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Gettysburg, Pa., Ushers in the Holiday Season

Historic town becoming one of the Mid-Atlantic’s top holiday getaways



The holiday season has arrived in one of America’s most iconic towns - Gettysburg, Pa.

Here, the sights, sounds and tastes of autumn will soon turn to the sights of shoppers browsing through the town’s boutiques, sounds of holiday performances and caroling throughout town, and the tastes of holiday feasts in some of the area’s most historic inns.

New in 2015 is the addition of Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol,” which takes the stage Dec. 10-20 at the historic Majestic Theater in Downtown Gettysburg, just steps from many of the destination’s top restaurants, cafes, art galleries and shops.

Gettysburg blends its rich American heritage with the spirit of the holidays as generations of visitors cherish the season of a bygone era in a town steeped in history, great food and a charm rarely found in a town of its size.

The holiday season kicks off in late November and early December with the opening of three historic homes – the Shriver House, Jennie Wade House, and the home of our 34th President Dwight Eisenhower – each which decorates to Christmases long, long ago.

“The holidays are a special time in Gettysburg,” said Norris Flowers, President of Destination Gettysburg. “From house tours to holiday performances and the decorations around town, to the unique shopping throughout the area, it’s a great getaway for those looking to celebrate the holidays a little differently.”

Gettysburg features a variety of cozy accommodations including historic bed and breakfasts, charming hotels and lodges that make the holiday season a great time to get away. Visitors enjoy the holiday decorations around town, shopping throughout the region including the tax-free outlet mall, and dining at some of Gettysburg’s most popular restaurants.

The more than 40 holiday events include:

A Civil War Christmas at the Shriver House (Nov. 28, and Saturdays through Dec. 19)

Holiday Wreaths at Soldiers’ National Cemetery (throughout December)

An Eisenhower Christmas (Dec. 1-31)

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” (Dec. 3-6, 10-13)

Feast of Christmas at the Historic Fairfield Inn (Dec. 4-5, 11-12)

Annual Old Getty Place Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting (Dec. 5)

Jennie Wade House – Holiday Open House (Saturdays and Sundays throughout December)

Tuba Carol Fest (Dec. 11)

18th Annual Holiday House Tour (Dec. 12)

New Year’s Eve Celebration (Dec. 31)


In addition, the Majestic Theater will come to life this holiday season as Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley and Tiny Tim share the sentimental story of Christmases past, present and future in Charles Dickens’ popular “A Christmas Carol.”

In this holiday classic, Scrooge is visited by the spirit of his former partner, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. Audiences will be entertained by talented actors adorned in classic period costumes and will see the magic of the newly constructed stage sets.

The Majestic Theater – – is one of the region’s greatest treasures. Celebrating 90 years in 2015, this theater was painstakingly restored 10 years ago and emerged as an iconic cultural landmark. The performance is set to take the stage over the next four years, through 2018.

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Destination Gettysburg, the official destination marketing organization, markets Gettysburg – Adams County as a premier travel destination, producing a positive economic impact

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