Festive events and joyous celebrations transform Cumberland Valley into an enchanting holiday playground for the young and young at heart. We’ve curated a delightful list of children’s holiday activities that promise to make this season unforgettable for your little ones. From twinkling light displays to cheerful Santa sightings and hands-on workshops, Cumberland Valley is the place to be for family-friendly merriment.

Find a complete list of holiday events, Christmas shows, and shopping here.

Story Time with Mrs. Claus

Friday, December 08, 2023 - Friday, December 22, 2023

Join Ashcombe for a fun holiday-themed kids' story time. Story Time is FREE, but registration is REQUIRED for entry to ensure we have enough supplies and space. Read More 

Kids' Only Holiday Shop

Sunday, December 03, 2023 - Sunday, December 17, 2023

During the first 3 weekends in December, kids aged 12 and under can shop for family and friends in our Kids' Only Holiday Shop with the help of Fort Hunter elves. Staff and volunteers will assist kids in picking out tasteful and unique items from the Museum Shop at Fort Hunter. Grownups provide... Read More 

Children's Lake Lighted Christmas Tree & Holiday Luminarias

Sunday, December 03, 2023 - Monday, January 01, 2024

The Boiling Springs Civic Association announces the return of the beloved Children's Lake holiday luminaries and tree lighting ceremony. Welcome Santa as he lights the floating tree at 5:30 pm on Sunday, December 3, at the Children's Lake gazebo. Following the initial lighting of the 400 luminaries... Read More 

Winter's Night & Sleigh Rides

Wednesday, December 06, 2023

Join Silver Spring Township for another fun-filled Winter's Night & Sleigh Rides event on Wednesday, December 6, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Silver Spring Community Fire (6471 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg). This event takes place both indoors & outdoors and features sleigh rides, pictures... Read More 

Volvo Holiday Lights Drive Through

Thursday, December 07, 2023 - Sunday, December 10, 2023

See Volvo's construction equipment in a new light at the Volvo CE Holiday Lights Drive Through, where families can enjoy the festive sights and sounds of the season from the comfort of their vehicles. The free event is open to the public and will take place from Thursday, December 7 to Sunday,... Read More 

Holiday Lights in the Park 2023

Thursday, December 07, 2023 - Saturday, December 09, 2023

For three evenings, December 7, 8 & 9, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Adams-Ricci Park in Enola will be "lit up" for a celebration of Holiday Lights. This is a drive-through experience only. It is about a 1-mile drive through the park which will be illuminated for this special occasion. A $5 donation... Read More 

Christmas Cookie Decorating for Kids

Friday, December 08, 2023

After Story Time with Mrs. Claus, come and decorate some cookies for the holidays! This class is for children only and includes 3 cookies and supplies to decorate them. Registration is REQUIRED for this event. Click here to register. Read More 

A Stewart House Christmas

Saturday, December 09, 2023

A Stewart House Christmas is a free open house-style event with light refreshments! Explore the historic Stewart House, make candy canes, write an official letter to Santa, make your own ornament and toy, play games, and participate in a scavenger hunt! Read More 

Santa's Reindeer & Mrs. Santa

Saturday, December 09, 2023

Visit and take photographs with one of Santa’s reindeer. Sit with Mrs. Santa as she reads classic Christmas stories. Refreshments are available by donation. Many thanks to Marilyn and Don Koones for underwriting this event. The line for the reindeer closes at 2:15 pm. Please note: this is the ONLY... Read More 

Fingerprint Ornaments

Monday, December 11, 2023

Create 3 fun ornaments with your child to keep or give as gifts. Our class instructor will teach you how to create cute paintings from fingerprints! Pre-registration is required for all Ashcombe classes and workshops. Read More 

Ugly Holiday Sweater Ornaments

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Everyone will love these ugly sweaters! Join us to create shiny foam sweaters handmade with love. These can be used as a decoration or an ornament for your tree. Pre-registration is required for all Ashcombe classes and workshops. Read More 

12 Days of Christmas

Thursday, December 14, 2023 - Sunday, December 24, 2023

Enjoy classic movies, sing-alongs, and other holiday events during the West Shore Theatre's 12 Days of Christmas, sponsored by Advanced Insurance Benefits--Tammy Shewell. Thursday, December 14 It's a Wonderful Life @ 7:30 pm Friday, December 15 The Grinch @ 7 pm Saturday, December 16 Jingle Jangle:... Read More 

Pictures with Santa and Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides in Dontown New Cumberland

Thursday, December 14, 2023

Join us in downtown New Cumberland on Second Thursday, December 14, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The New Cumberland Food Truck & Restaurant Rally will be going on in the heart of downtown New Cumberland at Market Square (222–298 Market Street). Capture a jolly holiday memory with a picture of... Read More 

Kids Country Christmas at Ashcombe

Friday, December 15, 2023

Kids Country Christmas is December 15 from 5 pm to 8 pm. Enjoy beautiful photo ops and a light display through our greenhouse and visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and that famous Ice Queen! Bring your own camera and take as many photos as you'd like. This is a ticketed event. Each attendee, including... Read More 

Breakfast with Santa

Sunday, December 17, 2023

We'll serve up a side of Christmas magic with every fluffy pancake and syrupy smile – the perfect recipe for your kids to experience the joy of the season. Enjoy a buffet-style meal (scrambled eggs, French toast, pancake bar) plus dessert and drinks while you interact with Old Kris Kringle... Read More 

Princess Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus

Sunday, December 17, 2023

Santa & Mrs. Clause invite you to join them for a holly jolly breakfast at Greystone Brew House on December 17th! Anna, Elsa, And Belle will also be present in their holiday attire. They will come to you for table greets and photos! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for special holiday... Read More 

Home for the Holidays Film Series 2023

Monday, December 18, 2023 - Friday, December 22, 2023

Home for the Holidays Film Series 2023, presented by Hollywood on High, the film branch of the Carlisle Theatre. White Christmas, December 18 @ 7:30 pm It’s A Wonderful Life, December 19 @ 7:30 pm Polar Express, Dec. 20 @ 7:30pm, sponsored by Project SHARE of Carlisle PA (details coming soon!)... Read More 

Kids' Make-Your-Own Ornaments Workshop

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Each child gets to literally make their own! They will choose from a variety of colorful and festive supplies and create 3 different, unique ornaments to take home. Pre-registration is required for all Ashcombe classes and workshops. Read More 

Elf Skate & Santa Social

Friday, December 22, 2023

Santa and his elves will take a quick break from their Christmas toy-making to visit and ice skate with us! After the fun of skating with the elves, tell Santa your last-minute wish list over some warm chocolate chip cookies & hot cocoa! Bring your camera for a special picture with Father... Read More