Ring in the New Year with a variety of First Friday events on Jan. 1 throughout downtown York. Ski your way to a Guinness World Record at the World’s Largest Ski Lesson at Roundtop Mountain Resort. Then, laugh at the cold on Jan. 16 in York. The Home and Garden Show at the York Expo Center on Jan. 29 and 30 will give you a glimpse of spring, and Chocolatefest will serve delicious treats for a good cause at the Hershey Lodge.
Celebrate First Friday
York: Families and friends are invited to Ring In The New with First Friday activities from 5 to 9 p.m. Jan. 1 throughout downtown York. Enjoy specials, discounts and free entertainment courtesy of various shops, restaurants and nightlife. First Fridays encourage the celebration and exploration of all that downtown York has to offer. A complete list of merchant discounts and promotions can be found online at downtownyorkpa.com.
World’s Largest Ski Lesson
Lewisberry: Be a part of a nationwide ski and snowboard lesson for the Guinness Book of World Records at 10 a.m. Jan. 8 at Roundtop Mountain Resort, 925 Roundtop Rd. Enjoy $49 Learn to Ski/Snowboard packages and $10 lessons for the 10 a.m. lesson time only. For more information, visit skiroundtop.com.
Pennsylvania Farm Show
Harrisburg: Pennsylvania is proud to host the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the country, running Jan. 9 through 16 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center, N. Cameron and Maclay Streets. The farm show will feature nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibits. Children can enjoy a variety of scavenger hunts and learning stations. Admission is free; parking is $10. Visit farmshow.state.pa.us for more information.
West Manchester Township: Brides-to-be won’t want to miss Central PA’s premier bridal show from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 10 at Memorial Hall, York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Ave. Talk with amazing professionals about flowers, honeymoons, reception facilities, limousines, wedding cakes and more. Plus, register for a cash Grand Prize to spend on your wedding. Admission is free. Visit weddingwonderlandpa.com for details.
York:FestivIce is an ice festival that's downright defiant of the cold. It's a winter heatwave priced right for the whole family from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 16 on Beaver St. and Cherry Ln. in the “Market District” of downtown York. It's got 21+ exclusives for a group of wild yetis. Get together with family and friends to shake off cabin fever and laugh at the cold! For more information, visit festivice.com.
Jan. 23 & 24
Greenberg's Train and Toy Show
West Manchester Township: See hundreds of tables of trains, accessories and toys for sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 23 and 24 in the Utz Arena at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Ave. Greenberg's Train and Toy Show is the largest and longest-running train show in the northeast and includes huge operating model train layouts; free model railroading clinics; hourly door prizes; activities for kids; and more. Parking is free. Admission at the door is $9 for adults (good for both days) and free for children 11 and younger. For details, visit greenbergshows.com.
Jan. 29 & 30
Home & Garden Show
West Manchester Township: Whether your project is big or small, talk to more than 100 experts that can make your dream a reality from 1 to 9 p.m. Jan. 29, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 30, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 31 in the Utz Arena at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Ave. Seminars will also provide decorating ideas and tips. Admission is $8 for adults, free for children 17 and younger. Visit yorkbuilders.com for details.
Hershey: Sample a variety of chocolate creations from noon to 1:30 p.m. or 2 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Hershey Lodge, West Chocolate Ave. and University Dr. Enjoy live entertainment, a silent auction, children's activities, and an impressive cake competition. Tickets at the door are $25 per session. Premiere Reception and All Day Chocolatefest VIP tickets will also be available. For more information, visit keystonehumanservices.org.