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Make Plans for These Somerset, PA Events

There are a number of Somerset, PA events that take place each year that you won't want to miss. From a fascinating up-close look at folk history to the sweet sights and smells of sugaring time, you'll get plenty of chances for hands-on happenings during your visit to Somerset. Here are some of our staff favorites.

Harvest Candlelight Tours at Compass Inn Museum, November 3, 10 & 17

Come celebrate the bountiful harvest with us at the historic Compass Inn Museum.  Experience the inn’s rustic charm while it is adorned with natural autumn accents, cheery glowing wood fires, and the flickering of candles in every room.  

One of your stops during your tour will be the 1820’s cookhouse. Step back in time with Compass Inn Museum’s masters of open hearth and beehive oven cookery. You will be treated to sights and smells of scrumptious food that features recipes and ingredients inspired by the cuisine of the 18th and 19th century. 

At the end of your tour, relax by the warm crackling fire glowing in the 1862 Room’s Rumsford fireplace while toasting to a good harvest with a cup of hot mulled cider and a cookie.

Walk-ins are welcome. Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more.  Last tour begins at 6:30 pm


Laurel Arts Christmas Craft Shoppe, November 14 - December 18

Browse through the Laurel Arts galleries and shop for holiday gifts from local artists and artisans daily from 12-4 pm.


Overly's Country Christmas, November 16, 2018- January 1, 2019

Celebrate the season at Overly’s Country Christmas®, a nonprofit committed to creating holiday memories with a Christmas Village that’s filled with an array of old-fashioned traditions and treats. Sing carols ‘round the bonfire, revel in the model train display, have your picture taken with Santa (in the days before Christmas), take a horse drawn wagon/sleigh ride or shop for gifts in the C. Edgar & Sons General Store plus much, much more as you experience the beauty of this traditional winter wonderland!

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. weather permitting. For your best holiday experience in Christmas Village, arrive early or at least 1 hour before the scheduled closing time. Inclement weather such as high wind, ice and rain may result in an early closing or complete closing. Closed some Mondays - please see event website here.


Light Up Ligonier, November 23

Santa comes to town! Join us in the countdown to light up the Diamond, enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride and a visit with Santa! 

Holidays in the Highlands (Weekends), November 23-December 23

Celebrate the holidays and make some unforgettable memories in the mountains! Take a ride through the beautiful landscapes of Seven Springs Mountain Resort, adorn with more than one million sparkling lights, creating a nearly four-mile display of lights! Stroll through Holiday Village featuring the region's best artisans and crafters. Enjoy our Holiday Buffet, let the kids visit the craft zone and take a ride on the Santa Express, our magnificent holiday train! Other thrills include snow tubing, our live holiday concerts, pictures with Santa and much more!

Light Up Somerset & Holiday Parade, November 24 & 30

Light Up Somerset and Holiday Parade is an annual tradition where locals and tourists alike gather to celebrate the season! The Holiday Parade kicks off an evening of winter celebrations. Santa Claus rides a wagon into town at the back of the parade and lights the tree with his magic dust! After the parade, the streets remain closed as the charming shops of Uptown Somerset offer hot cocoa, coffee, cider, food and warm ambiances. Music from the community brass band, the Barbershop Quartette and local folk artists fill the air. Children gather for pictures with Santa in his little house on the diamond, Wagon Rides, Stories with Mrs. Claus, Holiday Express Rides, children's crafts and more! It's a night of classic holiday magic in a nostalgic and historic setting! 

Holiday Candlelight Tours at Compass Inn Museum, November 24-25, December 1-2 & 8-9

Enjoy a special holiday treat in a charming country setting. While touring the historic Compass Inn Museum the glow of candles and warm flickering fires will transport you back to a more gentile time. The spirit of the Christmas season is reflected in the simple but charming décor, traditions and hospitality of days gone by. This Holiday season at the end of your tour take a respite from the all the hustle and bustle to relax with us by a crackling fire and sip a cup of hot mulled cider and enjoy a tasty treat.

Walk-ins are welcome. Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more. Last tour begins at 6:30 pm. 

Uptown Somerset Cookie Tour, December 1 & 7

Take a Sweet Stroll through Uptown Somerset! 

Taste test your way through the charming shops trying free homemade cookies at each stop, grab the recipes and vote for your favorite! The entire day is free of charge! And, of course, there are visits with Santa on the Diamond! Events take place 10am- 2pm.

Town Wide Open House, December 2

Enjoy the carolers as you Christmas shop in Ligonier! Take a break for lunch or dinner! More than 60 specialty shops and restaurants! 


Ethnic Traditions at the Somerset Historical Center, December 2

Come listen to families from various cultural backgrounds share their stories, food, music, and traditions. Event begins at 5:30pm; $20 per ticket, $35 per couple

Holiday Open House at Fort Ligonier, December 2

Sample holiday refreshments, see a special costumed interpreter and explore the Fort's new Museum Store for 18th century-inspired gifts, books, period toys, and more. Events occur 11am - 4pm.

Christmas Fun! at the Somerset Historical Center, December 8

Find the perfect gift for everyone on your "nice" list here at the Somerset Historical Center's Museum Shop. Items from local artisans including tinware, pottery, maple and apple products, and so much more! There will be children's activities and even ornament making. Be sure to stop by! Open 9am- 5pm







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