GARMA Gives the Gift of Christmas Cheer to Gettysburg This Year!
Published November 18, 2016
The Gettysburg Area Retail Merchants Association, known to our small town as GARMA, has undertaken a massive fundraising effort to replace Gettysburg’s worn out, but well-loved Christmas Tree.
The iconic tree has served us well, but we’re ready to deck the square, thanks to GARMA’s impressive efforts, with the new 26’ tree. Join us on November 25th as we light up our town and introduce the tree to its new home.
Holiday music by roaming street carolers from the Totem Pole Playhouse will fill your ears, hot chocolate compliments of One Lincoln will warm your tummy, coffee from the Ragged Edge will waken your sprit, candy and cookies from Kilwin’s Chocolates and Dunlap’s Restaurant and Bakery will tempt your sweet tooth and the magic of the season will fill your heart as Santa’s shanty opens at 5pm. Be sure to come early for his arrival by Victorian Carriage Company. And don’t miss out on telling him your Christmas wishes because he’s only there until 8pm!
Interested in taking in a little history that night? Visit the David Wills House, located at 8 Lincoln Square, for a tour of the house where Abraham Lincoln stayed when he gave the Gettysburg Address. Sip on local cider provided for the entire family while your children make their very own Victorian Christmas Tree ornament. On your tour by a National Park Service Ranger, you’ll learn about 19th century holiday traditions and the significance of the David Wills House to our town. Admission has been reduced to $2 per adult and the tour is free to anyone under 18.
Many of the participating businesses with GARMA will be open late that night to help you celebrate Gettysburg style. But with all the fun going on, don’t forget to be back outside in the square around 6pm to experience the grand illumination.
For more information on the evening’s festivities or to make a donation toward the final phases of enlarging next year’s tree, please visit www.gettysburgretailmerchants.com or check out GARMA’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MyGARMA/.
Community partners include Kennie’s Markets, Destination Gettysburg, The Ragged Edge Coffee House, Gettysburg Area Retail Merchants Association, Gettysburg Hotel, Kilwin’s Chocolates, Victorian Carriage Company and Dunlap’s Restaurant & Bakery.