Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas on the Farm at Renfrew Museum & Park in Waynesboro PA on December 6, 7 and 8. This year’s Christmas on the Farm includes access to the Museum House, summer kitchen, smoke house, cabinet shop, and pottery shop. Each building offers historic period interpreters sharing holiday traditions from Yuletides past. Enjoy cookies and cider, live entertainment, family photo opportunities, and a chance to make Christmas crafts.
Event hours will be December 6 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, December 7 from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm and December 8 from 1 pm to 5 pm. Admission is: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6 for ages 7-17 and children 6 and under are free. Members of Renfrew Museum and Park Members are admitted free.
Museum House tours begin every fifteen minutes and include a chance to view interactive, historic vignettes that explain the progression of Christmas through the years. Decorations in the Museum House represent simpler times. On Friday evening and Saturday, guests will be treated to live music performed by Bill and Joyce Weaver in the dining room.
Local Boy Scouts of Waynesboro Troop 97 will offer a greens lot; volunteer readers will read Christmas stories near the warming circle between the Visitors Center and Museum House; and historic tradespeople will share their skills including blacksmithing, wool spinning, chair caning and more.
Luminaries will provide soft light as guests walk around the grounds and access buildings to enjoy the sights, sounds and wonders of Christmas on the Farm. Crackling cresset baskets will be positioned in front of the Museum House helping to provide additional light for guests walking around the property.
Refreshments will be served in the beautifully decorated Visitors Center. The Wagon Shed room will offer crafts. Guests may make a picture frame, a fragrant orange pomander, or a Victorian scrap ornament. Take a break from the festivities to shop special gift items available in the Renfrew gift shop–including commemorative ornaments, holiday décor, pottery, jewelry and more.
Additional information can be found by calling 717-762-4723 or visiting: http://www.renfrewmuseum.org
The businesses of downtown Chambersburg present Christmas on Main, December 6, from 5 PM to 8 PM. Celebrate the beauty of the season and the holiday spirit with the Cocoa Crawl, Kinder Christmas Market, and the final evening of Festival of Trees.
Cocoa Crawl is a chance to taste special hot cocoa recipes served by downtown businesses and organizations. At 5:45 PM, Cocoa Crawl mugs go on sale on the square in front of F&M Bank. Participants can sip, stroll, shop, and enjoy the beautifully decorated Main Street of Chambersburg. At the end of the evening after tasting all the cocoas, vote for favorite your favorite.
Kinder Christmas Market
Kinder Christmas Market is a special Christmas Market. It gives young artisans a chance to showcase their talent and try their hand at entrepreneurship. These wares are extra-special gifts to share original art with friends and family, plus support young talent and build their confidence.
Festival of Trees at the 11/30 Visitors Center
Be sure to visit Festival of Trees at the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center, located next door to Central Presbyterian Church. Enjoy the beauty of more than 30 trees and wreaths, decorated by county-wide businesses, organizations, and groups. Vote for your favorite or bid on one to take home. Children can color a Ben Franklin holiday page or make a candy cane or wreath ornament. At 6:30 PM in the lobby of the 11/30 Visitors Center, enjoy the 2019 A Cappella & Unplugged winners—For F4ith—as they sing selections from their holiday cd—A Faith-Filled Christmas. (The cd will be on sale for $10.) At 7 PM, Marla Hart, a 2019 A Cappella & Unplugged finalist, will perform holiday favorites, including fun, jingle bell songs and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.
Plus, Santa will be downtown from 5 PM to 6:30 PM. Holiday music along Main Street will be proviced by Rick Summers and James Buchanan Alumi Chorus,
The historic Museum house is decorated for the holiday season as it would have been during the Civil War. A Della Robbia fruit arrangement in the transom of the front door will welcome guests. Roping on the banister, fresh greens, including cuttings from the almost 160 yearsold boxwoods from the premises. A tree decorated with dried fruit, gilded walnuts, Marzipan fruit candies, gingerbread cookies, antique candle holders, and Civil War flags will take visitors back to a much simpler time. The McLaughlin Hotel epergne on the hall table will be used in a traditional way to display fruit. Bonnie Shockey, president of the museum, will be dressed in Civil War period attire, as the lady of the house, Martha Irwin, may have been in 1860. The dining room, parlors, children’s bedroom, and master bedroom are all furnished with period furniture and oriental rugs – all donations to AAMI. An 1800’s, one-horse, drawn sleigh, made in Mercersburg, will be displayed on the kitchen porch. Light refreshments will be served to museum visitors in both the house and the Barn. Experience this historic Civil-War era home after dusk in the low light of the evening.
Join mother and daughter, Pat and Victoria Beard (clarinetists), and Connie Bishop (bass clarinet), 6:30 to 8:30 PM, in the large parlor of the Museum house. They will play a variety of music, including holiday, from the Civil-War era.
In the Barn
- Organ Grinder – 6:30 to 7 pm
- Claus reads ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’
- Bring your camera for a family photo or selfie
- Children may make holiday ornaments & decorations with natural & recycled materials plus complimentary hot chocolate & cookies
3 rd Annual Paint Your Own Christmas Ornament with Susan Shaffer of Joyful Arts Studio.
Make a memory and keepsake for Christmas. To sign up for the ornament class, please visit Joyful Arts Studio on Facebook and click on “Events” and scroll down to December 6, 2019. Or you may call Joyful Arts Studio at 717-658-2177 for more information.
Wilson College invites the public to take part in Las Posadas-a Mexican Christmas tradition re-enacting the story of Christ’s birth-being held on the campus, Thursday, Dec. 5. The celebration will run from 6 to 8 p.m., starting at the Brooks Science Center and ending with a meal in Laird Hall.
In the Mexican culture, Las Posadas re-enacts the Nativity story, following the journey Joseph and Mary made from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of a refuge where Mary could give birth. When they were unable to find lodging in Bethlehem, Joseph and Mary sought shelter in a stable, where Jesus was born.
During the Wilson celebration, children will walk on luminary-lighted paths around the campus, seeking “shelter” for their group. They will visit three buildings on campus, with the Wilson College Choir leading the group in traditional Posadas songs as they walk. All participants are invited to take part in an interactive Christmas play that will take place along the walk. A bilingual script will be provided.
The group’s search for shelter will end at Laird Hall, where a celebration with prayer, music and authentic Mexican pozole (a traditional pork stew served at Christmas), tamales and appetizers provided by Chambersburg’s Veroni Cafe will conclude the celebration. Children will be treated to a piñata after dinner.
Learning Campus, Wilson’s after-school tutoring program for the children of migrant families, is hosting and co-sponsoring the celebration, along with the Wilson College Choir, Spanish Club, Muhibbah Club, Learning Campus Club, Office of Student Development, chaplain’s office and the Office of Marketing and Communications.
Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to join in the holiday spirit at the 2019 Festival of Trees, held in the 11/30 Visitors Center–the former 1865 National Bank of Chambersburg on the square. The festival opens at 4 PM in time for the November 23 Chambersburg Christmas parade and continues until Christmas on Main, December 6. Come see beautifully decorated trees and wreaths. Enjoy a holiday train display, courtesy of Cumberland Valley Model Railroad Club, in the lobby of the visitors center, explore children’s activities in the Discovery Vault, and videos of history in the Video Vault.
Visitors can vote for their favorite tree or wreath as well as participate in the silent auction to take home a tree or wreath. Funds raised will support cancer initiatives of WellSpan Health in Franklin County, including Hennessy Home and the Oncology Bridge Fund.
Specific hours of the display are:
- November 23 from 4-8 PM coinciding with Santa’s arrival during Chambersburg’s Annual Christmas Parade at 6 PM.
- November 25-27, 8 AM to 4L30 PM
- Small Business Saturday, November 30, from 10 AM to 2 PM and 5 PM to 6:30 PM.December 6 during Visitor Center hours Monday through Friday, 8 AM – 4:30 PM.
- December2-5, 8 AM to 6 PM
- December 6 -Christmas on Main First Friday, 8 AM – 8 PM..
- Also, special evening hours by appointment for groups; please contact 717-552-2977
Trees and wreaths are being decorated by local organizations such as Greater Chambersburg Chamber, Greencastle Chamber, Greater Waynesboro Area Chamber, Totem Pole Playhouse, Holiday Inn Express, Marco Technology, Chambersburg Quilt Guild, and others!
Admission to the festival is free. Visitors may voter for their favorite tree or wreath by purchasing four ballots for $1. Silent auction bids can be placed in person, via phone at 866-646-8060 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Silent auction amounts will be displayed in the Visitors Center and online. Current bid amounts will be updated online daily at www.explorefranklincountypa.com. Final votes for favorites and final bids for the silent auction will close at 7:45 PM on December 6 with winners being announced at 8 PM.