Franklin County Visitors Bureau Thanks Supporters of 3rd Annual Festival of Trees—A Fundraiser to Support Cumberland Valley Breast Care Alliance.

Franklin County Visitors Bureau Thanks Supporters of 3rd Annual Festival of Trees—A Fundraiser to Support Cumberland Valley Breast Care Alliance.

Franklin County Visitors Bureau thanks supporters for making the 3rd Annual Festival of Trees a success. Hosted at the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center in downtown Chambersburg, Festival of Trees  raised $2700 for the Cumberland Valley Breast Care Alliance. It attracted more than 2500 visitors during the two-week period. Visitors from Michigan, New York, Florida, DC, and the tri-state area of Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania enjoyed 33 beautifully decorated trees and wreaths.

The beauty and success of Festival of Trees would not be possible without the decorators of the 2021 event. FCVB extends special appreciation to these decorators:  the shop, Cumberland Valley School of Music, Mr. Phab Photos, Renfrew Museum & Park, Yoga with Melissa, Martin’s Potato Rolls, Conococheague Institute, Chambersburg Frontier Girls #576, Penn State Mont Alto Student Government Association, Coyle Free Library, Council for the Arts, Rotary Club of Chambersburg, OSI, Totem Pole Playhouse, Middletown Valley Bank, Carly Patla – Iron Valley Real Estate, ReMax Prestige Shippensburg and Carlisle, Franklin County Certified Tourism Ambassadors, Chambersburg Hearing, Shafer Equipment Co., Chambersburg Quilt Guild, Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce, Boys and Girls Club of Chambersburg and Shippensburg, Cumberland Valley Breast Care Alliance, Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce, Willian F. Sellers Funeral Home, The Pet Store, YMCA of Chambersburg, Conococheague Audubon, F&M Trust, Dile Family, Marco, and Twin Bridge Campground.

The 4th Annual Festival of Trees is set to open on Saturday, November 19, 2022, and run through the First Friday of December—December 2, 2022. The event will be hosted in the lobby and Great Room of the 11/30 Visitors Center, formerly a bank from 1865 to 2015. FCVB hopes to increase the display to 50 trees and wreaths and again raise funds to support the Cumberland Valley Breast Care Alliance.

Family Fun at Franklin County Festival of Trees

Family Fun at Franklin County Festival of Trees

Join the Franklin County Visitors Bureau and 11/30 Center for Festival of Trees. The event opens at 4 PM on Saturday, November 20, just before the annual Christmas parade in Chambersburg. John Shindledecker will be reading Twas the Night Before Christmas and the Christmas Carol. Leading up to the parade, Evan Crider and John Shindledecker will perfrom Christmas music, accompanied by guitar.

Children can join the wreath coloring contest. First prize will receive a $50 cash prize and three honorable mentions will receive $20 cash prize. The wreaths will be displayed throughout the 11/30 Visitors Center and prizes will be announced on December 3 at 7 PM, Candle Night in downtown Chambersburg.

Young and old are invited to write a letter to Santa leading up to Christmas. Pick up the letters in the lobby of the 11/30 Visitors Center, or ask one of Santa’s helpers at the visitors center to write the letter as you dictate it.

Christmas Trivia Game on December 3 at 6 PM at the 11/30 Visitors Center on the square in Chabmersburg. Test your holiday knowledge! Winner receives $100. Register in advance by emailing 11/30 Visitors Center here. Or, register day of the contest.

Admission to Festival of Trees is free. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM. Exhibit is not open on Friday, November 26. Weekend hours are:

  • Saturday, November 20 – 4 PM – 8 PM
  • Sunday, November 21 – 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
  • Small Business Saturday, November 27 – 9 AM -3 PM
  • Sunday, November 28 – 11:30 Am -1:30 PM
  • Friday, December 3 (Winners announced.) – 8 AM – 8 PM
Final Week of Festival of Trees 2020

Final Week of Festival of Trees 2020

Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) is excited to bring holiday cheer to a challenging 2020.  A COVID-friendly Festival of Trees is ready to spread smiles while raising funds to support cancer services of WellSpan Health in Franklin County PA.

Decorated trees and wreaths will be displayed in the elegant lobby of the 11/30 Visitors Center, formerly the National Bank of Chambersburg. 2020 decorators include:  OSI, Renfrew Museum & Park, Franklin County Certified Tourism Ambassadors, Shabby Chic Farmhouse Boutique, Chris’s Thrift, Chambersburg Quilt Guild, Oasis of Love Church, WellSpan Health, RE/MAX Prestige – Amanda Ridgway, Sellers Funeral Home, YMCA, F&M Trust, Phab Photos, Greencastle Chamber of Commerce, A Matter of Taste & Formosa Family, Totem Pole Playhouse and Conococheague Audubon Society.

Visitors can vote for their favorite tree or wreath as well as participate in the silent auction. Details here. The 2019 Festival of Trees, the first hosted by the Franklin County Visitors Bureau at the 11/30 Visitors Center, raised $2000 for WellSpan cancer services.

In addition to beautifully decorate trees and wreaths, enjoy a holiday train display, courtesy of Cumberland Valley Model Railroad Club, Santa’s Workshop, and a Victorian village. Special appearances by Santa on opening night, Friday, November 20, Small Business Saturday, November 28, and closing night, Friday, December 4. Take socially distanced photos with Santa! Since the 11/30 Visitors Center used to be a bank, and the teller line is still intact, Santa will be safely tucked behind the teller line more than 6-feet away from the closest visitors.

Join FCVB on Facebook Live for holiday art with Susan Shaffer of Joyful Arts in Greencastle plus FCVB staff cookie decorating tips and home-for-the-holidays decorating fun. Details here.

Final Week of Festival of Trees hours:

  • Monday, November 30, 8 AM – 4:30 PM & later by appointment –
  • Tuesday, December 1, 8 AM – 4:30 PM & later by appointment – SPECIAL FACEBOOK LIVE EVENT: Home For The Holidays Decorating hosted by Leisa McCracken – Noon – 1 PM
  • Wednesday, December 2, 8 AM – 4:30 PM & later by appointment – – SPECIAL FACEBOOK LIVE EVENT: JOY Painting with Susan Shaffer of Joyful Arts in Greencastle- 6 PM to 9 PM. Fee is $15.
  • Thursday, December 3, 8 AM – 4:30 PM & later by appointment – SPECIAL FACEBOOK LIVE EVENT: Cookie Decorating Tips & Tricks – 1 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Friday, December 4, 8 AM – 8 PM; voting closes at 7:30 PM; winner announced by 8 PM – SPECIAL GUEST: Santa for socially distanced selfies and photos, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Admission to Festival of Trees is free. To view Festival of Trees, outside the regular hours, please contact FCVB at 717.552.2977 or 866.646.8060 to make an appointment.

Check out the trees or place a bid here and follow Facebook.com/FCVBen for previews and more.

Catch The Holiday Spirit at Chambersburg’s Christmas on Main

Catch The Holiday Spirit at Chambersburg’s Christmas on Main

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

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,

Franklin County Visitors Bureau Celebrates Holiday Season With Festival of Trees

Franklin County Visitors Bureau Celebrates Holiday Season With Festival of Trees

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 fcvbfestivaloftrees@gmail.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.