Visiting the Tallest Santa in Pennsylvania

12 year old standing in front of the tallest Santa in PA for a sense of scale.

For a few weeks every year, Philipsburg in Centre County is home to the tallest Santa display in Pennsylvania!

Santa's bag of toys is nearly 20 feet tall at Cold Stream Park in Philipsburg.
Santa’s bag of toys is nearly 20 feet tall.

Standing 37.5 feet tall, with a bag of toys nearly 20 feet tall, Santa has occupied this spot at Cold Stream Park in Philipsburg every December since 2005.

The tallest Santa in Pennsylvania standing next to Cold Stream Dam in Philipsburg.
The tallest Santa in Pennsylvania standing next to Cold Stream Dam in Philipsburg.

The giant Santa was created in the 1960s by local artist Bill Adams, and stood at various spots around Philipsburg over the years.

Cold Stream Park and playground in Philipsburg Pennsylvania is home to the largest Santa in Pennsylvania
Cold Stream Park and playground in Philipsburg.

Santa is made out of plywood and is flanked by 6 life-size toy soldiers.

The 37.5 foot-tall Santa at Cold Stream Park in Philipsburg, PA.
The 37.5 foot-tall Santa at Cold Stream Park in Philipsburg, PA.

Cold Stream Dam and park is located right along Route 322 in Philipsburg, and you can park within a few yards of the Santa display.

Cold Stream Dam and Park in Philipsburg is where the tallest Santa in Pennsylvania is located.
Cold Stream Dam and Park is where the tallest Santa in Pennsylvania is located.

So if you’re looking to add another “Christmassy” item to your PA Bucket List, make sure to visit the tallest Santa in Pennsylvania this December in Philipsburg!

Visiting the tallest Santa Claus in Pennsylvania at Cold Stream Park in Philipsburg.
Visiting the tallest Santa Claus in Pennsylvania at Cold Stream Park in Philipsburg.

The Jimmy Stewart Museum in Indiana, PA is yet another fantastic place to visit at Christmas time.

Entrance to the JImmy Stewart Museum on the third floor of the Indiana Public Library.
Entrance to the Jimmy Stewart Museum in downtown Indiana.

Despite the fact that he appeared in over 70 motion pictures, Stewart is perhaps best known for his role as George Bailey in the Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life”.

"It's A Wonderful Life" memorabilia displayed in downtown Indiana, PA.
“It’s A Wonderful Life” memorabilia displayed in downtown Indiana, PA.

The Jimmy Stewart Museum in his hometown of Indiana showcases memorabilia from all phases of his life and career, and does so in a very relaxed, informative, and enjoyable atmosphere.

Jimmy Stewart statue inside the museum bearing his name.
Jimmy Stewart statue inside the museum bearing his name.

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Rusty Glessner is a professional photographer, lifelong Pennsylvanian, and creator of the PA Bucket List travel blog.