“It’s A Wonderful Life” Festival & Holiday Parade

Stop back for more details about the 2024 “It’s A Wonderful Life” Festival & Holiday Parade!

IAWL Logo 2022

“It’s A Wonderful Life” in Indiana, PA – birthplace of the legendary actor, Jimmy Stewart, and home to the Jimmy Stewart Museum.  Philadelphia Street in downtown Indiana sparkles with lovely Christmas tree decorations adorning the lamp posts and twinkling lights dotting the buildings. See vintage Christmas light displays situated throughout the downtown area and beautifully decorated store fronts, which will delight both children and adults. IRMC Park, located at North 7th Street, Indiana, PA, transforms into the magical holiday headquarters for the First Commonwealth Bank “It’s A Wonderful Life” Festival each year and boasts a 30″+ LIVE Christmas tree.  What better place to celebrate Christmas than in “The Christmas Tree Capital of the World”?

Important 2024 Dates*:
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2024: Lucy Donnelly Lite-Up Night & Holiday Parade

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2024: “It’s A Wonderful Life” Day

IAWL themed discounts, promotions & activities and the Build Balloon Build Display.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2024: Small Business Saturday

Shop local and support small businesses throughout the downtown Indiana area.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2024: IUP Day/Holiday Music Day

Enjoy holiday performances, concerts & a variety of entertainment. (Concert 12/6)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2024: Family Day

There’s something for everyone: kids activities, cookie tour & adult festivities.

Visits with Santa, hot chocolate, soup, roasting marshmallows, photo ops & more!

*Please note: Dates & themes subject to change.

Look forward to these happenings in 2024:
– “It’s A Wonderful Life” Discounts & Promotions
– “It’s A Wonderful Life” Food & Drink Specials
– “It’s A Wonderful Life” Selfie Spots
– “It’s A Wonderful Life” Special Events at the Jimmy Stewart Museum

Read what visitors had to say about the 2023 event:
“We came from Western Maryland for the second year in a row. It’s officially a tradition and we can’t wait for next year! Kudos!!” – J. Leatherman

“We were the couple who came from Delaware and we had a fabulous time!! We ended up skipping the parade because of the rain, but it looks like a good time was had in spite of it. We did enjoy the other events, especially the radio show! What a fun, unique event in an historic venue! The friendliness and just plain “nice” vibe of your town is special… and I have a feeling we’ll be back!!” – M. Buckler

“Loved every minute of it! Absolutely wonderful and amazing! We will be back!” – C & J Bolam

“Our 2nd time here! Enjoyed it as much as the first time!” – E & S Skandera

“Our 2nd visit to your museum/town this year (2023)! Had to make it back for your festival! It did not disappoint! WONDERFUL!” – S. Herman

“Do you all do this every year on “this” weekend?? I don’t want to miss it next year!” – V. Schmidt

“Yeaaah, we gotta do this next year!” – J. Egizania

Eager for the 2024 festival?  Check out these special moments from the festival in 2023:
– Our friends at Triblive.com featured Indiana County in a “Daycation Destination” article.  Check out the article.
– KDKA Meteorologist Falicia Woodley visited Indiana County to talk about the Christmas tree growing industry.  Watch the segment.
– Indiana, PA was touted as one of 17 “Holiday Hallmark Movie-Esque Locations in Pennsylvania” by VisitPA.com.  Read more about the honor.
– Special guest “George Bailey” and “Mary Hatch” kicked off the Holiday Parade with a FLASH MOB, featuring the Charleston – despite the rain!  Check out the video.
– A 30 foot Concolor Fir took center stage in IRMC Park.  Read more about the tree.

Breakfast with Santa at Josephine’s


“The Shop Around the Corner” LIVE Radio Show at the Indiana Theater.


FREE marshmallow roasting on Lite Up  Night followed by free marshmallow roasting, hot chocolate, soup and visits with Santa in IRMC Park on Saturday afternoons during the festival.


Holiday Parade along Philadelphia Street on Lite-Up Night.


30′ LIVE Christmas Tree in IRMC Park (Photo courtesy of Kipp Photography)

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