York County Holiday Events Guide

By Sarah Frane Macaroni Kid York November 16, 2022

Find out the scoop on Town Tree Lightings, Santa Breakfast, Holiday Train Rides, and Holiday  Family Fun in York County below! Check back often, we will be adding more events daily!

Holiday Parades

Hanover Christmas ParadeNovember 25, 9:00 am

Red Lion Lighted Tractor Parade- November 27, 6:00 pm

Delta Christmas Parade- December 3,  7:00 pm

New Freedom Christmas ParadeDecember 4, 5:00 pm

Tree Lightings

Fawn Grove Borough- November,  19th at 6 PM at the Fawn Grove Square 

HANOVER- November 26,  6:00 pm at the gazebo quadrant of Center Square.

NEW FREEDOM- November 26th at 5:30 PM 

RED LION- November 26, 6:00 pm Fairmount Park 

WrightsvilleNovember 27,  6:00 pm following the Christmas Parade 

GLEN ROCK- November 27, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm next to the EMS Building on Water Street 


The event begins in front of the American Legion on Main St. followed by the party at the Rescue Fire Co., 50 S. School Pl., Dallastown, PA 17313.

SPRING GROVE- December 1 Parade starts at 5:30 pm Festival runs 6 pm-8 pm 

YORK-Friday December 2, 4:00 pm- 7:00 pm at Continental Square

YORK TOWNSHIP -Friday, December 2 at 7:00 pm at the York Township Municipal Building 

WELLSVILLE- December 2. 7:00 pm

DELTA December 2, 8:00pm

STEWARTSTOWN- Saturday, December 3, 6:00 pm at the northwest corner of the Mason Dixon Library parking lot 250 Bailey Dr 

EAST PROSPECT- Saturday December 3, festivities start at 5:30 Tree Lighting at 6pm

SHREWSBURY- Sunday, December 4, 6:00 pm

JACOBUS- Sunday December 4 festivities start at 6:00 pm Tree Lighting at 6:30 pm

WEST YORK - December 10 at 8:00 pm

Holiday Train Excursions

Ma & Pa Railroad Christmas City Express

The Christmas City Express program is centered around the dramatic reading of a story of a young girl traveling to Muddy Creek Forks a hundred years ago to visit her grandparents for Christmas. The event starts as guests gather in the festively decorated general store (starting 20 minutes before story time) to pick up tickets and enjoy traditional holiday fun. Visitors can listen to carols, create holiday decorations and crafts, search for the pickle ornament, and spend time with friends and family.
When all have gathered, groups are escorted to the mill for the story, a visit from someone special, and a keepsake ornament. Next folks line up on the station platform as the train pulls into town for a beautiful day or nighttime ride on the motorcar train.When the train returns, Santa will be there so you can take those cherished photos. There will be hot chocolate and cookies to warm everyone up.


Saturday, - December 10th

Sunday, - December 11th

Saturday, - December 17th

Sunday, - December 18th

The event is rain or shine, unless ice makes travel by rail unsafe. Tickets are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled.

Tickets: $18 adult, $15 child, under 3 ride free (on lap). 

All tickets include family activities and crafts, a performance of the Christmas City Express, a train ride on the Ma & Pa Railroad, and cookies and hot chocolate.

Because limited tickets are available, advanced ticket purchase is required.

Buy tickets online or call (717) 927-9565. 

Northern Central Railway

Santa Express

Get into the holiday spirit with our popular Santa Express Trains! Our train is decked out for the festive season, bringing holiday cheer, no matter your age. Climb aboard for a ride to to Glen Rock and back, where each child can visit Santa, have their picture taken, and receive a special gift. Then, return to the station for Winter Wonderland fun, including hot chocolate and a cookie, and music by strolling fiddler, Keith Engle!

$39 Adult (age 13+)
$26 Child (age 2-12)

Dates and Times: 

Every Saturday and Sunday, December 3-18  10:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:30 PM, 4:00 PM, and 5:30 PM

Purchase your tickets here

Stewartstown Railroad

Santa Claus Express

Santa and our ticket agents are telling us that the Santa Claus Express tickets for Sunday, December 11 tickets are selling fast

 This date is the last date Santa we have tickets for, all other Santa events are sold out.

Sunday, December 11

Times are 11am, 1:15pm and 2:45pm

Adults-$15, Seniors 65 & up-$14, Children 2-12- $13 (under 2 is free)

We invite you to take a train ride with the big guy himself, Santa Claus!  Our 1920 Passenger coach will be decorated for the season. Every family will have time to visit with Santa. Use your own camera and take your own photos at no extra charge. Every child will receive a treat from Santa.

This train ride is about 50-60 minutes long. Times listed are departure times, please arrive 30 minutes early to pick up your ticket. Please note- All ticket sales are final, no refunds for this event.

Purchase your tickets here

Ice Princess Express!

Bring your own camera to take photos with your favorite Ice Princess at no extra charge. Feel free to dress up as your favorite Princess. Please arrive at the station 30 minutes early to pick up your tickets. Lap babies sitting on an adult’s lap ride free. This train ride is about 50-60 minutes long. Times listed are departure times, please arrive 30 minutes early to pick up your ticket.

Dates - December 10 & 11

Train times- 10:30AM, 1:00pm, 2:45pm

Price- $22 all seats (Lap babies sitting on an adult’s lap are free)

Purchase your tickets here


Train Displays

Glen Rock Hose & Ladder Train Garden

It is the time for the Glen Rock Hose & Ladder Co. Annual Christmas Train Display.  The display is located at the Hufnagel Public Library, 32 Main St., Glen Rock, PA  17327.There are 5 large layouts, N scale, HO scale, 2 O gauge and G scale layouts.

 Raffle Tickets, Drinks,and Food are available for purchase. .  

Dates & Hours: Fridays 6 pm – 9 pm & Sundays – 2 pm – 6 pm Nov. 26th to Jan. 4, 2021

Admission: Free. Donations are always welcome 

Red Lion Train Station Model Railroaders

Sunday, November 27-December 18th, 1:00 pm -5:00 pm 

Friday December 30th, 7:00 pm -9:00 pm 

Saturday, December 31st, 7:00pm- close 

Admission: Free. Donations are always welcome 

Miniature Railroad Club of York

The Miniature Railroad Club of York was established in 1943 and has been entertaining the people of the greater York area ever since. The club currently owns its own building in the southeastern portion of the city which has a 30' x 90' HO scale layout.

 Click here for the Holiday Open House info.  

Greater Hanover Area Fire Museum

November 25- December 30


Friday 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Saturday 11:00 am-8:00 pm

Sunday 12:00 pm -5:00 pm

Special Hours: 

Dec 23 600 pm -9:00 pm

Dec 26 12:00 pm-8:00 pm

Dec 30 -12:00 pm-8:00 pm

Admission: Free. Donations are always welcome 

Holiday Light Displays

Click here for our 2022 Holiday Light Display Guide which includes large area displays as well as residential displays. 

To add your favorite display to the list email the address and info to 

Santa Fire Truck Visits

Every year Santa trades in his reindeer for a fire engine so he can visit neighborhoods all across York County!  

To ensure your family doesn't miss this annual tradition we've compiled a list of dates and times just for you.

Click here for the 2022 Guide. 

Breakfast & Dinner with Santa 

Dover Township Community Center November 19

St. Jacob's UCC  November 26, 2022

Red Lion Saturday, December 3 

Brunch with Santa Claus December 3
Spaghetti & Meatballs Dinner with Santa December 4, 2022

Brown's Orchard December 3, 10, and 17 9:00 am -10:00 am-  SOLD OUT

FREE Breakfast with Santa McKendree UM Church December 10, 2022

Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Company Breakfast with Santa December 10, 2022

FREE Breakfast With Santa Red Lion Elks December 10, 2022

Breakfast & Story Time with Santa December 10, 2022

Friends of Codorus State Park Breakfast with Santa December 10, 2022

Breakfast with Santa Eagle Fire Co #1 - Mount WolfDecember 10, 2022

Breakfast with Santa Heritage Hills Golf ResortDecember 10, 2022

Cookies with Santa December 10

Hooves and Honey Holiday Cookies with Santa December 10

Breakfast with Santa Goodwill FC #1 of JacobusDecember 11, 2022

York New Salem Fire Company Breakfast with Santa December 17, 2022

Pancake Breakfast with Santa December 18, 2022

Santa Visits 

Red Lion Santa's Shanty

12/01/2022 There has been a date change Santa will now be at the Shanty on December 9&10 and December 16&17 

from 6-8pm.

 Santa Shanty is located  in the Municipal Parking Lot 33 West Broadway

Brown's Orchard

November 27 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

December  4, 11, & 18 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Hanover Santa Cabin 

Come visit Santa at the Hanover Cabin in 2022!

~There is never a charge to visit Santa and ALL are welcome!

~Take your own photos or ask a volunteer for assistance. There is no onsite photographer.

~You will wait outside in line to visit. Lines can be lengthy, so dress appropriately.

~Please do not play or climb on the monuments.

~No food or drink inside the cabin.

~Once you are in line, please stay in line to reduce crowding and to keep everyone safe.

~Watch for traffic around Santa’s cabin.

~ Handicapped parking is available at the cabin quadrant.

~There is a ramp available. Please see a volunteer upon your arrival for assistance.

~Bring your list! You may read it to Santa, and/or place it in the mailbox by the front door.

~Santa does his best to stay on schedule, but please be patient if he should be a tad late.

~Small, leashed, well behaved pets may visit. Please notify the volunteer on duty that you are in line. You will be asked to wait until all the children have had their visits, so please wait until late in the cabin hours to visit.

York Galleria

Nov. 23 - Dec 24

Santa's Hours:

Monday - Thursday: 11am - 7pm 

Friday - Saturday: 11am - 8pm

Sunday: 12pm - 5pm (11/27 & 12/4)

Sunday: 12pm - 6pm (12/11 & 12/18)

Special Hours Information:

Thursday, November 24: CLOSED

Saturday, December 24: 10am - 1pm, 2pm - 4pm

Please note: Santa takes a break to feed the reindeer from 2pm to 3pm on Monday thru Saturday, and 2:30pm to 3pm on Sunday.

SANTA visits CLP YORK December 17

 Grinch Visits

The Grumpy Ole Grinch Returns to Comics Closet December 2

The Grinch Visits CLP YORK December 2

Hot Cocoa & Photos with York's Grumpy Ole Grinch December 4

Hot Cocoa & Photos with York's Grumpy Ole Grinch December 8

Grinchmas & Christmas Pick Your Own Project December 9

Heavenly Paws Grinchmas At Cape Horn Pets December 11,

Meet The Grumpy Ole Grinch! December 18

Live Nativity 

St. Joseph Parish, Hanover, PA- Nov 26  & Nov 27 

Christ Lutheran Church of York- Dec 2 

Dover UCC - Dec 12 & Dec 15 

Bethlehem Stonepile - Springvale United Methodist Charge-  Dec 19 

Events and Activities

December 5 

The Polar Express Dover Area Community Library

Snowpeople Trio

December 7

Sled DIY Workshop

Paint Night The Mill of Red Lion

Make a Leather Christmas Stocking


December 8 

Friends & Family Shopping Night Downtown Artemis Vintage

Hot Cocoa & Photos with York's Grumpy Ole Grinch

Light Up a Life - York at Wyndridge Farm

Paint and Enjoy at The Hub & Corner Cafe

Wooden Snowman Paint Class Hopewell Area Recreation & Parks

December 9


CLP Chirstmas Party

Spruce'D Up : A Celebration of Trees by Traditions Bank

Winter Sleigh Ride: Painter’s Choice Sled Event

Winter Gnome The Hive Coffee House & Cafe

Candlelight Memorial Service

HOLIDAY BINGO Newberry Township Fire Department

A Christmas Story: the musical

A Creative StART

Santa Comes To Jefferson

Grinchmas & Christmas Pick Your Own Project

Sea Glass tree

Polar Express with Fun In It Storytelling!

Make a Leather Christmas Stocking

December 10


Holiday Movie Event

Holiday Hoopla The York Merchant

Cookies with Santa

Christmas market

Snacks With Santa York Habitat ReStore

Holiday Party Leg Up Farmers Market

Santa at the Shoppes

Ullr Fest 2022

Spruce'D Up : A Celebration of Trees by Traditions Bank

Nutcracker Ballet Appell Center for the Performing Arts

A Christmas Story: the musical

Inclusive Holiday Bazaar

Whoville Holiday Extravaganza

Christmas Shop and Cookie Walk

KD Music Boosters Holiday Craft/Vendor Fair & Silent Auction

Holiday Porch Pot Workshop

Make an Ornament Kids Drop-in Event

Zimmerman Center Holiday Open House

BARk & Miller Plant Farm's Christmas with Santa

Watercolor Class Kindred Wellness Cafe

Holiday Make & Take Terra Farms

Country Farm Truck Painting

Holly Jolly Holiday Show

Winter Wonderland Carnival

Hershey Handbell Concert Winterstown United Methodist Church

December 11

Holiday Meditation & Movement York JCC

Hanukkah Festival Presented by Beit HaShalem Emet

A Christmas Story: the musical

Heavenly Paws Grinchmas At Cape Horn Pets

Bethlehem Steltz Christmas Photo Minis 

For a full list of daily events and activities click here

Please keep in mind this is a living guide and new info is added daily. 

As always events can be canceled for various reasons including weather so be sure to check with the venue prior to attending.