We all have that special thing that helps us get in the holiday spirit. For some, it’s venturing out on Black Friday to start their shopping. For others, it’s stringing up Christmas lights or trimming the tree. No matter how big or small, we all have that one special tradition that makes our hearts swell with joy and marks the official beginning of the holiday season.

For me, that special tradition is our annual pilgrimage to Peddler’s Village in Bucks County. In my mind, there are few better ways to get in the holiday spirit than to visit this storybook village, which is tucked away in the quaint town of Lahaska, about an hour south of Lehigh Valley. With twinkling lights strung from the trees, fruit wreaths hanging on the doors of the interesting artisan shops, the smell of roasting chestnuts lingering in the brisk air and the sound of Christmas carols all around me, Peddler’s Village is just the dose of holiday spirit I need after Thanksgiving.

We’re planning to head down this weekend to check out the annual gingerbread house competition, which is in full swing right now in the Village Gazebo. Plus, this weekend is also the annual Christmas Festival, which will feature a parade, live entertainment, and the arrival of Santa in a horse-drawn carriage. Hope to see you there!

This post was written by Lehigh Valley InSite guest blogger Erika Liodice, who also writes the Journeys and Beyond the Gray blogs.