Heritage Christmas features Santa, snowmen, singers, s’mores and more

Shawn Hardy
Echo Pilot

“Peace on Earth” is the theme this year for the Heritage Christmas celebration sponsored by the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce.

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Seasonal activities, songs and treats will be offered around Center Square and beyond from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 2 and 9.

S’mores by Rhodes Grove Camp and Conference Center are a tradition at Heritage Christmas in Greencastle. A number of community groups will serve treats during the celebration on Fridays, Dec. 2 and 9.

Other festivities planned in conjunction with Heritage Christmas include the Christmas Home Tour, the Light it Up Contest and Santa’s Mailbox.

Who and what will you find at Heritage Christmas?

Santa tops the list of attendees at any Christmas celebration, and he’ll be ready for pictures with good little boys and girls on the parking lot of The Life Center on North Carlisle Street.

Clara, Scarlett and Rosemary Christman had their photos taken with Santa during Greencastle-Antrim Heritage Christmas last year. The Jolly Old Elf will be back at this year’s celebration on Fridays, Dec. 2 and 9.

Apple Annie, Christmas Snowmen, Elves and the Christmas Angel will be strolling the streets to greet visitors, and Uncle Bean will be on the Square with his balloon creations.

Churches, Scouts, community groups and businesses will be in the holiday spirit, offering everything from cookies, candy canes and cocoa to hot dogs and s’mores, and from Christmas crafts and novelty items to Bibles and children’s literature. Venture Crew 95 is planning a festive scavenger hunt. Pop Up Shops at the Aura, 6 E. Baltimore St., will be open both nights.

The Square will be alive with the sound of music and the lineup is:

Members of Calvary Mennonite Church performed during Greencastle-Antrim Heritage Christmas last year and will return to Center Square at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2.

Dec. 2

  • Shayne Carmack, 5:30 p.m.
  • Calvary Mennonite Church, 6:30 p.m.
  • King’s Carolers, 7:15 p.m.
  • Spring Valley Mennonite Church, 8 p.m.

Dec. 9

  • St. Maria Goretti Chorus, 5:30 p.m.
  • Growing with Music/Cumberland Valley School of Music students, 6:30 p.m.
  • Maugansville Church Kingdom Kids Choir, 7:30 p.m.

To the west on Jefferson Street, the historic High Line Train Station will host book readings, a model train display and treats, as well as the sale of its annual holiday ornament.

On South Ridge Avenue, Allison-Antrim Museum is decorated for the holidays will be open from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, with seasonal displays and music, as well as a World War I exhibit.

Horse and wagon rides provide a fun way to see the town decked out for the holidays. Tickets are on sale now at or by calling the chamber at 717-597-4610. Any remaining tickets will be sold at Holiday House on the Square the evening of the celebration.

What else is happening for the holidays in Greencastle?

The Heritage Christmas Home Tour will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. It will feature the home of Dirk and Jenna Mowen, 2956 Conococheague Lane; the home of Sandy and Kyle Rambo, 468 E. Baltimore St.; the home of Bill and Colleen Harvie, 414 E. Baltimore St.; and Greencastle Presbyterian Church, 57 W. Baltimore St. Tickets are $15 in advance at Holiday House during Heritage Christmas evenings and from the chamber. Tickets will be sold the day of the tour for $20 at Greencastle Presbyterian Church.

Entries in the Light It Up contest will be accepted through Nov. 30. From Dec. 1 to 20, people can cast $1 votes for their favorites. Proceeds benefit the Greencastle-Antrim Food Pantry at the Presbyterian Church.

Youngsters can send their letters to the North Pole at Santa’s Mailbox on the Square until Dec. 16. Letters that include a name and address will be answered by Santa’s helpers.

For additional information, call the chamber 717-597-4610 or visit

Shawn Hardy is a reporter with Gannett's Franklin County newspapers in south-central Pennsylvania — the Echo Pilot in Greencastle, The Record Herald in Waynesboro and the Public Opinion in Chambersburg. She has more than 35 years of journalism experience. Reach her at