Carlisle's Wonderland Weekend - 1st Weekend in December

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Join Downtown Carlisle for a weekend filled with holiday cheer and seasonal shopping. Anchored by the Christmas Parade on Friday evening and the Market of Curiosities on Saturday, this weekend getaway also includes family-friendly events, movies, and Santa sightings to round out your trip. (Even if you can't make it to this weekend's activities. Santa will be making additional visits at the Square on Saturday, December 14 and 21, from 1 pm to 4 pm.)


Wonderland WeekendFriday, December 6

Friday night's fun includes the Christmas parade, tree lighting, and community caroling. Kids (and adults) will enjoy free photos with Santa from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Cozy up under a blanket and enjoy the sights and sounds of downtown Carlisle with a horse and carriage ride (Fridays in December from 6 pm to 9 pm and Saturdays from 5 pm to 9 pm). Be sure to stop by the Alpine Haus on the Square for hot cocoa and cider and to purchase this year's Carlisle commemorative Christmas ornament produced by the Downtown Carlisle Association.

Market of CuriositiesSaturday, December 7

The 6th annual Market of Curiosities is the perfect opportunity to get started (or to complete) your holiday shopping with unique gifts offered by almost 100(!) vendors. Combined with kids' activities, micro-brews, and delicious food, this event promises fun for the whole family. 

While you are here, enjoy dinner or drinks at one of our downtown restaurants or make it a weekend with an overnight stay at nearby hotels and B&Bs. Many of our businesses will have expanded evening hours to give you extra time to enjoy all the holiday festivities.

More information and additional events for 2019 will be posted as information becomes available.