Gettysburg is loved for its nostalgic atmosphere and small-town charm and the holiday season is no exception. Whether you are admiring the decorations on the square, getting some of the presents checked off your list or driving through the countryside to pick out the perfect tree, you will create lasting memories that will warm the heart. Don’t forget to check our Safe Travel section for updates and current conditions.
Bundle up the kids and head out for a day of family holiday fun. Bring your letter to Santa and drop it in Santa’s mailbox. Be sure to include your address so he can write back!
Venture into the countryside as you Pick-Your-Own Christmas Tree from one of the many tree farms in the area. Be sure to check out the many markets along the way for unique items and delicious snacks.
Nothing says holiday like a hearty family meal. After a full morning check out one of our local restaurants that are sure to fill you up and give you the energy you need to finish out the day strong.
End your day with a BANG at Land of Little Horses as you join resident bad boy, Smokey, as he is determined to get himself on Santa’s good list! Watch Smokey go on this special journey as he discovers the wonders of Christmas magic, self-confidence, the importance of teamwork, and more through his many friends at the park.
Kick-off your day by exploring our beautiful downtown. The decorations, the lights and the festive window displays are enough to warm anyone’s heart. Grab our Holiday Scavenger Hunt from local businesses or print it off before you come! Capture the fun by posting your photos with #getcheer and make special holiday memories and enter to win a Gettysburg getaway at the same time.
Document your holiday celebrations at one of the local Memory Stations. Snap a selfie or ask someone to take a photo for you to commemorate your time in Gettysburg with a bit of Christmas flair.
Spend the afternoon checking out the Adams County Pour Tour – our local craft beverage trail. Add a fun holiday twist and join the Adams County Pour Tour for their Holiday Bingo for a chance to win $100! Pick out the perfect wine for the upcoming holidays, find that perfect bottle of cider for gifting and get a glass or two with your meal.
End your weekend with a romantic carriage ride at the Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg. Bundle up and soak up the Christmas Spirit as you enjoy the fresh air and beautiful lights displayed throughout the property.
Start the day with a warm beverage at one of our great local coffee shops. Whether you cannot live without coffee, enjoy a good cup of tea, or indulge in a delicious hot chocolate, we have you covered. Grab a drink from Ragged Edge Coffeehouse to give you the boost for a fun-filled day of Christmas cheer.
You are sure to find something for everyone on your list this holiday season. Shop brand name stores at the Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg, find the perfect gift in one of our numerous boutiques or share your love of Gettysburg with a one-of-a-kind souvenir for that special someone.
Step back in time with a Shriver House Museum – Five Christmases tour, and hear the story of the Shriver Family and how their five Christmases in the home were affected by the Civil War. Engage your senses as you explore the period-style decorations throughout the home and learn about this family’s 19th-century celebrations.
Before heading home with a greater appreciation of modern-day festivities, venture a few miles outside of the town to explore our countryside markets. You’ll discover plenty of local treasures among the selections of delicious treats, craft beverages, handmade crafts and fresh seasonal produce.
Be safe and festive… Take the Ugly Mask Challenge and make yourself an ugly mask to wear during your adventure. Be sure to take photos to remember your experience and post them using #ughmask2020.
The safety of our visitors is our highest priority. So, in these uncertain times, that may mean staying home. Even though you might not be able to physically join us, we have plenty to keep you connected to us during the holidays.
Dig out that leftover ribbon and fire up your glue gun to make a festive, ugly mask to show off this season. This creative craft is bound to get your family in the spirit and keep them safe at the same time. Don’t forget to post a photo with #ughmask2020.
Get silly with this family-friendly scavenger hunt. Whether you participate in your hometown, around your neighborhood or even in your own home this activity will get you giggling. If you are headed out, don’t forget your ugly mask!
The Li’L Lincoln Coloring Contest is the perfect after-dinner activity. Pick your favorite Christmas movie and settle into a relaxing evening activity. Take a photo, drop off or mail your contest entry to be entered to win season passes to Land of Little Horses.
For more Gettysburg fun at home, check out our Virtual Experiences and don’t miss out on our stores that offer online shopping.
*Hours and offerings may vary due to COVID-19, please call businesses to confirm before arrival. For more information please check out our Safe Travel Site.