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Twelve Ways to Get in the Holiday Spirit in Gettysburg

The holiday season is here, and if you are hoping to feel merry and bright, Gettysburg is the place to be. Gather your family and friends and plan a December getaway to Gettysburg to experience everything the holiday season has to offer. Here are 12 ways to get in the holiday spirit in Gettysburg!

Visit Lincoln Square and Downtown Gettysburg

Gettysburg’s historic town center – Lincoln Square – is a must-see during the holiday season. Stroll the streets and take in all of the charm as you admire the brightly lit Christmas tree and holiday decor throughout town. Tackle your Christmas shopping list and shop locally by stopping into Gettysburg’s many downtown shops and boutiques along your way.

Attend A Gettysburg Christmas Festival

The downtown will be even more festive during A Gettysburg Christmas Festival in early December. Take in the holiday food, fun and entertainment of Reindeer Games in Lincoln Square, the Winter Wonderland on Steinwehr Avenue, and Santa’s Central Depot on Baltimore Street.

Shop at The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg

If you still have some Christmas shopping to do, The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg is the place to be. Not only will you find a wide variety of shops, you’ll also find dazzling Christmas lights, a Christmas tree decorating contest, free carriage rides and visits with Santa throughout the holiday season.

Experience Historical Holiday Fun

This is Gettysburg, after all. Several historic sites host special holiday events throughout the season. Check out an Eisenhower Christmas at Eisenhower National Historic Site. Mamie Eisenhower loved to decorate for the holidays, and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time as you tour the house and admire the original and recreated decorations throughout the home. Learn about the 19th century Christmas traditions of the Shriver family at the Shriver House’s Five Christmases event.

Stay in a Bed & Breakfast

The Gettysburg area is home to many bed & breakfasts and inns, and the holiday season is the perfect time to enjoy those cozy accommodations. Whether you want to stay downtown or in the Adams County countryside, you’ll find many inns beautifully decorated and ready to welcome guests for the holidays.

Catch a Show at the Majestic Theater

More than 60 actors, singers and dancers spread holiday cheer through their inspiring performance of ‘A Christmas Carol.’ Charles Dickens’ timeless tale is brought to life at Gettysburg’s Majestic Theater throughout the month of December.

Visit The Christmas Haus

You’ll feel as if you’ve stepped inside a German village shop while browsing the authentic décor at the Christmas Haus. A variety of ornaments, miniatures, nutcrackers, wood carvings and more that have been imported from German artisans are on display. Visit their stores in downtown Gettysburg or in nearby New Oxford to pick up a few holiday gifts or to just admire their impressive selection.

Take a Carriage Ride

How cozy does this sound – a horse-drawn carriage, hot cocoa, blankets and the ones you love. Feel like you’re in a winter fairy tale with a festive ride through Gettysburg this December. You can enjoy holiday carriage rides with Horse Tours of Gettysburg or at The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg throughout the month.

Tune Into Holiday Music

One of Gettysburg’s greatest holiday events – the annual Holiday Tuba Carol Fest – takes place mid-December and welcomes tuba players from around the country to join together to play Christmas carols on historic Lincoln Square. It’s a magical performance that brings a crowd together to sing holiday tunes.

Pick Your Own Christmas Tree

In Adams County, we have pick-your-own experiences throughout the entire year. We have strawberries, blueberries, apples and other fruit to pick through the spring, summer and fall. In winter, we have pick-your-own Christmas trees! Just outside of town in the Adams County countryside, there are many opportunities for visitors to find that perfect Christmas tree to take home with them. When you found your tree and you’re on your way home, stop at one of Adams County’s countryside markets for some other holiday goodies to take with you.

Pay Tribute

Each year, 1,400 holiday wreaths are placed on the graves in Gettysburg’s Soldiers’ National Cemetery, as part of the Sgt. Mac Memorial Foundation’s ongoing effort to honor veterans through the National Wreath Project. Visit the cemetery this holiday season to view the wreaths and honor those who sacrificed for our freedom.

Grab some candy at Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum & Candy Emporium

If you drive to Mister Ed’s Elephant Museum & Candy Emporium from Gettysburg, the first thing you’ll notice are dozens of candy canes hanging from the trees leading up to the museum. Mister Ed’s certainly knows how to get decked out for the holidays with Santa hats on their elephants, inflatable Christmas decorations, life-size nutcrackers, a mailbox for letters to the North Pole and much more! Bring home some of their Peppermint Bark fudge to complete your holiday visit.

5 thoughts on “Twelve Ways to Get in the Holiday Spirit in Gettysburg”

  1. I totally agree with “Get in the Holiday Spirit in Gettysburg”. Aside from the history of the battle of Gettysburg, there is a charm and quiet elegance to Gettysburg I’ve found no where else. I was in Gettysburg over Thanksgiving weekend, saw the tree lighting, hit the outlet mall shops, stayed in Federal Point and Gettysburg Hotel on the square, ate some delicious meals and, as I always do, hated to leave when it was time! If you have not been to Gettysburg- you need to go! This was my first time during the holiday season – and we loved it! So many fabulous places to eat, among them was Hickory Ridge Restaurant and Dobbin House! The charm and friendly people you find in Gettysburg make it a most enjoyable holiday experience. You owe it to yourself to go if you haven’t been! Trust me, you’ll go back time and time again!

  2. I’ll be visiting over New Years. I always look forward to my Gettysburg trips, no matter what the season, but I find there’s just a s much to enjoy in the quieter winter months.

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