The holidays are stressful enough, so whether you're hosting a whole meal or looking to impress the family with a delicious dish, learn recipes and kitchen tricks at the Valley's cooking schools.

The Kitchen Shoppe & Cooking School in Carlisle: This local favorite will have you making the best items on any holiday spread. You can also pick up a few gifts from the 20,000 items they sell at the kitchen superstore. Here are some Thanksgiving and Christmas highlights. Be sure to register early for these classes.​

  • Elegant Make-Ahead Holiday Dinner - Nov. 4
  • Saying "Thanks" with a Pumpkin Roll - Nov. 15
  • Everything but the Turkey - Nov. 19
  • Christmas Nut Roll: A Master Class - Dec. 2
  • Gingerbread House: Building & Decorating - Dec. 9
  • Holiday Cookie Class - Dec. 17

Cooking School - Learn tricks of the trade from Chef LaPorta in the Tuscan-inspired kitchen. View a few seasonal options below.

  • Thanksgiving Boot Camp - Nov. 9
  • Holiday Party Appetizers - Dec. 6
  • Night Before New Year's Eve - Dec. 30

Cooking School at Camp Hill Giant - The Giant Food Store location in Camp Hill has a cooking school offering a variety of classes, including a number of options for hands-on children's classes. 

  • Pumpkin Roll - Nov. 4 (ages 9 to 15)
  • Holiday Desserts - Nov. 5 (ages 16 to adult)
  • Pumpkin Whoopie Pies - Nov. 12 (ages 5 to 9)
  • Fun Holiday Treats - Dec. 9 (ages 6 to 12)
  • Gingerbread Houses - Dec. 16 & 17

If you are looking for something a little bit different, check out the youth and adult chocolatier classes offered by Brittle Bark.