Kraynak’s Santa’s Christmasland: A One-of-a-Kind Attraction Delighting Visitors in Mercer County, PA for More Than 50 Years!

Mercer County, PA – Every fall and winter in Mercer County, PA, families flock to a very special place to view an extraordinary attraction. Kraynak’s Santa’s Christmasland in Hermitage, PA, opens each year on September 10 and runs through December 31. Open daily 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kraynak’s is closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Visitors to Kraynak’s are welcomed by a one-of-a-kind attraction known as “Santa’s Christmasland,” a 300 ft. long indoor avenue of decorated      Christmas trees and life-like animated figures. Visiting the display has become “A Family Tradition”!

For 2016, there are over 65 sparkling artificial Christmas trees, each with their own theme. Some of the animated themes this year include Rustic Cabin, The Grinch, Americana, and many more.

Visitors will also enjoy browsing Kraynak’s 12,000 square foot Toyland that has a great selection of games and toys for children of all ages. There is a 30,000 square foot gift shop with decorations for the home, church, or business. Kraynak’s also features a flower boutique shop, greenhouse, model trains and accessories, and a candy department. These departments are open year-round.

Admission to Santa’s Christmasland is free. Bus tours and groups are welcome. Groups wishing to visit are asked to call and make reservations at 724-347-4511. Kraynak’s is located at 2525 East State Street, Hermitage, PA 16148.

About Mercer County, PA

Located in Western Pennsylvania, Mercer County PA is home to Grove City Premium Outlets, boutiques, and unique specialty stores for shoppers. The area is also known for wine and brew tours, WaterFire Sharon PA, outdoor adventure, and outstanding golf. Golf Digest ranked Mercer County, PA as one of its top golf destinations. Visitors can dine on mouthwatering cuisine at an array of fine restaurants and then stay overnight in a well-appointed hotel, a luxurious bed and breakfast, or a cozy country inn. Close to Pittsburgh, Erie, Cleveland, and southern Ontario, Canada, Mercer County PA is easily accessible via I-80 and I-79. Our County offers the perfect escape. For more information, visit www.VisitMercerCountyPa.net.

Experience Fall Foliage at Its Best on Road Trips in Mercer County, PA

Fall Foliage tours near Pittsburgh and Cleveland

By Peggy Mazyck

Mid-October through the end of October is the perfect time to plan your getaway to Mercer County PA. The county’s location near Pittsburgh offers less than 90 minutes travel time for great attractions and a spectacular display of colors as you travel back roads through scenic countryside communities. Take a drive along some of the routes suggested below to experience the best of Mercer County’s changing leaf colors and vistas.

SELF – DRIVING TOUR 1: Exit 10 (Mitchell Rd Exit) off I-376 to Rt. 18 N

From Pittsburgh, travel I-376 to Rt. 18 North, turning right turn onto Rt. 208 East. This self- driving tour winds through New Wilmington, Volant, and Grove City, PA. On this tour, you will be captivated by the old order Amish communities and the scenic countryside. Look closely for the small signs showing Amish homes and shops selling baked goods, handmade crafts, furniture, quilts, and other unique items. Places of interest on Driving Tour 1 include THE APPLE CASTLE, THE CHEESE HOUSE, THE AMISH QUILT SHOP, WINERIES, THE TAVERN ON THE SQAURE RESTAURANT, and the charming villages of NEW WILMINGTON AND VOLANT. Stay on Route 208 East towards Grove City. Enjoy stops at WENDELL AUGUST for handcrafted metal giftware and GROVE CITY PREMIUM OUTLETS, which is Pennsylvania’s premiere shopping destination with over 130 brand-name outlet stores. Numerous quality accommodations are near Grove City Premium Outlets, so stay overnight and enjoy Self-Driving Tour 2 the next day.

SELF-DRIVING TOUR 2: (Route 258 N to Mercer and Clark)

From Grove City Premium Outlets, travel Route 258 North to Mercer. Cross over Rt. 19 at the Courthouse Square to again pick up Rt. 258 North and travel back roads along the Shenango River to Clark, home of Tara – A Country Inn.

Places of interest on Driving Tour 2 are the Historic Village of Mercer, where you can enjoy various shops and restaurants on the COURTHOUSE SQUARE. Two renowned Mercer County restaurants, RACHEL’S ROADHOUSE or IRON BRIDGE INN are just a few miles from the Courthouse Square on Rt. 19. TARA – A COUNTRY INN is about 30 minutes from the Courthouse Square at the intersection of Rt. 258 and Rt.18. This luxurious inn offers the opportunity to escape from the ordinary with picture-perfect vistas on the grounds and tours of a world class inn. You will need a reservation to take a guided tour.

Why do leaves change colors in the Fall?

Leaves change colors in the fall because that is the time when trees stop producing the pigment chlorophyll, which gives leaves their green color.

Three romantic getaway ideas under 90 minutes from Pittsburgh, Erie or Cleveland

What are you doing for a Romantic Getaway

Any time of the year is a perfect time for a romantic getaway to Mercer County. Several options are just 90 minutes from Pittsburgh, Erie and Cleveland. Try these romantic getaways and experience again the love and magic of sharing a special time with that special person. Your weekend trip to Mercer County will leave you feeling pampered and cherished. Pair an overnight stay with a wine and brew tour, spa services for couples and intimate dining at exceptional restaurants.

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Fabulous Fall Events Delight All Ages in Mercer County, PA

Mercer County, PA – Visitors to Mercer County, PA, will have several family-friendly activities to enjoy each weekend in October and the first weekend in November. Now through November 6, 2016, gather your family and friends and “get lost” in a corn maze, take a hayride, or get frightened at a haunted barn.

Coolspring Corn Maze & Farm Market in Mercer, PA, is open Fridays 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.; Saturdays 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; and Sundays 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Fall Travel to Mercer Countythrough November 6 and showcases many activities. Included with admission are a corn maze, indoor hay maze, hayride, pedal tractor racetrack, two 40′ mountain slides, and barnyard board game. For an additional fee, guests can enjoy mechanical bull riding, gemstone mining, pony rides, cow train, and pumpkin blaster. www.coolspringmaze.com

The Corn Maze & Fall Fun at Irons Mill Farmstead in New Wilmington, PA, is open Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. through October 30. At the farmstead, partake in over 30 attractions such as hayrides, corn maze, corn cob beach, slides, pumpkin patch, jumping pillows, pig races, Irons Mill Hill, pumpkin bowling, climb Mt. Arthur, buckaroo ball town, duck races, playground and more. There are additional fees for farmstead express, apple sling shot, and to rent a campfire. www.ironsmillfarmstead.com

Fair Haven Farms in Grove City, PA, is a destination for all fall family activities. The Fall Festival is open to the public, Saturdays 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sundays 12 noon – 7 p.m. through October 30. Pumpkins and fall decorations are available to purchase. The admission fee includes the corn maze and a hayride to the pumpkin patch where you can choose a pumpkin for purchase right from the field. Other activities featured are giant slides, hamster wheels, tepee tunnel, Straw Mountain, tire extravaganza, a corn crib to play in and much more. www.fairhavenfarms.net

Hell’s Hollow Haunt in Mercer, PA, is a two-attraction haunt with the three-story Bloody Barn, the Haunted Hay Wagon of Horror, and a free walk through the Frightening Field of Corn. Open October 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28, 29 and 30, from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. www.hellshollowhaunt.com

About Mercer County, PA

Located in Western Pennsylvania, Mercer County PA is home to Grove City Premium Outlets, boutiques, and unique specialty stores for shoppers. The area is also known for wine and brew tours, WaterFire Sharon PA outdoor adventure, and outstanding golf. Golf Digest ranked Mercer County, PA as one of its top golf destinations. Visitors can dine on mouthwatering cuisine at an array of fine restaurants and then stay overnight in a well-appointed hotel, a luxurious bed and breakfast, or a cozy country inn. Close to Pittsburgh, Erie, Cleveland, and southern Ontario, Canada, Mercer County PA is easily accessible via I-80 and I-79. Our County offers the perfect escape. For more information, visit www.VisitMercerCountyPa.net.