Christmas Magic


Magic Website Photo 2019

Admission to Christmas Magic on ALL event nights is by timed tickets only, which can be purchased Timed admission limits the number of people attending Christmas Magic, providing a better visiting experience and less waiting in traffic and lines. Walk-ins will not be accomodated.

Timed tickets are available to purchase. Purchase online. If you cannot purchase online, you can purchase in person with cash or credit card at John Rudy- Monday-Friday from 8:00-4:30pm, or over the phone at 717-840-7440. The office is closed daily from 12:30-1:00pm.

To find out if we’re cancelled for the evening due to inclement weather, call the Christmas Magic hotline at 717-840-7440, press 4, then 2 or visit us on Facebook or Twitter @yorkcountyparks for up to date trail conditions and closures. All credit card refunds will be done on the following business day.

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Event Info; Admission Rates; Directions; Entertainment Schedule

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.

Last available timed ticket time slot is 8:30 p.m. each night

November 29th to December 31st

Closed December 24th and 25th

Call (717) 840-7440, press 4 then 2, 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

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

BOGO COUPON: On the ticketing website, please enter: CM2019 in the promotional code section on the payment screen to receive a buy one, get one of equal or lesser value discount. This coupon code is good Mondays-Thursdays through December 12 and then every day from December 26 - 31.

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.


Sponsors of Christmas Magic:

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Official Radio Stations:

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, displays, 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 2019, 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.

2019 Toys for Tots:

Toys for Tots

For the 10th 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 29th and 30th.

2019 Pet Night:

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 $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 December 4th due to inclement weather, Pet Night will be rescheduled for Thursday, December 5th.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Food Stand

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.

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.

2018 By the Numbers:

  • 26 Trees decorated by community organizations.
  • 28 Municipalities participated in the BOGO coupon.
  • 37 Calendar days to enjoy the event.
  • 1,776 volunteer hours generated by Christmas Magic.
  • 31,051 visitors attended the festival!!!