Many of Gettysburg’s celebrated Christmas events will be combined this year to create the inaugural “A Gettysburg Christmas Festival” on Saturday, December 1, 2018. The daylong holiday celebration will feature a variety of themes and experiences throughout downtown Gettysburg.
Steinwehr Avenue will transform into a “Victorian Era Christmas” with children’s crafts, old-time photos, a Santa’s workshop and lots of hot chocolate. York Street businesses will offer Colonial-era fun to visitors with warm drinks and complimentary food, some served by a Colonial era re-enactor.
Carlisle Street will present “Christmas in the Arts, Film and Stage,” with the Majestic Theater host a free showing of “It’s a Wonderful Life” at 2 p.m.
North Baltimore Street will present a German and Scandinavian holiday, with themed food and drink as well as children’s crafts, ugly sweater contests and store specials. On the southern end of Baltimore Street, visitors will get a taste of a Civil War Christmas. Re-enactors and carolers will walk the streets, storytellers will tell ghostly tales and visitors can enjoy seasonal treats.
Chambersburg Street will reflect a “Roaring 20s Christmas” with prohibition-style entertainment. Shops will transform into password-guarded speakeasies, Big Band-style swing music will fill stores, and restaurants will offer 20s’ drink and food specials.
The Gettysburg Christmas parade is also slated to start at 1 p.m. that day beginning on Lefever Street, to East Middle Street, down Baltimore Street and Steinwehr Avenue before ending on Culp Street.
In addition to themed streets and events from participating businesses, other events happening that day include breakfast with Santa, Santa appearances on Lincoln Square and the 9th Annual Gingerbread Celebration.
Public parking will be available at HACC for $10 per car. A free shuttle will be provided between the campus and Transportation Center. Metered street parking is also available on a limited basis.
The Freedom Transit trolley will be providing free transportation from the Downtown Transit Center to Steinwehr. The last shuttle will be at 9:45 p.m. Horse-drawn carriage rides will also be shuttling festival goers from Lincoln Square to Steinwehr Avenue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information on the inaugural Gettysburg Christmas Festival, visit AGettysburgChristmasFestival.com.