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Round-Up: Winter/Holidays in the HH Region 2016

Top places to celebrate the holiday season in PA's Hershey & Harrisburg Region.

HARRISBURG, PA (Nov. 1, 2016) — A round-up of the top seasonal celebrations and holiday attractions in the Hershey Harrisburg Region of Pennsylvania including: Hersheypark® Christmas Candylane®, Hershey Sweet Lights® Drive-Thru Light Display, Hershey’s® Holiday Chocolate House, Hershey Story Museum Elf Workshops & Snowball Weekends, National Christmas Museum, Koziar’s Christmas Village, Central PA Youth Ballet’s "Nutcracker" Performance, Christmas at Fort Hunter Mansion with a Festival of Trees, Holiday Musical Performances, Antique Automobiles & Toy Trains, a Magic Lantern Christmas Show, and so much more.


Media is NOT permitted to use the photos included in this round-up. The images are included only as visual representation of the event or activity described and may not be used for reprint, publication, or posting. Media must contact each attraction directly to request images for publication.

Hersheypark® Christmas Candylane®

Christmas Candylane at Hersheypark®Select Dates Nov. 11 thru Jan. 1, 2017: Theme park is open (partially) with Santa & live Reindeer, and more. Get more details on this seasonal attraction at www.hersheypark.com/seasons/christmas.php. Media can contact Kathy Burrows, Public Relations Manager at Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company at 717-571-5356.

Hershey Sweet Lights®

Sweet Lights in Hershey PA - Christmas

Select Dates Nov. 11 thru Jan. 1, 2017: A 2-mile drive-thru light display in Hershey, PA featuring nearly 600 illuminated, animated displays tucked along a trail that winds through fields and wooded areas behind The Hotel Hershey. Get more details on this attraction at www.hersheypark.com/seasons/sweet-lights.php. Media can contact Kathy Burrows, PR Manager at Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company at 717-571-5356.

Hershey’s® Chocolate World® Attraction

The Holiday Chocolate House, Photos with Santa, Holly Jolly Trolley, Sweet Lights Trolley, New Year’s Eve Celebration and Hershey’s Kitchen Live!

Holiday at Chocolate World in Hershey PANov. 11 – Dec. 31, 2016: The Holiday Chocolate House is returning for the 8th year to Hershey’s® Chocolate World® Attraction. This human-sized candy house is made of Hershey Foods products and built on location for display during the holidays at Hershey’s® Chocolate World® in Hershey, PA. View video of 2015 build. Get more details on the house & holiday happenings at www.hersheys.com/chocolateworld including Photos with Santa, Holly Jolly Trolley, Sweet Lights Trolley, New Year’s Eve Celebration (Dec. 31), and Hershey’s Kitchen Live! with celebrity host Kerri Pomarolli (Nov. 12-13). Media can contact Jancy Nightingale, Events/Group Sales Marketing Coordinator at Hershey’s Chocolate World at 717-826-2328.

The Hershey Story Museum

Elf Workshops, Holiday Themed Chocolate Labs, Santa Breakfasts, Snowball Weekends & New Year's Eve Countdown and more...

Chocolate Lab at The Hershey Story Museum in Hershey, PA

Select Events & Dates Running Nov. 12 thru Jan. 1, 2017: From creating ornaments out of chocolate clay to participating in friendly indoor snowball fights, visitors to The Hershey Story Museum this holiday season can have fun celebrating the most wonderful time of the year. Families can also create memorable moments in the Chocolate Lab and enjoy Breakfast with Santa in The Pantry Café. For additional information about The Hershey Story visit HersheyStory.org or call 717-534-8939. Following is a complete list of holiday activities at The Hershey Story Museum:  

Little Elves Workshop at The Hershey Story Museum - Additional Fees Apply

Nov. 12, 13, 19, 20, 25-27, 2016
Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 26-31, 2016 and Jan. 1, 2017
The elves have once again set up their workshop, where kids of all ages can create their own unique ornament out of chocolate clay. Participants roll, cut and ice their creations and design their own packaging. Children also can test some vintage toys, and the whole family can pose in front of a snowy Hershey scene for a holiday photo opportunity. $5 per ornament; adults many accompany participating children at no charge.  

Snowball Saturdays at The Hershey Story Museum - FREE

Dec. 3, 10, 17, 2016 from 10am-2pm
Kids will have a blast at The Hershey Story Museum participating in friendly indoor snowball fights. Children also can visit with Coco of Hershey Bears hockey fame and a snowman, and hear stories about wintertime fun.

Chocolate Lab Activities Offered Exclusively on Snowball Saturdays:

Additional Fees Apply, Children must be at least four years old to enter lab.

Let it Snow Chocolate – Create a deliciously edible winter scene using chocolate and snow flake candy sprinkles. 

Marshmallow Mischief – Dunk giant marshmallows in melted chocolate, then roll in holiday toppings. Finish by packaging your custom marshmallow treat in a holiday package to take home.

Breakfast with Santa at THE PANTRY CAFÉ

Dec. 3, 10, 17, 2016 from 9am-Noon
The Pantry Café at The Hershey Story Museum will be hosting Breakfast with Santa on the first three Saturdays in December and offering additional breakfast specials. ThePantryCafe.net        

Chocolate Lab Holiday Themed Classes at The Hershey Story Museum

Nov. 12 thru Jan. 1, 2017: Holiday-themed Chocolate Lab classes allow guests to enjoy a 45-minute class where they learn about chocolate and make their own chocolate treat. Visit HersheyStory.org for a daily class schedule. Additional Fees Apply, Children must be at least four years old to enter lab.

Class themes are as follows:

Candy Cane Bark – Layer milk and white chocolate with chunks of peppermint candy to create your own, fresh candy cane bark.
Chocolate Reindeer – Use white and milk chocolate and toppings to create an edible reindeer.
Create a Kris Kringle – Mold a vintage chocolate Santa to take home.
Make a Very Merry Bar – Mold and customize a milk chocolate bar using holiday decorations.  

New Year’s Eve Countdown at The Hershey Story Museum - FREE

Dec. 31, 2016 from 11am-3pm
Families can celebrate the New Year throughout the day at The Hershey Story Museum. Kids can make some noise with the Hershey product characters and "bubble-wrap stomps," being held at 11am, 1pm & 3pm. Activities take place on the patio (weather permitting).


Hershey Gardens

Photo-ops with a 12-Foot Poinsettia Tree, Santa Visits, Crafts & Cockroaches!

Hershey Conservatory Exterior

Dec. 3 thru 18, 2016: A 12-foot-tall poinsettia tree featuring 160 vibrant poinsettias, visits with Santa, joyous holiday music and fun crafts promise to create a memorable experience for families who visit Hershey Gardens during the month of December. With the opening of the Milton & Catherine Conservatory earlier this year, guests also can visit the year-round, indoor tropical Butterfly Atrium and see beautiful butterflies from around the world. In addition to being decorated with poinsettias, the Butterfly Atrium will feature a holiday tree decorated with fruit “ornaments” on which the butterflies can feast. Giant Madagascar hissing cockroaches also will be celebrating the holidays with a miniature holiday scene, including a gingerbread house. Daily in December, a 12-foot tall poinsettia tree, on display in the conservatory, provides the perfect holiday photo op. Outside in front of Swan Lake, a lit, 17-foot concolor fir tree offers another scenic backdrop for picture taking. For more information about Hershey Gardens, visit www.HersheyGardens.org or call 717-534-3492.  

Hershey Gardens is open daily in December (except Dec. 25) from 9am-5pm with the following featured holiday activities:      

Sat., Dec. 3 & 10, 2016 from 3 - 5pm
Visit with Santa at Hershey Gardens - Kids can share their Christmas wishes as they visit with Kris Kringle in the Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory. Each child will receive a small garden gift. Included in admission.

Sat., Dec. 17, 2016 at 3pm
Happy Holidays with “Miss Maggie Sings” - Celebrate the holiday season with Miss Maggie! This popular children’s performer combines singing, guitar, percussion, poems and stories to entertain and teach children (and adults) of all ages! Listen to Miss Maggie and her friends as they sing some favorite holiday songs. Included in admission.

Sun., Dec. 4, 11 & 18 from 1-3pm
Music and Holiday Crafts in the Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory - Join us to deck the halls and fill the air with the sounds of holiday favorites from local choirs and musicians. Children also can create a crafty treasure. Included in admission.

National Christmas Center Family Attraction & Museum

Christmas Museum DisplayMay 2016 – Jan. 8, 2017: Part museum, part time machine – 15 main galleries and numerous small exhibits at this attraction take visitors back through the ages of Christmas from the past to present and from America’s hometown traditions to the holiday customs of faraway lands. This unique experience includes 20,000 square-feet of life-sized walk-through indoor exhibits appropriate for all ages including a 1950 Christmas Morning living room set, Christmas Around the World, Santa’s Workshop, Vintage Christmas, Images of Santa, and Toyland Train Mountain. Located in Paradise, PA about 50 miles southeast of Harrisburg, PA. Season hours of operation. Open daily from 10am-6pm from May 2016 thru Jan. 8, 2017. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Open 10am-3pm Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Get more details on this attraction at www.nationalchristmascenter.com. Media can contact Heidi Brennan, Museum & Marketing Director at 717-442-7950.

Koziar’s Christmas Village

Koziar's Christmas Village

Nov. 5 thru Jan. 1, 2017: Celebrating 68 years of Season's Greetings, Koziar's Christmas Village has grown to a mammoth and extraordinary seasonal attraction drawing visitors from great distances as well as local families who have made Koziar's part of their Christmas tradition for three generations. The 2016 Season opens Saturday, November 5 from 5:30 to 9:30pm. The attraction will then be open weekend evenings through Thanksgiving and then 7 nights a week after Thanksgiving (including Christmas Eve & Day, New Year’s Eve & Day) through January 1, 2017. Get more details on this attraction at www.koziarschristmasvillage.com/home/visit-koziar-s.html. Media can contact Sonia Koziar, Owner at 610-488-1138.

Central PA Youth Ballet – Performs George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Ballerina's in snow

Dec. 10 & 11 // Dec. 17 & 18, 2016: "The Nutcracker,” a beloved annual show that takes audiences into a colorful fantasy land of toy soldiers, villainous mice, angels, dancing snowflakes and a Sugar Plum Fairy. The 19th century ballet, set to unforgettable music by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, is probably the dance world’s most performed work. Amazingly, the original ballet, which is based on an 1816 story by German writer E.T.A. Hoffman titled “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King,” was a bit of a flop when it premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia, in December 1892. That may help to explain why the full version of “Nutcracker” was not performed outside of Russia until 1934. The complete ballet did not premiere in the United States until the San Francisco Ballet staged it in 1944. Today, “Nutcracker” is a worldwide favorite, and never fails to draw an audience. It is a constant presence in the lives of nearly all ballet dancers.

Each Christmas season the renowned Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) performs The Nutcracker in the Hershey Harrisburg Region. What makes this so unique is that CPYB performs legendary choreographer George Balanchine’s unique version of the work, which he created in 1954. There are many variations on Petipa’s original choreography, but Balanchine’s works are closely controlled by the Balanchine Trust, a nonprofit organization established following the Russian-born dance master’s death in 1983. The Carlisle school is one of the few authorized by the Trust to perform Balanchine’s works, and only under the supervision of an approved repetiteur who ensures the performances are true to Balanchine’s vision. At CPYB, that person is Darla Hoover, a permanent member of the faculty who once danced for Balanchine himself at the New York City Ballet. Each year, Hoover prepares a new cast to perform “Nutcracker,” but all the movements, from hand gestures to footwork, are unvarying. She said the school’s gifted students, who come from all over the United States to learn under school founder Marcia Dale Weary and her staff, make her work much easier.

Three performances take place at the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg on December 10 & 11 and three more shows at the historic Hershey Theatre in Hershey on December 19 & 20. The performance in Hershey features live music performed by the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Stuart Malina. Check the web site for ticket prices & performance times. For more information contact Bonnie Schulte, Director of Marketing & Communications at 717-245-1191, Central PA Youth Ballet, 5 North Orange Street, Suite 3, Carlisle, PA 17013. www.cpyb.org/splash/intro.

Christmas at Fort Hunter Mansion

Festival of trees, toy trains, and decor galore!

Holidays at Fort Hunter in Harrisburg PANov. 26 thru Dec. 23, 2016: Experience life in Victorian times with professionally guided tours of Fort Hunter Mansion and connect to the natural beauty at the 40-acres park along the scenic Susquehanna River. Experience bygone days when everything was homemade and learn how the upper class lived in Harrisburg dating back to 1725. This site includes 10 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places and remnants of the old Pennsylvania Canal Trail with a free walking tour brochure, museum shop, and picnic areas. TripAdvisor users ranked this #3 for “Top Things to do in Harrisburg” (2016). Fort Hunter Mansion & Park Tour, Mansion closed for season Dec. 23 thru April 30. Media can contact Michelle Hornberger, Events Manager, at 717-599-5751, 5300 North Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110, www.FortHunter.org, Seasonal Hours: Park 8am – Dusk and Mansion Tours: Tue-Sat 10am-4:30pm/Sun noon-4:30pm/Mon–Closed.

Christmas at Fort Hunter Mansion - ADMISSION

Dec. 1–23, 2016: Fresh greens and fruits, dried materials and fresh flowers provided by the Civic Committee of the Garden Club of Harrisburg decorate the Mansion in Victorian elegance. Open every day but Monday, guided tours highlight holiday trimmings and customs. The Museum Shop is stocked with tasteful and unique Christmas ideas and is open during museum hours for timely holiday shopping. Hours: Mon-Closed; Tue-Sat 10am–4:30pm, Sun-Noon–4:30pm. Admission $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 students & children.

Festival of Trees - FREE

Nov. 26–Dec. 18 (Sat & Sun only): This free event features eight themed Christmas trees decorated with handmade ornaments and trimmed by local garden clubs on exhibit at the Tavern House every Saturday & Sunday from 12:30pm-4:30pm between Nov. 26 and Dec. 18, 2016.

Toy Train Exhibit - FREE

Nov. 26–Dec. 18 – (Sat & Sun only): The Keystone Model Railroad Historical Society creates a magical wonderland of HO gauge trains in an 18X24 layout that may be viewed from all sides inside the Centennial Barn. Old and new trains will be displayed each week along with exciting new additions each year. This free exhibit is offered every Saturday & Sunday from 12:30pm – 4:30pm between Nov. 26 and Dec. 18, 2016.

State Museum of Pennsylvania - Season of Light

Season of Light Poster for PA Museum EventDec. 14 thru 31, 2016: This traditionally styled holiday show at the State Museum of PA's Planetarium looks at astronomy and holiday traditions. Explore the reason humans are so fascinated with lighting up our lives during the holiday season. Although it is the coldest and darkest of seasons, this time of year holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year. Trace the history and development of many of the world’s most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season, from the burning Yule log, sparkling Christmas tree lights, candles in windows, lighting luminarias, to the traditional ritual of the Hanukkah Menorah and the Star of Bethlehem.

The State Museum of Pennsylvania, adjacent to the State Capitol in Harrisburg, is one of 24 historic sites and museums administered by the PA Historical and Museum Commission as part of the PA Trails of History. The State Museum offers expansive collections interpreting PA's fascinating heritage. With exhibits examining the dawn of geologic time, the Native American experience, the colonial and revolutionary eras, a pivotal Civil War battleground, and the commonwealth's vast industrial age, The State Museum demonstrates that PA's story is America’s story. For more information about the museum, visit www.statemuseumpa.org or media can contact Howard Pollman at 717-705-8639.

Wed, Dec. 14 & 28 - Noon

Thur, Dec. 15, 22, & 29 - Noon

Fri, Dec. 16 & 23 - Noon

Sat, Dec. 17 - 11am, Noon, 1pm, & 2pm

Sun, Dec. 18 - 1pm & 2pm

Sat, Dec. 24 & 31 - 11am, Noon, 1pm

Special Showtimes for Friday, December 30 - 10:15am, 11:15am, 12:15pm, 1:15pm, & 2:15pm

Planetarium shows are $3 per person in addition to general admission. Planetarium admission is free to members of the State Museum Affiliate and the Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation.

Holiday closures: The State Museum will be closing at 2pm Sat., Dec. 24 and Sat. Dec. 31. The State Museum will be closed Sun., Dec. 25 and Sun., Jan. 1.

Museum hours are Wed. thru Sat. 9am-5pm & Sun. Noon-5pm. 

Admission is $7 for adults (ages 12-64), $6 for senior citizens (ages 65 and up), and $5 for children (ages 1-11).

American Music Theatre 2016 Christmas Show: Winter Wonderland

AMT Xmas Show Logo 2016

Nov. 1 thru Dec. 30, 2016: This holiday season, join the Yuletide tradition with American Music Theatre's 2016 Christmas Show: Winter Wonderland and recapture the Christmas spirit. Step through the doors of this beautiful modern theater and be transported to a wonderland of music and enchantment – from a Bavarian mountain village to the festive, holiday excitement at the North Pole. AMT's Winter Wonderland features the secular and sacred holiday songs you know and love, with all-live performances by our sensational cast of Singers and Dancers, as well as the remarkable 9-piece AMT Orchestra. Performances run from Nov. 1 – Dec. 30, 2016. For more information contact Donna Haefner, AMT Public Relations Director at 800-648-4102 X6202 visit www.AMTshows.com.

Whitaker Center for Science & The Arts

Holiday Film Series, Miniature Trains & Decorative Trees

Family at Whitaker Center Train Display

Nov. 18 thru Dec. 14, 2016: The Holiday Film Series returns with four iconic holiday films showing on the Whitaker Center's four-story screen in the Select Medical Digital Cinema. This year's series takes visitors on a 3D journey to the North Pole on The Polar Express, transports them into the past and future with A Christmas Carol in 3D, demonstrates the power of a warm heart in Arendelle with Frozen 3D, and cures the curmudgeon of Whoville in How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Find out more on times & ticket prices at http://www.whitakercenter.org/events/detail/holiday-film-series.

Nov. 18, 2016 thru Jan. 1, 2017: Trees & Trains make Whitaker Center an indoor winter wonderland for anyone visiting Harrisburg this holiday season. Included in the price of Harsco Science Center admission, visitors can marvel at over a dozen themed trees, operational train sets, and a ride-along train track for the littlest guests. More details available at http://www.whitakercenter.org/holiday-celebrations.

For more information about any of these events, please contact Kait McCaffrey, Marketing Coordinator at 717-724-3869.

Antique Auto Museum: Cars & Christmas

Antique Auto Club of America MuseumNov. 19 – Dec. 31, 2016: This celebration gets you into the holiday spirit featuring dozens of themed decorated Christmas trees, unusual vehicles, vintage toys and cars, Hess Truck display, Model Train exhibits, Sammy the 29ft. snow plow, Grinch Scavenger Hunt and much more. Each year the museum partners with schools in the community to have students decorate a themed Christmas Tree with ornaments they create. Guests vote on their favorites throughout the holiday season. The top 3 schools will receive gift cards. For more information contact Nancy Gates, Director of Marketing & Communications at 717-566-7100.

See more on the following permanent exhibits at the museum by clicking the links below:

  1. From Roads to Rails – Custom Model Train Display
  2. Tucker Automobiles: The Cammack Collection
  3. Route 66 – New Permanent Exhibit opened Oct. 2016

See more on the following limited time exhibits at the museum by clicking the links below:

  1. Magic Skyway 1964 Ford – “World’s Fair” Thunderbird Convertible – Now thru April 1, 2017
  2. Mopar Midsize Muscle - Nov. 18 thru April 22, 2017
  3. 3 Chevys & A Diner - Nov. 18 thru April 22, 2017
  4. Amore della Strada: Italian Cars – Nov. 19 thru April 22, 2017

Upcoming Event in January 2017

Spirits 161:  A Speakeasy Soiree – Friday, Jan. 13, 2017

Live entertainment, dancing, learn the Charleston, bubbly bar, specialty drinks, distilled spirits, fabulous 20s inspired foods, luxurious 20s automobiles & more.

PA State Police Museum: Holiday Ornaments Exhibit

State Police Museum - Dog Honoree PhotoWinter is a great time to visit the Pennsylvania State Police Museum with its hilltop view of Hershey. The unique and educational exhibits are indoors and highlight topic such as the State Police Rodeo, uniforms and cars through the years. There is an exhibit on the Camp Hill Prison riots, where you can stand behind bars.

This year the limited edition annual pewter ornaments feature the State Police Rodeo, one of the museums main exhibits that includes a clown car and original costumes.

Another ornament this year honors an exhibit dedicated to Omar, the Pennsylvania State Police Dog (pictured), who earned a medal for heroism. Learn the story of this police dog and other heroes at the PA State Police Museum. Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm. Call ahead for Saturday hours. Closed Sundays. For more information contact Jessica Deitz, Operations Manager at 717-534-0565.

Amish Experience at Plain & Fancy Farm: Magic Lantern Christmas Show

Nov. 25 thru Dec. 31, 2016: The Magic Lantern Show, otherwise known as “The Show That Started The Movies,” is proud to again present its production of “A Christmas Journey” in the theater on the grounds of the Plain & Fancy Farm located on Rt. 340, east of Lancaster between the villages of Bird-In-Hand and Intercourse, PA.

New for the show this year is the remarkable addition of “Gabriel Grub and the Goblins,” a little-known Christmas tale written by Charles Dickens eight years before he wrote “A Christmas Carol.” Using rare, antique slides from mid-1800’s England, this story tells of an unhappy grave-digger at Christmas who finds himself the unwanted recipient of some “supernatural” attention. These slides are some of the earliest versions of entertainment using real people or “life models” combined with animation-type characters.

Magic Lantern Projector PhotoThis kind of show, which was famous during the 1800’s, uses a beautiful wood and brass “Magic Lantern” to project stunning hand painted images onto a big screen. Weaving tales of the Holidays with music and merriment is a professional Showman, a master storyteller who transports his audience back to a simpler time and creates a heartwarming Holiday tradition.

This is the second year for this unusual show that has been highly praised and reviewed, an engaging hour and a half of entertainment that is suitable for the whole family.

Telling classic Christmas tales such as “The Night Before Christmas”, as well as a tour de force performance of “A Christmas Carol,” A Christmas Journey takes the audience on an unforgettable trip through Victorian America and even England exploring that most favorite time of the year, Christmas! 

The show is produced in cooperation with The American Magic Lantern Theater, called “A Living National Treasure” by NPR.Magic Lantern Projector

This Showman is none other than Mark Sullivan a well-known performer, writer and director whose background includes writing and directing for Disney, Busch Gardens and the Florida Symphony Orchestra. He has been associated with the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire as Artistic Director, Writer and Show Director for over 20 years.  He also has performed for Second City and has owned and performed with several improvisation comedy troupes. 

The Theater is fortunate to have a beautifully restored and completely functioning “Triunial” or three-lens Magic Lantern dating back to 1890 which is made of mahogany, brass and glass as the centerpiece of this show. The lantern stands almost three feet high and is one of only 90 known triunials left in the world. It is thought that only 30-40 of these remaining lanterns work. The lantern was made in England and is a remarkable piece of Victorian technology.

The theater is proud to continue its relationship with the National Christmas Center for this show which offers combination tickets for admission to both attractions at a discounted rate, saving $9.50 for adult tickets.

Tickets are available for either the Magic Lantern Show, or both the National Christmas Center and the Magic Lantern Show, either online at www.magiclanterntheater.com or at the theater box office. Tickets can also be purchased at the National Christmas Center. Specially priced dinner and show combination tickets are also available and include the all-you-care-to-eat Amish feast at Plain & Fancy Restaurant, home of Amish Country’s original family-style dining experience.

Further information and tickets are available at the Magic Lantern Show theater box office, at Plain & Fancy Farm, Route 340, between Bird-in-Hand and Intercourse; by email shows@magiclanterntheater.com; by phone 717-768-8400, x210; or online www.MagicLanternTheater.com.

Media can contact Mark Sullivan at 717-768-8400, x213, or Brad Igou at 717-768-8400, x218.

Art Association of Harrisburg: Holiday Exhibition of Local Artists

Dec. 2 thru Jan. 5, 2017: Archival pigment prints by J.Arthur Davis of Hummelstown, photographs by Karen Kaiser of Carlisle, oils by Christopher Lyter from Newport, watercolours by Bob McCormick from Ashland, and oil/cold-wax paintings by Michele Taber from Camp Hill, will be the featured works for the Art Association of Harrisburg’s holiday exhibition, debuting on Friday, December 2 and running until January 5, 2017. The Art Association of Harrisburg Gallery is located in the historic Governor Findlay Mansion across from scenic Riverfront Park at 21 North Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101. For more information, media can contact Carrie Wissler-Thomas at (717) 236-1432.

5-Artist Invitational at Art Association of Harrisburg 2016

Candlelight Tour of Historic Harrisburg: One-Day Only!

Dec. 11, 2016: Historic Harrisburg Association will present its 43rd Annual Candlelight House Tour on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016 from 1-6pm, featuring historic homes and buildings of significance in Harrisburg’s Capitol Neighborhood. The Tour will feature a variety of single family residences with both traditional and stunning adaptive reuse living spaces, condominium and loft spaces in major downtown buildings recently converted to residential use and other important landmarks that reflect the city’s architectural heritage.  Advance Tickets at discounted prices may be ordered on line at www.historicharrisburg.com. Day-of-tour tickets will be $25 and will be available only at the Historic Harrisburg Resource Center located at 1230 N. Third Street or the Civic Club of Harrisburg at 612 N. Front Street. For more information, media can contact Historic Harrisburg at info@historicharrisburg.com or 717.233.4646. 

Downtown Harrisburg Photo Commonwealth Avenue


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The HHRVB is the official non-profit partnership-based Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) leading economic growth for Pennsylvania’s Hershey & Harrisburg Region through destination marketing and tourism development. The organization, accredited by Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) since 2010, is committed to actively marketing the tourism assets in Dauphin & Perry County to business and leisure travelers both domestic & international. The bureau also leads regional sales efforts to attract meeting & event organizers, sporting event producers, and group tour leaders. For more information go to VisitHersheyHarrisburg.org or call 877-727-8573. Media can use #HHRVB and #HHRVB4Media when tagging stories and social media posts related to the region.

Author: Rick Dunlap

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