Take a break from the holiday to-do list and enjoy some festive family fun in Downtown Easton, PA this holiday season. With shops bedecked with fresh greens, lights twinkling in the trees, and an outdoor ice rink, Downtown Easton offers an idyllic stop. Don’t forget about the free metered parking Saturdays and Sundays from November 27 - December 19, 2021.

Here are the top 7 things sure not to miss in Easton this holiday season:

  1. Shop Easton Winter Village: Get the gifts you need today without worrying about shipping hassles. Shop the outdoor Easton Winter Village with a cup of cocoa in hand, as you visit the village’s retailers as well as 30+ specialty shops and boutiques throughout the city. Don’t forget to take a spin on the outdoor ice rink. (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays November 19 - December 19, 2021). View the events and entertainment schedule.
  2. Watch the lighting of the Peace Candle: 2021 marks 70 years since the first lighting of Easton’s Peace Candle. This iconic Lehigh Valley symbol heralds the start of the holidays for Easton. Join the city of Easton for a full day of fun, delicious food, carolers, and more on Small Business Saturday. Plan your route today at shopdowntowneaston.com. (12-8 p.m. Nov. 27, Centre Square)

  3. Catch a holiday show at the State Theatre: From “Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical”, to Chris Botti, “A Christmas Carol” and more, the State Theatre has a holiday lineup that’ll have you feeling jolly. 

  4. Fa-la-la fresh: Shop the Easton Farmers’ Market for homemade gifts, host/hostess treats, and all the holiday fixings for your feast! (9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays in December, Scott Park) While you’re in Easton, grab lunch or dinner at the Easton Public Market. Inside you’ll find gifts galore at 14 gourmet merchants and restaurants. Plus, visit the kiosk for gift cards for Downtown Easton (accepted at 50+ locations) and Easton Public Market.

  5. Add to your collection: Easton is known for its historic ornament collection. New this year is a brass replica of Laubach’s Department Store. ($20, available online or at select retailers, shopdowntowneaston.com)

  6. Find unique gifts and treasures: Easton is home to dozens of independently owned boutiques, stores, and galleries where you can find one-of-a-kind treasures and distinctive holiday gifts. Enjoy festive holiday decor as you window shop. 

  7. Reconnect with friends, toast the holidays. More than 30 diverse restaurants welcome you to recharge your shopping batteries or toast the holidays with friends and family. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or an extended celebration, Easton’s renowned restaurant scene has many options for you.

You may as well make it an overnight at an Easton hotel so you can enjoy all the festivities this holiday season.