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Peddler’s Village set to glow with one million holiday lights


Peddler’s Village will celebrate the holiday season with a million lights, holiday shopping, a weekend Christmas Festival, breakfasts with Santa, a gingerbread house competition, and much more.

The village in Lahaska lights up with the Grand Illumination Celebration at 6:15 p.m. Nov. 15, featuring the arrival of Santa, performances from local dance and choral groups, complimentary hot apple cider and marshmallow roasting, gingerbread house displays, and food trucks.

Traffic delays for the popular event should be expected; parking spaces will fill quickly.

The holiday lights will be on display through Jan. 12.

Nov. 15 also marks the opening of the Gingerbread House Competition and Display in the Village Gazebo, which includes more than 70 entries; it will be on view through Jan. 4, but closed on Christmas Day.

From Friday, Nov. 15 through Sunday, Nov. 17, the village will host a Merchants Open House, during which the 60 specialty shops and boutiques will welcome guests for gift-giving ideas and personal service. More than 95 percent of the shops at Peddler’s Village are small businesses and/or locally owned.

Two restaurants at Peddler’s Village will serve special dinners on Thanksgiving Day: Cock ‘n Bull hosts a buffet from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Earl’s New American will offer Thanksgiving specials along with its regular menu. Buttonwood Grill will be open for breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m.

The holiday season celebrations culminate with the Christmas Festival on Saturday, Nov. 30, and Sunday, Dec. 1, which includes among other happenings a Santa Parade through the village on both Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

For more holiday festivities, including special Santa events at Giggleberry Fair, holiday breakfasts with Santa at the Cock ‘n Bull restaurant, and “What the Deadly Dickens?” murder mystery dinners, visit Peddlers Village online or call 215-794-4000.

Peddler’s Village will also host a special New Year’s Eve murder mystery dinner – “Dead Men Don’t Speakeasy” – which includes hors d’oeuvres, a three-course dinner and a champagne toast.

From Friday, Nov. 29 until Dec. 30, shopping hours for the village will be extended to 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.