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Awhh Shucks, This is a 'Wonderful Place'

The Christmas tree capital of the world.

By Dave Sutor

Every year, for a few weeks in November and December, Indiana Borough transforms into its own little version of Bedford Falls. There are, of course, the customary quaint holiday touches common to many small towns: religious services, store window displays, caroling, school plays, gently falling snow, streets lined with lights, decorated trees, shiny red and green wrapping paper, good cheer, warm fireplaces, big home-cooked meals and parties.

But, in the local town of 14,000 people, there is much more to the holiday spirit.
Not only is Indiana County known as the "Christmas Tree Capital of the World," but the borough annually hosts the It's a Wonderful Life Festival & Parade. The celebration honors Indiana native and 20th Century film icon Jimmy Stewart, star of the movie It's A Wonderful Life that took place in Bedford Falls, a fictional setting created during the cinema's black-and-white halcyon days.

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