Special Events



 York County Parks Special Events:

Throughout the year, York County Parks holds many special events in different parks.  The most popular event is Christmas Magic at Rocky Ridge Park which is visited by many people throughout the holiday season.  Check out the list below for our current special events and visit our event calendar for complete event listing.  


Current Special Events:

Kids Nature Play Drop-in Programs: January 5, 9, 12, & 16, 9am-12pm @ Nixon Park

Winter Bird Identification for Beginners Drop-in Programs: January 19-20, regular park hours @ Nixon Park

Watercolor Class for Beginners: January 26 and February 24, 1:30pm (registration required) @ Nixon Park

Mammal Fur & Skulls Drop-in Programs: February 2-3, regular park hours @ Nixon Park

Bluebird Box Workshops: February 9 & February 10, 2-4pm (registration required) @ Nixon Park

Great Backyard Bird Count Drop-in Programs: February 15-17 @ Nixon Park

MAPLE SUGARING DAYS: February 23 & March 2 @ Nixon Park

Spring Homeschool Days: March 26 & March 27 (registration required) @ Nixon Park

Garlic Mustard Pull: April 27, 1-4pm @ Nixon Park


For more information on these special events, please visit the events calendar




Christmas Magic


Christmas Magic 2018 Intro Pic


NEW IN 2018


                                                                    Christmas ticket


Admission to Christmas Magic on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays is by timed tickets only, which can be purchased HERE. Reservations will be required, no walk-ins will be permitted Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Timed admission limits the number of people attending Christmas Magic, providing a better visiting experience and less waiting in traffic and lines. Walk-ins are not permitted Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays. Tickets for Monday-Thursday are available online and at the admissions window. Tickets purchased at admission window must be with cash. ATM's are onsite. Buying your ticket online will allow you to bypass the ticket purchase line and go directly to the timed ticket entry window.

Timed tickets will be able to be purchased in person at John Rudy- Monday-Friday from 8:30-4:30 pm or over the phone at 717-840-7440.


To find out if we’re cancelled for the evening due to inclement weather, call the Christmas Magic hotline at 717-840-7443 or visit us on Facebook or Twitter @yorkcountyparks for up to date trail conditions and closures.



Click  HERE for FAQ's!!!

2018 Magic Coupon PictureAnniversary present Christmas Magic



Event Info; Admission Rates; Directions; Entertainment Schedule; Municipality Program; FAQ's


 Event Info:   Printable PDF poster

                     OPEN: Monday through Thursday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
                     Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

                    November 23rd to December 31st

                     Closed December 24th and 25th

                     Call  (717) 840-7443 for trail updates and closures.

                     Two (2) wheel chairs are on-site and can be used on a first come-first serve basis. 


Admission Rates:   Adults - $10.00
                             Children (4-12) - $5.00
                              Under 4 Free
                              Seniors (over 59) - $9.00
                              Adult & Senior Group (12+) - $7.00

                            Sorry Personal Checks and Credit Cards are not accepted at the door. Credit cards will be accepted on the online ticketing website.

                             ATM On-site provided by Angus Enterprise  www.angusenterprises.net


Directions:  Rocky Ridge County Park - 1 1/2 mile north of Rt. 30, off Mt. Zion Road (Rt. 24)

                     3699 Deininger Rd, York PA 17406

                Get directions by clicking here. 

                  **If the parking lot is full, visitors may be directed to Central York High School as a staging area until there is room in the park. 


 Sponsors of Christmas Magic:

UPMC Basement WaterproofingSIH Heritage Valley FCU   York RevolutionsMA & PA Railroad Historical Preservation Society LogoHealthSouth York Logo   members first    FarmilyTreeFarm logoapple logo kitchen saverbath fitterhomespire



2017 turkeyhill


Christmas Magic would like to welcome back the Turkey Hill Experience for the 2018, 35th edition of Christmas Magic-"A Festival of Lights." York County Parks has partnered for the second year with the Turkey Hill Experience! This collaboration comes with some sweet benefits for visitors! Handouts from Santa will be an ice cream dish filled with a coupon to use towards entry at the Turkey Hill Experience. You can also fill it at home with your favorite Turkey Hill ice cream! Best of all, make sure you visit the following website www.turkeyhillexperience.com/events to purchase a Combo ticket valid for entry to Turkey Hill Experience AND Christmas Magic!!!


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 Cumulus Logo


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,   disFamily Photoplays, Santa Claus, food from Brown's Orchards at the Friends Food Stand & Brickers, G-gauge train display, and a second train display. The trail sits among a mature oak forest nestled on a quiet mountaintop.

In 2018, 600,000 LED lights will greet Park visitors. We use C7,C9 and mini LED lights to guide the way through the park.


Christmas Magic was first opened 1984, the  product of the "energy crunch", when fewer homes were decorating. During this time there was still a desire to see Christmas lights locally. The first year 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" as well as purchased by sponsors. This is the largest program presented by the York County Department of Parks and Recreation each year.


2018 Toys for Tots:


For the 9th 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 coupon for a free food item at the Park's Food Stand located in White Oak Pavillion.  Look for the Toys of Tots folks at the Ranger shack near the parking area. DATES: November 23rd and 24th.


2018 Pet Night:


Wednesday, November 28th, 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 $7.00. 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.  If the event is closed November 28th due to inclement weather, Pet Night will be rescheduled for November 29th.


 Volunteer Opportunities:


We are always looking for volunteers 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 parks@yorkcountypa.gov . Individuals or groups are welcome.


 Looking for a way to celebrate the Holidays with your company, civic organization, scout troop or civic organization? Call the parks office at  (717) 840-7440 or email at Parks@yorkcountypa.gov  for more details.


Food Drive



 2017 By the Numbers:

  • 26 Trees decorated by community organizations.
  • 28 Municipalities participated in the BOGO coupon.
  • 36 Calendar days to enjoy the event.
  • 203 Toys donated to Toys for Tots.
  • 610 Pounds of food contributed to the Ranger Food Drive.
  • 1,776 volunteer hours generated by Christmas Magic.
  • 44,615 visitors attended the festival!!!

One amazing festival




Event Calendar

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York County Astronomical Society

The York County Astronomical Society, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the science of astronomy to all concerned. Unless otherwise advertised, most star watches are held at our observatory, located in John Rudy County Park, at 400 Mundis Race Road in York, Pennsylvania, 17406.   They are free and open to the public. If you have a red-filtered flashlight please bring it along.

The Society owns various telescopes; a 14” Dobsonian, a 12” SCT computerized goto scope, a 10"SCT, Two 8” Dobsonian telescopes, a 4.5” Newtonian telescope, a 4” Astro-Physics Refractor telescope, a Coronado Solar Telescope, and the Society also has a 12’ dish antenna for radio astronomy, and associated electronic recording equipment.

The York County Astronomical Society holds a public observing session every month, the public observing session is held the night after the planetarium show (weather permitting) at the Rudy Park Observatory. The club's telescopes will be used to show the public many of the fascinating objects that are up in the nighttime sky. We will also be showing people how to use Star charts to identify the stars and constellations that are up in the nighttime sky. The public is encouraged to bring their own telescopes, if they have one, to learn how to use them more effectively. These observing sessions are only held if it is partly cloudy to clear.To find out if an observing session is being held, the YCAS phone at 717-578-9109 can be called for an updated status. For more information about these or other YCAS events, go to their website at ycas.org or call (717) 578-9109 and leave a message and YCAS will contact you or e-mail: www.astroyork.com



BMX: Bumps & Berms

Bumps-N-Berms BMX is an ABA sanctioned not for profit parent’s organization that provides bicycle motocross racing for all ages and classes. We strive to provide a safe and family friendly race experience at a low cost.

Mission Statement

  • To educate and promote good sportsmanship and character skills in a competitive environment
  • To provide a family atmosphere and help all racers, families, and sponsors enjoy their stay at our facility
  • To support and promote the regulations and goodwill of our sanctioning body the American Bicycle Association
  • Provide a fiscally sound and safe racing venue
  • Further the sport of Bicycle Motocross Racing

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: How do I get to the track?

A: We are located in John Rudy County Park. 400 Mundis Race Rd. York, PA 17406


Q: Do you have a beginner day or clinics?

A: Currently none are scheduled. We hope to have one or two in 2010. If interested in a clinic please email us at


There are riders of many experience levels at the track willing to help everyone especially beginners. The best advice we have
is “Just Ride.” At the track or around the neighborhood, riding your bike is the best way to improve.


Q: What times are practice and sign-up?

A: The track is open for practice during registration. Saturday from 4-5:30pm and Wednesday from 6-7pm. Also practice only nights

Thursdays from 6-8pm.


Q: What time does racing start?

A: Immediately after registration. Saturday around 6pm and Wednesday close to 7pm.


Q: How much does it cost to begin racing?

A: ABA membership is $45 yearly for the first family member.

Saturday entry fee is $9.00
Wednesday entry fee is $6.00


Q: Where do I find a rulebook?

A: A printed version is included with the new member packet which you will receive at the track with a completed membership application. Also one can be downloaded from the ABA.