4. About an hour north of Pittsburgh is a Christmas wonderland not to be missed. Tucked into the Kraynak’s Lawn and Garden Center in Hermitage is Kraynak’s Christmasland. The 300-foot-long indoor walk-through features several holiday-themed displays decorated with animated figures and Christmas trees. The display, now several decades old, is changed annually (and also features an Easter display). I visited the display two weekends ago and could have spent hours taking in the detailed designs. The scenes range from whimsical to local and religious (a lot of visitors like being surprised, so I don’t want to spoil the displays, but tap here to see some pics I took). The Christmasland is inside the middle of a massive store with multiple rooms filled with holiday decorations – just about anything you can think of is available to buy. Plus, children can get their photo taken with Santa. Of course, if you’re heading up to Kraynak’s, also make a stop at Daffin's Candies, Wendell August Forge and the Grove City outlets.
I should note that if you’re taking small children (or cranky adults), plan ahead. It can get crowded and you can do a lot of walking – and standing – if you want to cover every inch of the store.