We ate way to much turkey on Thanksgiving. We spent more than we should have on Black Friday. We supported our local small businesses on Small Business Saturday. And then we found some killer Internet deals on Cyber Monday.

Now that the eating and shopping associated with Thanksgiving weekend is behind us, the holiday season is in full swing. YBC has spent the past week writing about many of the great holiday activities and events happening all over Beaver County in the coming weeks…and there is seriously A LOT of things happening!

But what if you are on a tight schedule and looking for the best of the best when it comes to local holiday attractions? Well, we’ve got you covered there too. Here are our Top 5 Holiday Attractions in Beaver County!

5. Ice Skating at Brady’s Run Park

It’s probably the fault of those people at Rockefeller Center in New York City…or maybe it’s the folks at PPG Place in Pittsburgh…but something about the holiday season seems to make ice skating a whole lot more appealing to those of us who don’t do it all that often.

Beaver County residents don’t have to drive all the way to Pittsburgh to get their ice skating action though. Brady’s Run Ice Arena has public sessions every day of the week, and you won’t have to brave the elements at their indoor facility located right at the entrance to Brady’s Run Park!

4. Shopping in Downtown Beaver

This is another one that you might do all year long, but something about the holiday season just seems to make the streets of downtown Beaver come alive with excitement!

Spending an afternoon shopping in downtown Beaver can include visits to shops like Grandpa Joe’s Candy Store, Jeppie, Split Personality, and Castle Toys & Games!

You can also stop into one of the many excellent restaurants along the way, or grab something sweet from our friends at Kretchmar’s! (Their danishes have always been a holiday tradition in my family!)

3. Visiting Santa at the Mall

As a 32 year old guy, visiting Santa at the mall doesn’t hold much appeal for me anymore. But that simply isn’t the case for pretty much ALL of the children of Beaver County.

My niece just had her first experience getting her picture taken with Santa, and that brought back a ton of memories of waiting in line to tell the big guy exactly what I wanted for Christmas (video games) and how I had definitely been good all year long (that part was usually a stretch)!

2. The Beaver County Model Railroad & Historical Society Train Display in Monaca

While a visit to Santa might not excite me, I was shocked last year by how much my visit to the Beaver County Model Railroad & Historical Society did! This model train display is absolutely awesome!

This hidden gem is located right behind the American Legion building in Monaca and is open to the public every weekend during the holiday season! It’s also totally free, but make sure you drop something in their donation box!

1. Beaver County Festival of Trees at Brady’s Run Park

I love the holiday season. And nothing gets me excited for Christmas each year like a walk through the lodge at Brady’s Run Park during the Festival of Trees!

Here you will find dozens and dozens of different Christmas trees, each decorated by a local organization with different themes! There are also train displays and tons of local vendors selling their holiday products!

The holiday season is a great time of year to get out and experience Beaver County. If you have the time, you should definitely check out all of the great ideas in Allie’s 25 Days of Christmas in Beaver County or the 36 Festive Activities in Beaver County this weekend!

But if you can only fit a few activities into your busy holiday calendar, these are the five to focus on!

Andrew is a professional freelance writer and lifelong resident of Beaver County. He created Your Beaver County to promote and showcase all of the positive aspects of our incredible local culture! You can find more of Andrew’s professional information at Brooklyn Content, or you can also follow him on his personal twitter account, @theAndrewSelby.