There’s no place like Pennsylvania. Between the stunning landscape and rich culture, PA is the ideal place for a relaxing winter vacation. The Laurel Highlands region is a sight to behold all year long, but the holiday season is truly magical. See it for yourself when you attend Overly’s Country Christmas! This annual event offers a true winter wonderland experience complete with a Christmas village, horse-drawn carriage rides, and, of course, Santa! Read on to find out about this highly anticipated event and download free Vacation Guide to learn more about the area.
Plan Your Trip to Overly’s Country Christmas
The Perfect Place to Create Memories
If you are going skiing in the Laurel Highlands in December, set aside some time to enjoy the wonderful holiday celebrations! Overly’s Country Christmas is one of the best events in the area, and it’s only 20 minutes away from Oak Lodge. Hop in your car and head to this charming Christmas village for a magical day.
The Country Christmas tradition started in 1956 at the home of Harry E. Overly, who loved to decorate his property with incredible light displays. Over the years, animations were added and the community got involved. Volunteers started offering their services, and when it opened to the public, Ovely’s had the opportunity to raise money for local charities. The first million dollars was kindly donated to the Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh as well as the Westmoreland Regional Hospital in Greensburg. Today, Overly’s Country Christmas is a non-profit organization and takes place at the Westmoreland Fairgrounds in Greensburg.
The Christmas Village
Overly’s Country Christmas is the perfect activity to enjoy during your stay at Oak Lodge. Explore the Christmas Village where more than 600 volunteers work to bring holiday magic to life. You can admire glittery lights and the Christmas trees, all while carolers sing your favorite tunes! Here are just a few of the attractions you’ll see during your visit.
Many people have fond childhood memories of building electric trains at Christmastime. If this was a staple in your home, you’ll love the Hartman Station. Take a look at the impressive gauge-model train display and delight in the sound of the steam whistle as you walk through the door.
You can’t come to Overly’s and not meet the star of the show! Be sure to visit Santa’s workshop and tell him about your wishlist. Just keep in mind that he departs the village on December 23rd to go back to the North Pole!
Watch a nativity scene come alive before your eyes! At the manger, your little ones will have the chance to meet Ditto the monkey and his sheep friends.
The Talking Christmas Tree
Gather around Santa’s majestic tree and listen to his nephew tell marvelous Christmas stories. If you come on the weekend, be on the lookout for the Grinch. He might make an appearance!
The holiday bonfire takes place in the heart of the village and gives visitors an opportunity to warm up. It’s the perfect place to huddle up, and you can even roast marshmallows!
Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides
This Christmas wonderland wouldn’t be complete without a scenic,horse-drawn sleigh ride. Hop in for a magical tour of the village and let the sound of the jingle bells enchant you.
Celebrate the Holidays at Oak Lodge
Christmas is a season of wonder, and as such, you’ll want a dreamy place to stay. Oak Lodge is a stunning Laurel Highlands B&B that has everything you need! Enjoy our gorgeous accommodations, modern amenities, jaw-dropping grounds, and top-notch service. You’re not dreaming; it’s all real, and you can experience the magic firsthand.
Why not stay in one of our lovely cabins this season? They’re perfect for adventurous travelers. Picture yourself surrounded by peaceful woodlands, snuggled up in a cozy blanket and drinking hot cocoa by a crackling fire. You can enjoy a warm bath in your private bathroom, then fall asleep in the luxurious king bed! When you wake up the next morning, everything will be still. You’ll feel the warmth of last night’s fire as you gaze out at the frosty windows. Before you leave for your next adventure, make sure you enjoy our signature homemade breakfast! It’s included in your stay and will be one of the most mouthwatering meals you’ve ever had.