The Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites the public to enjoy 51 trees and 18 wreaths during the final week of Festival of Trees at the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center, 15 South Main Street in downtown Chambersburg. Decorated trees and wreaths are displayed in the elegant lobby and second floor Great Room of the 11/30 Visitors Center, which was formerly the 1865 National Bank of Chambersburg and functioned as a bank until 2015. Two old vaults are decorated for the holidays. One shows a village covered in snow and ready for Christmas. The other is the video vault, decorated like grandma’s house and showing old-fashioned Christmas specials, like “Frosty the Snowman” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
Festival of Trees offers a chance to view the trees and wreaths, vote for your favorite, and even bid to take one home. All proceeds of voting and the auction will benefit the Cumberland Valley Breast Care Alliance. Take a sneak peek here. December 2 is the final day of Festival of Trees. Voting closes at 7:45 PM, so votes can be counted to announce the tree and wreath with the most votes as well as the winners of each tree.
Other Festival of Tree activities include:
Cumberland Valley Model Railroad Club Christmas train display.
Accepting donations for Sharing the Heart of the Holidays items, all to benefit Franklin County neighbors that need a little extra help this holiday season.
Coloring contest for children with a first prize of $50 and three honorable mentions of $20. Stop in at the visitors center to color the picture, or download it here and drop it at the visitors center.
Take-away crafts–a new one for each day of Festival of Trees.
Letter-writing to Santa, followed by a reply from Santa.
Drawing to win a Franklin County Holiday Basket with locally crafted arts, holiday ornaments, local foods, tickets to a 2022-23 Capitol Theatre show, and much more. Total value exceeds $400.
Santa will visit the 11/30 Visitors Center from 5 PM to 7 PM on December 2. Stop by for a photo or just to say Merry Christmas!
December 2 is First Friday throughout downtown Chambersburg. It is Candle Night. Luminaries will line the downtown streets as Christmas lights glisten above. Chambersburg Council for the Arts is hosting a luminary walk, beginning at 5 PM. Brussels Café, 55 North Main, is holding a Christmas Market from 1 PM to 8 PM with artisan vendors, Ugly Sweater Contest at 6 PM, and carolers in Chambers Fort Park from 7 PM to 7:30 PM. The Cocoa Crawl is back, too. Special Cocoa Crawl mugs go on sale at 5:45 PM and cocoa tasting begins at 6 PM at participating merchant–including Black & Blush Boutique, ReMix, Franklin County Visitors Bureau, Hammer & Stain, Denim Coffee, Cheerful Flowers & Gifts, YP Jewelers, Boost Mobile, and Willow & Birch. Many downtown merchants have specials, doorbusters, and giveaways.
Saturday November 20th – Friday December 3rd, 2021
Benefits Cumberland Valley Breast Care Alliance
Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) is excited to bring holiday cheer at the 3rd annual 2021 Festival of Trees, held in the Franklin County 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, 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 Cumberland Valley Breast Care Alliance..
Admission to Festival of Trees is Free.
Trees and wreaths are being decorated by local organizations.
Visitors may vote for their favorite tree or wreath by purchasing four ballots for $1.
Silent auction amounts will be displayed in the Visitors Center and online.
Current bid amounts will be updated online daily at explorefranklincountypa.com.
Final votes for favorites and final bids for the silent auction will close at 7 PM on December 3 with winners being announced the same night.
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 ExploreFranklinCountyPA.com, contacting 866.646.8060, or stopping by the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center on the square in downtown Chambersburg.
There is still a chance to enjoy the holiday open houses at the Cumberland Valley Model Railroad Club (CVMRRC), named for the Cumberland Valley Railroad which began operations in Chambersburg during 1837. Open from noon to 4 PM on Saturday, December 30, and Sundays, January 7 and January 14, the varied train display has ten gauges of trains and more than 55 trains running the rails.
Freight hobbyists, families, young and old can enjoy the imagination and creativity shown in the many displays. Displays include Jurassic Park, the beautiful countryside of Pennsylvania, an oil refinery, biker’s hangout, Bedrock quarry with Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble, Ninja Turtles, Paddington Bear, a lumber yard, plus Batman and Star Wars. Showcased are an operating Lego layout plus Thomas the Train with friends Lady, James, Gordon, Percy, Jeremy, Emily, Donald, Douglas, Hank, and Rosie.
Visitors are challenged to find Smokey Bear in the forest. Other hidden characters are Bugs, Daffy, Tasmanian Devil, plus Tom and Jerry. Admission to the open houses are free. Children receive coloring pages, and adults can enjoy complimentary train magazines.
The Cumberland Valley Model Railroad Club is a membership organization, whose members share an interest in trains, train collecting, and train displays. Over the years, CVMRRC collected 3,700 pieces of rolling stock. In addition to the open house location at 440 Nelson Street in Chambersburg, CVMRRC maintains a display at Texas Lunch on Lincoln Way West and maintains the authentic boxcar at Norlo Park along Route 30 in Chambersburg. A special holiday display at Black Rose Antiques in the Chambersburg Mall can be viewed until mid-January.