The Christmas lights of Overly’s Country Christmas are magical. Trees are set ablaze with thousands of tiny lights, and illuminated fence posts trim the lanes. All the houses and churches and buildings are carefully highlighted. Very quickly you recall that old-time Christmas feeling. The same drive towards tradition that pulls dads everywhere to get out the holiday decorations is religiously executed at Overly’s with amazing fervor and delicate care towards their impressive holiday displays.
After enjoying the lights display, stop at the Christmas Village. The Christmas Village has the quaint atmosphere and homespun ingenuity of a small amusement park and provides a great cap to your trip. Kids can meet Twikle, the mascot of Overly’s and talk to Henny the Hemlock. Hartman’s Station is the area’s largest G-Scale model train display and has a four-season layout. A nostalgic stroll through Santa’s Workshop is a trip to Christmas’s of old, where visitors of all ages can revel in toys from long past days. At the workshop Santa will be making special appearances until Christmas Eve. Don’t forget to stop by C. Edgar & Sons General Store to pick up holiday gifts!
Homemade fudge and candies are dished out all season long at the Sweet Shoppe, and for the kids, lollipops in an assortment of flavors. Stop by Harry Edgar’s where volunteers serve fresh kettle korn and warm pretzels. Enjoy the bonfire with your sweetie and a hot beverage from The Country Kitchen – cappuccinos, hot cider, and hot chocolate. Overly’s has a great variety of snacking items, but big menu items are limited mostly to hotdogs and hamburgers. If your trip is a long haul, consider packing a picnic to avoid grouchy hunger pangs.
Overly’s Country Christmas started with Harry Overly as a single-man operation, and over the last half century has grown into a multi-million dollar charity event which has garnered admiration from the community and attention from major new outlets. Overly’s Country Christmas is held at the Westmoreland Fairgrounds daily throughout November, December, and closes the first day of the New Year. Admission is charged by the car-load, and prices vary based on the passenger class.
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