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TOURISM Enjoy holiday cheer safely

The Department of Community and Economic Development’s Pennsylvania Tourism Office announced a new virtual experience, Holi-stay PA, to encourage Pennsylvanians to stay home and safe by taking advantage of virtual activities to explore the commonwealth safely.

Activities include live demonstrations, interactive learning sessions, holiday recipes, weekly dinner and movie pairings, activity sheets and a calendar of other virtual events.

“2020 was a year unlike any other, and this initiative will help Pennsylvanians celebrate the holiday in a new way and create new traditions. All year, we’ve traded travel for takeout and get-togethers for Zoom game-nights and those activities should carry into the holiday season ... ” Carrie Lepore, DCED deputy secretary of marketing, tourism and film said. “This year, we’re asking Pennsylvanians to replace the fear of missing out with the joy of staying in.”

With Holi-stay PA, viewers can enjoy programing from well-known Pennsylvania organizations including:

•Stateside Vodka Distilling;

•The Philadelphia Orchestra;

•Purple Lizard Maps;

•Mindful Hospitality;

•The Hershey Gardens; and

•Please Touch Museum.

Holi-stay PA will help keep Pennsylvanians connected throughout the winter celebrating all that makes the state unique. Over the next few months, visitPA will spotlight various small businesses, one-of-a-kind makers and some of the best chefs from across the state, bringing the best of Pennsylvania to the comfort of one’s home.