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A Holiday in Gettysburg

December may be chilly in Gettysburg, but the spirit of the season will warm you from the inside while the fireplace at your Bed & Breakfast will warm you up after a day of shopping.

December may be chilly in Gettysburg, but the spirit of the season will warm you from the inside while the fireplace at your Bed & Breakfast will warm you up after a day of shopping.

Pick your weekend and head to Gettysburg to celebrate the holidays this December. Small town traditions are big in Gettysburg, complete with the town Christmas tree and Santa’s Shanty on Lincoln Square and the annual Christmas Parade. A new tradition starting in 2015 is “A Christmas Carol” being produced by the Totem Pole Playhouse at the Majestic Theater. This is a must on your holiday travels to Gettysburg. Enjoy a matinee, Friday night or Saturday night show. 

Take a tour of the Shriver House Museum decorated for the holidays, 1860s style. Enter the home and see the small tree set in the parlor where the family would entertain. Throughout the home you will discover other pieces that take you back to a simpler time. Your guide will tell you the story of the Shrivers and their holidays. 

If you visit the second weekend of December, you will discover a twenty –year tradition at the annual Tuba Carol Festival on Lincoln Square. Young and old tuba players gather to play holiday classics while visitors enjoy hot cocoa and sing along to get into the spirit of the season. The next day, take in the annual Holiday House Tour hosted by the Inns of the Gettysburg Area. A variety of historic homes, inns and properties open their doors to showcase their holiday décor. 

During your free time, shop for the perfect gift for friends and family. The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg offer a variety of clothing and footwear brands for the entire family. During December, your shopping is accompanied by beautiful lights, carriage rides and visits with Santa. You can spend an entire weekend wandering in and out of the boutique shops and galleries in downtown Gettysburg. Whether you are looking for a Civil War artifact or a locally made piece of art of jewelry, you will not be disappointed. 

Throw in a glass of wine or warm cider at one of our local tasting rooms and your holidays will be off to the perfect start, all wrapped in a bow. 

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The shopping attraction for the whole family offering factory brand names for less! Over 70 stores, food court, hotel, restaurants & 10 screen cinema.


1863 Gettysburg Village Drive,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Travel back in time with a guide dressed in period attire as you walk through the Shrivers’ meticulously restored 1860 home to learn the other side of the Battle of Gettysburg - how families and their homes were affected during and after the battle that ravaged this historic town.


309 Baltimore Street,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Since 1950, Totem Pole Playhouse has provided professional summer theatre with high quality artists and a wide variety of theatrical programming.


9555 Golf Course Road,
Fayetteville, PA 17222

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Celebrating its 10th season, the Majestic Theater announces international entertainment that will keep audiences applauding all year.


25 Carlisle Street,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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