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Getting in the Holiday Spirit

Published November 22, 2010

Right now as I type these words (literally!) the Christmas tree is going up on the Square in Gettysburg! I just took this photo a few minutes ago….

The holiday season is upon us in Gettysburg!

Even though it is actually a fairly warm day here in town, I am still so excited for the holiday season to be here in full swing! There are so many fun things to do in Gettysburg coming up, ways to celebrate with friends and family, and opportunities for creative gift giving.  If that photo didn’t get you excited for the holidays in Gettysburg maybe this one will: 🙂

So open up your calendar and mark these dates for things you won’t want to miss on your Gettysburg Getaway: Holiday Style!

Saturday, November 27th: 23rd Annual Christmas Parade

The tree in the Lincoln Square will be lit tonight! Enjoy  a sing-a-long of Christmas Carols, a variety of bands, floats, costumed characters, distinguished guests, dancers, youth groups and, of course, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus! The Parade will begin at 7:00pm at the Gettysburg Middle School on Lefever Street. It will proceed north on Baltimore Street to the Square, and then continue east on York Street. The route then turns south on Liberty Street to return to the Middle School. There will even be a children’s choir performing on the steps of the Gettysburg Hotel prior to the parade at 6:30.

A clip of last year’s parade from the Gettysburg CVB YouTube Page:

Friday, December 3rd and Saturday, December 4th -Gingerbread House Celebration:

I mentioned this new event brought to us by the Gettysburg Festival  in a previous post. Friday night includes a kick-off party with champagne, hors d’oeuvres and a first look at the gingerbread houses created by area chefs and artisans.

Guests can place bids to own one of these masterpieces! Bring the kids on Saturday for entertainment, face painting and a children’s gingerbread house workshop. (Admission is free, but the workshop costs $15.)  Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

General Manager of the Gettysburg Hotel, Phillip Murray & Family, wishes to touch the lives of underprivileged children in the Gettysburg area and has placed a challenge to other Gettysburg-area businesses and individuals to sponsor area children and allow them the opportunity to create holiday memories by making gingerbread houses complete with snowy frosting and colorful candies.  Mr. Murray and his family have sponsored the first ten underprivileged children with the first donation of $150.  Won’t you meet their personal challenge and make holiday “visions of gingerbread dancing in their heads” come true for area children?  To meet the challenge, call 717-334-0853 or e-mail

Saturday, December 11 – 7th Annual Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast with Santa!

This has quickly become one of the most anticipated traditions of the holiday season in town. Breakfast With Santa benefits the United Way of Adams County and its partners to ensure the services safety net is there for our children and families. Our goal is to raise $5000 from the event through admissions, advertising and sponsorships. You can help by sending a gift, providing a camera-ready ad for the children’s coloring book, or by sponsoring the costs of the breakfast, pictures or gifts given to each child to take home. (For more information on sponsorships visit here.)

From 7:30 am- 11:30 am Children will enjoy a breakfast with their families including, silver dollar pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, donuts, pastries & much more. Children will also have the chance to meet Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves for pictures and receive a gift from Santa!

Breakfast for children under 3 is Free
Adults are asked to make a donation of $5.00 and  Children (3-8) $3.00
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Every dollar raised benefits the United Way of Adams County!

More info to come on what’s going on this Holiday Season!

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