Overlys County Christmas

General Information

The sights, sounds, smells and tastes of an old-fashioned Christmas . . . here you will find most of the information you will need for your visit to Overly’s Country Christmas® and our walk-around Christmas Village — things to see and do, frequently asked questions and special events happening throughout our Season.

Christmas Village

​A Visit to a Walk-Around Christmas Village and the Sights, Sounds, Tastes and Smells of an Old-Fashioned Christmas . . . Overly’s Style.

Overly’s Country Christmas® is not a drive through light display, rather a unique, walk-around Christmas Village where each season, over 300 volunteers tirelessly give of their time to bring Overly’s Country Christmas® to life.  Through volunteers’ efforts, Overly’s continues its charitable work, providing memorable moments to children in some of the area’s most neglected neighborhoods, bestowing unforgettable experiences to those with life-threatening and terminal illnesses, establishing an outlet for trouble youths to give back to the community on a year- round basis, and helping Share the Magic for those in need by providing a permanent donation site for nonperishable food, toys or pet food.

Familiar sights, sounds, experiences and magic await all those who enter in great anticipation of reliving holiday memories and experiencing new ones. 

 

Strolling the Lights & Sights

Strolling through Christmas Village, you will delight in the charm, nostalgically designed to be reminiscent of the miniature villages found under the country-style Christmas trees of yesteryear.
 
As you walk the sights of Christmas Village, you will hear your favorite Christmas carols from past and present.  And, on special nights, weather permitting, local entertainers, including school and church groups, perform medleys of their favorite holiday classics to the backdrop of our crackling bonfire.  What better way to get into the holiday spirit than by starting an impromptu caroling session of your own while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate and warming your hands!

Hartman Station

The clang of the crossing bells and the shriek of the steam whistle herald your arrival at Hartman Station, a g-gauge model train display and museum. Stop by and see the rolling stock of Dr. King Hartman and the four-season layout designed by volunteers Jan Vogt and her late husband, John.  A delight for children and adults alike.

Santa’s Workshop

No visit to Overly’s would be complete without an opportunity for the children to visit with everyone’s favorite jolly elf and share their Christmas wishes. Santa is available each night, from opening night until December 23rd, at which time he heads back to the North Pole to prepare for his big day. And don’t forget . . . Santa is making his list and checking it twice! 

The Manger

At Overly’s, it’s important to us to keep Christ in Christmas.  Our traditional Christmas nativity wouldn’t be complete without live animals. Ditto, our spoiled donkey, along with his sheep and goat friends, delight everyone, young and old. 

Just for Kids

All Aboard the Kids’ Express!  Destination:  fun! A Christmas train ride with bells and whistles set to the tune of children’s laughter.

Mr. Waterheater’s Fun-derland

Kids Only!  A winter playground just for kids where they can scramble through the Snowman Tunnels, play with the ‘big trucks’ at Santa’s Construction Zone, imagine being at the North Pole on Santa’s Playset or an engineer on a wooden train engine traveling back to the North Pole.

Henny Hemlock, the Talking Christmas Tree

Unknown to most people, Santa Claus has a small, but very close family. His Aunt Edna (on his mother’s side) loved Christmas as much as Santa himself. Aunt Edna would be the first at the North Pole to decorate her Christmas tree for the holiday. Whenever anyone would visit her, they would bring an ornament or a light for her tree. Soon, the tree became so big that Aunt Edna couldn’t keep it any longer. She gave it to her nephew, Santa Claus. And Santa, brought the tree to Christmas Village and gave Henny the gift of speech to delight children of all ages in whimsical conversations. Sometimes, generally on weekends, the pesky Grinch, can also be seen hanging out with his friend, Henny Hemlock.

Holiday Bonfire

Blazing brightly in the wintry night, the Overly’s holiday bonfire has become the heart of Christmas Village. Here, visitors may roast marshmallows or just take in the ever-changing scene of the crackling flames in order to enjoy not only the warmth of the fire, but also to bask in the warmth of the holiday spirit with family, friends and fellow community members.

Horse-Drawn Sleigh and Wagon Rides

Hear the clippity-clop of the horses and the jingle of bells on a horse-drawn wagon or sleigh ride through Christmas Village.

Lowe’s of Latrobe – “Whimsical Christmas”

A wonderland of wintertime awaits all who indulge in a magical horse-drawn ride to mingle throughout Whimsical Christmas, where Santa and nutcrackers and snowmen and Christmas joy welcome visitors

The Snowman and Train Project

Showcasing a unique partnership with community supporters, the Westmoreland County Community College Technology Center, American Society of Student Welders, and Overly’s Country Christmas®.  This project of gigantic proportions — provided students with a unique and unforgettable learning experience with their first snowman, 21.5′ tall and weighing 1,100 pounds.  In 2015, the students compled a Snowman Family with a Mrs. Snowm,an and Junior, both of gigantic proportions.  In 2016, the students undertook another gigantic project and created the Overly’s Express train.  After the 2016 Season, with the help of the students, the train’s engine was showcased at various events through Westmoreland County, illustrating our unique partnership and the depth of classes available at the College.  This year, the students are at the drawing board, working to design a unique concept of a metal garden of their work with even more additions to be showcased in 2018.  All materials used in these projects is domestic — melted and manufactured in the USA.

Light Forms

Years ago when Harry Overly started the display at his home, many of his displays were made of plywood, designed and painted by local school art clubs and artists groups. To remember our beginnings, we still maintain quite a few of these original displays but since 2014, we have been converting many of them to LED or designing new ones thanks to our volunteer talent. 8 – 15 new displays are added yearly.

Each LED display is American-melted, American-manufactured and American-proud.

MLP Steel from Scottdale, PA, has partnered with Overly’s in the design and fabrication of these forms. As you take our drive way or wander around Christmas Village, see the ones you like best.