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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 is “A Christmas Carol” 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 Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg is a favorite retail shopping destination in 'the most famous small town in America.'

717-337-9705

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.

717-337-2800

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.

717-352-2164
1-888-805-7056

9555 Golf Course Road,
Fayetteville, PA 17222

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Celebrating its 15th season in 2019-2020, Gettysburg College's Majestic Theater keeps audiences applauding year round!

717-337-8200

25 Carlisle Street,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Adams County Winery, the area’s oldest winery, has been crafting wine for over 40 years. Our downtown Gettysburg Wine Shop is conveniently located just 1/2 block from the town center and offers complimentary tastings of award-winning wines seven days a week.

717-334-1381

25 Chambersburg Street,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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The air is crisp and leaves are changing color so that must mean one thing...it's fall! We're open seven days a week for you to enjoy our events, festivals, craft classes and tours. Try one of our popular seasonal wines or our delicious, small batch wines during your visit.

717-334-4631

251 Peach Tree Road,
Orrtanna, PA 17353

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Reid's Orchard and Winery's downtown location. Stop by for a wine tasting, a hard cider flight or just to relax in our garden with a glass and some live entertainment on the weekends!

717-334-7537
717-677-7047

400 Baltimore Street,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Visit us at our new pop-up Tap Room located at Suite 420 at The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg. The tasting room at 410 Cashtown Road in Biglerville is closed.

717-334-4888

1863 Gettysburg Village Drive,
Suite 420, Gettysburg, PA 17325

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We are a small family owned winery in Orrtanna, 7 miles west of Gettysburg, specializing in artisan wines from our vineyard and local growers.

717-334-7784
717-253-0793

1150 Evergreen Way,
Orrtanna, PA 17353

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Premiere wine & hard cider tasting room located at Boyer Nurseries & Orchards, Inc.

717-677-8558
717-677-9567

405 Boyer Nursery Road,
Biglerville, PA 17307

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First Friday events, local brews on tap, live music and wine tastings.

717-420-5171

100 Chambersburg Street,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Housed in federal, Victorian and turn-of-the-century historic structures, the group of member Inns offer elegant and comfortable lodging with exquisite breakfasts.

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