10 Local Activities You Don't Want to Miss This November

As November begins, I always have a list of a million things I want to do, see and accomplish. How do I get ready for Thanksgiving, take down the Halloween decorations and put up the fall ones while I start shopping for Christmas, chop down a real tree on Black Friday, get to see Santa… it’s exhausting. Literally. 

One of the great things about Beaver County is that we have so many great activities, productions and other things here that you don’t ever have to drive into Pittsburgh…or really leave at all! Whether you want to see a parade, a show, take a quick run or get into the Christmas spirit, here is a consolidated list of 10 things to do in the month of November. 

1. Festival of Trees – Brady’s Run Park

November 26-29

This is one of my all-time favorite activities around the holidays in Beaver County. Stop by the Brady’s Run Lodge and step into the North Pole! 

Beautiful Christmas trees galore, Santa Land, Candy Lane Gift Shop, North Pole Café, even a model train display and entertainment. It’s fun for the entire family!! 

Free shuttle service if you park at the Ice Arena.

www.beavercountyfestivaloftrees.org

2. Light Up Night – Beaver

Friday, November 27

Stroll through downtown Beaver on Black Friday this year and save yourself a drive to Pittsburgh…our light-up-night is just as good! 

Free photos with Santa at the gazebo, carriage rides, parade, live entertainment, fireworks, etc. Shops will be open late to accommodate all of your hungry bellies!  5-9PM

www.beaverareachamber.com

3. 5Ks  

Feel like doing a little running?  Or in my case, a nice brisk walk?  We’ve got two for you to pick from this month:

Trees and Trails 5K Run and Fun Walk Hopewell

Saturday, November 7 at 8 am – www.hopewelltwp.com

4th Annual 5-Mile Turkey Trot & 1-Mile Fun Walk Beaver

Saturday, November 21 at 8 am – www.bcbigs.org

Benefits Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Beaver County

4. Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 28

Of course we all get caught up in the shopping whirlwind as the holiday seasons draw closer. Black Friday, Cyber Monday, some stores even opening up ON Thanksgiving…but how often do we really stop and support our local businesses?

That’s what Small Business Saturday is all about. 

Not only are you benefiting a local staple, but small business also donate 250% more than larger businesses to non-profits and community causes. So you’re doing double the help! Almost $6 Billion was spent on this day last year, which goes directly into benefiting local economies.

Take a stroll down the main streets of Beaver Falls, New Brighton, Beaver, Aliquippa, Monaca, Rochester…the list goes on and on. Skip Wal-Mart for a day and buy your toys, clothes, food, etc. somewhere local!

5. Trains  

If you have little boys in your family, you need to check some of these out! Some of the model train displays that pop up around the holidays in our area are out of this world.

Beaver County Fall Model Train Show & Sale – Monaca

November 22 from 10 am to 3 pm – www.bcmrr.railfan.net

Beaver County Model Railroad Christmas Open House – Monaca

November 27 from 5 pm to 9 pm, and November 28 & 29 from 12 pm to 5 pm – www.bcmrr.railfan.net

Ohio Valley Lines Holiday Model Railroad Open House – Ambridge

November 28 & 29 from 12 pm to 5 pm – www.ohiovalleylines.org

Christmas Trains in Ellwood City – Ellwood City

November 27 from 5 pm to 8 pm, November 28 from 3 pm to 8 pm, and November 29 from 1 pm – 5 pm

6. Christmas Parade – Beaver Falls

Saturday, November 28 – 7 pm

This was one of my favorite things to go to growing up in the area. Our church always made floats and we got to throw candy to all the little ones who came to the parade, excited out of their minds over all the lights and music.

This is the 27th Annual Lighted Christmas Parade, and it will be just as great as we all remember. Santa will even be making an appearance afterwards at the art center. 

7. Concerts

Does music get you into the spirit of the season?  We’ve got some great options for you!

Beaver Valley Choral Society Christmas Concert – Chippewa

November 29 at 3 pm

Christmas Choral and orchestral music from churches and organizations all over the county! All are coming together at the Chippewa United Methodist Church.  Be sure to get there early for good seating!  – www.bvchoralsociety.org

Johnny Angel & the Halos Hopewell

November 21 at 9:30 pm

Sponsored by BF Jones Memorial Library. This holiday concert will combine some of our golden oldies with your favorite Christmas tunes.  Don’t miss out!

8. Stage Performances

You don’t need to drive to Pittsburgh to see a great musical or opera. Check out what we have in our very own backyards.

Les Miserables – Midland

Weekends in November: Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm – www.lppacenter.org

Calendar Girls – Beaver

Bobcat Players Community Theater is putting on this production November 13, 14, 19, 20 & 21 at 7:30 pm – www.bobcatplayers.com

9. German Christmas Market – Harmony

Come on out to the Harmony Museum on November 14 between 11 am and 6 pm and November 15 between 11 am and 4 pm. A marketplace showcasing German crafts, foods, and treasures will be set up for your shopping pleasure. A truly unique experience! – www.harmonymuseum.org

10. Dinner and a Show:

1940’s Annual Hanger Dinner Dance – Chippewa

Saturday, November 14 at 5:30 pm

Roast beef dinner and big band music by the Beaver Bop Cats. All inside the hanger at the Air Heritage Museum to honor our Veterans.  – www.airheritage.org

Cabaret Dinner Show: “The Facets of Love” – Monaca

Saturday, November 14 at 6:30 pm

A dinner and show presented by the King Beaver Barbershop Chorus, all at the Monaca Turners.

Ok Beaver County… what else can we add to the list? I’m trying to pack my month full with as many activities as I can. Whatcha got for me?

Allie is a lifelong resident of Beaver County. She is a 2006 graduate of Blackhawk High School, and still resides in Patterson Heights with her husband Andy and their 3-year old son, Luke. She is a Regional Manager at PLS Logistics and a sports fanatic. You can find her on Facebook as Allie Dixon.