Franklin County Festival of Trees

Franklin County Festival of Trees

2nd Annual Festival of Trees at Franklin County Visitors Bureau
The festival opens at 4:00 PM on November 20. 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, and family fun in downtown Chambersburg.
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.
Trees and wreaths are being decorated by local organizations.
Admission to the festival is free.
Visitors may vote 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
Silent auction amounts will be displayed in the Visitors Center and online.
Current bid amounts will be updated online daily at
Final votes for favorites and final bids for the silent auction will close at 7:00 PM on December 4 with winners being announced the same night.  Click Here for specific hours of the display
Greencastle’s Lights Are Beautiful

Greencastle’s Lights Are Beautiful

Fifteen homes in the Greencastle-Antrim area have officially registered for the 2019 Heritage Christmas Light It Up exterior home decorating contest. This year’s contest, sponsored by Fran Kenawell – State Farm and Smeltz Insurance & Financial Services – State Farm, includes homes in both the Greencastle Borough and Antrim Township.

The 2019 Light It Up contestants are:
The Bietsch Home at 7450 Kuhn Rd., Antrim Township
The Cabral Home at 6 Starlight Dr.
The Doubleday home at 431 W. Baltimore St., Apt. B
The Faight Home at 137 N. Ridge Ave.
The Harne Home at 220 / 222 E. Baltimore St.
The Moreland Home at 422 Catherine St.
The Myers Home at 1401 Choxes Chase, Antrim Township
The Peter’s Home at 908 Redwood Dr., State Line
The Porterfield Home at 12884 Grant Shook Rd.
The Reagan Home at 257 N. Carlisle St
The Robinson Home at 14686 Ridge Rd., Antrim Township
The Smith Home at 430 Catherine St.
The Todd Home at 7348 Kuhn Rd.
The Webster Home at 155 Addison Ave.
The Witmer Home at 2951 E. Weaver Rd.

The public is encouraged to judge the homes according to their impression of the most colorful, the brightest, classiest, silliest, or a general favorite. A contribution of $1 per vote should be dropped off or mailed to the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce by December 20. All funds will be donated to the Greencastle-Antrim Food Pantry.

The top winner will be announced on the Chamber Facebook page, the Chamber’s website and the Echo pilot on December 20. The contest is an initiative of the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce

Tiny World in Shippensburg is a Must-See & Do for the Holidays

Tiny World in Shippensburg is a Must-See & Do for the Holidays

Be a kid again; enjoy the wonder of Tiny World in Shippensburg this holiday season. This tiny town has everything that life-sized towns have, including town hall, schoolhouse, church, fire station, shops of Main Street, Victorian houses, log homes, general store, train depot, and gas station. More than twenty structures make Tiny World a great place to spark the imaginations of young and old.

During the holiday season, Tiny World transforms to a winter wonderland as the sun sets. Open Monday through Thursday from 5 PM to 8 PM, Friday and Saturday 5 PM  until 10 PM and Sunday 5 PM  to 9 PM, Tiny World is an easy drive off Route 11 on Rice Road in Shippensburg and will remain decorated for the holidays through the first week of January.

In 1985, Ernest Helm retired and devoted his energy to creating “Tiny World.” The first structure was a Victorian-style “cat house” for the enjoyment of felines who roamed his property. It wasn’t long before an entire town took shape, and a retired man’s hobby become a roadside attraction.

Today, Helm’s daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Wendell Myers, are Tiny World’s caretakers. Everything is as authentic as possible. Although the small structures can be seen throughout the year, a holiday visit is extra special.

Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Tiny World also appreciates contributions of lights and decorations to keep the town well-adorned for future holiday seasons.

Tiny Town is just one of many places–large and small–to explore in Franklin County for holiday fun.