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If you are looking for the best places to take your loved ones to get in the holiday spirits, look no further. Get your coat, fill a mug with hot chocolate, and get ready to make your spirits bright.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Every year Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens transforms for their Holiday Magic! Winter Flower Show and Light Garden. Explore over 10 acres of gardens and lights featuring a Tree Carousel, colorful poinsettia trees, a Floating Forest of sparkling trees reflecting on water, an 8-foot tall Rainbow Glow Tree, a tunnel of lights, visits with Santa, and more. For full details, visit

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland

This light show is over 2 miles long and features custom made light displays that dance in perfect synchronization to music you can play on the radio in your car. You can also visit Santa’s village and learn something in elf training school or write a letter to Santa. Visit for more information.

Kennywood Holiday Lights

Pittsburgh’s traditional amusement park gets all decked out to celebrate the holiday season. Experience the wonder of nearly two million twinkling lights, Pennsylvania’s tallest Christmas tree, choreographed light shows, musical performances, magic shows, the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer® television classic in 4D, and much more. Check out to learn more.

A Christmas Story House

The home of the Ralphie Parker and his family in the 1983 classic Christmas movie A Christmas Story is located within a two hour’s drive of Beaver in Cleveland, Ohio. It has been restored to its movie splendor and visitors are welcome to tour it year-round! A Christmas Story Museum is open across the street from the home and it features original props, costumes, memorabilia, and rare behind-the-scenes photos from the film. You can also stay overnight in the Bumpus House next door which was the fictional home to Ralphie’s neighbors. Visit for more information.

The Polar Express™ Train Ride

“Take a journey to the North Pole with a train ride inspired by the favorite holiday movie. The Dennison Depot in Dennison, Ohio offers the authentic POLAR EXPRESS™ Train ride – just 1.5 hours from Beaver! Tickets for these rides sell out quickly. Try your luck at getting them for this season or save this information for next year!”

Oglebay Festival of Lights Sounds of the Season

The Festival of Lights is identified as one of the top light displays in the United States by countless travel companies and national publications, the Festival of Lights features three hundred acres of twinkling lights over a six-mile drive. The dazzling display includes 90 lighted attractions boasting more than one million energy- efficient LED lights. The festival of Lights runs November 4 through January 9. Visit for more information.

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