Since 1914, Bethesda Mission has been a missionary arm of the local church, reaching out to men, women, and children of all races, nationalities, and creeds, providing the poor and homeless with shelter, food, clothing, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ, and discipling them in the Christian life.

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING | presented by Good's Tree and Lawncare

Picture a blue-green Fraser fir rising up above Italian Lake and twinkling lights reflecting in the water. Bringing the light of the holiday season to life, the Christmas Tree at Christmas at Italian Lake is a sight to be seen.

Tree Lighting Ceremony begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday.




SANTA'S GROTTO | presented by Pine Creek Structures

Here comes Santa Claus! A photo with Santa is a time-honored Christmas tradition. 

Tickets are $5 for one individual photo, or $10 for one family photo. All proceeds benefit Bethesda Mission.



SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS | presented by Valk Manufacturing

‘Tis the season to be jolly! Gather ’round the outdoor pavilion to enjoy performances by local choirs and dance troupes with the best music of the holiday season.



SLEIGH RIDES | presented by Pyramid Construction and Scott and Kay Dunwoody

Giddy up, giddy up, giddy up, let’s go. What is a Christmas festival without a sleigh ride complete with sleigh bells jingling and rosey cheeks? Gather your friends and family to enjoy a unique “sleigh” ride experience.

Tickets are $5 per person up to $20 per family. All proceeds benefit Bethesda Mission.



CHRISTMAS MARKET | presented by Jim and Tina Tatnall

Looking for that perfect gift? Support local, small business owners by browsing this festive Christmas market for gifts for those you love this year.

Interested in attending as one of our great Market Vendors? Our application is available here!



FOOD TRUCKS | presented by UPMC

Grab a delicious bite to eat from one of the many great food trucks at Italian Lake! With a variety of food types from savory to sweet, there’s something for everyone. Enjoy your food & drinks in the heated dining tent to take a break from the cold.

Are you a food vendor? Registration here!




Looking for something especially for your little ones? Santa’s helpers will welcome you to the Elves’ Workshop where children can take a break from the cold to make a Christmas craft and watch a classic, family-friendly holiday movie.



PETTING ZOO | presented by Rusted Gates Farm

Take a break to pet your favorite furry farmland friends!



S'MORES STATION | presented by Transteck, Inc.

Come get some free, gooey goodness! Roast your marshmallow to perfection over one of two fires and build your delicious, melty treat! 




Special thanks to our Christmas Joy sponsors who make this event possible.