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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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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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Totem Pole always promises a star or two on the stage. You never know who will appear on our stage. In 2016, Loretta Swit of TV's Mash appeared in Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks and in 2015 Melissa Gilbert of Little House on the Prairie appeared in Steel Magnolias.


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!


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.


25 Chambersburg Street,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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We offer an inviting, comfortable and casual atmosphere where anyone can relax and sip wine. Enjoy our beautiful gardens, pet-friendly grounds and our scenic terrace and patio areas on sunny days. Contact us to learn more about our events, festivals, live music series and Terrace Bistro.


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 outside in our garden with a glass and some live entertainment on the weekends!


400 Baltimore Street,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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Expansive views and wonderful wines made in our production cellar. Daily tastings. 8 miles west of Gettysburg off Rte 30, 1 mile North, look for signs.


410 Cashtown Road,
Biglerville, PA 17307

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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.


1150 Evergreen Way,
Orrtanna, PA 17353

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


405 Boyer Nursery Road,
Biglerville, PA 17307

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


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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