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 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 Parks Rangers' 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
--Larger G-gauge train display by Susquehanna Valley Garden Railroad Society.
--Additional outdoor props
--New trail themes
--New Light-O-Rama synchronized lighting trail
--New section of paved trail
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 2013, 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 30th 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
Horn Farm Center for Agriculture
- In 2012, 35 trees were decorated by community organizations
- It takes about 6,000 hours to set up, run and disassemble Christmas Magic.
- Christmas Magic is one of three major Christmas events in southeastern Pennsylvania and is the only event set in a woodland environment.
- The largest attendance occurred in 2011 with a total of 43,800 visitors.
- Nearly 2700 hours of volunteer time was accumulated at the 2011 event.
- In 2011, the Parks Ranger food drive generated 2409 pounds of canned goods.
- In 2011, 43 civic organizations decorated Christmas trees inside the buildings.
- In 2012, our one night attendance record was broken with 3,822 visitors.
- Best Special Event in Pennsylvania by the PA Recreation & Parks Society in 1992
- Top 13 Holiday Events in the Country by Wall Street Journal in 2003
- Top 10 Holiday Events in Pennsylvania as recognized by the Philadelphia Inquirer in 2004.
- 2006 – Welcomed the 500,000th visitor to Christmas Magic
- 2006 – Celebrated our One Millionth Annual Visitor to the Parks
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. Individuals or groups are welcome.
Toys for Tots Night:
For the 4th 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. DATE: November 29th and 30th.
Wednesday, December 4th, 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 5th.
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 17th 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.
2013 CHRISTMAS MAGIC MUNICIPALITY WEEKS:
|Coupons Good for the Following Dates||
Nov. 28-Dec. 13
If your municipality is not listed here...
Call 840-7226 for details.
City of York
Glen Rock Borough
Lower Windsor Township
Mount Wolf Borough
North Codorus Township
Red Lion Borough
Spring Garden Township
Spring Grove Borough
West Manchester Township
West Manheim Township
2013 Entertainment Schedule:
Nov 29 Lou Ann Jones - Vocal
Nov, 30 Shrewsbury Assembly of God Bell Choir
Dec. 1 Sommer Garner Voice Students
Dec. 2 Country Rockers - Band
Dec. 3 Gloria’s Strings
Dec 4 Linda Huber - Autoharpist
Dec. 5 White Rose Chorus
Dec. 6 Kayla Kroh - Vocal
Dec. 7 Colby Joines – Acoustic Guitarist
Dec. 8 Wetzel Robertson - Vocal
Dec. 9 Spring Grove School District Choral Groups
Dec. 10 The Chapelmen - Quartet
Dec. 11 Mary Snow – Celtaic Trio
Dec 12 Linda Huber - Autoharpist
Dec. 13 Soul Purpose – Duo Church of Brethren Praise Group
Dec. 14 Keil Holland - Acoustic Guitarist
Dec. 15 Suzanne Gates - Blues
Dec. 16 Madison Avenue Church of Brethren Praise Group
Dec. 17 Potter’s Clay Drama Group – Christian School of York
Dec. 18 Madalynn Alt - Baton Twirler
Dec. 19 Keith Andrew Grim - Acoustic Guitarist
Dec, 20 Kayla Kroh - Vocal
Dec. 21 Sweet Life Music Duo
Dec. 22 Sommer Garner Voice Students
Dec. 23 Keith Andrew Grim - Acoustic Guitarist
Dec. 26 Don Ryan Trumpeters
Dec. 27 Colby Joines - Acoustic Guitarist
Dec. 28 Country Rockers - Band
Dec. 29 Leap of Faith - Band
Dec. 30 Wetzel Robertson - Vocal
Dec. 31 Lou Ann Jones - Vocal