The holiday season might look a little different this year, okay a lot different, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get out there and soak in the magic this time of year provides. We have twelve ways to enjoy the holidays and stay safe at the same time. For more ideas on what to do this holiday season, check out our Calendar of Events!
Experience Winter Wonderlands!
Walk through a Christmas Magic at Rocky Ridge Park, where almost a million sparkling lights illuminate the forest and create smiles and memories for all. Explore the half-mile, ADA-accessible walking trail taking you past themed holiday lights. The festival of lights has been voted one of the top holiday events in Pennsylvania. Advanced registration is required!
The York Revolution has stared down the COVID-19 Grinch and will host an outdoor, socially-distanced holiday tree gazing fundraiser at PeoplesBank Park this holiday season. Spruce'd Up will benefit four non-profit organizations in the York area, which will receive a total of $6,500 in grants donated by York Traditions Bank. The beneficiaries will be chosen based on the votes of attendees for the best-decorated trees. The event is free for the public to attend.
Enjoy more beautiful trees and do some good in your community at Flinchbaugh Orchard's The Giving Trees. Participating organizations will decorate an evergreen tree provided by Strathmeyer’s Forests, displayed on the porch at Flinchbaugh’s from November 27 through December 31. Guests can vote for their favorite tree (or organization) by purchasing $1 tickets and dropping them in the box by the tree. All tickets raised by an organization would be donated directly to them at the completion of the event. Plus, the winning organization, would earn a cash prize from Flinchbaugh’s Orchard as well.
All Aboard for Holiday Fun!
Northern Central Railway is bringing back two of its most popular holiday train rides! The train, pulled by a vintage diesel locomotive, will take you on a trip you won’t soon forget. Keep an eye out for Santa or cut down your own Christmas tree! Either way, the memories you’ll make last a lifetime.
The Season is Made by YOU!
Love looking at the beautiful decorations around York County, but have no clean how to bring them home? Let the experts at Miller Plant Farm teach you! Choose from three classes: Fresh Evergreen Arrangement, Wreath, and Christmas Planter. Everything is provided for you, all you need to bring is the fun!
Laugh and Sing!
Celebrate the season with three nights of radio entertainment with A Christmas Radio Show presented by DreamWrights Center for Dramatic Arts a new festive story during each broadcast! Each show starts at 7 p.m., with a listening link provided after signing up via our website. Donations are appreciated!
"The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear." Enjoy a modern day classic, musical style. Elf: The Musical is on stage at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre all month, get your tickets before they sell out!
Open Air Shopping!
The Christmas Market at Flinchbaugh’s Orchard is a festive outdoor market experience to replicate the famous European Christmas Markets. Complimenting local artistic wares: hot mulled cider, wine, and brews, Christmas carolers, a toasty warm fire, alpaca family from Painted Spring Farm, and flavorful food concessions will greet guests. Admission is free. Come prepared to enjoy the atmosphere, good food, music and local artisans.
Hard to say, but easy to enjoy, Christkindlmarkt at Dill's Tavern is a gathering of crafters, artisans, delicious foods, musicians, and so much more. Activities for the entire family! Christkindlmarkt is a rain, shine, or snow event with over 40 vendors. Please dress for the weather and come out to support our local artists! Christkindlmarkt is a traditional German Christmas Market that takes place in the evening during the Advent season.
Enjoy even more local shopping by shopping small this holiday season. Anyway you decide to celebrate the season, make sure to do it safely by masking up in York County!