Christmas Magic


Christmas Magic
A Festival of Lights

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Event InfoAdmission Rates; Directions; Entertainment Schedule Coupon; Sponsors; Municipality Program


 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 24th to December 31st

                     Closed December 24th and 25th

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

                     2 wheel chairs are on-site and can by 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!

                             ATM On-site provided by Angus Enterprise


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

2017 turkeyhill New for Christmas Magic 2017! York County Parks has partnered with the Turkey Hill Experience! This collaboration comes with some sweet benefits for visitors! The first 40,000 visitors to Christmas Magic will receive glasses that will not only enhance your visit, but will allow you to see the lights through new eyes. Each pair of glasses has a coupon to use towards entry at the Turkey Hill Experience.  Turkey Hill Experience has made a brand new Santa display featuring a friend from the dairy farm. Best of all, make sure you visit the following website to purchase a Combo ticket valid for entry to Turkey Hill Experience AND Christmas Magic!!!

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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  for more details.

Please bring a canned food item along to give to the York County Parks Food Drive.



Christmas Magic Coupon - Click here!  


Lights at Christmas Magic What:

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 2017, 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 was first opened 1984, the  product of the "energy crunch", when fewer homes were decorating, yet 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.” This is the largest program presented by the York County Department of Parks and Recreation each year.

 Neat Stuff...


• Trees decorated by community organizations
•  Ranger Food Drive contributed 700 pounds of food to the York Food Bank
•  Total of 4,167 volunteer hours generated from Christmas Magic
•  33 municipalities participated in the “Buy One – Get One Free”
•  Total attendance in 2016 was 39,922


Special 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
2013 – Recognized by Good Morning (ABC)
2014 – Recognized as a York County Heritage Event by the York County Planning Commission

2015 arches

2015 arch2015 light

Food Stands:

York County Parks Friends Food Stand will be selling Brown’s Orchard cookies, popcorn, hot cocoa, cider 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

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 . Individuals or groups are welcome.

2017 Toys for Tots Night:

For the 8th 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 24th and 25th.

2017 Pet Night:

Wednesday, November 29th, 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 29th due to inclement weather, Pet Night will be rescheduled for November 30th.


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.

2017 Municipality Program:

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.  The offer is good on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from November 27th - December 13th and any day between December 26th -  December 31st.


 Coupons Good for the Following Dates  

 Participating Municipalities

Nov. 27 - Dec. 13

(Mon., Tues., & Wed. only)
Dec. 26-Dec. 31

If your municipality is not listed here
call (717) 840-7227 for details.


York County

Codorus Township
Conoy Township
Dallastown Borough
Dover Township
East Hempfield Township
East Manchester Township
Fairview Township
Fawn Township
Felton Borough
Franklintown Borough
Glen Rock Borough
Hallam Borough
Jacobus Borough
Jackson Township
Lewisberry Borough
Lower Windsor Township
Manchester Township
Mt. Wolf Borough
Newberry Township
North Codorus Township
Red Lion Borough
Seven Valleys Borough
Springettsbury Township
Springfield Township
Spring Garden Township
Warrington Township
Washington Township
West Manchester Township
West Manheim Township
Wrightsville Borough
Yoe Borough
York Township

Adams County
Conewago Township

Lancaster County
East Hempfield Township