by Steve Gifford | Edited by Andrea Bosco

Celebrate the season with parades, shopping, dining, and light displays!

Explore Downtown Greensburg

Photograph from Laurel Ballet School

Cooler temperatures, shorter days, and the rustling of dry leaves signal that fall is here, and within a month, the trees lining the streets will be displaying their yellow and gold ornamentation. Historic Downtown Greensburg’s unparalleled character (and characters — see below) come into full view this time of year.

The Palace Theatre and Seton Hill University’s Performing Arts Center have created a season of fantastic live theater and musical performances, along with traditional local productions of The Nutcracker and A Rough Night at the North Pole. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see a show, you have been missing the best in intimate performances! Check out the schedules, which include traditional holiday favorites and national touring acts celebrating the holiday spirit.

Historic Downtown Greensburg really embraces the spirit of Christmas. Santa and his elves will return to parade down Main Street before jaunting to the workshop to put the finishing touches on gifts and toys.

December always brings the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra’s presentation of Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker and River City Brass Band to The Palace Theatre. As an official holiday season welcome, the Laurel Ballet performs — a magical evening and a yearly tradition for generations of Greensburg families and friends.

As Westmoreland County’s vibrant dining and entertainment district, Downtown Greensburg offers an experience unlike any other. With its exceptional restaurant options, accessible parking, live entertainment, and affordable gift shops, families, couples, and singles alike can enjoy the district and all of its offerings.

Residents and visitors complete their Greensburg experience by enjoying a chef-inspired meal at many of the independently owned restaurants and cafes located in town.


Calendar of Events:


Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra and Laurel Ballet Company present The Nutcracker

Join the Westmoreland Symphony and the Laurel Ballet on a magical, musical trip to the land of the Sugarplum Fairy, waltzing snowflakes, and enchanted toys. You’ll experience some of the most glorious dancing on earth along with the thrilling live performance of the 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.

Saturday, December 8, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 9, 7 p.m.
For tickets, call The Palace Theatre Box Office at 724.836.8000.


A Rough Night at the North Pole, presented by Greensburg Civic Theatre Greasepaint Players

A naughty little boy and his reluctant companion come to the North Pole to get even with Santa Claus. The boy wants revenge because Santa put coal in his stockings. (He must have been really bad because he was wearing them at the time!) The kids frame Santa and get him thrown in the North Pole jail. With Santa out of the way, the boy plans on taking his place, putting coal in the stockings of all the boys and girls in the world. But in this riotous farce, Santa gets out in time to set things straight and ensure a Merry Christmas for one and all!

Friday, December 7, 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 8, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
$6 advance; $8 at the door
For tickets, call The Palace Theatre Box Office at 724.836.8000.

Explore Downtown Greensburg

Photograph from Overly Country Christmas

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, 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 — his 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 it one of America’s Best Outdoor Light Displays.


Other Events:


Art on Tap 5.2.7. Happy Hour Event

November 9, 5 p.m.
Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 724.837.1500,


The House of Bernarda Alba

November 9-17
Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center, 724.552.2929,


Greensburg Holiday Parade

November 17, 12 p.m.
Main Street, Greensburg


Overly’s Country Christmas — Light Display + Christmas Village

November 16 – January 1
Sunday-Thursday, 5:30-10 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, 5:30-11 p.m.
Westmoreland Fairgrounds, 724.423.1400 or 724.834.4880,


Westmoreland Cultural Trust: Santa’s Enchanted Workshop

November 25, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
The Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000,


Doo Wop Holiday Show featuring Cornell Gunter’s Coasters, Marvelettes and Marshak’s Tribute to The Platters

November 29, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
The Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000,


River City Brass: Christmas Brasstacular

December 1, 7:30 p.m.
The Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000,


Clay Aiken “Joyful Noise 2012”

December 11,  7:30 p.m.
The Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000,


Latshaw Pops Orchestra 2012 Christmas Spectacular

December 19, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
The Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000,


Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra: Home for the Holidays

December 22, 8 p.m.
The Palace Theatre, 724.836.8000,



This article is featured in the November 2012 issue of WHIRL Magazine.
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