York Weekend Best of December
York City's Light Up Night takes place 5-8 p.m. Friday on Continental Square. Activities around the city include a visit from Santa at Martin Library, performances by groups from Williams Penn High School and Weary Arts Group and a Winterfest Crafts Fair on Cherry Lane. Free. Information: yorkcity.org/lightupnight.
Christmas Magic: A Festival of Lights continues through Dec. 31 at Rocky Ridge County Park. The half-mile walking trail features more than 600,000 holiday lights along with displays on heated pavilions, a model train display and musical performances throughout the season. Hours: 6-9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 5-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, closed Dec. 24 and 25. Admission: Adults $8, children 4-12 $6, under 4 free, seniors over 59 $7. Information: (717) 840-7443 or www.YorkCountyParks.org
DreamWrights Youth & Family Theatre will present a classic Christmas comedy, "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," Friday through Dec. 19. Six delinquent siblings are lured to church with the promise of doughnuts and take over the annual Christmas pageant, bringing on a variety of mishaps that turns the predictable yearly event on its head. Showtimes: 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets: $10-$14. Information: www.dreamwrights.org or 848-8623.
The Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center presents Danú, “Féile Na Nollag” (A Christmas Gathering). Danu is a leading traditional Irish musical group, giving standing-room-only concerts throughout Ireland. The evening promises a taste of a true Irish community Christmas. Showtime: 7:30 p.m. Friday/ Tickets: $30-$40. Information: www.StrandCapitol.org or 717-846-1111.
Santa will give up his sleigh for a ride on the Stewartstown Railroad this month. Santa will ride the rails, telling stories and handing out candy canes to fellow passengers. Dec. 5-20 and Dec. 27, Santa will be riding on the Stewartstown Railroad, talking to our riders, telling them stories, and handing out Candy Canes to those that would like some. Each ride takes approximately 30 minute. Times: 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $10 adults, $ 9 seniors 65 and older, $8 children 12 and under, available at the Stewartstown Train Station, 21 W. Pennsylvania Ave, Stewartstown. Information: www.facebook.com/StewartstownRailroadCompany.
Creative York is hosting a large-scale Monster Drawing Rally, 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday at Central Market. The Monster Drawing Rally is part fine art, part performance art as local artists produce artworks in one hour. The art will be for sale as soon as it's finished, with a starting bid of $25 for each piece. Local musician Soji will perform throughout the evening, and The Busy Bee and Mudhook Brewery will have food and beverages available for purchase. Tickets: $5, kids under 10 free. Information: creativeyork.org/monster-drawing-rally-2.
Phil Vassar presents an evening of country music star power, 7 p.m. Thursday at Hanover's Eichelberger Performing Arts Center. His hits include "Carlene", "Last Day of My Life" and "American Child" as well as chart toppers "In A Real Love" and "Just Another Day in Paradise". Tickets: $30-$35. Information: TheEich.org or 717-637-7086.
Celebrate the 100th birthday of one of America's top performers with Sinatra Forever: A Tribute to Frank Sinatra, 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at The Eichelberger Performing Arts Center in Hanover. Las Vegas performer Rick Michel and his seven-piece band pay homage to Sinatra's songs and style. Tickets: $26. Information: TheEich.org or 717-637-7086.
Totem Pole Playhouse will take the stage at Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater for "A Christmas Carol," Dec. 9-20. The timeless Dickens classic comes to life with all the flourishes, from Scrooge to the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Performances: 2 p.m. Dec. 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19, 8 p.m. Dec. 11, 12, 18, 19; student performances at 10 a.m. Dec. 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18. Tickets: $30-$36 adults, $20 students, $6 student performances. Information: www.gettysburgmajestic.org, (717) 337-8200 or at 25 Carlisle St. in Gettysburg.
Talk with one of the stars of a classic coming-of-age movie during Molly Ringwald Revisits the Club, 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Pullo Center, on the campus of Penn State York. This year marks the 30th anniversary of "The Breakfast Club," and Ringwald will be on hand for a screening of the movie and a discussion and Q&A. Tickets: $45, $125 VIP, includes meeting Ringwald. Information: pullocenter.york.psu.edu.
Follow Santa's journey around the world with the North American Aerospace Defense Command at www.noradsanta.org. NORAD is celebrating the 60th anniversary of tracking Santa’s yuletide journey, with a holiday countdown, games and activities leading up to the big night, At 2:01 a.m. Dec. 24, website visitors can watch the big guy make final preparations and take off. "Santa Cams" will stream video to the website as Santa makes his way around the world. Follow @noradsanta on Facebook and Twitter for updates.
Get out of the house for a Marshmallow Hike, 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 29 at Rocky Ridge County Park, starting at the Pheasant Pavilion in the Hidden Laurel Picnic Area. Take a stroll through the woods, then warm up with hot chocolate and a fire. Free. Regstration: 428-1961.