Make the Most of Black Friday and Small Business Saturday With These Things to Do in PA: Nov. 26-29

The outdoor Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink features ice skating, skate rentals, and twinkling lights in the shadow of Philadelphia City Hall through Feb. 28, 2021. (Courtesy of Visit Philadelphia/J. Fusco)

By Cassandra Stone

November 25, 2020

There are things to do inside or outside. If you decide to venture out, make sure to wash your hands, wear a mask, and follow social distancing guidelines.

Weekends in Pennsylvania have no shortage of things to do, especially this week with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and the beginning of the holiday season. While events might look different during the coronavirus pandemic, there are plenty of ways to have fun on your own, or with the family or friends in your quarantine bubble.

Here’s a roundup of activities to participate in the weekend of Nov. 26-29.

If you decide to venture out, make sure to wash your hands, wear a mask, and follow social distancing guidelines.


The Black Market

For Small Business Saturday this year, Philly is bringing together 20 Black-owned Businesses under one roof. Shop small and support the Black community this holiday weekend.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing, market organizers encourage attendees to select a time slot to shop. Visit Evenbrite for more information.

Winter at Dilworth Park

Dilworth Park has transformed into a winter wonderland from now until the end of February. Visit Center City and enjoy some Christmas cheer by skating in the ice rink or taking a stroll through the seasonal gardens.

If you’re looking to do some holiday shopping, you can find gifts from local artisans at the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market. Click here for more information about safety protocols.

Southeastern PA

Amazing Christmas Village

Visit Neshaminy Square to enjoy a traditional, European-style outdoor market full of food, Christmas lights, and a variety of vendors.

Santa, musical guests, and other entertainment will be there now through Dec. 24. For more information, visit

West Chester Drive-In Movie Night

Enjoy a safe night of family fun with a drive-in viewing of 2018’s “The Grinch” movie at East Goshen Township Park. All proceeds benefit Cub Scout Pack 122’s activities. Register at Eventbrite.

Northeastern PA

Santa Christmas Tree Express

Ride the Santa Christmas Tree Express to a local Christmas tree farm, where you’ll visit with Santa, buy a Christmas tree or wreath, and enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and cookies. The train will take you and your tree back to the station.

Trains depart at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Nov. 27-29, Dec. 5-6, Dec. 12-13, Dec. 19-20.

Tickets are $20 per adult and $10 per child. Trees range between $50 and $75. You can register online.

“Doing Democracy: Photography from the George Stephanopoulos Collection”

This exhibition at the Lehigh University Art Galleries explores the process of American democracy through photographs of world leaders, the media, politicians, civil rights movements, and everyday Americans. The exhibition was co-curated with students and faculty from the Departments of History, Political Science, Communication, Journalism, and Art, Architecture & Design.

The exhibit is free to view from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Learn more at the Lehigh University website.

South Central PA

“Christmas in the 1860s” in Gettysburg

Plan a visit to the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum & Visitor Center to see and learn how they celebrated the holidays during the Civil War era. The Victorian Dance Ensemble presents “Christmas in the 1860s” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27.

Find ticket information here.

HersheyPark Christmas Candylane

Ride your favorite rides and enjoy beautiful light displays throughout HersheyPark this holiday season.

The holiday event lasts until the new year. For more information, visit the park’s website.

North Central PA

The Exchange Gallery’s “Mask & Carry” show

Take part in a special end-of-year exhibition at the Exchange Gallery in Bloomsburg. The “Mask & Carry” show uses masks as its theme, which is fitting for 2020. Artists will receive a white cotton mask, which they can turn into art via painting, drawing, collage, photography, sculpture, and more.

The gallery can be viewed in-person and online, and all pieces will be on sale. Visit for more information.

Southwestern PA

“Keep Your Distance: A Socially-Distanced Comedy Show”

This Thanksgiving version of the popular annual comedy show will be a pre-recorded special and it will be available Nov. 26-27 for anyone who purchases the show.

A link will be sent out Thanksgiving morning to all customers. This will be a family-friendly show featuring Cletus Kassady, Dominque, Clayton English, Angel Gaines, Tahir Moore, Jor’El Quinn, and Tim Shropshire. Register at Eventbrite.

“It’s a Wonderful Life” Festival

Jimmy Stewart’s hometown of Indiana will host its annual “It’s a Wonderful Life” Festival. See a 37-foot tall Christmas tree with lights, tour the expanded “It’s a Wonderful Life” exhibit at the Jimmy Stewart Museum, visit with Santa, and do your holiday shopping in downtown Indiana.

The festival starts this weekend, and runs from 12 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 12 to 3 p.m. on Sundays through Dec. 20. Learn more at

Northwestern PA 

Hurry Hill Maple Farm Drive-Thru

For Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, Hurry Hill Maple Farm and Museum in Edinboro will offer families a safe way to buy maple syrup products and related items in a drive-thru event.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit or call 814-572-1358.

Layups for Lucy

The 7th annual “Layups for Lucy” event will take place at Neshannock High School in New Castle, and will feature a drive-in movie event. Watch “Elf” from the safety of your family car, and enjoy food trucks, raffle baskets, fireworks, and more.

The event is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $10 per vehicle. The event will benefit Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Visit Eventbrite for more information. 


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