Final two days for Koziar’s Christmas Village located in Bernville, Berks County, which offers more than one half-million Christmas lights adorning buildings, gift barns, and landscape making it the Best Outdoor Christmas Display in the World by Display World magazine and one of the top ten travel attractions in the state by the Pennsylvania Travel Council. Hours on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Bethlehem’s Christmas City Village Weihnachtsmarkt located at the Sun Inn Courtyard & the Smithy on Main Street; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. ends on Monday, Dec. 31. This German-inspired outdoor market features traditional food, fine crafters and live holiday music, set up in authentic, handcrafted wooden huts, this attraction offers free admission. 610-577-6962
Peepsfest will be held Sunday, December 30, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Monday, December 31, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the ArtsQuest Center on the SteelStacks Campus, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. General admission to Peepsfest is free but some activities require a ticket. Activities include: kids bands and magicians, Peeps smores making, video game competition, arts and crafts, scavenger hunt, Peeps Mascot appearance, Peepsmobile, Peeps 5k, Mascot Dash and Kids Fun Run, and New Year’s Eve Family Party and the Peeps Drop & Fireworks scheduled for 5:15 p.m. on Monday evening.
The Downtown Bethlehem Association will host the first ever Main Street New Year’s Eve celebration to ring in 2013. The event will culminate at midnight with a “Bethlehem Star Rise.” The open-air celebration will feature live music with the Trouble City All-Stars and the Lehigh Valley Harmonizers, a cash bar, food vendors and a free champagne toast at midnight. The Main Street New Year’s Eve celebration will begin at 9 p.m. and end at 12:30 a.m. Main Street will be closed to vehicular traffic between Broad Street and Walnut Street.
Allentown New Year’s Eve Finale, Monday, December 31 in the 800 block of Hamilton Street. Festivities include a cocktail party, carriage rides, fire dancers, ice carvers, and an outdoor celebration complete with a countdown-to-midnight drop of a Liberty Bell replica.
January 1st is New Year’s Day. Celebrating the arrival of the New Year is perhaps the oldest holiday in recorded history. It started with the ancient Babylonians more than 4,000 years ago, and continued with the Egyptians, Romans, Celts and so on. January 1, officially became the first day of the New Year in 46 BC, when Julius Caesar established the Julian calendar.
Delaware Canal State Park First Day Hike at Wy Hit Tuk Park, Easton, January 1, 1-2 p.m. First day hikes are happening in parks all across the country on January 1. Last year over 14,000 people in all 50 states participated. Welcome the New Year with a short afternoon stroll on the Delaware Canal Towpath. Two First Walk programs will be held at Delaware Canal State Park simultaneously, one in the northern area of the park near Easton and one in the south near New Hope. The walks will be 2-3 miles in length on level towpath terrain. All ages and abilities are welcome. Wy Hit Tuk Park is located 3 miles south of Easton on Route 611. 610-982-0161
The PA Farm Show, Sat. Jan. 5 to Sat. Jan. 12 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center, North Cameron and Maclay Streets, Harrisburg. Pennsylvania is proud to host the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the country, with nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibits.
Gov. Tom Corbett has signed into law a package of updates to the Fish and Boat Code (Title 30 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes). The multi-faceted legislation will help improve the operations of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) and the services it provides to the anglers, boaters, and other residents and visitors of the Commonwealth. The new law is known as Act 211 of 2012. The new law takes effect in January 2013.
The following represent some of the highlights of Act 211:
- Creates consistency with the state Crimes Code allowing for charges to be brought against accomplices involved in violating the Fish and Boat Code. This provision is complementary to Act 167 of 2012, which the Governor signed on Oct. 24. Act 167 significantly increased the penalties for large-scale poaching operation, and Act 211 makes it clear that accomplices may also be charged for such crimes.
- Defines the unauthorized operation and use of boats and defines duties of operators involved in boating accidents consistent with the Vehicle Code.
- Eliminates the need to provide an affidavit to prove that someone had a fishing license. This is no longer necessary since the advent of the Pennsylvania Automated License system (PALS).
- Simplifies the process for issuance of institutional licenses and allows for more facilities to have access to institutional licenses to provide fishing as a therapeutic opportunity.
- Provides for an exemption for fishing licenses to participants in a structured education program involving fishing.
- Increases the penalties for damage to PFBC property and for littering on private or public property open to fishing.
The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is informing recreational anglers about regulatory changes regarding black sea bass and American shad effective January 1, 2013. Recreational black sea bass fishery will be open from January 1 through February 28. The minimum size limit remains at 12.5 inches and the possession limit will be 15 fish. These regulations pertain to both New Jersey state waters as well as Federal waters.
Also, effective January 1, 2013, all American shad fisheries (both commercial and recreational), with the exception of the Delaware Bay, Delaware River and its tributaries, will be closed (no possession, take or harvest). The recreational possession limit in the Delaware Bay, Delaware River and its tributaries will now be 3 fish with no minimum size and an open season all year.
Allentown’s 17th annual Lights in the Parkway; drive-through light and animated display runs through January 6, 2013. Located at 1700 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, access the Lehigh Parkway from Lehigh Parkway East and Martin Luther King Boulevard to enter the display. 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., $6 per vehicle in advance – $10 per vehicle at the gate.
The Easton Farmers’ Market is now open year round! The New Winter Mart is a full-service growers’ market. Open Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Nurture Nature Center, 518 Northampton Street, Easton. Enjoy fresh, local organic produce all through the winter… plus all-natural pastured meat, farm-fresh eggs, artisan cheese and bread, baked goods, honey, prepared foods and more.
The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Garden State Deer Classic is slated for January 10 – 13, 2013 as part of the Garden State Outdoor Sports Show taking place at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center in Edison, NJ.
Fishing dates to remember for PA in 2013: March 30, Regional Opening Day of Trout Season and April 13, Statewide Opening Day of Trout Season and June 15 is Opening Day for Bass Season and Trout Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only-harvest begins. Also, No Harvest Bass, April 13 through June 14
You can participate in a new sweepstakes called “Fishing’s Fun Sweepstakes.” The sweepstakes offers 20 great prizes, awarded one per week through April 2013. The prizes include 10 fantastic hosted or guided fishing trips within the boundaries of our state and 10 Cabela’s gift cards for $500 each. These trips feature some of the best fishing anywhere in the world, and they are hosted or guided by renowned anglers and professionals who like to have fun. The $500 gift cards from Cabela’s provide a great way for every angler to get outfitted for the upcoming fishing season. As the Commission continues to promote fishing, we want to feature our diverse fisheries and some of the individuals and businesses who support them. No purchase is necessary. Click here to register and check out the prizes.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has released a list of waters which comprises its newly established Pennsylvania’s Best Fishing Waters program. The program highlights the state’s best fishing locations for species such as trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, bullhead and channel catfish, panfish (yellow perch, crappie, bluegill and pumpkinseed), muskellunge, striped bass and striped bass hybrid, and walleye.