Heritage Christmas is full of the holiday spirit

Shawn Hardy
Echo Pilot

The first night of Heritage Christmas on Dec. 2 was filled with sights, sounds and tastes of the season and the celebration, sponsored by the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce, will be back again from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9.

The Christmas tree in Center Square provided the backdrop as area churches, Scouts and businesses served up lots of good cheer.

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A sampling of treats circling the Square included hot dogs, soup, popcorn, hot chocolate and cookies galore.

A decorated two-horse drawn wagon departed from the North Carlisle Street corner every half an hour for a tour of the town.

Luna and Eve Meyers of Greencastle had their picture taken with Santa at Heritage Christmas in Greencastle on Dec. 2. The Jolly Old Elf will be hand again on Friday, Dec. 9.

A little farther up North Carlisle outside The Life Center, children lined up to visit and have pictures taken with Santa. After two years of COVID-19 social distancing inside an antique pickup truck, the Jolly Old Elf was hand-ons, sitting on a bench with children on his lap and under his arm.

The Swope children, from left, twins Oskar and Oliver, Kruz, Jude and Rosa, visited with Santa at Heritage Christmas in Greencastle on Dec. 2. The Chambersburg family attends the celebration in Greencastle every year.

Several groups performed holiday music on the Square and the lineup for Dec. 9 includes St. Maria Goretti Chorus at 5:30 p.m.; Growing with Music/Cumberland Valley School of Music students, 6:30 p.m.; and Maugansville Church Kingdom Kids Choir, 7:30 p.m.

People of all ages enjoyed the model trains running at the High Line Train Station on South Jefferson Street, which will be open again on Dec. 9. Guest readers will offer seasonal stories and parents can register their children to be in the audience by calling the Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library at 717-597-7920.

Model trains were running at the High Line Train Station in Greencastle on Dec. 2 during Heritage Christmas and will be back on track Friday, Dec. 9.

How you can help spread the joy

Greencastle Girl Scout Troop 80161 is spreading the joy this holiday season by adopting local children and families.

Members of Greencastle Girl Scout Troop gave out treats and collected donations of cash and gift cards to shop for their adopted local children and families during Heritage Christmas on Dec. 2. Donations also will be accepted during Heritage Christmas on Friday, Dec. 9.

Area residents can help by donating gift cards or cash so the girls can do individualized shopping for each person. Donations of personal hygiene items also are welcome.

The Girl Scouts were on the Square Dec. 2 and will be back Dec. 9 to accept donations during Heritage Christmas.

Where can you go on the Heritage Christmas Home Tour?

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 and from the chamber. Tickets will be sold the day of the tour for $20 at Greencastle Presbyterian Church.

Do you have a letter for Santa?

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