Parks & Recreation
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)
Sorry, Credit Cards are not accepted!
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 2013:
--New Santa Claus scene built by York County School of Technology
--Larger G-gauge train display by Susquehanna Valley Garden Railroad Society.
--More paved sections of trail
--New Nixon Park Wildlife Scene
--New Light-O-Rama display
--New outdoor displays
November 28 - December 31
(Closed Dec. 24, 25 )
Monday through Friday, 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
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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 2014, 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 31st 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 the Heritage Rail Trail Corridor
Friends of Wallace-Cross Mill
Susquehanna Valley Garden Railroad Society
York County Conservation District
Donald Bricker French Fries
Friends of Canine Meadows
- In 2013, 43 trees were decorated by community organizations
- Parks food drive contributed 1,025 pounds of food and $40.00 to the York Food
- Total of 3,071 volunteer hours were generated from Christmas Magic
- 28 municipalities participated in the "Buy One - Get One Free" program.
- In 2013, we hosted the single night attendance record (3,928).
- Total attendnce in the 30 years is 757,733
- 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 10 Holiday Events in Pennsylvania as recognized by the Philadelphia Inquirer.
- 2006 – Welcomed the 500,000th visitor to Christmas Magic
- 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, and water. Bricker's Famous French Fries and Food Service 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 5th 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 28th and 29th.
Wednesday, December 3rd, 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 4th.
The School of Culinary Arts:
Students from The School of Culinary arts will be producing ice sculptures at Rocky Ridge County Park. Their projects will be on display at Christmas Magic nightly for as long as the weather permits. DATE: December 16th at 10 am.
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.
2014 CHRISTMAS MAGIC MUNICIPALITY WEEKS:
|Coupons Good for the Following Dates||
Nov. 28-Dec. 11
If your municipality is not listed here...
Call 840-7226 for details.
Glen Rock Borough
Lower Windsor Township
Mount Wolf Borough
Red Lion Borough
Spring Garden Township
Spring Grove Borough
West Manchester Township
Mt. Joy Borough
2014 Entertainment Schedule
Fri Nov. 28 Lou Ann Jones - Vocal
Sat Nov. 29 Shrewsbury Assembly of God Bell Choir
Sun Nov. 30 Autoharpist Linda Huber
Mon Dec. 1 Barbershop Quartet
Tue Dec. 2 Madalyn Alt - Twirling
Wed Dec. 3 Absolute Twirling
Thu Dec. 4 York Performing Artists
Fri Dec. 5 Behavior Nightmare Band
Sat Dec. 6 Sommer Garner Voice Studio
Sun Dec. 7 Acoustic Guitarist Keith Grim
Mon Dec. 8 Madison Ave. Church of the Brethren Quartet
Tue Dec. 9 The Chapelmen
Wed Dec. 10 Spring Grove Middle School
Thu Dec. 11 York Chorus
Fri Dec. 12 Colby Joines