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Author Archives: Maria Shea

Christkindlmarkt

This traditional German Christmas market will feature more than 40 local artisans offering handmade gifts inside the historic tavern and outside on the grounds. Enjoy shopping, food, music, caroling, a live nativity, children’s activities, Santa and more. The market will be held 6-9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine. For details, click here.  

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Jingle Bell Ring

A mass choir of handbell enthusiasts will bring festive holiday music to the hotel’s Visit with Santa event. Bell ringing will fill the air 11:15-11:45 a.m. and again from 1-1:30 p.m. Saturday. Sponsored by the Central PA Handbell Festival, admission is free. Non-perishable food items and monetary donations with be collected for Autumn’s Food Pantry. For details, click here.  

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George Balanchine’s “The Nutcracker”

The dancers of the Central Penn Youth Ballet bring Balanchine’s winter classic to life – as the clock strikes 12, you’ll happen upon a battle between toy soldiers and mischievous mice as a blizzard of ballerinas reveal a wonderful world of confection. The ballet will be also presented Dec. 21 and 22 at the Hershey Theatre. Shows are 1 and ...

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Sounds of the Season

Celebrate with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra as they present a program of holiday favorites, popular music and toe tapping tunes both old and new. Take photos with Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Grinch. The concert will be 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday in the college’s Barshinger Center for Musical Arts. For details, click here.  

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“The Homecoming”

Based on a novel by “The Waltons” writer Earl Hamner Jr., this heartwarming holiday story is set on Christmas Eve in 1933 as the Spencer family awaits the return of their father and the eldest son goes on an adventure to find him. The show runs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. For details, click here.  

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“It’s a Wonderful Life”

A year-old theater troupe of veteran actors and newcomers, the St. James Players will present the trials, tribulations and ultimate happiness of the Bailey family, as breadwinner George overcomes disaster with assistance from his guardian angel Clarence. Shows will be 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The production will benefit the residents of Ocracoke, N.C., who were ...

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Annual Holiday Open House

A 2,700-square-foot HO scale display with 1,200 feet of track features freight and passenger model trains running through scenes from the 1960s and ’70s from around the state, when diesel was beginning to replace steam. Hours are 1-5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 12. Admission is by donation. For details, click here.  

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Holiday Cookie Pairing

Ever wondered what wine to serve with your holiday dessert? Find out with a flight of wine and cookies at the Farm Winery near Orrtanna. Stop by anytime 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For details, click here.  

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Christmas Tree Lane

Experience holiday magic as you stroll around the ballpark to view nearly 200 decorated Christmas trees and vote for your favorite to benefit local nonprofits. Visitors can also warm up and watch holiday movies in the suite level, roast s’mores in front of the stadium, get photos with Santa, make crafts and more. Festivities run 5:30-9 p.m. daily through Dec. ...

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Tremendous Christmas at Italian Lake

Now in its third year, the Christmas spirit returns to the park with a twinkling, nostalgia-filled celebration featuring artisans, food trucks, music from local choirs, horse drawn sleigh rides and more to benefit Bethesda Mission. The event runs 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 12-5 p.m. Sunday, with the tree lighting at 5 p.m Saturday. For details, click here.  

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Gettysburg Christmas Festival

A Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. Friday kicks off a weekend of holiday fun for all ages including Reindeer Games on Lincoln Square, Santa’s Central Depot along Baltimore Street, and a Winter Wonderland on Steinwehr Avenue. Look for Santa and Mrs. Claus, a Snowflake Soiree, a fun run, concerts, films, shopping, merchant specials, ice carving, roving entertainment and more. For ...

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Messick’s Christmas Light Show

Tractors and equipment at the dealership are wrapped in lights and the display is choreographed to holiday music. Enjoy the show from the warmth of your vehicle and tune in to the music on FM radio. The free shows start every 15 to 20 minutes from 6-9:30 p.m. daily at the firm’s headquarters, off Route 283 south of Elizabethtown. Donations ...

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Joy to the Burg: A Live Christmas Concert

Fourteen Harrisburg are bands and musicians collaborated on an all new benefit Christmas album – “Joy To The Burg: The Gift of Music to Help the Homeless” – and will present a concert to support the project at 3 p.m. in the Rose Lehrman Performing Arts Center. Both the album and concert will benefit the homelessness programs of Christian Churches ...

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Holiday Celebration

Santa will arrive downtown on a Hershey Volunteer Fire Company truck to greet children. Enjoy shopping craft and food vendors, sing along with Milton Hershey School’s New Horizons choral group, craft an ornament, snack on cookies and cocoa and view the tree lighting. The free event is 2-6 p.m. For details, click here.  

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Christmas at Fort Hunter

Enjoy the classic, traditional decorations of fresh greens and fruits, dried materials and fresh flowers on guided tours through the mansion. Hours are 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 12-4:30 p.m. Sunday. Also look for the Craft Reunion, greens sale, Fort Couture exhibit, toy train display, children’s only holiday shop, clear toy candy making demonstration, concerts and more. The Festival ...

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