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Things To Do In Gettysburg This Weekend: November 30th – December 2nd

Published November 30, 2012

The holidays in Gettysburg are officially in full swing! The tree on Lincoln Square is ready for this weekend’s tree lighting and everyone’s halls are decked. To really get in the holiday spirit, visit Gettysburg this weekend and experience festive activities and fun events.

Make your list and check it twice- here are some exciting things to do in Gettysburg this weekend:

Friday, November 30th & Saturday, December 1st: The Gettysburg Festival’s Gingerbread House Celebration.

A photo of the Historic Gettysburg Hotel in Gingerbread from a past Gingerbread House Celebration.

Enjoy a gallery of gingerbread houses to usher in your holiday season! Place your bids to own a gingerbread masterpiece, with proceeds benefiting the non-profit Gettysburg Festival. All visitors are invited to vote for their favorite gingerbread creation, the People’s Choice Award.

Friday, November 30:  Opening Reception, 5:00-7:30 pm.  Enjoy the awards ceremony for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place houses, and the first opportunity to view the gingerbread houses and place bids. Begin your holiday shopping at the Holiday Market.
The Gettysburg Hotel is proud to sponsor the 1st place award of $500!

Saturday, December 1:  Family Day Free admission 9 am-4 pm.  Bid to win one of the Gingerbread creations, vote for your favorite, shop at the Holiday Market, help decorate the community house and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa. Gingerbread house bidding continues until 3 pm on Saturday afternoon.

Friday, November 30th- Hollabaugh Bros. Holiday Open House:

Ring in the holiday season at Hollabaugh’s 3rd annual holiday open house! They will have lots of refreshments, guest vendors (wine, jewelry, candy, crafts, and more!), Christmas trees and wreaths, raffles, and plenty of holiday cheer! Some of the vendors include:

* Hauser Estate Winery
* Homemade chocolates from local chocolatier Barb Schrum
* Homemade cards from local crafter, Janice Melton
* Handmade crafts from local artisan Trudy Nye
* Handmade jewelry from local artist Jean Sixeas
Click here for more information.

Saturday, December 1st- 3rd Annual Old Getty Place Christmas Parade  & Christmas Tree Lighting:

Be part of it all as we delight in the annual parade, light the great tree in the Lincoln Square, and sing Christmas carols together to bring in the holiday season. Enjoy a variety of bands, floats, costumed characters, distinguished guests, dancers, youth groups and, of course, Santa Claus!

The Parade will form on Lefever Street in front of Lincoln Elementary beginning at 6:00pm.  It will move out onto Baltimore Street beginning at 7:00pm.  It will follow Baltimore Street down to Lincoln Square, turn on York Street, and then onto Liberty Street and disband in the general area of the old Keefauver and Middle Schools.  After the parade, enjoy the lighting of the Christmas Tree in Lincoln Square!

Hundreds gather after the annual Gettysburg Christmas Parade for the tree-lighting ceremony. The event is the official kick-off to Gettysburg’s holiday celebration. (Image courtesy of the Gettysburg Convention and Visitor’s Bureau)

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday – Santa’s Shanty Will Be Open:

Visit Santa in his quaint Shanty on historic Lincoln Square in downtown Gettysburg. Children can share their wish list with Jolly Old Saint Nick! Santa’s Shanty will be open during the parade!

Friday 11/30 – 5:00pm-8:00pm
Saturday 12/1 – 10:00am-1:30pm and 2:00pm-5:00pm – Parade
Sunday 12/2 – 1:00pm-4:00pm

Santa’s Shanty brought to you by the Gettysburg Area Retail Merchants Association

Specials in McClellan’s Tavern this weekend:

Relax at McClellan’s Tavern at the Gettysburg Hotel this weekend! We will be featuring these great specials:
$3 Jack Daniel’s/Captain Morgan Shooters
Soft Shell Steak Tacos with onions, cilantro, cheese and a wedge of lime  – $5 for 2 tacos

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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