“EleMental R/Evolution: An Original Dance and Theatre Creation” performers.

Cooler temperatures, shorter days, and the rustling of drier leaves signal that fall is here, and within a month, the trees lining downtown Greensburg will be displaying their yellow and gold ornamentation. Historic Downtown Greensburg’s unique character (and “unique” characters) comes into full view at this time of the year as well.

The Palace Theatre and Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center have created a season of fantastic live theatre and musical performances, along with traditional local productions of the Nutcracker and White Christmas. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see a show at either theatre, you have been missing the best in intimate performances. Check out the full season’s schedules, which include The Tempest, Home for the Holidays, Oak Ridge Boys Christmas, and Christmas Brasstacular.

Christmas Begins at Shalimar Bazaar — the store is completely transformed!

Historic Downtown Greensburg really does embrace the spirit of the Christmas season. Santa and his elves will again parade down Main Street and through downtown before returning to the workshop to put the finishing touches on Christmas gifts and toys.

The months of November and December always bring the Annual Luminary Night and the Westmoreland Symphony presentation of Tchaikovsky’s ballet, The Nutcracker, which features the talent of the Laurel Ballet. This evening is Greensburg’s official welcome to the Holiday Season, with thousands of glowing candles, Christmas carols, and warm cider. This is a magical evening and a yearly tradition for generations of Greensburg families and always takes place the Friday after Thanksgiving.

As the County’s vibrant dining and entertainment district, downtown Greensburg offers an experience that is unique. With its exceptional dining, accessible parking, live entertainment, and affordable gift shoppes, families, couples, and singles alike can enjoy the district and all that it has to offer. Residents and visitors can complete their Greensburg shopping and cultural experiences by enjoying a chef inspired meal at many of the independently owned restaurants and cafes located within the downtown.

Mark your calendar! Luminary Night December 1, 7-10pm

Luminary Night in Greensburg’s Shopping District Downtown businesses, in partnership with the City of Greensburg, are holding Luminary Night, a celebration of the holiday shopping season. Luminary Night on December 1, is a great event that gives residents and visitors an opportunity to come into town for an evening of dining, shopping, visiting, and camaraderie. The festivities will light up Greensburg’s Shopping District, starting Friday at 7 p.m. Residents, businesses, historic sites, and others in town display luminary kits, which include tea lights and white luminescent bags. People set the bags up along their storefronts, walkways and around their shops, and the whole Shopping District will be lit up from 7 to 10 p.m. The candles are lit at dusk, presenting an elegant display of holiday illumination and community spirit. Why not join us in celebrating this magical time of year?

thousands of people line the streets for the greensburg holiday parade!

City of Greensburg Holiday Parade What could be a more seasonal tradition to kick-off the holiday shopping season than Greensburg’s Holiday Parade? When you think of the holiday season and all of the shopping that comes with it, the Holiday Parade and Greensburg’s Shopping District come to mind. The merchants and restaurants of Downtown Greensburg are ready to greet you with a warm smile and friendly service. Spend an afternoon with family and friends exploring the Shopping District for the perfect gift.

The Holiday Parade is a much-anticipated annual Greensburg event, with thousands of people lining the streets and more than 80 floats, bands, and homecoming queens are scheduled for the 2011 parade. A favorite aspect of the parade, shared by  kids both young and old, is the candy tossed by floats and groups. Families make a point to select a location on Main Street early in the parade route so to ensure their pockets are full.

The biggest parade in Westmoreland County, the Holiday Parade comes with a lot of expectations. Known for the amount of candy distributed along the route, musical performances from high school bands, and dance routines by university dance teams, the highlight of the Holiday Parade is the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, who have been a parade cornerstone for years. This year’s Holiday Parade lineup should be as exciting as ever!

Greensburg Holiday Events

Now Through January 22, 2012
The Tides of Provincetown: Pivotal Years in America’s Oldest Continuous Art Colony (1899-2011), Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 724.837.1500. wmuseumaa.org.
November 3
Seventh Annual Holiday Fashion Fantasy Show, Greensburg Garden & Civic Center, 724.836.3074.
November 11-19
THE TEMPEST by William Shakespeare, Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center, 100 Harrison Ave., Greensburg. 724.552.2929. setonhill.edu/academics/theatre_dance/tickets.cfm.
November 13
43rd Annual Holiday Open House & Cookie Walk, Downtown Shopping District
November 18-20
White Christmas: The Musical, The Palace Theatre, 724.832.7464. stagerightgreensburg.com.
November 19
Greensburg Holiday Parade, Main Street in Greensburg
November 19-January 1
Overly’ s Country Christmas: Light Display & Christmas Village, Westmoreland Fairgrounds, 724.432.1400 or 724.834.4880. overlys.com.
November 29
Our Forefather’s Christmas by Joanna Moyar, Westmoreland County Historical Society, 724.532.1935. westmorelandhistory.org.
December 1
Luminary Night, Greensburg Shopping District
December 2
The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Show, The Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000. thepalacetheatre.com.
December 3
River City Brass: Christmas Brasstacular, The Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000.thepalacetheatre.com.
December 4
Westmoreland Cultural Trust: Theatre IV’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, The Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000.thepalacetheatre.com.
December 10-11
Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra: The Nutcracker, The Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000. thepalacetheatre.com.
December 14
Latshaw Pops Orchestra Christmas Spectacular, The Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000. thepalacetheatre.com.
December 17
Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra: Home for the Holidays, The Palace Theatre, 724.837.1850. thepalacetheatre.com.
Plus: Head to the Palace Theatre for these awesome events, too! 724.836.8000. thepalacetheatre.org. November 4
Bo Wagner’s Rat Pack
November 5
River City Brass’ Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
November 10
Rusted Root — to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Laurel Region
November 12
Phil Vassar
November 13
Bill Cosby
November 25
Ricky Nelson Remembered with Matthew & Gunnar Nelson
November 26
Westmoreland Cultural Trust’s Michael Londra’s Beyond Celtic
December 1
The Beach Boys
December 5-7
Kyuss Lives! With The Sword and Black Cobra

StageRight gets into the holiday spirit!

StageRight! Presents White Christmas What better way to spread some old fashioned Christmas cheer than with Irving Berlin’s holiday classical musical, White Christmas. StageRight! in Greensburg brings this delightfully festive performance to the Palace Theatre, featuring the talents of Tony and Renata Marino, Joe Pedulla, and Mindy Wedner. You’ll be simply enchanted by Berlin’s classic songs and captivated by the magic of the shows numerous whimsical dance numbers. If you enjoyed the brilliance of White Christmas on the screen, you’re sure to love the way this seminal favorite takes to the stage November 18-20 at The Palace Theatre in Greensburg. Stage Right! is a school for Performing Arts and Theatre Company providing professional arts education and entertainment to the surrounding area. For tickets, call 724.832.7464 or 724.836.8000, or visit stagerightgreensburg.com.

Overly’s Country Christmas an Illuminated Winter Wonderland Celebrate the season at Overly’s Country Christmas, an impressive holiday light display complete with a walk-through Christmas Village that’s filled with an array of old-fashioned traditions and treats. Sing carols ‘round the bonfire, revel in the model train display, have your picture taken with Santa (in the days before Christmas) and shop for gifts in the C. Edgar & Sons General Store as you experience the beauty of this illuminated winter wonderland!

The display had its early beginnings more than 50 years ago, when Harry Overly first decorated his rural Armbrust home with just a few strands of lights. Most people would have been content stopping right there,  however, his evolving vision began when he was encouraged by the delight of his four children. Overly’s Country Christmas is a nationally recognized holiday light display that has been featured on Good Morning America and other ABC, NBC, and CBS affiliated television programs. In 1983, Good Housekeeping Magazine named Overly’s Country Christmas one of America’s Best Outdoor Light Displays.

Plus: Follow Overly’s Country Christmas on twitter @overlys

Westmoreland Symphony and Laurel Ballet present the Nutcracker Join the Westmoreland Symphony and the Laurel Ballet Company on December 10-11 for a magical, musical trip to the land of the Sugarplum Fairy, waltzing snowflakes, and enchanted toys. Under the direction of new artistic director Daniel Meyer, you’ll experience some of the most glorious dancing on earth along with the thrilling live performance of the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra. Whether going to The Nutcracker Ballet is a family tradition or a once-in-a-lifetime visit, the experience will warm your spirit and stay with you forever. Group discounts are available! For tickets, call 724.836.8000. westmorelandsymphony.org.

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