The magic of Christmas comes alive, and to stage, in the Cumberland Valley during the winter months. Grab the kids, friends and family and head out for a night of seasonal fun and witness the talent the Valley offers around the holidays.
To start planning your winter getaway, visit our Winter Seasonal page for trip ideas, things to do and weather information.
The state-of-the-art H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University hosts a variety of acts surrounding the holiday season. View seasonal performances below.
Melissa Etheridge's Holiday Trio - December 7th: For this special holiday show Melissa will be performing songs with two of her band members from her 2008 holiday album, A New Thought For Christmas.
The Hit Men Rock 'n' Roll + Christmas Classics - December 10th: This holiday show is a hit-packed, fun filled celebration of the season including number one hits from Frankie Valli, Tommy James, Jim Croce, Carly Simon, Three Dog Night, Carole King and Cat Stevens sprinkled with holiday tunes performed in Hit Men classic rock style.
The Lennon Sisters Christmas - December 13th: The Lennon Sisters will be bringing their holiday gift of music to the Luhrs Center for a performance during their final tour, filled with traditional Christmas melodies and so much more.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze - December 21st: Cirque Dreams lights up the 2016 holiday season with its critically acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza.
The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet is located in Carlisle and is a nationally and internationally recognized school of classical ballet. Around the holidays, the CPYB performs George Balanchine's The NutcrackerTM at the nearby Whitaker Center and the Hershey Theatre.
They are the only pre-professional ballet school allowed to perform this version. Performances are at the Whitaker Center on December 10-11 and the Hershey Theatre on December 17-18.
During the holiday months the retro Carlisle Theatre hosts special movies and performances. 2016 events include the following.
Holiday Movie: White Christmas - December 3rd: The Carlisle Theatre once again presents Irving Berlin's White Christmas. The showing of this movie has become a popular tradition at the Theatre. Come and get in the holiday spirit with family and friends...sing along if you just can't stop yourself.
John Berry's O'Holy Night 20th Anniversary Tour - December 12th: John Berry is a singer-songwriter who rose to stardom on the country charts of the 1990's beginning his holiday tours in 1996.
Messiah College will feature two holiday performances.
A Candlelight Christmas - December 3rd: Light glows in the darkness - literally and figuratively - as the Chorale performs both new and familiar songs of the season.
Christmas Concert: December 4th: Begin your Christmas season with this beautiful concert featuring a variety of Department of Music ensembles.
View the assortment of seasonal performances at the Valley's churches.
Holiday! With the Harrisburg Singers - December 4th at Mechanicsburg Presbyterian Church
Hershey Handbell Ensemble Concert - December 4th at First Evangelical Lutheran Church
Portraits of White 2016 Christmas/Winter Concert with Frances Drost - December 10th at Christ Community Church
The Cumberland Singers Concert "Celebrate" - December 16th at Enola Emmanuel United Methodist, December 17th at Community United Methodist Church and December 18th at Shepherdstown United Methodist Church
Monumental Masterpieces for Christmas with Cantate Carlisle - December 17th-18th at First Evangelical Lutheran Church