Day Tripper: Downtown Gettysburg

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The countdown is on to this year’s Christmas festival!

Come join us at A Gettysburg Christmas Festival December 2nd through the 4th for three days jam-packed with fun for the whole family! This amazing annual event is hosted by Main Street Gettysburg in partnership with community organizations and area sponsors. It is a huge downtown festival filled with small town charm, holiday attractions, activities, and entertainment you will not want to miss.

Gettysburg is a beautiful historic town and the perfect setting to provide a unique holiday experience for families and people of all ages. Come stroll from Lincoln Square to Steinwehr Avenue among the lights and decorations and discover wonderful dining and shopping opportunities as well as games, contests, and drawings. 

Among the many FREE activities, you will find bounce houses, human foosball, mechanical snowboard riding, and a chance to ride a bucking reindeer! 

Throughout the festival, live musical entertainment options are around every corner. Enjoy the music of the Gettysburg Brass Band, The Willys, the Fort Delaware Cornet Band, Christine & the Jingle King, Keith Engle – Victorian Fiddler, Mark Engle – One-Man Band, and the Gettysburg Choral Society.

Meet a real live reindeer and have your picture taken together! 

Delight to street performances by reindeer, elves, princesses, jugglers, santa & Mrs. Claus, and more! Come out and play games, visit the toy shop, try out the photo booths, enter contests & win prizes!

For even more fun, check out our craft fairs, gingerbread house contest, greens sale, and Winter Farmer’s Market. Be sure to take part in the cookie decorating and face painting, and even the Cookie Walk. And we even
have a scavenger hunt, special ghost tours, and more!

Stop by our Spirits Tent Fundraiser and enjoy some adult beverages from local establishments to support the Christmas Festival. Please enjoy responsibly.

Activity areas are located throughout the downtown area at Lincoln Square, Baltimore Street, Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg Heritage Center, Gettysburg Area Recreation Authority, and the United Lutheran Seminary.

Traveling to the Festival

Getting into the festival is easy with our FREE Shuttle service from parking areas to the various activity locations. Our friendly volunteers will be available and happy to answer questions, give directions to activities, and ensure that each guest has a great time. Parking is FREE but donations are encouraged to support our non-profit partners. We greatly appreciate the support of our major sponsors, Steinwehr Business Improvement District and Gettysburg Heritage Center, without whom this fun holiday event would not be possible. 

For More Information

Contact Jill Sellers at 717-337-3491 or

We can’t wait to see you there!


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