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2021 Christmas at Italian Lake

2960 N. Third St.,
Harrisburg, PA 17110
(717) 257-4442
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  • Dates: December 11, 2021 - December 12, 2021
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Italian Lake
  • Time: Saturday 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM; Sunday 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

The fifth annual Christmas at Italian Lake event will highlight the spirit of the season by bringing the greater Harrisburg region together in a weekend of joy, celebration, and twinkling Christmas nostalgia. All proceeds benefit Bethesda Mission with the goal of helping the nonprofit meet the needs of the homeless population of Harrisburg.

Highlights include:

Picture a blue-green Fraser fir rising up above Italian Lake and twinkling lights reflecting in the water. Bringing the light of the holiday season to life, the Christmas Tree at Christmas at Italian Lake is a sight to be seen. The Tree Lighting Ceremony begins at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Here comes Santa Claus! A photo with Santa is a time-honored Christmas tradition. Tickets are $5 for one individual photo or $10 for one family photo. All proceeds benefit Bethesda Mission.

Gather 'round the outdoor pavilion to enjoy performances by local choirs and dance troupes with the best music of the holiday season.

Giddy up, giddy up, giddy up, let's go. What is a Christmas festival without a sleigh ride complete with sleigh bells jingling and rosy cheeks? Gather your friends and family to enjoy a unique "sleigh" ride experience. Tickets are $5 per person up to $20 per family. All proceeds benefit Bethesda Mission.

Looking for that perfect gift? Support local, small business owners by browsing this festive Christmas market for gifts for those you love this year.

Grab a delicious bite to eat from one of the many great food trucks at Italian Lake! With a variety of food types from savory to sweet, there's something for everyone. Enjoy your food & drinks in the heated dining tent to take a break from the cold. Thank you to The Perk Up Truck and 717 Tacos.

Looking for something especially for your little ones? Santa's helpers will welcome you to the Elves' Workshop where children can take a break from the cold to make a Christmas craft and watch a classic, family-friendly holiday movie.