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Celebrate the Holidays in Gettysburg

November 25, 10:00am – 4:00pm: Christmas in the 1860s

The Victorian Dance Ensemble, the performing troupe of the Civil War Dance Foundation (CWDF), will offer exhibits and dance demonstrations in the Group Lobby at the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, 1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg. Visitors will see the Ensemble perform some of the most common dances of the era as they recreate an authentic 1860s Christmas Ball and will have a chance to join in. Civilian artifacts such as jewelry and photographs will be on display. In the spirit of holiday giving, the CWDF will also have “Soldiers Boxes” on hand for donations to our military. This non-ticketed event is free and open to the public.

November 25, 5:00pm – 8:00pm: 1860s Holidays at the David Wills House

This year, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm enjoy the Christmas tree lighting in the center of downtown Gettysburg with a side of history at the David Wills House, located at 8 Lincoln Square, right across from the tree. Gettysburg Foundation is sponsoring a crafts table for children where they can create and take home their very own Victorian Christmas ornament. Local cider will be provided for the entire family and the David Wills House is open at a reduced $2 admission for adults and FREE for children under 18. An NPS Ranger will be available to talk about the historic significance of the house and how holidays were celebrated in the 19th century. Living historians will be onsite greeting your family in period dress.

Celebrate the Holidays in Gettysburg
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  • Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitors Center
  • November 25, 10:00am – 4:00pm: Christmas in the 1860s

    The Victorian Dance Ensemble, the performing troupe of the Civil War Dance Foundation (CWDF), will offer exhibits and dance demonstrations in the