Renfrew Museum and Park will host its annual Christmas on the Farm holiday event on December 4, 5, and 6, 2020. Renfrew invites visitors to “Walk Back in Time” through over 200 years of tradition on its historic Pennsylvania German farmstead and rediscover the simple joys of Christmas Past with a safe, family-friendly experience this holiday season!
Follow the soft glow of flickering lanterns and the fiery blaze of torches to the beautifully decorated Museum House to encounter how treasured traditions evolved over the centuries. Explore some of our historic outbuildings where period-attired interpreters will share even more holiday cheer! Enjoy a cozy warming circle while waiting to take a horse-drawn wagon ride down Fahnestock Lane or enjoy a goodie or warm beverage from one of our vendors. Guests can also step out of the chill into the festive atmosphere inside our Visitors Center where even more family fun awaits. Peruse the gallery, then browse Renfrew’s museum shop and Christkindlmarkt for that special gift. Admission also includes live music, historically-inspired crafts, and more!
Guests are asked to please observe and respect COVID-19 safety and gathering restrictions in effect at time of event. Masks are required inside Renfrew’s buildings at all times and outdoors when a minimum distance of 6′-0″ cannot be maintained. This event will be held rain or shine, and is designed to be indoor-outdoor with limited occupancy permitted within buildings. There’s plenty of room to spread out at multiple locations on the farmstead and maintain physical distancing. Guests are encouraged to stagger their arrival and may enter at any point during the scheduled event time on their chosen date. A period of about two hours is recommended to fully enjoy all planned activities. Sanitizing stations will be provided by Renewal By Andersen Central PA.
Christmas on the Farm is scheduled for three days only: Friday, December 4 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm; Saturday, December 5 from 3:30pm to 8:30pm; and Sunday, December 6 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth ages 3 to 12, and free for children ages 2 and under. Friends of Renfrew Museum and Park Members are also admitted free. Pre-registration is encouraged online at http://www.renfrewmuseum.org/christmas, by phone at (717) 762-4723, or in-person at the Renfrew Visitors Center, 1010 E. Main Street, Waynesboro during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Admission may also be purchased on site at two “Welcome Tent” locations at the east and west ends of the park.
Christmas on the Farm is made possible with generous support from the following sponsors: Renewal By Andersen Central PA, McLaughlin’s Energy Services, Middletown Valley Bank, Buchanan Auto Stores, Bartlett Tree Experts Chambersburg, J & M Printing, and Franklin County Visitors Bureau. For more information on Christmas on the Farm at Renfrew Museum and Park please visit www.renfrewmuseum.org/christmas. Questions may be directed to Becky LaBarre, Executive Director, at (717) 762-4723 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com. 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.