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A Festival of Lights
3699 Deininger Rd, York Pa 17406
Looking for a way to celebrate the Holidays with your company, civic organization, scout troop or civic organization? Call Jeri Jones at (717) 840-7226 or email at JeriJones@yorkcountypa.gov. for more details. Special opening time, discounted admissions and Santa visits can be included in your planning.
Please bring a canned food item along to give to the York County Parks Food Drive.
(Call our informational line (717) 840-7443 for trail updates and closings)
New for 2015 - ATM on-site provided by Angus Enterprises
Official TV Stations:
WGAL TV 8
Rocky Ridge County Park located east of York - a mile and a half north of Route 30 off Mount Zion Road (Route 24)
New for 2015:
--ATM on site provided by Angus Enterprises
--New Santa Claus scene built by York County School of Technology
--Larger G-gauge train display by Susquehanna Valley Garden Railroad
--Additional Holiday props throughout the trail
--Additional paved trail
--New Light-O-Rama light display by Caleb Linberg
--Nixon Park Monarch Holiday scene
November 27 - December 31
(Closed Dec. 24, 25 )
Mon. through Fri. 6 to 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 5 to 9 p.m.
Adults, $8; Ages 4-12, $6
Under age 4, Free,
Groups: 12+ adults - $7 each
Groups: 12+ children - $5 each
No Credit Cards
Christmas Magic Coupon - Click here!
Christmas Magic is a 0.5 mile long walking trail (accessible to anyone) that meanders through 600,000 Christmas lights, holiday scenes and five enclosed heated pavilions. The spirit of the Holiday is displayed by using animation, displays, Santa Claus, food and G-gauge train display. The trail sits among a mature oak forest nestled on a quiet mountaintop.
In 2015, 600,000 LED lights will greet Park visitors. We use C7,C9 and mini lights to show you the way through the park.
Christmas Magic is in its 32nd season this year. It began in 1984, the product of the "energy crunch" , when fewer homes were decorating, yet there was still a desire to see Christmas lights locally. In 1984 a small budget allowed for 10,000 lights and props, most produced by the Parks Department. Today, the props are produced commercially and “in-house.” This is the largest program presented by the York County Department of Parks and Recreation each year.
Friends of Wallace-Cross Mill
Susquehanna Valley Garden Railroad Society
York County Conservation District
Donald Bricker French Fries
Friends of Canine Meadows
Toys for Tots – Nov. 27 and 28 only
• 48 trees were decorated by community organizations
• Ranger Food Drive contributed 1,240 pounds of food and $40.00 to the York Food Bank
• Total of 3,071 volunteer hours generated from Christmas Magic
• 34 municipalities participated in the “Buy One – Get One Free”
• Hosted largest weekend attendance (8,866)
• Total attendance was 36,068 visitors – fourth largest in the 31 years
• Average 1,443 visitors a night (new record)
• Volunteer hours contributed 3,547 hours
1992 – Best Special Event in Pennsylvania
by the Pennsylvania Recreation & Parks Society
2003 – Voted as one of the Top 13 Holiday Events in the Country by the Wall Street Journal
2004 – One of the Top Ten Holiday Events in Pennsylvania by the Philadelphia Inquirer
2006 – Welcomed the 500,000th visitor
2013 – Recognized by Good Morning America.com (ABC)
2014 – Recognized as a York County Heritage Event by the York County Planning Commission
York County Parks Friends Food Stand will be selling Brown’s Orchard cookies, popcorn, hot cocoa, cider, cinnamon glazed cashews cones and water. Donald Bricker's Famous French Fries will be located in the Food Court selling your favorite foods including french fries, chicken strips, hot dogs, hamburger BBQ, cheese fries, nachos, soups (weekends), funnel cake, hot chocolate, coffee, hot cider and cold drinks
Are always being sought for setup, show operation and tear down. Volunteers work with both the interior and exterior lights and displays. They also assist in providing Santa Claus and helping to serve refreshments at the Parks Friends Food stand. If interested in signing up for the food stand or becoming a volunteer, call the York County Parks at (717) 840-7440 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org . Individuals or groups are welcome.
Toys for Tots Night:
For the 6th year, the York County Parks is partnering with Toys for Tots. Anyone bringing a new toy still in the box or container and donating it to the Toys for Tots will receive a “Buy One Get One Free” admission into the event. Look for the Toys of Tots folks at the Ranger shack near the parking area. DATES: November 27th and 28th.
Wednesday, December 2nd, during regular show hours bring your pet to Christmas Magic to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Holiday season. Also, have your pet's picture taken with Santa Claus for $5.00. Members of the Friends of Canine Meadows will be conducting this fundraiser. Regular admissions apply. This is the only night that non-essential animals are allowed at the event. The rain date is Thursday, December 3rd. If the event is closed December 3rd due to inclement weather, Pet Night will not be rescheduled for 2015
Looking for a great Christmas gift to employees? We offer several different programs for discounted tickets to businesses. Information can be obtained by calling York County Parks at (717) 840-7440.
Municipalities and recreation departments are invited to participate in presenting their residents with discounted admission. The municipality runs an ad for the event and their residents receive a “Buy One – Get One Free” coupon. Call your municipality if they are not listed below.
2015 CHRISTMAS MAGIC MUNICIPALITY WEEKS:
|Coupons Good for the Following Dates||
Nov. 27-Dec. 10
If your municipality is not listed here...
Call 840-7226 for details.
East Manchester Township
Lower Windsor Township
Red Lion Borough
Spring Garden Township
West Manchester Township
2015 Entertainment Schedule
Nov. 27 Lou Ann Jones - Vocal
Nov. 28 Shrewsbury Assembly of God bell Choir
Nov. 29 Sommer Gardner Vocal Studio
Dec. 3 Wanda’s Cadet Baton Studio
Dec. 4 Autoharpist Linda Huber
Dec. 6 Acoustic Guitarist Keil Holland
Dec. 7 York Chorus
Dec. 8 The Chapelmen – Gospel
Dec. 9 Wetzel Robertson – Vocal/Guitarist
Dec. 10 Spring Grove Middle School Chorus
Dec. 11 Behavioral Nightmare – Classic Rock and Roll
Dec. 12 Sommer Gardner Vocal Studio
Dec. 13 River Rhythm Ramblers - Blues
Dec. 15 West Shore School District Strings
Dec. 16 Acoustic Guitarist Keil Holland
Dec. 17 Celtic Trio
Dec. 18 Behavioral Nightmare – Classic Rock and Roll
Dec. 19 Acoustic Guitarist Keith Grim
Dec. 20 Celtic Trio
Dec. 21 Don Ryan’s Trumpet Choir
Dec. 22 Autoharpist Linda Huber
Dec. 23 Acoustic Guitarist Keith Grim
Dec. 26 Wetzel Robertson – Vocal/Guitarist
Dec. 27 Wanda’s Cadet Baton Studio
Dec. 28 Hay for Four - Blues
Dec. 31 Lou Ann Jones - Vocal