For a few weeks every year, Philipsburg in Centre County is home to the tallest Santa display in Pennsylvania!
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 giant Santa was created in the 1960s by local artist Bill Adams as part of an American Legion project.
The letter “A” on the block in Santa’s toy sack stands for “Adams” and is the artist’s signature on the display.
The “Phillipsburg Santa” has stood at various spots around Philipsburg over the years, including the American Legion Post 437, the Harbor Inn, and Mitchell Oil.
The “Phillipsburg Santa” is 37 feet tall in honor of the Adams’ Philipsburg High School Class of 1937.
Santa is made out of plywood and is flanked by 6 life-size toy soldiers.
One of the six toy soldiers guarding the tallest Santa in Pennsylvania is nicknamed “Winky” because, you guessed it, he’s winking!
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.
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!
Holiday Lights on the Lake is a massive drive-through Christmas light display in Altoona!
The drive-through display features over 1 million lights illuminating more than 50 acres of Lakemont Park.
Mifflinburg Christkindl Market is a 3-day event featuring authentic German food and drinks, live performances, and more than 100 arts and crafts vendors set up in outdoor huts in the heart of Mifflinburg.
The Jimmy Stewart Museum in Indiana, PA is yet another fantastic place to visit at Christmas time.
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”.
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.
Where to Enjoy Christmas Light Displays in State College shows you some of the best places to enjoy the seasonal light displays in downtown.
So if you find yourself in Happy Valley during the Christmas season, be sure to visit some of these festive spots.
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