Holiday Events in York, Pennsylvania

Story by Michael Vyskocil for YRK Magazine

No matter how many festivals and events York hosts during the spring, summer and fall, holiday events in York, Pennsylvania, can’t be overlooked.

From seasonal musical performances to unique holiday shopping experiences and traditions such as Light Up York, York is home to more gifts than anything you could physically buy. Perhaps the best gift is simply sharing the experience of being in downtown York during the holidays.

Discover some of YRK‘s favorite events happening throughout the holiday season.

Light Up York

Saturday, Dec. 2 | noon-7 p.m.

Join friends, family and neighbors from the downtown York community for this York holiday tradition: the annual lighting of the York Christmas tree on Continental Square during Light Up York. Additional activities include entertainment, family activities and a visit from Santa. With this year’s event moved to Saturday, make it an afternoon in downtown York exploring the restaurants and retail stores you may not have visited before.

Holiday Performances at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts

Sunday, Dec. 3 | 3 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 16 | 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 18 | 7:30 p.m.

The Appell Center for the Performing Arts delivers world-class holiday shows to downtown York with the Kinsley Construction Holiday Series. This year’s performances include the Canadian Brass on Sunday, Dec. 3; American Idol winner Scotty McCreery Hits and Holiday, Live! on Saturday, Dec. 16; and Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G with The Miracles Holiday & Hits Tour 2017.

The Hip Nut Presented by Greater York Dance

Friday, Dec. 8 | 7:30 p.m.

The Hip Nut is a multicultural dance production that sets the story of The Nutcracker to a contemporary music mashup set in the present with a moral that announces “love wins.” Catch this production at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts this season.

Holiday Market

Saturday, Dec. 9 | 10 a.m-5 p.m.

From jewelry and artwork to clothing and all-natural cosmetics, this Holiday Market offers extraordinary works from more than 40 vendors. Shop for yourself or pick up some special finds from artisans and crafters. Admission is $5 and goes back to supporting The Parliament and its mission to empower the York artist community.

No matter which holiday events in York you participate in, know that visiting York at this time of year is a discovery in and of itself. We hope you find our city as much of a special place to explore as we do.

Explore more seasonal happenings in York County in the current edition of YRK.

10 Nov