Holiday events return to Seven Springs
BY KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent
Seven Springs Mountain Resort will host its 3rd Annual Holidays in the Highlands during the last weekend in November and first weekend in December.
This event is scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 29; 4 to 9 p.m. Nov. 30; 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6; and 4 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7.
“Families coming to Seven Springs are able to relax and spend quality time together year-round, but during the holidays, it is even more special to be able to do all of the traditional things like take photos with Santa or decorate cookies in this magical setting,” said Laura Argenbright, the resort’s marketing and festivals manager.
Guests can participate in a variety of events and activities. Some recurring events and activities include: Santa Express Holiday Train rides; family photos with Santa Claus; children’s crafts; and holiday shopping opportunities.
“Our retail outlets will be open with a great variety of items,” Argenbright said in regards to the items that will be for sale. “We will also have approximately 20 specialty vendors selling a wide variety of handmade products ranging from jewelry and bath and body products to hand-poured candles, hand-sewn baby/doll clothes and crocheted hats and scarves. There will also be a delicious selection of pre-packed artisan foods such as beef jerky, cheese, sauces and chocolates.”
Food and drink stations will be set up during each event as well. Holiday-inspired drinks on the menu include hot chocolate, hot apple cider and eggnog.
Weather permitting, the snow tubing park will be open for business.
One highlight is the resort’s light display; over one million lights will welcome visitors this holiday season. The display will be available to view from 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays through Sundays starting Nov. 29 and concluding Jan. 19.
“Our staff has been working on the outdoor lights since October,” Argenbright said. “This year, the interiors are being decorated by Brown’s Floral and members of our staff. The lights and the holiday decorations really add a magical touch to the winter atmosphere here.”
Attendees can also expect to hear lots of live music.
“Music is a big part of all of our events and we are excited to bring some of Pittsburgh’s best musicians and bands here to help us kick off the holidays,” Argenbright said, adding that some performances require a ticket, while others are free of charge.
Special events will take place all four days. On Nov. 29, for instance, children will be invited to attend the Flurries with a Chance of Magic puppet show beginning at 7 p.m. An hour later, Pittsburgh-based rock musician Joe Gruschecky will perform in the Grand Ballroom. That evening will also include performances by jazz guitarist Scot Elliot, plus strolling carolers.
On Nov. 30, breakfast with Santa will be served beginning at 8 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom and a wagon ride with Frosty the Snowman will be offered from noon to 4 p.m. From 6 to 8 p.m., guests can be entertained by a performance by Johnstown Symphony Children’s Chorus directed by Kim Rauch. From 5 to 8 p.m., pianist Lee Alversion will perform on the piano in the Center Lobby. Mrs. Claus is to make an appearance that evening as well.
On Dec. 1, children and their families can enjoy breakfast with Frosty the Snowman in the Slopeside Restaurant.
On Dec. 6, Somerset’s Roof Garden Barbershop Chorus is to perform in the Exhibit Hall from 6 to 8 p.m.
A Chris Mouse Tail puppet show is to take place beginning at 7 p.m. Dec. 7, followed by a performance by Rob and Greg of the band The Clarks in the Grand Ballroom.
Visit www.7springs.com/events/holidays-in-the-highlands/ for the most complete, up-to-date events and activities listings.
Admission is free, but some events and activities (such as the Express Train and wagon ride with Frosty) require a nominal fee, and a ticket is required for the concerts taking place in the Grand Ballroom. Advance registration is either encouraged or required for some activities. Visit www.7springs.com/events/holidays-in-the-highlands/ or call a staff member at 800-452-2223 for more details.
“We are always striving to give our guests the best experience possible, both on and off of the mountain, and try to provide experiences for all ages so that the entire family can have a great time,” Argenbright said. “The best way to get into the spirit of the holidays is to surround yourself with the sights and sounds of the season. Holidays in the Highlands gives our guests the opportunity to do just that — with live music, fun activities, eclectic shopping, horse-drawn wagon rides and a visit with Santa. Even Scrooge couldn’t resist these holiday pleasures.”