Gettysburg has a way of touching every visitor—young and old, from near and far. The magic of this community shines especially bright during the holiday season running from Thanksgiving to the New Year. Cozy small-town Gettysburg twinkles with holiday cheer—even amidst very challenging and unfamiliar times such as these. Even though the holidays will look different this year, the peaceful splendor of Adams County still radiates during this season of hope.
On the fourth Thursday of November, our nation celebrates Thanksgiving, a celebration that Lincoln proclaimed a national holiday in the fall of 1863 giving all of us a reason to pause and give thanks for all that makes life so grand—reconnecting with family and friends.
The day after Thanksgiving is the tree lighting ceremony in Lincoln Square. Locals and visitors alike gather to “ooh” and “aah” over the brightly lit Christmas tree that spreads its warmth across downtown Gettysburg. This year’s tree lighting will be live-streamed from the Gettysburg Area Retail Merchants Association’s (GARMA) Facebook page so you can stay home and celebrate in warmth with your family. Don’t forget to support our local businesses on Small Business Saturday! Many of our shops and boutiques participate in this event offering special sales and other festive activities. Thanksgiving weekend is a wonderful kick-off to all that is to come during the holiday season.
The season continues throughout our community with activities for all ages. The safety of our residents and visitors is our primary concern. As you make your travel decisions, please check the safe travel section of our website for complete details on the latest state mitigation efforts, safety measures, business closures and event cancellations.
Gettysburg offers a nostalgic holiday experience filled with traditions that bring out the best of the season. From the beautiful decor that lines the streets to the picturesque storefronts and decorated homes, our area warms the hearts and brings forth memories of simpler days.
Whether you are with family, spend your days wandering in and out of our boutiques and galleries. Warm-up with meals and a cup of mulled cider at local restaurants. Get cozy after dinner by a crackling fire as you reconnect with simpler times and each other. No matter how you experience Gettysburg, this time of year will reconnect you with what matters most—those special to your heart.