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Holiday  Events  2023


Phipps Conservatory Holiday Magic! Winter Flower Show and Light Garden

1 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh PA 15213


Friday, November 17th through Sunday, January 7th

Phipps will be closed on November 23 and December 25th. Phipps closes at 5 p.m. on Fri., Dec. 24 and reopens at 9:30 a.m. on Sun., Dec. 26.


The holiday season isn't complete without a visit to Phipps, and on Fri., Nov. 17, Holiday Magic! Winter Flower Show and Light Garden will return to Phipps' glowing gardens. With the charming theme of "Season's Greetings," guests are sure to be captivated by the wonderful winter themes and lovely lights throughout. Phipps has pulled out all the stops for this year's Winter Flower Show with magnificent new displays featuring holiday trees adorned in jewel tones, exquisitely detailed props, and our signature floral delights, including amaryllis, orchids and 21 varieties of poinsettias. Plus, the beauty isn't just indoors: our celebrated Winter Light Garden, fills our Outdoor and Discovery Gardens with spectacular lights in vivid shades that will awe guests of all ages.



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Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s 62nd Annual Light-Up Night

Downtown Pittsburgh


Saturday, Nov. 18, 2022


Pittsburgh is ready to light up once more! This year is the 62nd annual Light-Up Night, run by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, which promises a delightful celebration to ring in the holiday season and the 62nd anniversary.


American Idol winner Phillip Phillips will also be headlining the main stage along Fort Duquesne Boulevard.


Learn more about this celebrated Pittsburgh holiday tradition here- Downtown Pittsburgh for the Holidays (



People’s Gas Holiday Market - Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership

Market Square, Downtown Pittsburgh


Opening Friday, November 17th through December 23rd (Closed Thanksgiving)


Stroll through an illuminated Market Square at the Peoples Gas Holiday Market™, where wooden chalets are brimming with high-quality gifts and holiday experiences that have both international flair and local charm.


Learn more, at


Beaver County Christmas Extravaganza

526 Brady’s Run Rd, Beaver Falls, PA 15010 (The Lodge at Brady’s Run Park)


November 23 & December 1 – 5 pm to 9 pm, November 24 – November 26, December 1 – December 3 – noon to 9 pm


We invite you to join us as we celebrate our 34th year of providing one of the area's most exciting Christmas Holiday events to over 9,400 visitors from the surrounding Tri-State area. The Extravaganza brings joy and excitement to both young and old.


Learn more, at



Holiday Lights 2023


Kennywood Holiday Lights

4800 Kennywood Boulevard, West Mifflin, PA 15122


November 18, 2023 – January 1, 2024 – select nights.


Take a stroll among more than two million twinkling lights, and marvel at the tallest Christmas tree in the state. Savor the flavors of new festive foods and holiday drinks. Plus, there are exciting rides and special entertainment for all.


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 Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium – Zoo Lights Drive-Thru & Walk Thru

7370 Baker Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15206


Select Nights Starting Friday, November 24th through Friday, December 30th.



Twinkle, shimmer, and shine your way through the season at the much-anticipated return of the Zoo Lights Drive-Thru! Get cozy in your car as you drive through thousands of environmentally friendly LED lights that transform the park into an unforgettable winter wonderland. Enjoy over 150 animal lights with new displays, festive music carols along the way.


Walk Thru

Savor your sparkling safari at a slower pace with a brand-new walk-thru Zoo Lights experience! Join us for yuletide entertainment, photo opportunities, special holiday snacks, and more! Santa Claus will also be at the Zoo to listen to last-minute wishes.


Member sales begin November 1st.

General sales begin November 6th.



Allegheny County Parks Holiday Laser Show

North Park Pool Parking Lot, S Ridge Drive, Allison Park, PA 15101


December 8 - December 23, 2023

No shows December 11th & 12th.


Celebrate the holidays with a one-of-a-kind drive-in laser show at North Park! You will be dazzled by a beautiful 40-minute light show synchronized with holiday music – all from the comfort of your own vehicle.


Space is limited, and tickets will sell out fast. Don't miss this unique and entertaining experience!


  • Please arrive 30-45 minutes before your time slot.
  • Have your QR code ready on your mobile device or by printing your receipt in advance.
  • No commercial vehicles including school buses, minibuses, limos, etc. will be permitted at the event.


For more information, visit:


Highmark First Night Pittsburgh

Cultural District, Downtown Pittsburgh


Sunday, December 31st from 6PM to 12AM. 


The region's biggest New Year's Eve celebration. This family-friendly event is a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District.


To learn more, visit:  Visit | First Night Pittsburgh | The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust (



Overly’s Country Christmas®

116 Blue Ribbon Lane, Greensburg, PA 15601


Thursday’s Through Sunday’s Starting November 16 – December 30, 2023, 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm Fridays and Saturdays, and 5:30pm - 10:00pm Thursdays and Sundays, weather permitting.


Closed Thanksgiving (11/23), Christmas Eve (12/24), Christmas Day (12/25), and New Years Eve (12/31)


Celebrate the season at Overly’s Country Christmas®, a nonprofit organization operated mainly by volunteers who are committed to creating holiday memories with a walk-around Christmas Village that’s filled with an array of old-fashioned traditions and treats.  Sing carols ’round the bonfire, revel in the model train display, have your picture taken with Santa (in the days before Christmas), take a horse drawn wagon/sleigh ride or shop for gifts in the C. Edgar & Sons General Store plus much, much more as you experience the warmth of this traditional Christmas Village!


Please check their website to see COVID-19 adapted plans, at Operating Schedule – Overlys Country Christmas



Oglebay’s Winter Festival of Lights

Oglebay Drive, Wheeling, WV 26003


November 9, 2023 – January 8, 2024


Beginning in 1985, the Festival of Lights has grown into one of the nation’s largest holiday light shows, attracting more than one million visitors each year. Identified as one of the top light displays in the United States by countless travel companies and national publications, the Festival of Lights features three hundred acres of twinkling lights over a six-mile drive. The dazzling display includes over 100 lighted attractions boasting more than one million energy-efficient LED lights.


For details, go to Festival of Lights - Oglebay: Oglebay



Christmas Light-Up

600 Clinton Park Drive, Imperial PA

November 18th to January 7th. 5PM to 10PM Daily.


Founded in 1993, the Christmas Light Up Celebration in Clinton, PA is the best kept holiday secret in Pittsburgh. Drive through and enjoy a one-mile experience of light displays in a wooded setting.


To learn more, visit:



‘Tis the season to snuggle into the couch with a hot cup of cocoa and gear up for this year’s lineup of Hallmark Christmas movies! The most wonderful time of the year is not complete without a complete lineup of Christmas movies from the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, and we’re here to feature some of the newest and most exciting holiday movies for your viewing pleasure. Get ready to Countdown to Christmas with a list of the greatest movies of the year!  Deck your halls, bake some cookies and settle in, let’s kick off this holiday season in front of the TV!  



Countdown to Christmas - The Hallmark Channel**


Checkin’ It Twice, starring Kim Matula & Kevin McGarry


A journeyman hockey player (McGarry) fall for a real estate agent (Matula) in a career crisis when he’s traded to her hometown and moves into the cottage in her hockey loving family’s backyard.


Where Are You, Christmas, starring Lyndsy Fonseca, Mchael Rady, Jim O’Heir, Julie Warner


When Addy (Fonseca) wishes for a year without Christmas, she wakes up in a world of black and white. She must work together with the town mechanic (Rady) to restore Christmas. Starring Lyndsy Fonseca, Michael Rady, Jim O'Heir and Julie Warner.


Under the Christmas Sky, Starring Jessica Parker Kennedy, and Ryan Paevey.


Kat is an esteemed astrophysicist, who is scheduled for her first trip into space next year until an accident grounds her. While on leave, coming to terms with the reality that her dream of being an astronaut is over, she volunteers at the local planetarium. There, she is paired up with by-the-book David to work on an exhibit opening right before Christmas. Will the stars align to bring these two together at the holidays?



Christmas by Design, Starring Rebecca Dalton and Jonathan Keltz.


A fashion designer gets accepted into a Christmas challenge to create a new holiday-themed collection and not only finds the inspiration for her next line but decides to redesign her approach to what’s most important in life.


Mystic Christmas, Jessy Schram and Chandler Massey.


Juniper travels to Mystic, Connecticut during the holidays to work at the rehabilitation center and aquarium. She reconnects with Sawyer, the owner of the pizza shop.


Joyeux Noel, Starring Jaicy Elliot and Brant Daugherty.


When a romantic painting of a Christmas market captures the imagination of copy editor Lea, she is sent to France with pragmatic reporter Mark to uncover the mystery behind the artist.


Flipping for Christmas, Ashley Newbrough and Marcus Rosner.


It’s almost Christmas when busy realtor Abigail agrees to help her sister with the “simple flip” of a recently inherited home. Unfortunately, co-beneficiary Bo has other plans in mind.


Never Been Chris'd, Starring Janel Parrish, Pascal Lamothe-Kipnes, and Tyler Hynes.


Home for the holidays, BFFs Naomi and Liz reconnect with high school crush Chris Silver. A complex love triangle forms, forcing them to take stock of their lives and find the value of friendship.


The Santa Summit, Starring Hunter King and Benjamin Hollingsworth.


It’s time for the annual Santa Summit, in which revelers put on Santa suits and hop around designated locations in town to eat, drink, and be merry. Three best friends decide to go together: Jordin, a recently dumped art teacher looking to cut loose; Ava, a shy woman hoping to run into her crush; and Stella, a Christmas cynic with no interest in the Santa Summit whatsoever. At the start of the night, Jordin meets and bonds with Liam, but doesn’t get his name before getting separated and lost in a sea of Santas. As the night progresses and hijinks ensue, amidst the chaos, celebration, and a sea of Santas, they all find what they’re looking for: Christmas spirit, potential romance, and a strengthened bond of friendship.


Everything Christmas, Starring Katherine Barrell, Cindy Busby, Corey Sevier and Matt Wells.


Lori Jo’s love for Christmas takes her on a road trip to Yuletide Springs with her roommate Tori, where Christmas is celebrated year-round, to participate in a longstanding town tradition to honor her late grandmother. Along the way, the friends meet Carl and Jason, and the foursome make stops during their journey to enjoy more small-town Christmas attractions. But when a series of events puts a damper on their plans, a little Christmas magic may put this trip back on the right path.


Christmas Island, Starring Rachel Skarsten and Andrew Walker.


When a snowstorm diverts Kate’s first private flight en route to Switzerland to Christmas Island, she must team up with an air traffic controller to secure her dream job as the family’s pilot.


A Heidelberg Holiday, Starring Ginna Claire Mason and Frédéric Brossier.


Heidi Heidelberg receives the dream opportunity to sell her beautiful, handmade glass ornaments at the prestigious Heidelberg Christmas Market in Germany. While there, she meets Lukas, a local artisan who helps her reconnect with her lost heritage.


Navigating Christmas, starring Chelsea Hobbs and Stephen Huszar Tamera Mowry- Housley, Ronnie Rowe Jr.


Recently divorced Melanie and her son Jason visit a remote island for Christmas, only to find themselves running a real working lighthouse where she connects with the curt but cute owner.


Holiday Hotline, Starring Emily Tennant and Niall Matter.


After leaving London, Abby connects with an anonymous caller while working at a cooking hotline. The caller is single dad "John" who Abby unknowingly has become smitten with in real life.


Catch Me If You Claus, starring Italia Ricci, Luke Macfarlane


Avery Quinn (Ricci) is an aspiring new anchor who’s finally getting her big break on her station’s Christmas morning newscast. Bu that’s put in jeopardy when she captures an intruder in her home wearing a red suit claiming to be Chris (MacFarlane), Santa’s son, who is o his first mission. A night of adventure ensures as they find themselves being pursued by the police as well as some shady characters. Along the way, they connect over living in the shadow of their parents and inspire each other to go after their dreams.


Letters to Santa, Starring Katie Leclerc and Rafael de la Fuente.

When young siblings receive a magic pen from Santa that appears to be granting wishes, they request a Christmas gift they want more than anything – for their separated parents to reunite.


Holiday Road, starring Sara Canning, Warren Christie


When bad weather leaves each of them stranded at the airport for the holiday, a tech entrepreneur (Christie), a travel writer (Canning), a devoted mother (Enid-Raye Adams) and her son (Kiefer O’Reilly), a stubborn senior (Trevor Lerner), an enigmatic woman with a hint of mystery (Brittany Willacy), a couple traveling from Hong Kong (Sharon Candall, Ryan Mah) and a social media influencer (Princess Davis) all agree to rent a shared van to embark on a road trip to Denver. When their unexpected journey brings them into uncharted territory, they navigate a series of misadventures together and form a deeper bond that just might change the trajectories of each of their lives. Inspired by true events.


Haul Out the Holly: Lit Up, Starring Lacey Chabert, Wes Brown, Stephen Tobolowsky, Ellen Travolta, Melissa Peterman, Seth Morris, and Jennifer Aspen.


As the holidays approach, Emily and Jared are looking forward to celebrating the holidays together again, this time as a couple. Emily, now embracing Evergreen Lane’s uniquely festive spirit, is ready to work with Jared, Ned, Mary Louise and Pamela to make this year’s Christmas celebrations the best yet – even if being the HOA president’s girlfriend doesn’t stop those dreaded decorating citations. When a house on the block goes up for sale, it causes quite a stir with residents. When the soon-to-be neighbors turn out to be holiday royalty, it looks like this year’s competition is about to heat up. As the welcoming committee prepares for the new arrivals, only one thing is certain – this Christmas, Evergreen Lane is going to sleigh!


Our Christmas Mural, Starring Alex Paxton-Beesley and Dan Jeannotte.


Olivia, a single mom, returns home for Christmas. Her mom secretly enters her into a mural contest; she wins but partners with teacher Will to create a Christmas masterpiece.


A Biltmore Christmas, Starring Bethany Joy Lenz, Kristoffer Polaha, Jonathan Frakes, Robery Picardo


Lucy Hardgrove (Joy Lenz) is a screenwriter who lands the job of a lifetime when she’s hired to pen the script for a remake of the beloved holiday movie, His Merry Wife! First filmed in 1947 at the beautiful, historic Biltmore House, it has long been considered a Christmas classic. When the head of the studio isn’t satisfied with the ending Lucy wrote because it deviates from the original’s feel-good conclusion, he sends Lucy to Biltmore Estate for research and inspiration. While there, she unwittingly discovers the ability to travel to the 1947 set of His Merry Wife! through the help of an hourglass. After shaking off the initial shock of this turn of events, Lucy embraces this as her chance to uncover the truth about the movie’s original ending. While on set, she, and Jack Huston (Kristoffer Polaha), one of the film’s stars, spend time together and become close. But her sudden appearance has set off a chain of events that put the production in jeopardy. Before she can return to the present, Lucy must make things right or threaten to alter the future forever.


My Norwegian Holiday, starring Rhiannon Fish, David Elsendoorn


JJ (Fish), grieving the loss of her grandmother and seeking dissertation inspiration, stumbles upon an unexpected holiday destiny. Meeting Henrik (Elsendorn), a Norwegian from Bergen, their connections deepens when he discovers she has a troll figurine from his hometown. To explore the troll’s history and her grandmother’s ties, JJ agrees to join Henrik on a journey to Norway. In Bergen, they’re drawn into Henrik’s family Christmas and wedding traditions, with his sister’s wedding the day before Christmas Eve. JJ embarks on a holiday adventure, uncovering the troll’s origins and finding her own path to healing, love and family.


A Not So Royal Christmas, starring Brooke D’Orsay, Will Kemp


Tabloid journalist Charlotte (D’Orsay) attempts to land an interview with a reclusive Cont. In response, the royal family has a groundskeeper (Kemp) pose as the Count since the real one fled years ago.


Christmas with a Kiss, starring Mishael Morgan, Ronnie Rowe Jr., and Jamie M. Callica


A Mahogany Presentation

A Woman (Morgan) returns home to help with her family’s Christmas Carnival and romance ignited. A photojournalist (Rowe) curates a surprise reunion.


Magic in Mistletoe, starring Lyndie Greenwood, Paul Campbell


Harrington Campbell) is the author of a popular book series but commercial success has left him a biter recluse. As he returns to his hometown for an annual Christmas festival celebrating his books, he’s joined by April (Greenwood0, a publicist for a major publishing house he works with. April is there for damage control after Harrington’s recent comments on social media have ruffled some feathers. But as she gets to know him better, hope springs that April can unlock Harington’s guarded heart and help him rediscover the spirit of the holiday.


Christmas of Cherry Lane, starring Catherine Bell, Jonathan Bennett, Jogn Brotherton, Erin Cahill, Jaes Denton, Vincent Rodriguez III


A young couple preparing to welcome their first child (Brotherton, Cahill); an empty-nester (Bell) and her fiancé (Denton) ready to start a new chapter; and a couple (Bennett, Rodriguez III) who unexpectedly have the chance to expand their family on Christmas Eve celebrate the holiday as they navigate these turning points in their lives.


Round and Round, Starring Vic Michaelis, Bryan Greenberg, and Rick Hoffman.


Rachel’s stuck in a time loop, reliving the night of her parents’ Hanukkah party. Can Zach, the “nice boy” Grandma’s trying to set her up with, help her make it too tomorrow?


The Secret Gift of Christmas, starring Meghan Ory, Christopher Russell


Bonnie (Ory) is a professional shopper who helps her now widowed client Patrick (Russell) reconnect with his young daughter. Though Bonnie and Patrick’s ideas of shopping couldn’t be more different she is determined to get Patrick and his daughter everything on their wis list.


Sealed with a List, starring Katie Findlay, Evan Roderick


This holiday season, festive Carley (Findlay) sets out to conquer her list of abandoned resolutions from the last year. Aided by coworker Wyatt (Roderick), she finds love and the confidence to chase her dreams.


Friends & Family Christmas, starring Humberly Gonzalez, Ali Liebert


Daniella (Gonzalez) has recently moved to New York to pursue an art career and decides to stay in town to share the holiday with her circle of artist friends, instead of going home to see her sweet, if overbearing parents. Amelia (Liebert) is a talented entertainment lawyer trying to stay focused on her work after a broken engagement. When Daniella an Amelia are set up by their parents, they agree to pretend that they are dating, to appease them for the holidays. However, as they spend time in each other’s worlds, they soon build a connection that is deeper than either of them could have hoped for.



Miracles of Christmas - Hallmark Movies & Mysteries**

Ms. Christmas Comes to Town, Starring Erica Durance, Brennan Elliott and Barbara Niven.


A shopping channel host known as Ms. Christmas (Niven) receives a terminal diagnosis, which inspires a multi-city excursion set to spread Christmas cheer before her farewell broadcast.


My Christmas Guide, Starring Amber Marshall and Ben Mehl.


After losing his eyesight, a college professor adopts a guide dog from a trainer. As they all begin to spend time together, his confidence returns and his heart begins to open.


Mystery on Mistletoe Lane, Starring Erica Cerra and Victor Webster.


New to town, Heidi Wicks (Cerra) and her kids discover a Christmas mystery in their historic home. Local handyman and historian David (Webster) helps along the way, finding his own surprising connection.


A World Record Christmas, Starring Nikki DeLoach, Lucas Bryant and Aias Dalman


Charlie (Dalman) is an autistic boy determined to set a Guinness World Record by stacking 1400 Jenga blocks. His mother Marissa (DeLoach) and stepfather Eric (Bryant) encourage him to reach for his dream and they all celebrate when he gets the good news that he’ll have get his chance on Christmas Eve. In the spirit of the holiday, they organize a fundraiser giving the townspeople an opportunity to donate and decorate a Jenga block, with the proceeds going to benefit kids with autism. Charlie’s journey to setting the Jenga world record gives them all the chance to learn more not just about themselves, but about what family really means. Starring Nikki DeLoach, Lucas Bryant and Aias Dalman.


A Season for Family, Starring Stacey Farber and Brendan Penny.


Maddy's adopted son Wesley has just one Christmas wish: to meet his brother Cody, who was adopted into a different family. Cody’s father Paul is a widower who is not ready to have this conversation with his son, so he turns down a meeting. However, circumstances bring the two brothers unknowingly together and they become fast friends, while sparks fly between Maddy and Paul.


Time for Her to Come Home for Christmas, Starring Shenae Grimes-Beech, Chris Carmack and Grace Leer.


Facing her first Christmas without her mother and looking to avoid loneliness, Carly (Grimes-Beech) heads to a quaint town to lead the church choir at Christmas. Once there, Carly meets Matthew (Carmack), a man back in town after serving in the army. As she gets to know Matthew, the choir and townspeople, she stumbles across clues that suggest she may have been brought here for a life-changing reason. As the mystery unravels one thing is clear, this journey will teach Carly about true love, learning to trust, and that forgiveness is needed to finally heal.


To All a Good Night, starring Kimberly Sustad, ark Ghanime


A small-town photographer (Sustad) saves the life of a mysterious man (Ghanime), who may just be in town to but her family’s parkland – which s also the location of the annual Christmas celebration.


Heaven Down Here, starring Krystal Joy Brown, Tina Lifford, Juan Riedinger, Richard Harmon, Phylicia Rashad


Inspired by Mickey Guyton’s song of the same name, “Heaven Down Here” tells the story of four disparate people who find themselves stranded in a local diner on Christmas Eve when a snowstorm hits the town. Imami (Brown) is a widowed mother of two who’s having trouble making ends meet and reluctantly agrees to work the Christmas Eve shift, where she clashes with her boss Dan (Harmon), who doesn’t exactly embody the Christmas Spirit. Felix (riedinger) is a local pastor desperately trying to secure food for parishioner while his faith is challenged by his son’s alienation. Cara (Lifford) is a hospice nurse with an obstinate patient (Rashad) and whose daughter is moving away, causing her to question her place in the world. Throughout the evening, these four bickers, bond and unwittingly provide each other with the answer to their respective prayer.


Miracle in Bethlehem. PA, starring Laura Vandervoort, Benjamin Ayres

A New DaySpring Movie


Successful and fiercely independent, Mary Ann Brubeck (Vandervoort) adopts a baby girl to raise on her own just before Christmas. Due to the weather, she and the baby girl get stick in Bethlehem, PA for the holidays. When there is no room in the inn, her only option is to stay with the innkeeper’s brother Jow (Ayres), a quintessential bachelor who lives in a house that he treats like a barn. As Mary Ann learns the value of community by spending time with Joe’s family and participating in the local church’s Christmas events, Joe starts getting his act together with new motivation… and the two begin to see each other in a new light.




Kuhn’s Holiday Cookie Recipe Book!


In honor of the Annual Kuhn’s Cookie Walk, we are giving you the gift of a beloved holiday tradition. It’s time to break out the baking sheet and roll up your sleeves, we’re making holiday cookies! These scrumptious treats can be made with ingredients found at your local Kuhn’s Market, and they’ll be a hit at any holiday party. From the traditional, to the unique, Kuhn’s market is here for all your cookie needs. Let’s celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with the most delicious treats around!



Vanilla Butter Sugar Cookies






  • 1-1/2 cups butter, softened.
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar


  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened.
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • Optional: Food coloring, sprinkles, and colored sugar



  1. In Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, salt, baking soda and cream of tartar. Gradually beat into creamed mixture. Refrigerate, covered, for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with floured 2-1/2-in. cookie cutters. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets; chill in refrigerator for 15 minutes. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
  3. For frosting, beat confectioners' sugar, butter, vanilla, and enough milk to reach desired consistency. If desired, add a few drops of food coloring. Cut a small hole in the tip of a pastry bag or in a corner of a food-safe plastic bag, transfer frosting to bag. Pipe decorations. Sprinkle with colored sugar or decorate with sugar pearls.



No Bake - Christmas Wreath Treats






  • 20 large marshmallows
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Green food coloring
  • 3 cups cornflakes
  • Red M&M's minis (about 2 tablespoons)



  1. Place marshmallows and butter in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave, uncovered, on high until butter is melted and marshmallows are puffed, about 45 seconds. Tint with green food coloring. Stir in cornflakes.
  2. On a waxed paper-lined baking sheet, divide mixture into 8 portions. With buttered hands, working quickly, shape each portion into a 3-in. wreath. Decorate immediately with M&M's, pressing to adhere. Let stand until set.



Italian Chocolate Spice Cookies





  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts.


  • 2-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons 2% milk
  • Sprinkles, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in eggs, milk, and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and cloves; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in walnuts.
  2. Shape level tablespoons of dough into balls; place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake until the bottoms are light brown, 10-12 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. For glaze, in a large bowl, mix confectioners’ sugar, corn syrup and enough milk to reach desired consistency. Dip tops of cookies into glaze; if desired, decorate with sprinkles. Let stand until set. Store between pieces of waxed paper in airtight containers.


Scottish Shortbread






  • 2 cups butter, softened.
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar.
  • 4 to 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add 3-3/4 cups flour; mix well. Turn dough onto a floured surface; knead for 5 minutes, adding enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  2. On a sheet of parchment, roll dough to a 16x9-inch rectangle.
  3. Transfer to a baking sheet and cut into 3x1-in. strips. Prick each cookie multiple times with a fork.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  5. Separate cookies and place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake until cookies are lightly browned, 20-25 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.


Triple-Chocolate Peppermint Cookies





  • 1 cup butter, softened.
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar.
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup 60% cacao bittersweet chocolate baking chips

White Chocolate Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup white baking chips
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened.
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies


  1. In Preheat oven to 375°. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Stir in semisweet and bittersweet chocolate chips.
  2. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake until set, 8-10 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. For frosting, melt white baking chips in a microwave; stir until smooth. In another bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Beat in melted chips. Add enough milk to reach desired consistency. Frost cookies; sprinkle with peppermint candies. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat butter until creamy. Beat in milk, vanilla, and salt. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Pipe onto cookies and decorate as desired.


Chocolate Reindeer Cookies






  • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed.
  • 1 ½ cups packed brown sugar.
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 can (16 ounces) chocolate frosting


  • Candy eyes
  • Reese's mini white peanut butter cups
  • Miniature pretzels
  • Peanut butter M&M's


  1. Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Place butter, brown sugar and water in a large saucepan; cook and stir over low heat until butter is melted. Remove from heat; stir in chocolate chips until smooth. Stir in eggs and extract. Stir in flour mixture. Let stand until firm enough to shape, about 15 minutes.
  2. To freeze dough, shape level tablespoons of dough into balls; flatten each to 1/4-in. thickness. Place in a covered container, separating layers with waxed paper; freeze until firm. (May be frozen for up to 3 months.)
  3. To bake, preheat oven to 350°. Place frozen dough portions 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake until set, 12-14 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks; cool completely.
  4. Spread cookies with frosting, reserving a small amount for mouths. Decorate faces with candy eyes; add peanut butter cups for snouts, pretzels for antlers and M&M's for noses. Pipe mouths with reserved frosting.

Ugly Sweater Cookies






  •  ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar.
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup molasses
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cloves

Royal Icing:

  • 4 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar 1/3 cup water
  • 4 teaspoons meringue powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • Optional: Food coloring and assorted sprinkles


  1. Cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in egg and molasses. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and spices; gradually beat into creamed mixture. Divide dough in half; shape each into a disk. Cover and refrigerate until firm enough to roll, 4 hours or overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll each portion of dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with floured 3-1/2-in. sweater-shaped cookie cutters. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake cookies until edges are firm, 8-10 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.
  4. Place the first 5 icing ingredients in a small bowl; beat on low speed just until blended. Beat on high until stiff peaks form, 4-5 minutes. Thin with cream to desired consistency. If desired, tint with food coloring.
  5. Pipe icing onto cookies and decorate as desired. (Keep unused icing always covered with a damp cloth. If necessary, beat again on high speed to restore texture.) Let cookies stand at room temperature several hours or until frosting is dry and firm.



The kids are in bed, the presents are under the tree, and you’re ready for a little (adult) holiday treat to celebrate the season! You’ve earned a special holiday cocktail to make the season a little brighter. Delve into these holiday-themed adult beverages or subtract the alcohol and make a drink for the whole family. It’s a Christmas miracle! Now settle in and turn on a Christmas movie with a cup of something warm and bright.


Boozy Grinch Punch






  • 1 (0.13-oz.) packet Kool-Aid Lemon Lime mix
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 cups ice
  • 3 cup lemon-lime soda
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 2 cups vodka
  • 1 cups ginger ale
  • Lime wedges, for rimming
  • Red sanding sugar, for rimming


  1. In a large pitcher combine Kool-Aid and water.
  2. In a large punch bowl, combine ice, Kool-Aid, soda, pineapple juice, vodka, and ginger ale.
  3. Use a lime wedge to rim glasses and dip in sanding sugar to coat. Pour punch into glasses to serve.

Mulled Wine




  • 1 bottle (750 ml) fruity red wine
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 medium orange, sliced.
  • 1 medium lemon, sliced.
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon aniseed
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole peppercorns
  • 3 whole cloves
  • Optional garnishes: orange slices, star anise and additional cinnamon sticks


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the first 6 ingredients. Place remaining spices on a double thickness of cheesecloth. Gather corners of cloth to enclose spices, tie securely with string. Place in pan.
  2. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat; simmer gently, covered, 20 minutes. Transfer to a covered container; cool slightly. Refrigerate, cover, overnight.
  3. Strain wine mixture into a large saucepan, discarding fruit and spice bag; reheat. Serve warmly. Garnish, if desired, with orange slices, star anise or additional cinnamon sticks.







  • 2 Granny Smith apples, chopped.
  • 1 c. whole fresh cranberries
  • 1 c. green grapes, halved.
  • 1 c. pomegranate seeds
  • 1 c. sparkling grape juice.
  • 1 (750-ml.) bottle Champagne, Prosecco, or Cava


  1. In a large pitcher or punch bowl, combine apples, cranberries, grapes, and pomegranate seeds. Pour over sparkling grape juice and Champagne and stir well to serve.


White Christmas Margheritas






  • 1 (14-oz.) can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp. cream of coconut
  • 12 oz. silver tequila
  • 8 oz. triple sec
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 4 cup ice
  • Lime wedge, for rimming glass
  • Sanding sugar, for rimming glass
  • Lime slices, for garnish
  • Cranberries, (for garnish)



  1. Combine coconut milk, cream of coconut, tequila, triple sec, lime juice and ice in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Step 2
  3. Rim glasses with lime wedge and dip in sanding sugar. Pour into glass and garnish with lime and cranberries.




Santa Advent Calendar





What you’ll need:

  • Construction paper
  • Glue
  • Large Cotton Balls
  • Black marker or crayon
  • Scissors


  1. Cut Santa’s face from white construction paper. Add texture with colored pencil.
  2. Cut pink cheeks, eyes, and nose from construction paper, glue to the face.
  3. Glue a large cotton ball at the point of the hat.
  4. Cut a long beard shape from white craft paper.
  5. Write the dates of the month leading up to Christmas on the beard.
  6. Hang the calendar and set a bowl of cotton balls and a bottle of glue nearby to add one to Santa’s beard each day closer to Christmas.


Holiday Character Candy Pots




What you’ll need:

  • Mini flowerpots
  • Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Googly eyes.
  • Pipe Cleaner
  • Felt
  • Ribbon or other embellishments
  • Hot glue or craft glue
  • Candy


  1. Paint the flowerpot any color of your choosing and then let it dry
  2. Add embellishments. If you are using hot glue, you’ll want to help the kids for this part.
  3. Tip: Paint the felt to get the right color for the Elf ears. You could use cotton balls or fur for Santa’s beard if you want.
  4. Then fill it with candy and enjoy this Christmas kid’s craft!



No-Sew Sock Snowman Craft





What you’ll need:

  • 1 white sock
  • 1 sock in color for the hat
  • rice
  • rubber bands (or thread)
  • colorful buttons
  • ribbons
  • glue gun
  • markers or paint
  • orange pom poms


  1. Start by filling your white sock with rice. You will need a hefty amount (we were quite surprised to see how much rice can go into one sock).
  2. Once you are happy with the amount (and size) of your sock snowman, tie the top with the rubber band.
  3. Take another rubber band and place in the middle – more to the upper side – of the rice filled sock to form the head shape.
  4. Now glue the buttons to the bottom side by using a glue gun (glue dots do a fairly good job too).
  5. Draw the mouth and eyes with a black marker or with black paint.
  6. We also added pink cheeks (Crayola washable paints were great for the job). We made the nose out of two orange pom poms – turned out amazing.
  7. Add a ribbon for the scarf – we found that glue dots and glue gun work best for ribbons, while other glues kind of fail miserably. You can cut off excess white sock (or you can tuck it in the hat we will be making next).
  8. Cut the colored sock (we cut the foot part, without heel). Roll it a bit and place it on the head of your snowman. You can leave it as it is or you can secure it with some glue.


Christmas Popsicle Stick Craft




What you’ll need:

  • Jumbo craft sticks
  • regular craft sticks
  • Craft paper
  • Pom poms
  • Wiggle eyes
  • Buttons
  • Chenille stems
  • Ribbon
  • Paint and or markers
  • Glue
  • Scissors


  1. Glue your craft sticks together accordingly (see pictures)
  2. Let the kids paint or color the craft sticks.
  3. For the Rudolph cut out some antlers and a nose from craft paper, Glue on the nose, antlers, some wiggle eyes, and a red pom pom nose.
  4. For the snowman glue on some wiggle eyes, a carrot nose, and any embellishments. Color on a button mouth.
  5. For the gingerbread man paint a white squiggle around the outer edge, and some for a mouth. Glue on some button cheeks, wiggle eyes and a bow.
  6. The penguin cut out and glued on some feet, a beak and some wiggle eyes. For the earmuffs glue on 2 large pom poms and a chenille stem to connect them.
  7. For the Christmas tree use a chenille stem for garland and pom poms for ornaments, lastly add a star or a snowflake to the top.


Lollipop Photo Ornament





What you’ll need:

  • Paint
  • Glue
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Paint Brushes
  • Glitter (Optional)
  • Mod Podge
  • Ribbon
  • Popsicle Sticks


  1. Start off by painting your popsicle sticks any color you’d like. We did red and white striped for ours.
  2. Next cut out a circle for the lollipop and take your photo that you’ll be using for the ornament and cut that circle a little smaller.
  3. Then you’ll want to decorate your lollipop. We went with glitter, but you can just do paint if you’d like or both!
  4. Set that aside to dry and once it’s done, you’ll glue your photo to the middle of the lollipop. Then seal your lollipop with mod podge!
  5. Finally glue your lollipop stick to the circle and then add your ribbon. Cut a piece for the hoop to hang and then you can add a cute little bow for under your photo.

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