Many of Gettysburg’s Christmas events are being combined this year to bring the first A Gettysburg Christmas Festival. This all-day holiday celebration will feature a variety of themes and experiences all throughout downtown Gettysburg on Dec. 1. Visitors will be able to experience Christmas a new way on each street.
On Chambersburg Street, experience A Roaring 20s Christmas with prohibition style entertainment. Shops will transform into password guarded speakeasies, toes will be tapping to big band swing music and restaurants will offer 20’s drink and food specials.
Carlisle Street will present Christmas in the Arts, Film and Stage. The Majestic Theater host a free showing of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Afterward, live the movie with an inspired turkey dinner at One Lincoln. Steinwehr Avenue will transform into a Victorian Era Christmas with children’s crafts, old-time photos, a Santa’s workshop and all the hot chocolate you can drink. York Street businesses will offer Colonial era fun to visitors with warm drinks and complimentary food perhaps served by a Colonial era re-enactor.
Experience a German and Scandinavian holiday on North Baltimore Street. Themed food and drink as well as children’s crafts, ugly sweater contests and store specials will touch on European traditions. On the southern end of Baltimore Street, visitors will get a taste of a Civil War Christmas. Re-enactors and carolers will walk the streets, storytellers will tell ghostly tales and visitors can enjoy seasonal treats.
“Gettysburg has a long history of neighbors, businesses and civic organizations working together to greet people from all over the country to our charming community,” said Roger Lund, chair of A Gettysburg Christmas Festival. “This festival is an out growth of that civic spirit of sharing.”
The Gettysburg Christmas parade is also slated to start at 1 p.m. that day beginning on Lefever Street, to East Middle Street, down Baltimore Street and Steinwehr Avenue before ending on Culp Street.
In addition to themed streets and events from participating businesses, other events happening that day include, breakfast with Santa, Santa appearances on Lincoln Square and the 9th Annual Gingerbread Celebration.
“This is a fantastic event that will bring together our community in a unique way to showcase Gettysburg as a holiday destination,” said Norris Flowers, President of Destination Gettysburg.
Public parking will be available at HACC for $10 per car. A free shuttle will be provided between the campus and Transportation Center. Metered street parking is also available on a limited basis. Hotel guests outside of the immediate Gettysburg borough will have shuttle bus service available to the Festival as well.
The Freedom Transit trolley will be providing free transportation from the Downtown Transit Center to Steinwehr. The last shuttle will be at 9:45 p.m. Horse-drawn carriage rides will also be shuttling festival goers from Lincoln Square to Steinwehr Avenue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information on the inaugural Gettysburg Christmas Festival, visit www.AGettysburgChristmasFestival.com.
For a full calendar of events of holiday happenings in Gettysburg, visit www.GettysburgCalendar.com.
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