgettable title song. Irving Berlin’s White Christmas promises to be a merry and bright musical for the whole family.
Downtown D’Lights: Friday, December 21, 2021, 6 – 9 pm; Downtown Perry Square. Come downtown and enjoy the holidays in downtown Erie as we light up Perry Square Park and welcome Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus to the stage in Perry Square Park. There will be hot chocolate, music and horse-drawn carriage rides throughout the night at the park.
Festival of Trees: Friday through Sunday, November 26 – 28, 2021; Bayfront Convention Center. Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Saint Vincent Hospital is excited to announce the return of the 2021 Festival of Trees. Featuring a gallery of uniquely decorated trees, local entertainment, live reindeer from 12 noon – 5 pm each day, holiday displays and rooms from Santa’s castle. Returning to the event is a teddy bear clinic where children can have a bear examined by Saint Vincent Hospital’s team of teddy bear specialists. Bring a bear of your own or take home one of ours with a $10 donation. Event Hours: Friday, 9 am – 8 pm; Saturday, 9 am – 8 pm; and Sunday, 9 am – 5 pm. Admission is $10 Adults, $6 Children (12 and under).
Erie PA for the Holidays