Christmas Magic


Christmas Magic
A Festival of Lights



Event InfoAdmission Rates;   Directions;    Entertainment ScheduleCouponSponsorsParticipants; HistoryMunipalities Program


 Event Info:   Printable PDF poster

                     OPEN: Mon. through Fri.  6 to 9 p.m.
                     Saturday and Sunday 5 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 Group (12+) - $9.00

                             Sorry 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. 


2017 Entertainment Schedule

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New for 2017! All new santa display designed and sponsored by Turkey Hill Experience!  2017 turkeyhill  


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 2016, 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 33rd 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.

2016 Participants:

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
Toys for Tots – Nov. 25 and 26 only
Basement Waterproofing Specialists
American Design and Build
Champion Windos
Steam Into History
 Neat Stuff...


•  52 trees were decorated by community organizations
•  Ranger Food Drive contributed 1,240 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 was 44,473 visitors – largest in the 32 years
•  Average 1,647 visitors a night (new record)
•  Toys for Tots collected 186 items


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


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 . Individuals or groups are welcome.

Toys for Tots Night:

For the 7th 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 25th and 26th.

Pet Night:

Wednesday, November 30th, 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.  If the event is closed November 30th due to inclement weather, Pet Night will be rescheduled for December 1st.


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.

Municipal Week:

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 offier is good on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from November 25th - December 7th and anytime December 26th - 31st.


 Coupons Good for the Following Dates  

 Participating Municipalities

Nov. 25-Dec. 14

(mon., tues, & wed only)
Dec. 26-Dec. 31

If your municipality is not listed here...
Call (717) 840-7226 for details.

Chanceford Township
Codorus Township
Conewago Township
Dallastown Borough
Dillsburg Borough
Dover Township
East Hopewell Township
East Manchester Township
Fairview Township
Fawn Township
Hallam Borough
Hopewell Township
Jackson Township
Jacobus Borough
Lewisberry Borough
Lower Windsor Township
Mount Wolf Borough
Newberry Township
North Codorus Township
Red Lion Borough
Spring Garden Township
Warrington Township
Wellsville Borough
West Manheim Township
West Manchester Township
Windsor Borough
Wrightsville Borough
Yoe Borough
York Township
Adam County
East Berlin Borough
Lancaster County
 East Hempfield Township