Held annually since 1995, Santa’s Sleigh Ride has easily become the premier holiday shopping event in the Bradford County area. With a selection of handcraft items from the area’s finest artisans this shopping tour has much to offer. It may seem then easy to see why this festival perennially goes head to head with Black Friday shopping, running the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday after Thanksgiving. Comprising local shops, churches and even factories, there is much to offer in the way of shopping, and free refreshments and great door prizes don’t hurt either.
Santa’s Sleigh Ride is a self guided tour by car through Northeastern Bradford County and comprises a dozen and a half artisans and is held in the heart of beautiful Endless Mountains area. The actual vastness separating the festival spots will demand car transportation. However, don’t be turned off by the driving, it is not nearly as daunting as some visitors may first think. The artisans map centers mostly on LeRaysville and Rome and only covers an area of about 12 miles by 4 miles. Utilizing small state roads and a web of country lanes, the trip is just right for losing oneself in a beautiful winter afternoon. Visitors are encouraged to consult the website for bus tours which are also available, as well as maps and brochures listing the participating stores and locations.
Along the Sleigh Ride there are of course the traditional country items one comes to expect. Homemade candles, painted slate signs, and rustic furniture are all available. However, it is the surprisingly vast collection of more unique vendors that makes this festival such a destination travel. Between the various vendors are a plethora of holiday-themed items. Advent calendars, wooden and glass ornaments, wreaths and various decorations; all of it and more are for sale. Also in the mix are two wineries, a cheese factory and a maple syrup house – all serving a fine selection of authentic and delicious specialties. On Friday and Saturday two local churches serve lunch items in addition to an impressive array of craft vendors.
Admission and parking is free.