1. Carlisle's Wonderland Weekend

Events include Downtown Carlisle Christmas Parade (11/30), The Market of Curiosities (12/1), Christkindlesmarkt/Holiday Crafts Bazaar (12/1) and more.

Join Downtown Carlisle for a weekend filled with holiday cheer and seasonal shopping. Two big holiday shopping events on Saturday anchor this weekend getaway with family-friendly events, movies and Santa sightings rounding out your trip.

Dates: November 30 – December 2, 2018 • Time: All weekend
Location: Carlisle

2. The Sound of Music

A brand new production of The Sound of Music is coming to Shippensburg. The beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including "My Favorite Things," "Edelweiss" and the title song.

Date: December 6, 2018 • Time: 7:30 PM
Location: H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
Address: 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg
Phone: 717-477-7469 • Website: www.luhrscenter.com

3. First Night Carlisle

First Night is a family-oriented, non-alcoholic celebration of the arts held on New Year's Eve on the streets of downtown Carlisle. It is a major visual and performing arts festivity created by and for the community to welcome in the New Year. It is a public celebration that revives the ancient tradition of marking the passage of time with art, ritual, and festivity in a present-day context.

Date: December 31, 2018 • Time: 5:00 PM to Midnight
Location: Downtown Carlisle
Address: Hanover and High Streets, Carlisle
Website: www.firstnightcarlisle.org

4. Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Presents George Balanchine's the Nutcracker®

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker® will have your heart bursting with cheer in this holiday tradition for the whole family! The brilliant dancers of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet bring Balanchine's winter classic to life with larger-than-life sets and dazzling costumes set to the magical music of Tchaikovsky. As the clock strikes twelve, you'll happen upon a battle between toy soldiers and mischievous mice as a blizzard of ballerinas reveal a wonderful world of confection.

Date: December 15 - 16 & 22 - 23, 2018 • Time: Saturday at 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM; Sunday at 2:00 PM
LocationSunoco Performance Theatre / Hershey Theatre 
Address: 222 Market Street, Harrisburg / 15 E. Caracas Avenue, Hershey
Phone: 717-214-2787 / 717-534-3405 • Website: www.cpyb.org

5. Christmas Tree Lighting at Children’s Lake

The Christmas tree and approximately 400 luminarias will be lit around the perimeter of Children's Lake for this 26th annual event. Make plans now to attend this special holiday gathering, including the arrival of Santa.

Dates: December 2, 2018 • Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Children’s Lake
Address: Located off Route 174 in Boiling Springs
Phone: 717-705-7850

6. "Portraits of White" Winter Concert

Back by popular demand, the singer-songwriter will present her fifth annual holiday spectacular, complete with a 27-piece orchestra. In “Portraits of White,” Drost shares not only her talents and heartwarming original music, she also shares herself—her unique expressions of winter and of the holidays as rendered by her own experiences. And she does so with uncompromising artistry as well as refreshing honesty. 

Dates: December 15 - 16, 2018 • Time: Saturday @ 7:00 PM & Sunday @ 3:00 PM
Location: Christ Community Church
Address: 1201 Slate Hill Rd, Camp Hill
Phone: 717-776-6474 • Website: www.portraitsofwhite.com

7. Allenberry Resort's 24 Days of Christmas

From December 1 through December 24, see what each one of the 24 Days of Christmas has in store for you, and enjoy the company of your loved ones, family, or coworkers while you do it!  Visit Allenberry Resort's website for more details.

Dates: December 1 - 24, 2018
Location: The Allenberry Resort
Address: 1559 Boiling Springs Road, Boiling Springs
Phone: 717-258-3211• Website: www.allenberry.com/24-days-christmas/

8. Vienna Boys Choir: Christmas in Vienna

The illustrious group of child musicians has been delighting music lovers across the globe for six centuries with their purity of tone, distinctive charm, and popular repertoire. Christmas in Vienna showcases these gifted musicians with voices of unforgettable beauty in an extraordinary program featuring Austrian folk songs, classical masterpieces, popular songs and, of course, holiday favorites.

Dates: December 8, 2018 • Time: 7:30 PM
Location:  H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University
Address: 475 Lancaster Drive, Shippensburg
Phone: 717-477-7469 • Website: www.luhrscenter.com

9. A Candlelight Christmas

This year’s Candlelight Christmas is a pull-out-all-the stops celebration of the joy of the season, resplendent with the sounds of brass and percussion along with organ and audience participation.

Dates: December 14, 2018 Time: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Location: High Center @ Messiah College
Address: One College Avenue, Mechanicsburg
Phone: 717-691-6036 Website: https://www.susquehannachorale.org/

10. Sugar Plum Fairy Dessert Tea

Sugar Plum Fairy tea provides cupcakes and other sweets, crafts, story-time and letters to Santa. A special visit from our Sugar Plum Fairy, elves and Mrs. Claus make this a special holiday tradition! 

Dates: December 2, 2018 • Time: 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
LocationCamellia's Sin Tea Room & Gift Shop
Address: 36 West Pomfret Street, Carlisle
Phone: 717-243-6292 • Website: www.camelliasincarlisle.com