One of the best things about living in Erie is that it retains a small-town vibe while also being big enough to host many events throughout the year that are free and fun for all ages. Every year, Erie hosts a Christmas event that features local choral music, a living nativity scene, an outdoor S’mores roast, meeting with Santa, and of course the Erie Parade of Lights down Briggs Street in the heart of old town. The town really turns out for this event, and it really is a great way to meet others in your community and get in the holiday spirit.
Please note that parking always fills up very fast for this event, so make sure to come early, bundle up for a walk, or order up a Lyft or Uber.
Event details from the Erie Chamber of Commerce:
Country Christmas & Parade of Lights
Friday, December 7 5:00pm-8:00pm
Come out and enjoy Santa’s Workshop; Local School Choirs; Complimentary S’Mores; Living Nativity Scene; Free hayrides; Parade of Lights followed by Santa!
Events occur at the corner of Briggs and Moffat:
Roast s’mores at open fire pits from 5:00pm-6:30pm
Local Choirs singing from 5:00pm-6:15pm
Living Nativity Scene – 5:30pm-6:30pm
Free hayrides from 6:00pm-8:30pm at the corner of Briggs & Wells
Parade of Lights begins at 6:30pm at Erie Parkway and Briggs traveling north on Briggs to Wells
Santa will be coming at the end of the parade and visiting with the children from approximately 7:15-8:00pm in his workshop at the corner of Briggs and Moffatt.
Come out and enjoy the festivities!