From traditional wintertime activities, such as picking out a real Christmas tree, to a holiday hoops classic you won’t want to miss, our region comes alive with the Christmas spirit during the holiday season.
Here’s a round-up of the best wintertime activities in Somerset-Pulaski County to get you in the holiday spirit.
1. Heffelfinger Tree Farm
You can pick up a real Christmas tree at stores, but it wouldn’t be nearly as festive as going to a Christmas tree farm and picking out your own. Heffelfinger Tree Farm is located east of Somerset and during the holiday season offers fresh pre-cut fir, spruce, and pine trees. While there, browse their handmade greenery, Christmas décor, ornaments, and more!
2. Explore the Carnegie Community Arts Center
Take a walk through downtown Somerset to see the Christmas tree and storefront holiday decorations, then make a stop by the Carnegie Community Arts Center (CCAC). The CCAC is known for their art gallery showcasing local artists’ work and for hosting area musicians’ jam sessions.
3. Warm up with a cup of hot cocoa
To us, nothing says Christmas more than a good cup of hot chocolate or hot apple cider. Try a taste of something seasonal from the Baxter’s Coffee winter wonderland menu or grab a peppermint white chocolate coffee from Sip N Scoops Café. Don’t forget to try the delicious hot apple cider from Haney’s Appledale Farm. Choose one or sample them all — you won’t be disappointed!
4. Find the perfect gift
You’ll find the perfect gift when you peruse the arts and crafts available at the Yellow Umbrella or snag a gift basket full of yummy treats from the Market on Main. Stop by the Mole Hole for unique stocking stuffers or discover vintage home décor at Mageeters. There are more unique boutiques, artisan and gift shops waiting for you in Somerset-Pulaski County — see our complete list.
5. Treat yourself to dinner and a show
Partake in a delicious pre-show dinner and add in festive Christmas music in the style of Motown for an unbelievable celebration! Shadows of the 1960s “A Motown Christmas” comes to the Center for Rural Development for one night only on Dec. 17, and includes a pre-show themed catered dinner.
On Dec. 21, take time to enjoy dinner at a local eatery. See our list of favorites, then head to Somerset High School and join Clara and the nutcrackers as they battle the Mouse King, travel through the land of snow, and are welcomed to the land of sweets by the Sugar Plum Fairy in the production of the Nutcracker Ballet presented by Pep & Pizzazz. For more shows and events, check out our calendar.
6. Watch Holiday Hoops
If you haven’t experienced our Lake Cumberland holiday basketball tradition, you need to! Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops is now in its seventh year. Boys participate in a tournament of 13-team pool play format while girls battle it out in 6-team pool play. The 2019 tournament takes place Dec. 27-29.
7. Ring in the new year in downtown Somerset
Somerset’s downtown New Year’s Eve celebration, Light Up 2020, will be held rain or shine. This year’s event promises food trucks and festive drinks, a #SeeMySet photo opportunity at Wandering Elm Photography, live music, and a traditional ball drop! It’s sure to be chilly, but you’ll be toasty under warming tents set up around the square. Be sure to bundle up and bring chairs to enjoy the musical lineup, including Chase Cimala & members of Somerset Big Band, Kevin Dalton & the Tuesday Blooms, and The Company Band.
We invite you to kick the wintertime blues and make new holiday memories with friends and family here in beautiful Somerset-Pulaski County!
What’s your favorite holiday tradition? Let us know in our Facebook comment section!