Holiday Events in Potter and Tioga Counties

Channel your Christmas cheer this holiday season in Potter-Tioga, PA.

Holiday magic fills our small towns from November through the end of December thanks to an abundance of festive events. From merry meetings with Santa and his reindeer to finding perfect gifts in local shops along beautifully decorated streets, make this Christmas an unforgettable experience for the entire family.

Shop SmallTown

November 30; events throughout the day
Blossburg, PA

Blossburg VIBE presents Shop SmallTown on Small Business Saturday. Get a start on your holiday shopping as businesses in the area will be running specials and events throughout the day, along with local craft and art vendors, and community groups. Festive events include: local merchant discounts, Turkey Trot, free showing of The Grinch at the Victoria Theater, pictures with Santa, Santa Mail, Community Snowball Fight, Craft Fair, and more.

Home for the Holidays

November 30; events throughout the day
Mansfield, PA

Home for the Holidays is for families who come together in Mansfield, perhaps with some members now living out of town, who want to experience that nostalgic, small-town holiday that they grew up with. Featuring breakfast, pictures with Santa, games, vendors and more.


November 30; 4PM
John Collins Memorial Park, Galeton, PA

GLOW begins with Santa arriving to visit with the children and will be in the band house with Mrs. Claus to hear all their wishes for Christmas. Enjoy story time which will be held in the Library. Outside events include refreshments in the park, fire pits to warm by, and community caroling at 6 PM - 6:30 PM in the pavilion. Events will come to a close at 6:30 with a fireworks display.

Small Town Christmas

November 30; 5PM
Shinglehouse, PA

Enjoy the annual Christmas Parade at 5:00 and this year's theme, "A Holly Jolly Christmas." Followed by a delightful winter festival with food vendors, games, and a chance to see Santa at OV Senior Center Parking Lot.

Light UP a Life

December 5; 5:30PM - 6:30PM
Coudersport, PA

During the holiday season, UPMC Cole will be decorating a 60-foot outdoor tree lit with sparkling white lights. Each light represents a gift in honor or in memory of someone special. Your generous contribution will be used in support of ongoing patient care needs for our Hospice and Patterson Cancer patients. Attend this special tree lighting ceremony, Thursday, December 5th at 5:30 p.m. in UPMC Cole's Irwin Medical Arts Center. Refreshments will be served in the IMAC corridor following the tree lighting ceremony in the courtyard.

Dickens of a Christmas

December 7; 9AM - 5PM
Wellsboro, PA

Wellsboro's Main Street and the surrounding side streets will be closed to traffic and will become an early Victorian marketplace featuring costumed food and craft vendors, strolling musicians, singers, dancers and streetcorner thespians. Victorian costumes are welcome!

Christmas on Main Street

December 13; events throughout the day
Wellsboro, PA

Experience the holiday magic of a small town along Wellsboro's gaslit streets. In Wellsboro, the Christmas season takes you back to your childhood - independent shops fully decorated with shop owners ready to help you choose the perfect gift, Christmas songs filling the air, a live nativity, great seasonal food and drink, and friendly people walking along safe sidewalks. Christmas on Main Street also has lots of great events for kids to enjoy including photos with Santa, Highland Chocolate's chocolate tasting, game night at Pop's Culture, a community Christmas carol sing-a-long, Arcadia Theatre's $1 movie offering of "Elf," story time at the Green Free Library, photos with real, live reindeer, and Candy Cane Sundaes and hot chocolate with Santa's Elves at Main Street Olive Oil. Take a complimentary ride on Wellsboro's antique trolley for fun and to more easily visit events and shops.

Santa in the Shay

December 14; 12PM - 3PM
Wellsboro, PA

Santa will pay a visit to the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum between 12 and 3 P.M. Instead of driving his famous sleigh, he will be in the cab of the museum's Shay locomotive to listen to your holiday requests. Take an instant pic with St. Nick, and then use that photo to make a special ornament for your tree. Cookies and hot cocoa will be served in the museum program room, and a variety of local artisans (along with our gift shop) will have unique gift items for sale at our holiday bazaar. Admission to the event is only $5.00 for adults (12 and over) and $3.00 for youth (ages 3 to 11), and includes access to all museum exhibits and attractions. Kids under 3 are always free at the museum. A great way to spend time with family while supporting local businesses!