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Celebrate the Holidays in the HHR

Just a taste of what’s in the mix this season

Harrisburg, Pa. (2010) – The Hershey Harrisburg Regional Visitors Bureau (HHRVB) is proud to announce many of the family friendly holiday happenings that are taking place this year in the Hershey Harrisburg region.

Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum has their custom model train display "FROM ROADS TO RAILS" open daily until January 3, 2011. The model town of “Tuckerville USA” envisions small town America in the 1930's through the 1950's. The detailed drive-in-car-hop, gas station, and drive-in movie bring the era alive while Lionel, Williams, Rail King and Bachmann trains in both O and HO Gage weave throughout the landscape.  Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends also returns to the main-line plus a separate "hands on" Thomas the Tank Wood Railway keeps imaginations rolling. For hours and info call 717-566-7100 or aacamuseum.org

The Spa At The Hotel Hershey is offering holiday packages including the “Holiday Season Sampler” which combines three treatments into one amazing experience; “The Holiday Spa Package” with an incense-infused massage, a Peppermint Pattie Salt Scrub, Chocolate Fondue Wrap, facial and lunch in the Oasis; and the all-new treat for the feet Caramel Kiss Pedicure package that includes a Whipped Cocoa Bath for the feet followed by an invigorating creamy caramel exfoliation treatment, finished off with a delicious Cocoa Moisturizer.  For more information on packages and costs visit ChocolateSpa.com or call 1-877-772-9988 to schedule an appointment.

Hershey, The Sweetest Place On Earth® offers kids' activities, holiday shopping, culinary events and overnight packages to celebrate the season.  Hersheypark Christmas Candylane transforms the amusement park into a holiday village with over 30 rides, Santa and his nine live reindeer, live entertainment, games, shops, and food. Guests can experience N.O.E.L., a breathtaking light show featuring more than 125,000 dancing lights synchronized to favorite toe-tapping Christmas music. Nearby, “Hershey Sweet Lights, A Holiday Drive-Thru Spectacular” offers a 2.3-mile cruise through nearly 600 light displays with a custom radio broadcast delivering the sounds of the season. For additional information, visit HersheyPA.com.

Hershey Lodge and The Hotel Hershey offer shows and seasonal lodging packages from “Breakfast with Santa” at either property to a “Holiday Cottage Package” at The Hotel Hershey.  “Holiday with Dickens” on December 5 and 6 at The Hotel Hershey features special performances of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with Gerald Charles Dickens, the great-great-grandson of the renowned author, presenting the beloved story at both afternoon English tea and an elegant dinner. The revised seasonal revue of Christmas in Chocolate Town, A Holiday Dinner Musical at Hershey Lodge features all-new songs, dances and sets running through December 28. Call 717-508-2697 for reservations.

The Chocolate Lab at The Hershey Story, The Museum on Chocolate Avenue offers hands-on classes throughout the season for children to enjoy a journey through the Little Elves Workshop, where they will create their own chocolate dough ornament. Guests can also join in a celebration of German traditions with the Christkindlmarkt Holiday Market & Festival, held on December 4 and 5.

Hershey®’s Chocolate World keeps the festivities going with the second annual Hershey®’s Holiday Chocolate House, a life-size house completely covered in Hershey’s famous chocolate and confectionery products, now on display.  Hershey's Chocolate World, with the largest selection of Hershey's products found anywhere, is also the home of Hershey’s Bake Shoppe offering freshly baked Christmas treats. For more information, visit ChristmasInHershey.com or call 1-800-HERSHEY (1-800-437-7439).

“Classic Christmas” at Hershey Gardens – Get into the holiday spirit with a variety of activities during “Classic Christmas” at Hershey Gardens Saturday, December 11 from 10a.m.-3p.m. Ice sculptures will be displayed, including demonstrations from 11a.m.-1 p.m. A wreath making demonstration with Flowers by Cherylann will take place at 10:30a.m. For the kids, crafts will be offered in the Gardens’ Education Center from noon to 2:30p.m. Carolers will perform your holiday favorites beginning at 2p.m. Finally, visitors can donate to the “Giving Tree”, supporting the Bethesda Mission, through December. 19. For more information, visit www.HersheyGardens.org or call 717-534-3492.

“Trim a Tree” Contest Viewing at Hershey Gardens – Come to Hershey Gardens each Friday through Sunday of December and from December 26-30 for the Winter Walk, where you can experience the Gardens as Mother Nature changes seasons. Visit, view and vote for your favorite “Trim a Tree” entry. Some of the tree themes include “Christmas traditions,” “Hershey,” “nature,” “patriotic” and “winter fun.” The winning tree contestant will receive a $500 cash prize, so be sure to vote for your favorite! For more information, visit HersheyGardens.org or call 717-534-3492.

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Koziar’s Christmas Village celebrates its 62nd anniversary in 2010 as one of the Top 10 Travel Attractions in Pennsylvania as chosen by the Pennsylvania Travel Council. Open nightly through January 2, visitors will explore several outdoor attractions, while taking in over nine glass buildings, each with their own themed displays.  Follow trains as they travel through and around the miniature town in the large Refreshment Barn. Enjoy sweet treats at the country kitchen or unique toys and gifts at Santa’s Toy Shoppe. Get your picture taken with Santa himself on Santa Clause Lane! For more information call 610-488-1110 or KoziarsChristmasVillage.com.

Christmas is Coming to Metro Bank Park from December 6-21 as the Harrisburg Senators minor league baseball donates 10 percent of all sales in their team store to local charitable organizations. The store will be open from 11 am until 7:30 pm during each of the twelve special days with Santa Claus available for photos from 5 pm until closing and free coffee, hot chocolate and cookies for those shopping. For every Holiday Ticket Pack plan sold the organization will also donate four tickets to families of local military members. For more information on this charity drive or season tickets please visit SenatorsBaseball.com.

Crossroads Antique Mall celebrates an Annual Special Holiday Weekend on December 6 and 7, 2010, offering unusual one-of-a-kind gifts for that special person. Crossroads provides decorating ideas or vintage accents for entertaining as well as antiques and collectibles selected by over 80 dealers. This large selection of china, glass, pottery, dolls, jewelry, primitives, furniture, trains, toys and holiday items along with items of local interest will all have bargain prices throughout the weekend.  There will also be drawings for door prizes and refreshments. Hours are 10 am to 5:30 pm.  If you have any questions call 717-520-1600 or CrossroadsAntiques.com.

Christmas at Fort Hunter Mansion provides a Victorian Christmas from Dec. 1 - 23, Tue. through Sat. from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and on Sun. from 12 noon – 4:30 p.m., closed Mondays. Guests can enjoy a guided tour of the Mansion, decorated for the holidays with fresh greens, fruits and dried and fresh flowers.  The Fort Hunter Museum Shop is stocked with unique holiday gift items and is open during museum hours. Fort Hunter Mansion is located six miles from downtown Harrisburg at 5300 North Front Street.  Admission is charged.  For more information call 717-599-5751 or FortHunter.org.  Other exciting events scheduled at Fort Hunter over the holidays:

Santa’s Reindeer and Mrs. Santa Visit Fort Hunter - Visit Santa’s reindeer and Mrs. Santa, free of charge, on Sat. Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at Dauphin County’s Fort Hunter Park. Take photos of and visit with Santa’s reindeer and Mrs. Santa. Purchase a packet of homemade reindeer food to take home for Santa’s reindeer on Christmas Eve and enjoy refreshments by donation in the Centennial Barn.

“Kids Only” Holiday Shopping at Fort Hunter - Kids will enjoy a unique holiday experience tailored just for them at Dauphin County’s Fort Hunter Park from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m., weekends from Nov. 27 - Dec. 19 in the Fort Hunter Centennial Barn. Children under 12 can shop at a Christmas store without the help of parents. Elves and Santa’s helpers from the Friends of Fort Hunter will assist youngsters in picking out tasteful and unique items.  All items are under $10 and include free gift wrapping. Admission is free, but parents or guardians must provide spending money. All purchases support the Friends of Fort Hunter.

Free Toy Train Exhibit at Fort Hunter - Enjoy the magic of the model railroad at the free Toy Train Exhibit, on weekends from Nov. 27 – Dec. 19 from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. in Dauphin County’s Fort Hunter Centennial Barn. HO gauge trains, traveling through familiar Central PA scenery with sound and visual effects, will be exhibited by the Keystone Model Railroad Historical Society on a layout, which is available for viewing from all sides.  Each weekend different trains will be in use.

Victorian Tea and Greens Sale at Fort Hunter - Enjoy sweet and savory refreshments at the Victorian Tea at Dauphin County’s Fort Hunter Mansion on Sun., Dec. 5 from 1 - 4 pm and shop for fresh evergreen decorations from 11 a.m. – until sold out. In the style of a formal tea, guests will taste spiced tea, sandwiches and petite sweets.  In the Centennial Barn the Greens Sale, visitors can purchase various handmade evergreen arrangements.  Admission to the Tea is $10 per person and will be received at the door, no reservations are necessary.  All other events are free. 

Free Holiday Harp Concert at Fort Hunter - Enjoy soothing sounds of the harp at a Dauphin County’s Fort Hunter Centennial Barn on Wed., Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m.  Audience members can join in and sing along with a selection of familiar Christmas songs. Performing mostly holiday music in solos, duets and a short audience sing-along, Marilla Clay and Lauren Dalbey, students of local harp performer and instructor Elizabeth Asmus, will delight the audience.  Following the concert, the toy train exhibit will be open for the audience.   The concert is free and reservations are not required.  For more information, please call Fort Hunter at 717-599-5751.

Harrisburg Holiday Fun at Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts
3 upcoming ways to kick off the season, starting Nov 20 through Jan 2 at Whitaker Center: Holiday Trains and Trees; Santa vs. the Snowman 3D; & A Rockapella Holiday. For more information and show times visit WhitakerCenter.org or call 717-214-ARTS (2787).

JINGLE BALL 2010 at GIANT Center

Featuring: JESSE MCCARTNEY, MIRANDA COSGROVE, FLO RIDA, AUBURN, CHARICE & MORE on Thursday, December 9 at 6 pm.  Tickets Go On Sale Saturday, October 30 at 10 am at Giant Center Box Office, HersheyEntertainment.com, Ticketmaster.com, LiveNation.com or by-phone at 800-745-3000 / 717-534-3911. Tickets are: $39.50 & $49.50 (plus applicable fees). Find more at GiantCenter.net.

Rt. 15 ByWay of the Arts is offering a Holiday Pass, featuring a dozen participating partners where shoppers can save 15 percent on their purchases. This special, running through December 31, will allow holiday shoppers a chance to avoid crowded malls and be treated to a more intimate, personalized shopping experience. Bargain hunters can take advantage of discounts from galleries and individual artists or receive discounted rates at selected bed & breakfasts. To download the Holiday pass or for more information visit RT15Arts.com

Author: Rick Dunlap

Public Relations Director
Visit Hershey & Harrisburg
3211 North Front Street, Suite 301 A, Harrisburg, PA 17110