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The sun sets at five o’clock, and the air has a frigid kiss, but that’s no reason to stay home this winter! There are tons of wonderful events and attractions to visit in Beaver County. Whether you’re the type to embrace the cold and explore or settle in by the fire with a snack, there’s a local place for you to escape the winter blues. These activities are inexpensive, and most are suitable for children of all ages, so gather up your family and friends and check out one of these five winter activities.

Raccoon Creek

1. Enjoy the beauty of nature at Raccoon Creek State Park

Hiking– There are 42 miles of trails to explore at Raccoon Creek. Take a scenic walk through the woods or along Raccoon Lake.

Cross-country Skiing– Most trails allow cross country skiing, but you can head over to the pavilion area to access a special 2.1-mile trail just for skiers.

Snowmobiling– If the conditions are suitable, snowmobiling is permitted on four miles of Nichol and Pioneer Camp roads.

Ice Skating– Glide across the 101 acre Raccoon Lake this winter but use caution! Park officials do not monitor ice conditions or thickness.

2. Peruse the Christmas Craft and Baked Goods Bazaar in Aliquippa

Visit Uncommon Grounds Cafe at 380 Franklin Avenue on December 8th and 9th to purchase crafts and baked goods from multiple vendors. The event will be held on Friday the 8th from 12-7 pm and Saturday the 9th from 8 am – 3 pm. The event supports local women coming out of incarceration or struggling with addiction.

3. Check out the Annual Ridings Family Holiday Train Display in Darlington

Every weekend in December, the McCarl Industrial Museum opens up their holiday train display to the public. There will be multiple running trains and holiday movies accompanied by cookies and candy. This event is free and open Saturdays 10 am-4 pm and Sundays 12 – 4 pm.

4. Visit Santa in Darlington

Meet Santa when he makes a stop at the McCoy Log Cabin this year on December 9th. Located next to the McCarl Industrial Museum, the 1800’s log cabin will be ready for Santa and his visitors with a roaring fire, treats, holiday inflatables, and vintage sleighs. This event is free and open to the public from 1-4:30 pm.


5. See a show at the Lincoln Performing Arts Center in Midland

Home is Where the Heart Is – Mancini Academy musical theatre students will be performing segments of favorite Broadways shows on December 13th at 5 pm and 7 pm.

The Nutcracker – Enjoy the recreation of the holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Performances are December 14th – 17th. Weekday shows begin at 7:30 pm and weekend performances at 2 pm.

Holiday Concert – The Lincoln Park Music Department is planning a spectacular holiday show on December 19th at 7 pm.

Christmas Brasstacular – A holiday music show with Christmas carols and Christmas movie music. December 21st at 7:30 pm


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Emily Herschl
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