Holiday countdown: What’s open this week?

Smart Holiday Countdown logoBe honest — with visiting relatives and kids home from school, the holiday joy only lasts so long. But what’s still going on this week in southcentral Pennsylvania? Here’s a look at a few options:

  • Catch holiday light displays
    Gift of Lights at Elizabeth Farms in Lititz is open through Jan. 1, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Tickets are $20 per car; for details, call 717-626-8733 or visit Hersheypark Christmas Candylane is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but reopens Dec. 26. Call 800-437-7439 or visit for details. And right here in York County, Christmas Magic will close for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but reopens Dec. 26. Call 717-840-7740 or visit for details.

  • Explore the Whitaker Center
    The Student Art-Science Christmas Tree Display at the Whitaker Center, showcasing up to 12 Christmas trees, each beautifully decorated with ornaments created by students from one school. The Whitaker Center is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but reopens Dec. 26. The exhibit runs through Jan. 1 For details, contact Mary Beth Fisher at
  • Cumberland County Historical Society Civil War Christmas
    Did you know that traditions of modern Christmas, including presents, caroling, trees and even Santa Claus, were affected by the 1860s? The historical society is closed Dec. 24-26, but reopens Dec. 27. The exhibit runs through Jan. 5. For details, visit or call 717-249-7610.

How are you occupying yourself this week? Leave a comment and let us know.

Sarah Chain

I'm an avid reader and book lover living and working in downtown York. Follow me on Twitter at @sarahEchain.

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  1. December 24, 2012

    […] out the lights. Many popular area light displays are dark for the Christmas holiday, but Gift of Lights at Elizabeth Farms in Lititz is open today. For details, call […]

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