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
Celebrate The Holiday Season with Festival of Trees

Celebrate The Holiday Season with Festival of Trees

Franklin County Visitors Bureau is excited to bring holiday cheer after such a challenging year Join in the holiday spirit at the 2020 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 on November 20. Come see beautifully decorated trees and wreaths. Enjoy a holiday train display, courtesy of Cumberland Valley Model Railroad Club, Santa’s Workshop and a Victorian village scene.

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.

Specific hours of the display are:

  • Friday, November 20, 4 PM to 7 PM
  • Saturday, November 21, 10 AM-7 PM
  • Monday, November 23 thru November 25 – 8 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Small Business Saturday, November 28 – Open 8 AM to 6 PM
  • Monday, November 30, 8 AM – 4:30 PM & later by appointment
  • Tuesday, December 1, 8 AM – 4:30 PM & later by appointment
  • Wednesday, December 2, 8 AM – 4:30 PM & later by appointment
  • Thursday, December 3, 8 AM – 4:30 PM & later by appointment
  • Friday, December 4, 8 AM – 8 PM; voting closes at 7:30 PM; winner announced by 8 PM

Trees and wreaths are being decorated by local businesses and organizations.

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 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 7:30 PM on December 4 with winners being announced at 8 PM.

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites all to explore history, arts and architecture, recreation, natural beauty, fresh foods and the warm hospitality of communities like Chambersburg, Greencastle, Mercersburg, Shippensburg, and Waynesboro. Franklin County PA is located just north of the Mason Dixon Line and is an easy drive to Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Plan a visit at, contacting 866.646.8060, or stopping by the new Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center on the square in Chambersburg.