The Christmas holiday season is a great time to visit Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The historic town, known for its three-day battle in 1863, is a year-round destination with a wide range of attractions and a variety of special events throughout the holiday season. Stay in one of Gettysburg's cozy bed and breakfasts, enjoy a weekend of shopping or just enjoy a walk through the downtown district taking in the charm of the historic town.
In addition to the many festive events that Gettysburg has to offer, Adams County is an ideal place to gather the family to pick a fresh Christmas tree to take home. The countryside is brimming with Christmas tree farms, many offering special holiday events, wagon rides and cut-your-own Christmas tree experiences.
The holiday season kicks off just after Thanksgiving with the Annual Gettysburg Christmas Parade and continues for four weeks with concerts, open houses, special holiday displays and great decorations throughout the town. Get into the holiday spirit with live performances at the historic Majestic Theater or for an active diversion, head to Liberty Mountain Resort in nearby Carroll Valley, Pa and enjoy a day of skiing, snowboarding or snow tubing. Two miles south of Gettysburg are the Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg, where you'll find more than 70 stores for holiday shopping.
For information about Gettysburg attractions, tours and travel planning, see A Visitors Guide to Gettysburg, PA.
2017 Holiday Events in Gettysburg
Dozens of events take place during the holiday season. Here is a sampling of some of the top happenings.
- Nov. 25 - Gettysburg Christmas Tree Lighting, Historic Lincoln Square.
- Nov. 23-24 and Saturdays, Nov. 25-Dec. 16 - Civil War Christmas Tours at the Shriver House - Experience a Candlelight Christmas Tour of the museum and hear how the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War changed the Shriver family’s lives forever. Reservations required.
- Dec. 1 - 31 - An Eisenhower Christmas - Celebrate Christmas at the Eisenhower National Historic Site and see the family’s home decorated as it was during their presidential years in the 1950s.
- Dec. 2 - Holiday Wreaths at Soldiers’ National Cemetery - Five hundred holiday wreaths will be placed on graves in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg National Military Park as part of the Sgt. Mac Foundation’s ongoing effort to honor veterans.
- Dec. 2, 7 p.m. - Old Getty Place Christmas Parade - Downtown Gettysburg. The highlight of the season includes the annual parade in Lincoln Square, and Christmas carol sing-along.
Dec. 8-18 - A Christmas Carol - Majestic Theater - 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.
Dec. 8, 7 p.m. - Annual Gettysburg Tuba Carol Fest – Enjoy a concert of Christmas Carols on "historic" Lincoln Square.
Dec. 9, noon-5 p.m. Holiday House Tour - annual festive tour of Gettysburg area historic homes, inns and properties beautifully decorated for the holiday season.
Dec. 15, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Holiday Paranormal Night. Explore the attic, cellar and main ding room of the Farnsworth House, one of the most haunted inns in America.
Dec. 31 - New Year's Eve Celebration – Celebrate with a spectacular fireworks display over Lincoln Square, overlooking some of the most historic buildings in America.