Thousands attend Christmas in Gettysburg each year and we anticipate an especially exciting turnout this year as businesses and visitors celebrate a less restrictive holiday season post-pandemic.
Gettysburg Christmas Festival returns this year, taking place over two weekends, Dec. 3-5 and Dec. 10-12. The popular Christmas celebration in Gettysburg features 2021-appropriate activities, promotions, and traditional small-town holiday charm and historic Gettysburg battlefield tours.
Read further to learn about the festive events planned for Christmas in one of America’s favorite small towns.
Christmas Events in Gettysburg This Year
“This year continues to be challenging for businesses, so spreading the event over two weekends will give people more opportunity to explore downtown Gettysburg during the holiday season,” says Main Street Gettysburg President and CEO Jill Sellers. “We know people have been anxious to see if the event would take place, and we are pleased to continue what has become a holiday tradition.”
Tourists and residents alike will join in this community-wide holiday event. If you’re a history buff who loves Christmas, we can’t think of a better destination for the holidays than Gettysburg.
Live Christmas Music In Gettysburg
The annual Tuba Carol Fest and sing-along will take place during the Gettysburg Christmas Festival. Vendors will serve hot chocolate, the holiday tree will be lit, and everyone is welcome to join at Lincoln Square to sing holiday tunes that officially welcome the Christmas season with joy.
A Unique Kind of Christmas Spirit
Looking for a rather unique way to explore the holidays in Gettysburg this year? Hear “haunted” Christmas stories brought to America from Germany, England, Italy, Austria, and across Europe centuries ago. Our Dark Side of Christmas Tours embolden a different kind of “holiday spirit.”
Learn about the only civilian death of the Gettysburg Battle and its link to Christmas Eve in 1863 during a Scary Ghost Stories & Tales of Glories tour starting at the Jennie Wade House Museum.
If a more traditional Christmas holiday event is more your taste, make plans to revel in The Gettysburg Festival of Lights, a fun and free “drive-through” light display for all to enjoy.
Looking for additional ways to celebrate the holidays with historic panache? Check out our list of historical attractions, which will help you make the most of your holiday trip to Gettysburg! Truly history fans? Consider purchasing a Value Plan to add 3 of Gettysburg’s greatest attractions to your bus tour!
Get an Early Start in Gettysburg
Plan to stay the entire day or spend a weekend in this charming historic town to really bask in the holiday mood. Get an early start at these great places to grab breakfast in Gettysburg before you head out on your favorite tour or to your favorite spirited walking tour.