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Christmas Magic Returns To Rocky Ridge on Nov. 28

Nearly 600,000 Christmas lights will illuminate Rocky Ridge County Park during the 31st annual “Christmas Magic – A Festival of Lights” at Rocky Ridge County Park.

This year a new Santa Claus scene, a G-gauge train display by the Susquehanna Valley Garden Railroad Society, additional outdoor props, new trail themes and a new paved section of trail will be found along the trail. The popular 2009 christmas magic 15Light-O-Rama light animation program has been relocated with new programming.

“We invite the entire community to come out and experience the excitement of Christmas Magic, voted one of the best holiday events in Pennsylvania and the United States,” said Tammy Klunk, director of the Parks Department. “With the addition of a variety of new and exciting features, this year’s 31st edition is sure to please.”

“Not only does the event feature an enchanting walk through captivating displays, there will also be musical entertainment to get people into the holiday spirit,” Klunk said.

Christmas Magic, which began in 1984, had a record-setting year in 2011 when 43,800 attended. In 2013, the event saw its largest single night of attendance with 3,928 visitors on December 14th.


When: November 28 through December 31 (closed December 24 and 25)

Where: Rocky Ridge County Park is located east of York, 1.5 miles north of U.S. Route 30, off Mount Zion Road (PA Rte. 24). Park address: 3699 Deininger Road, York, PA.

Times: Monday through Friday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cost: Adults, $8; Ages 4-12, $6; Under age 4, free; Seniors (ages 60+), $7; Children group rate (12+), $5; Adult group rate (12+), $7.

Who: Sponsored by the York County Department of Parks and Recreation. All proceeds benefit the Parks Department. For information, call the hotline at (717) 840-7443 or visit us online at www.yorkcountyparks.org. For related updates you can also follow us on Twitter via @yorkcountyparks.

What: Christmas Magic is a 0.5-mile walking trail (accessible to anyone) that meanders along a wooded hilltop through nearly 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 a G-gauge train display.

History: Christmas Magic is in its 31st 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. In the holiday spirit, the York County Parks have sponsored a canned food drive to help York area residents through local food banks.

Lights: In 2014, nearly 600,000 LED lights will greet Park visitors. Since 2006, LED mini light have been introduced to the trail to conserve electricity. This year, the trail will be composed of nearly 100% LED lights. The LED mini lights save approximately 80 percent on the wattage of incandescent bulbs while the LED C-7 bulbs save about 33 percent wattage.

New: For 2014 the following are new or modified additions to the trail:

  • Nixon Park Nature Center wildlife scene
  • New Santa Claus scene constructed by the York County School of Technology carpentry shop
  • Nearly 100% of the trail will be lit by LED bulbs
  • Additional outdoor props
  • Larger G-gauge train display by the Susquehanna Garden Railroad Society
  • New trail themes
  • Light-O-Rama Synchronized lighting program written by Central York High School student Caleb Linburg
  • Entrance and Exit arches constructed by York County School of Technology metal shop
  • Additional paving of the trail


Facts: Below are some neat facts about Christmas Magic:

  • It takes about 6,000 hours to set up, run and disassemble Christmas Magic.
  • The largest attendance occurred in 2011 with a total of 43,800 visitors.
  • In 2013, the trail was closed 7 of the scheduled 33 nights due to inclement weather, but the nightly average attendance was 1,368 visitors
  • Over 3,000 hours of volunteer time was donated to operating the 2012 event.
  • In 2013, the Food Drive generated 1025 pounds of canned goods.
  • In 2013, 45 civic organizations and businesses decorated Christmas trees inside the pavilions.

Parks Food Drive: Visitors are encouraged to bring canned goods to Christmas Magic for donation to the York County Parks Food Drive. The donated items will be presented to York County Food Bank during the Holiday season.

Toys for Tots Nights: For the third year, the York County Parks is partnering with Toys for Tots. Anyone bringing a new toy still in the box or container for donation to the Toys for Tots will receive a “Buy One Get One Free” admission into the event. Dates are November 28 and 29.

Pet Night: Scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 3rd. Pe owners are invited to bring their pets to the event and have their picture taken with Santa Claus. Members of the Friends of Canine Meadows will be present to process the picture and place it in a frame for $5.00. Regular admissions apply. This is the only night that non- service animals are allowed at the event. Rain date is Thursday, December 4th.

Municipal Week: Municipalities and recreation departments are invited to participate in discounted admission nights for their residents. 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.


York County

City of York
Conewago Township
Felton Borough
Glen Rock Borough
Hallam Borough
Hellam Township
Hopewell Township
Jackson Township
Jacobus Borough
Lower Windsor Township
Manchester Township
Mount Wolf Borough
Newberry Township
North Codorus Township
Red Lion Borough
Springfield Township
Spring Garden Township
Spring Grove Borough
Springettsbury Township
Warrington Township
Washington Township
Wellsville Borough
West Manchester Township
West Manheim Township
Windsor Recreation
Winterstown Borough
Wrightsville borough
Yoe Borough
York Township

Lancaster County

Conoy Township
Mt Joy Borough

York Culinary School of the Arts Ice Carvings: Tuesday, December 9th at 9 a.m. in the Event Area. Creations will be on display for as long as weather permits.

2014 Participants
Friends of the Heritage Rail Trail Corridor
Friends of Wallace-Cross Mill
Susquehanna Valley Garden Railroad Society
Donald Bricker French Fries
Friends of Canine Meadows

Special Appearances:

Meet the York Revolution’s mascot “Downtown” every Friday, Saturday and Sunday before Christmas roaming the trail.

December 13th – Meet America USA Miss Pennsylvania Madison Borror.


Entertainment Schedule:

Friday, Nov. 28: Lou Ann Jones – Vocal
Saturday, Nov. 29: Shrewsbury Assembly of God Bell Choir
Sunday, Nov. 30: Autoharpist Linda Huber
Monday, Dec. 1: Barbershop Quartet
Tuesday, Dec. 2: Madalyn Alt - Twirling
Wednesday, Dec. 3: Absolute Twirling
Thursday, Dec. 4: York Performing Artists
Friday, Dec. 5: West Shore School District Strings and Orange Mite Youth Strings
Saturday, Dec. 6: Sommer Garner Voice Studio
Sunday, Dec. 7: Acoustic Guitarist Keith Grim
Monday, Dec. 8: Madison Ave Church of the Brethen
Tuesday, Dec. 9: The Chapelmen
Wednesday, Dec. 10: Spring Grove Middle School
Thursday, Dec. 11: York Chorus
Friday, Dec. 12: Colby Joines
Saturday, Dec. 13: Colby Joines
Sunday, Dec. 14: River Rhythm Ramblers
Monday, Dec. 15: Gloria’s Strings
Tuesday, Dec. 16: Kaly Leas – Majorette Princess of America 2015
Sophia Lutz – Little Majorette Princess of America 2015
Taylor Barton: Petite Majorette Princess of America 2015
Wednesday, Dec. 17: Wetzel Robertson
Thursday, Dec. 18: York Performing Artists
Friday, Dec. 19: Behavior Nightmare Band
Saturday, Dec. 20: Autoharpist Linda Huber
Sunday, Dec. 21: Celtic Trio – Mary Snow
Monday, Dec. 22: Don Ryan Trumpet Choir
Tuesday, Dec. 23: Acoustic Guitarist Keith Grim Friday, Dec. 26 Keil Holland - Vocals
Saturday, Dec. 27: Wetzel Robertson
Sunday, Dec. 28: Keil Holland - Vocals
Monday, Dec. 29: Hay for Four
Tuesday, Dec. 30: Madalyn Alt - Twirling
Wednesday, Dec. 31: Lou Ann Jones - Vocal

Media Sponsors: Cumulus Broadcasting (WSBA 910/WINK 103/96.1 WSOX and AM 1440)

WGAL TV 8


Awards and Recognitions:

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 to Christmas Magic

2013 – Recognized by www.GoodMorningAmerica.com

2014 – Listed as a Heritage Event by the York County Planning Commission

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