Celebrate the 250th York Fair: West Manchester Township: Billed as America's First Fair, the York Fair will celebrate its 250th anniversary with a variety of family fun and entertainment September 11 through 20 at the York Fairgrounds, 334 Carlisle Avenue. Don't miss food, livestock exhibits, games, carnival rides and live music on the grandstand. Visit yorkfair.org for details.
Historic Colonial Day: East Berlin: The annual East Berlin Colonial Day event will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. September 12 along West King Street at Routes 234 and 194. Vendors of traditional crafts will line the historic district, offering forged iron, tinware, baskets, handwoven textiles, copper and brass goods, woodenware, furniture and more. Free entertainment, plus a food court will be available. Sponsored by the East Berlin Historical Preservation Society. For details, call 717-259-0822.
Annual Gallery Walk: Harrisburg: View a variety of art exhibits from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. September 13 during a walking/driving tour of Harrisburg art galleries and exhibition sites. It is recommended to begin at the Art Association of Harrisburg, 21 N. Front Street. Twenty-seven galleries and studios will welcome visitors and delight with original art, live music and refreshments. Sutliff Chevrolet will run a free shuttle service. Visit artassocofhbg.com for details.
Day Out With Thomas: Strasburg: Friends of all ages are invited to ride on a train pulled by Thomas the Tank Engine, a full-sized operating steam locomotive, from September 12 through 20 at the Strasburg Railroad, Route 741 East, Lancaster County. Related activities and a selection of Thomas merchandise will also be available. Tickets are $21 for those 2 and older. This year, Percy joins the No. 1 engine for the national tour; tickets are $26 and include Thomas Train ride, Percy Train ride and all activities. For details, visit strasburgrailroad.com.
Girl Scout Fork It Over Fundraiser: Dallastown: It could be a Samoas showdown or a Tagalong take-down as local chefs dish out their best culinary creations featuring their favorite Girl Scout Cookies in a friendly competition from 5:30 to 8 p.m. September 15 at Wyndridge Farm, 885 S. Pleasant Avenue. Guests will be able to sample sweet and savory nibbles to determine their favorite, once-in-a-lifetime bite. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online at gshpa.org.
PA RV and Camping Show: Hershey: See more than 1,300 of the newest RVs and hottest camping gadgets from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. September 16 through 19, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. September 20 during America's Largest RV Show at the Giant Center, 550 West Hersheypark Drive. The show will feature accessories and service providers, plus free educational seminars every hour. Admission is $10 for adults, and free for children 12 and younger. Visit largestrvshow.com for details.
Fall Festival: Biglerville: Celebrate the fall season with live entertainment, food and more from 4 to 10 p.m. September 17, and 4 to 11 p.m. September 18 and 19 during the Biglerville Fall Fest, a carnival fundraiser held by the Biglerville Hose & Truck Co. #1, 111 S. Main Street. Activities also include kids' rides and games, cash bingo, and raffle prizes. For details, visit biglervillefd.org.
Girls' Night Out at York Revolution: York: Barb's Creations Wine Glass Painting will be on site during Girls' Night Out from 5 to 7 p.m. September 18 at Santander Stadium, 5 Brooks Robinson Way. Tickets are $30 and include a ticket to the Revolution game, a drink voucher, admission to the 2-hour wine glass painting class, two wine glasses to paint, and a Revolution women's tee. Space is limited so reserve your space today by calling 717-801-4488.
Central Penn Parent Family Festival: Manchester Township: Catch a festival that will feature free family-friendly entertainment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. September 19 at Cousler Park, 1060 Church Road. Activities include live music, educational programs, pony rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses, sensory activities, stuffed animal health check-ups, story time, exhibitors, arts and crafts projects, costumed characters and much more. Visit familyfavoritesfestival.com for more information.
Annual Bike Hike and Butterfly Release: Spring Garden Township: Support the Cancer Patient Help Fund and the Cancer Screening and Outreach Fund from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. September 20 at Indian Rock Elementary School, 1500 Indian Rock Dam Road. Walk or bike at your leisure along the scenic Heritage Rail Trail County Park. Presented by the York Cancer Center. Cost is $20 for adults and free for children 12 and younger. Butterflies are $25 each. To register, visit wellspan.org/bikehike.
ArtCycle — A Sculpture Exhibit: Hershey: Check out ordinary materials transformed into extraordinary art each day during garden hours through October 31 at Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road. ArtCycle is a celebration of the transformation from old to new. Using a variety of discarded items, four local artists have created sculptures ranging in size and style. The statues are unique interpretations of things seen in nature. For hours and admission prices, visit hersheygardens.org.
Campus Consciousness Tour featuring Nate Ruess: Spring Garden Township: Nate Ruess, singer/songwriter and leader of the Grammy award winning band Fun, will perform during the Campus Consciousness Tour at 7:30 p.m. September 22 at the Pullo Center, 1031 Edgecomb Avenue. Special guest will be HOLYCHILD. Tickets are $30. For details, visit pullocenter.york.psu.edu.
Archaeological Excavation: Harrisburg: See archaeologists unearth prehistory and history from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through October 2 at Fort Hunter Mansion and Park, 5300 North Front Street. For the tenth season, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission staff will search for evidence of the 1750s French and Indian War fort. The excavation may be closed if it is raining or there was a heavy rain the day before. Admission is free. Visit forthunter.org for more information.
Harley-Davidson Open House: Springettsbury Township: Harley-Davidson York Vehicle Operations will host their annual Open House from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. September 24 through 26 at the Harley-Davidson plant, 1425 Eden Road. The event will feature local dealer tents, traditional self-guided tours, 2016 motorcycle demo rides, food vendors, a H.O.G. Pin Stop, live entertainment and more. For details, visit harley-davidson.com.
York City Bike Night: York: Head to York's Continental Square from 6 to 10 p.m. September 25 for a street party featuring a 2,000-motorcycle parade, live entertainment on four stages, food vendors and more. This year's theme is trike motorcycles, which will be on display throughout the evening. Admission is free. For details, visit yorkcity.org/bikenight.
Saturday in the Park: Springettsbury Township: Spend a day in the park with a range of activities beginning with a Fun Run at 8:30 a.m. September 26 at Springettsbury Township Park, Whiteford Road and Pleasant Valley Road. The event provides entertainment for everyone, from athletic events to live music, and carnival games to great food. A fireworks display will take place at 7:30 p.m. For details, visit springettsbury.com.
Antiques Extravaganza: Adamstown: Browse through dozens of antique shops September 24 through 27 during the Fall Antiques Extravaganza in Adamstown, along 7 miles of Route 272 in Northern Lancaster County. More dealers and more bargains means the best antique shopping anywhere. Hours vary by shop. Visit antiquescapital.com for details.
History & Chocolate Tour: Hershey: Hershey Trolley Works will take you on a tour with conductors that are entertaining, informative, and loaded with candy, with departure times from 10:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. most days from Chocolate World, 251 Park Boulevard. Experience the beautiful town and inspiring story of Mr. Hershey during this 75 minute tour. Visit hersheytrolleyworks.com for ticket prices and additional times.
Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant 50th Anniversary Tour: Gettysburg: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Alice's Restaurant, the hit song and record that launched Guthrie's career at 7:30 p.m. September 29 at the Majestic Theater, 25 Carlisle Street. Alice's Restaurant helped foster a new political commitment among his generation, and seemed to sum up all the sentiments of the 1960s counterculture. Tickets are $55, $60 and $65. Visit gettysburgmajestic.org for details.
York County 50-Plus Expo: West Manchester Township: Baby boomers, seniors, their families and caregivers will find timely information for living a happy, healthy and productive life from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Avenue. The Expo will include seminars, door prizes, and health screenings, as well as live entertainment. Admission is free. Visit 50plusexpopa.com for more information.
The Fantasticks on stage: Boiling Springs: Enjoy a new production of the world's longest-running musical, The Fantasticks, with showtimes through October 4 at Allenberry Playhouse, 1559 Boiling Springs Road. This captivating romantic comedy about a boy, a girl, two fathers, and a wall is based on the tale Les Romanesques by Edmond Rostand. For details and ticket information, visit allenberry.com.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: York: Men are invited to walk a mile in her shoes from 5 to 9 p.m. October 2 at L.S.C. Design, 320 N. George Street. The walk and Kick Off Your Heels after party are designed to bring awareness to gender relations and men's sexualized violence against women. Proceeds will benefit York YWCA's Victim Assistance Center and ACCESS-York. For details or to register, visit ywcayork.org. *THIS EVENT WAS RESCHEDULED TO NOV. 6.
Annual Women's Show: West Manchester Township: Enjoy a girlfriends' day out from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 3 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 4 at Memorial Hall at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Avenue. Take advantage of shopping, exhibits, health and fitness demonstrations, prizes and more. Admission is $4, but attendees can present a Weis Markets Preferred Shopper's Club Card at the door for free admission or download a free ticket by logging on to wycr-fm.com.
First Sundays Open Mic: Glen Rock: Come out to show your talents at an extremely popular open mic session hosted by Sue Wachter from 2 to 6 p.m. October 4 at the Glen Rock Mill Inn, 50 Water Street. Weather permitting, the open mic event will take place outdoors in Ruins Hall. Food and spirits will be available. Admission is free. Call 717-235-5918 for more information.
How Great Thou Art: Elvis Gospel Tribute: Lancaster: As a young man Elvis wanted nothing more than to sing bass in a gospel group. Hear hits like Peace In The Valley, Amazing Grace, and of course the title track How Great Thou Art during a tribute at 7:30 p.m. October 4 through 6 at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, 510 Centerville Road. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $53, or $34 for the show only. Visit dutchapple.com for details.
Inspire at American Music Theatre: Lancaster: American Music Theatre's Original Show, Inspire, celebrates the moving power of music through the universal themes of Hope, Courage, Faith, Love, Freedom, and Joy, running through October 9 at American Music Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East. Inspire follows two individuals striving to find their path in life, and features songs that take them on a touching journey from heartbreak and poignancy to happiness and joy. Tickets are $32. Select performances are $20. For details, visit amtshows.com.
Hotel California — A Salute to the Eagles: York: This dynamic and exciting show will salute the music of the Eagles at 7:30 p.m. October 7 at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George Street. The band delivers a modern, action packed performance that brings this timeless music into the new millennium. Tickets are $25, $28 and $31. Visit mystrandcapitol.org for more information.
Hal Holbrook in "Mark Twain Tonight!": York: One of the most acclaimed and enduring performances in the history of theater will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. October 8 at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George Street. 60 years ago, a young actor took the stage in a tiny off-Broadway theater and introduced the world to a man they would never forget. Tickets are $40, $45, $50, $55 and $65. For details, visit mystrandcapitol.org.
Seussical at Dreamwrights: York: The Cat in the Hat weaves a magical tale bursting with your favorite Dr. Seuss characters during 12 performances October 9 through 25 at Dreamwrights Youth and Family Theatre, 100 Carlisle Avenue. Take a musical journey with Horton the elephant from the Jungle of Nool to the tiny world of Whos, all the while rediscovering the power of friendship, loyalty, family, and community. Tickets are $10 and $14. For showtimes and details, visit dreamwrights.org.
National Apple Harvest Festival: Biglerville: Celebrate the best of the apple harvest from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. October 3 and 4, and October 10 and 11 at the South Mountain Fairgrounds, 615 Narrows Road, near historic Gettysburg. The festival is held rain or shine and includes hundreds of arts and crafts dealers, demonstrations, contests, food stands, and entertainment. For details and ticket information, visit appleharvest.com for details.
Synchronized Little Mermaid: York: Get ready for an under the sea spectacular as the York YWCA Synchro-Ettes present The Little Mermaid at 1:30, 4:30, and 6:30 p.m. October 10 and 1, 3:30 and 6 p.m. October 11, performed in the water at the York YWCA Pool, 320 East Market Street. Synchronized swimming is an exciting and challenging sport that combines ballet and gymnastic moves. Admission is a $7 donation. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please contact Kathy at the YWCA at 717-434-1767.
Kid's Geology Hike: Seven Valleys: A Parks Program Coordinator will lead a geology hike from 9 to 11 a.m. October 12 at Raab County Park, 2600 Hoff Road. The hike will involve activities dealing with minerals, rocks and mining. Local mining historian Johnny Johnsson will present a mining program outside of one of the shafts. Hike distance is 1 mile. For children 8 and older. Visit yorkcountypa.gov for details.
Pennsylvania National Horse Show: Harrisburg: Don't miss a multi-discipline equestrian show October 8 through 17 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center, 2300 North Cameron Street. Nearly 60 vendors will offer a variety of horse show merchandise, leather goods, saddlery and tack, as well as antiques, jewelry, gifts and more. Parking, seminars and special events are included in the price of admission. For details, visit panational.org.
Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic: Hershey: The celebration of the century comes alive as Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic October 14 through 18 at the Giant Center, 550 West Hersheypark Drive. Sing-along to over 30 unforgettable songs including Let It Go, You've Got a Friend in Me, and Hakuna Matata. Exciting moments from Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and more will leave the whole family with memories to last a lifetime. For tickets and showtimes, visit hersheyentertainment.com.
Geology Bike Ride: Spring Garden Township: Join a Parks Program Coordinator for an 8.2-mile round trip bike ride from 1 to 3:30 p.m. October 15 at the Heritage Rail Trail County Park, Loucks Mill Road Parking Area. The Geology Along the Northern Extension Bike Ride will examine some of the rock outcrops along the newly opened trail, discuss the channel of the Codorus Creek and the geography of the area. For more information, visit yorkcountypa.gov.
Dillsburg Farmers' Fair: Dillsburg: Enjoy antique displays, flea markets, kids' activities, games and more October 12 through 17, with various events throughout downtown Dillsburg. The Annual Dillsburg Farmers' Fair will also include parades, a craft fair and a baking contest. Visit dillsburgfarmersfair.org for more information.
Ed Kowalczyk Throwing Copper Unplugged: Harrisburg: The voice and lyrics behind the band Live, Ed Kowalczyk goes solo and is better than ever at 8 p.m. October 17 at the Whitaker Center, 222 Market Street. Ed's passion for music exudes through him while performing and though he is no longer with the band so sentimentally formed over two decades ago, his new sound is great and fresh. Tickets are $29.50, $35.50 and $44.50. For more information, visit whitakercenter.org.
York Heritage Oyster Festival: York: Treat yourself to delicious oysters and more from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. October 18 at The Agricultural & Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess Street. The Annual Oyster Festival will offer stewed, nude and fried oysters, baked goods and more. Additional activities include artisan demonstrations, gallery walks, live music by The Wild Hymns, and more. Visit yorkheritage.org for details.
Knitting Group: Spring Grove: Calling all knitters, crocheters and spinners! Join a talented group of fiber artists from 6 to 8 p.m. October 18 at Glatfelter Memorial Library, 101 Glenview Road. Meet some new people who share a common interest. Beginners are welcome too, although this isn't a class setting. No need to register. Just drop in. This group meets every Monday evening to share ideas and patterns or learn some tips. For details, visit yorklibraries.org.
Last Comic Standing Live Show: York: Season 9 of "Last Comic Standing" premiered July 22 on NBC, with an all new group of the world's funniest comics. See the finalists perform live, as the Last Comic Standing Live Tour takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. October 20 at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George Street. Tickets are $32, $42 and $52. Visit mystrandcapitol.org for more information.
Spooky York Downtown Dark History Tour: York: Quartering, cannibals and hauntings, oh my. Downtown Inc. presents the Spooky York Downtown Dark History Tour from 6 to 8:30 p.m. October 21 and 22, departing from Continental Square. Tour Guide Meg Feeser will lead this 90 minute spooky event. For details, visit downtownyorkpa.com.
Park Excursion: Shrewsbury, Spring eld and North Hopewell Townships: Take a 75-minute ride on a truck-pulled people-mover at at 2, 4 and 6 p.m. October 22 at Spring Valley County Park on Crest Road in Glen Rock. Parks Program Coordinator Jeri Jones will take participants back in time to tell the famous story about the "Hex" murder, and look at nature and discuss local folklore. Cost is $10 person. Please register by calling 717-840-7440.
Halloween in the Park: Hanover: Join the Friends of Codorus State Park for a Halloween event that will feature hayrides and other activities from 6 to 10 p.m. October 23 and 24 at Codorus State Park, 1066 Blooming Grove Road. Trick or treat will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per car. For details, call 717-451-3635 or visit halloweeninthepark.org.
Dracula, Up Close and Personal: Spring Garden Township: There is no place to hide in the intimate setting of The Bon Ton Studio during this fresh, action-packed adaptation of Bram Stoker's classic tale of horror, running October 23, 24, 25, and October 29, 30, 31 and November 1 at York Little Theatre, 27 South Belmont Street. See Professor Van Helsing and his brave comrades hunt down the evil Count Dracula, during this must see theatrical experience. Visit ylt.org for details.
Hersheypark in the Dark: Hershey: Experience thrilling "roller ghosters," spooktacular attractions, and exciting entertainment every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 16 through November 1 at Hersheypark, 100 W. Hersheypark Drive. Admission also includes Hershey's Trick-or-Treat Adventure for kids 12 and younger. For ticket information and details, visit hersheypark.com.
66th Annual York Halloween Parade: York: The Annual York Halloween Parade starts at 2 p.m. October 25, heading down Market Street, from Richland Avenue through downtown York to Broad Street. The theme for this year's parade is "Proud Past, Strong Future," and entrants are encouraged to convey York County's accomplishments in their float designs and marching drills. The Family Entertainment Zone will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. with inflatables, games, activities and music. Visit yorkhalloweenparade.com for details.
Glen Rock Literary Society Book Discussion: Glen Rock: Join the Literary Society for discussion of the novel: T from 7 to 8 p.m. October 26 at the Arthur Hufnagel Public Library of Glen Rock, 32 Main Street. Light refreshments will be served. Registration not necessary. Visit yorklibraries.org for more information.
Gettysburg Halloween Parade: Gettysburg: Don't miss marching bands, floats, baton twirling groups, costumed individuals and more at 7:30 p.m. October 27 during the annual Gettysburg Halloween Parade. The parade begins at the former Visitors Center parking lot along Steinwehr Avenue, then north onto Baltimore Street, into Lincoln Square, east on York Street, south on Liberty, and disband at Lefever Street. Rain date is October 28. For more information, call 717-334-1518.
Interactive Dinner — Tastes of Fall: York: Part cooking class, part chef's table dinner. Don't miss the ultimate good time for foodies from 6 to 9 p.m. October 28 at YorKitchen, 37 W. Clarke Avenue. Chef Laura Cochran of Whisk Culinary Services will guide you through the preparation of your own gourmet dinner. Get involved as much as you would like or sit back and enjoy the show. Then relax and enjoy your creation. This is a BYOB event. Tickets are $65. Visit yorkitchen.com for details.
The Firebird & The Violinist: Spring Garden Township: Enjoy the Masterworks of Stravinsky & Tchaikovsky presented by The PA Philharmonic at 7:30 p.m. October 29 at the Pullo Center, 1031 Edgecomb Ave. Violinist Philippe Quint brings Tchaikovsky's spectacular Violin Concerto to life and the full 70-piece Pennsylvania Philharmonic will be on display at its finest in Stravinsky's soaring and triumphant Firebird Suite. Tickets are $35 and $39 for adults, $15 for students. For more information, visit pullocenter.york.psu.edu.
ZooAmerica Creatures of the Night: Hershey: Get a rare glimpse into the nighttime habits of over 200 native North American animals, open at 6 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 16 through November 1 at ZooAmerica, 201 Park Avenue. Guests may bring their own flashlight, or purchase one at the door. ZooAmerica will also be open for regular daylight hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For tickets and details, visit zooamerica.com.
Ghost Walk: Seven Valleys: Tour the property of the 19th century York Iron Company mine and relive the life of a miner from 7 to 9:30 p.m. October 31 at Raab County Park, 2600 Hoff Road. Mining in those days was dangerous and loss of life was commonplace. Keep a watch for some of the spirits of the past who come back to visit their workplace. Please bring a flashlight. Hike distance is 2 miles round trip. Admission is free. To register, call 717-428-1961.
JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes: Harrisburg: Become part of the global movement to cure, treat, and prevent Type 1 Diabetes at 2 p.m. November 1 at City Island. The Walk raises funds for research about Type 1 Diabetes, an autoimmune disease that causes lifelong dependence on injected or pumped insulin and carries the constant threat of complications. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. To donate or create your own walk team, visit walk.jdrf.org.
Scavenger Hunt and Corn Maze: Hellam: Come check out the 2015 Corn Maze, "Jack" who is comprised of 5 acres of field corn, open every Monday through Saturday through November 7 at Flinchbaugh's Orchard, 110 Ducktown Road. This exciting maze was planted with pathways for you to venture through, plus a Scavenger Hunt to add to the fun. The maze is geared for adults and children 4 and older. For hours and ticket information, visit flinchbaughsorchard.com.
Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox: Spring Garden Township: Proving that everything new can be old again, pianist Scott Bradlee will rework 21st century pop hits into a variety of vintage styles at 8 p.m. November 4 at the Pullo Center, 1031 Edgecomb Avenue. Bradlee gives Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" a '20s jazz accent, crosses Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" with Irish folk music, and shows how Ke$ha's "Die Young" would work as a classic country tune. Tickets are $32.50, $42.50 and $57.50. For more information, visit pullocenter.york.psu.edu.
York Symphony Orchestra — Young Person's Concert: York: Don't miss an engaging dramatic performance for all ages at 10 a.m. November 4 and 5 at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George Street. This family-friendly performance will feature a special presentation of Gershwin's Magic Key by Classical Kids and offer an educationally-entertaining concert. Tickets are $6. Visit mystrandcapitol.org for more information.
Find your way to Maize Quest: New Park: Get lost in an adventure every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 5 through November 8 at Maize Quest Corn Maze and Fun Park, 2885 New Park Road. Journey to the Amazon to discover the secrets hidden in this amazing ecosystem. The park includes 30+ Fun Park attractions. A trip to Maize Quest is more than just a 'walk in the stalks'. There's so much to do, you may forget you're lost! Call 866-WE-LOSE-U or visit mazefunpark.com for tickets and details.
Hex Hollow — Witchcraft and Murder in Pennsylvania: York: Directed by York native Shane Free, the Hex Hollow documentary will tell the story of the Rehmeyer murder in 1928, through interviews with experts and descendants of the people involved, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. November 7 at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George Street. The murder garnered national attention as people across the country were shocked to discover that witchcraft still existed in the 20th century. Tickets are $10. For details, visit mystrandcapitol.org.
Poe Evermore: Manheim: Visitors can enter the world of Edgar Allan Poe October 31 through November 15 inside the imposing Mount Hope Mansion, 2775 Lebanon Road. Experience his tales recounted by those who have lived the stories, spinning tales of mystery, horror and suspense that guests to the Mansion will long remember. Performance-only tickets are $16.95 and $18.95. Lunch and show are $31.95 and dinner and show are $42.95. Visit parenfaire.com for details and showtimes.
Covered Bridge Scooter Tour: Strasburg: Take a guided tour on a 50cc scooter through the countryside of Lancaster County through November 30 (closed Thanksgiving Day) at Strasburg Scooters, 242 Gap Road. This three-hour tour offers exceptional views of the countryside, including Amish farms and schoolhouses, as well as an insightful look at some of Lancaster County's oldest covered bridges. Tickets start at $79. For more information, visit strasburgscooters.com.
Good Night Mrs. Puffin on stage: Paradise, Lancaster County: A beloved character returns just in time for Christmas 2015. Mrs Puffin is back, with performances running October 31 through December 27 at Rainbow Dinner Theatre, 3065 Lincoln Highway East. Mrs. Puffin is a mostly good-natured lady that can see the future, but what she sees isn't always crystal clear. As a family plans a Christmas Wedding, Mrs. Puffin arrives to tell them it will never happen, although she's not sure why. For tickets and showtimes, visit rainbowcomedy.com.
Chef Challenge: York: You get to be the judge as two local chefs use a mystery ingredient to create three courses at 6 p.m. November 11 at YorKitchen, 37 West Clarke Avenue. The chefs will have just 30 to 45 minutes for each course to slice, dice, sauce, and sauté their way to winning. This is a BYOB event. Tickets are $60 each. Visit yorkitchen.com for details.
A Christmas Story on stage: Lancaster: A live production of the beloved holiday movie will take the stage November 12 through December 23 at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, 510 Centerville Road. This musical will bring your favorite scenes to life with Ralphie, his Red Ryder BB gun, the frozen flagpole and that famous leg lamp. For showtimes and ticket information, visit dutchapple.com.
Greater York Antiques Show: West Manchester Township: Nearly 85 art and antiques dealers will present Americana merchandise and accessories from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. November 13 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. November 14 in the Utz Arena at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Avenue. Inventory will include 18th and 19th century furniture, glass, fine antique jewelry, clocks, paintings, and more. Tickets are $12. For details, visit mitchelldisplays.com.
VeggieTales Live!: Spring Garden Township: VeggieTales Live! Little Kids Do Big Things is a must-see, fun filled celebration for families and VeggieTales fans of all ages, taking the stage at 2 and 6 p.m. November 14 at the Pullo Center, 1031 Edgecomb Avenue. Join the VeggieTales crew in a musical show that celebrates that with help and faith, even little kids can do big things too! Tickets are $10, $25 and $38. Visit pullocenter.york.psu.edu for details.
Sip, Savor and Explore: Central PA and Northern MD: Go behind the scenes to learn about the just-pressed harvests and sample a selection of wine and cider from noon to 5 p.m. November 14 and 15 at 20 wineries and distilleries on the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail. The Wine Just Off The Vine event also takes place November 20 and 21. Tickets are $20. Call 1-888-858-YORK or visit MasonDixonWineTrail.com for locations and details.
Branson On The Road: Christmas Style!: Lancaster: Enjoy a concert with live festive holiday music and amusing comedy at 6 p.m. November 15 and 16 at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, 510 Centerville Road. Don't miss good, clean fun and entertainment from your favorite country group. For showtimes and ticket information, visit dutchapple.com.
STEAM Ahead Workshop: Hanover: Come and experience a unique educational outlet for children ages 7 to 12 who are interested in extending their learning of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) beyond the traditional classroom curriculum from 5 to 7 p.m. November 17 at Guthrie Memorial Library, 2 Library Place. This new educational experience can empower children to accomplish anything they can dream of. Further their artistic abilities. Borrow the library's tools to finish a project. Visit yorklibraries.org for details.
History and the Susquehanna River Basin Region: Harrisburg: With a keen interest in local history, Steve Runkle will discuss the French and Indian War and the chronology of events from 7 to 8:30 p.m. November 18 at the Centennial Barn at Fort Hunter Mansion and Park, 5300 North Front Street. A discussion of the deadly struggle between dispossessed Native Americans and the region's first European settlers is presented along with an analysis of the reasons for atrocities committed by both sides. The presentation describes the screen of colonial fortifications erected to defend the region's frontier. For details, visit forthunter.org.
Dedication Day: Gettysburg: Celebrate the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address at 10 a.m. November 19 at the Soldiers' National Cemetery, Taneytown Road. Dedication Day will feature prominent speakers, annual recitation of the Gettysburg Address, and candidates taking the Oath of Citizenship. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, visit lincolnfellowship.org.
Jim Breuer: Actor/Author/Comedian: York: With over 20 years of stand-up comedy experience, Jim Breuer will win over the audience with his off-the-wall humor and lovable personality at 7:30 p.m. November 20 at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George Street. Breuer is one of the most recognizable comedians in the business, known for his charismatic stage antics, dead-on impressions, and family-friendly stand-up. Tickets are $25, $30 and $37. Visit mystrandcapitol.org for more information.
Christmastime in Loganville: Springfield Township: Visit 16 local businesses, churches and organizations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. November 21 in and around Loganville. Find crafts, homemade food, gifts, door prizes and more, plus visit Santa from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Brown's Orchard and Farm Market. Dallastown Area Intermediate School will hold a craft show, and Friedensaal's Lutheran Church will offer a Secret Santa shop for children. For details and additional locations, visit christmastimeinloganville.com.
York Folk & Fine Art Show: West Manchester Township: Celebrate American artisans, craftsmen and collectors from 5 to 9 p.m. November 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. November 21 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. November 22 at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Avenue. The show will feature a wide range of antique reproductions, repurposed sculptures and art work, and antiques that are redone to fit a new era. Tickets are $8 for adults, free for children 12 and younger. Visit yorkfolk.com for more information.
Thanksgiving Story Time: Hanover: Children can enjoy stories about our great American holiday, Thanksgiving, from 6:30 to 7 p.m. November 23 at Guthrie Memorial Library, 2 Library Place. Join Miss Kelly for some fun-filled Thanksgiving activities. Thanksgiving Story Time and activities will also take place at 10:15 a.m. November 25. Visit yorklibraries.org for details.
There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays: Boiling Springs: In that awkward age between childhood and adulthood, Ruby longs for an adventure away from home at Christmas time. With a nod to The Wizard of Oz, she will voyage into the extraordinary and enchanting North Pole to find the real meaning of the season as There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays takes the stage November 4 through December 20 at Allenberry Playhouse, 1559 Boiling Springs Road. For showtimes and ticket information, visit allenberry.com.
Pink Floyd tribute band: Harrisburg: Hailed for their flawless execution, The Machine will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. November 25 at the Whitaker Center, 222 Market Street. Their performances showcase Pink Floyd's enormous legacy through a multi-dimensional approach, including impeccable recreation of Floyd tunes and their own reinterpretation of hypnotic jams. Tickets are $29 and $36. For details, visit whitakercenter.org.
Turkey Trot 5K: York: Get your exercise in before the biggest meal of the year as the Turkey Trot 5K begins at 9 a.m. November 26 at the Graham Aquatic Center, 543 N. Newberry Street. The race raises funds to support YMCA Health and Wellness programs. Race participants are also encouraged to bring along donations for the Catholic Charities food drive. Visit yorkcoymca.org for registration fees and information.
Tannenbaum Train: New Freedom: Take a cozy train ride at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. November 27, 28 and 29 at Steam Into History, 2 W. Main Street. Take a 45 minute ride, then get off the train to take a carriage to Bricker Tree Farm where you can select and purchase a Christmas tree, a fresh wreath or garland. Santa will also make an appearance. Tickets are $29 for adults and $15 for children. Rides also take place December 5 and 6. Visit steamintohistory.com for details.
Learn about Birds of Prey: Springfield Township: Meet live hawks, owls or falcons during this indoor program presented by local raptor rehabilitators at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. November 28 at Nixon Park, 5922 Nixon Road. See these magnificent flying hunters up close. Learn how these birds are adapted to hunting on the wing. Cameras welcome. This event is free, but registration is required by calling 717-428-1961.
Marvel Universe Live!: Hershey: Marvel fans, assemble! Marvel Universe LIVE! will take the live entertainment experience to a whole new level at 3 and 7 p.m. November 28 and 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. November 29 at the Giant Center, 550 West Hersheypark Drive. Watch your favorite Marvel Super Heroes including Spider-Man, The Avengers, Hulk, and more, and threatening villains come to life in an action-packed arena extravaganza. For tickets and details, visit hersheyentertainment.com.
It's a Small World — Micro and Mini Cars: Hershey: They say that the best things come in small packages, and this exhibit will feature a variety of micro and mini cars that are sure to delight from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, 161 Museum Drive. The Museum has carefully selected a variety of these microscopic machines that are sure to make visitors crack a smile, point and giggle, and snap a selfie or two. The exhibit runs November 21 through April 22, 2016. For details and ticket information, visit aacamuseum.org.
Natural Ornament Workshop: Springfield Township: Join art teacher Kelly McBrien for a natural ornament-making workshop from 1 to 3:30 p.m. December 1 at Nixon Park, 5922 Nixon Road. Supplies will be provided for you to let your creativity run wild. See samples of natural ornaments and design your own. Kelly will be available to answer questions and provide inspiration. Please register by calling 717-428-1961.
Miracle of Christmas: Ronks, Lancaster County: Go back in time and witness the greatest birth in history November 7 through January 2, 2016 at Sight & Sound Theatres, 300 Hartman Bridge Road. Miracle of Christmas brings to life the bustling village of Bethlehem as camels, horses, donkeys and villagers pass by. Be transported to the hillside where legions of angels descend upon the shepherds to proclaim, "The Savior is born." Come early and enjoy on-site Christmas festivities and seasonal treats. For showtimes and tickets, visit sight-sound.com.
Grandma's Holiday Craft Show: Red Lion: More than 120 crafters and artisans will offer thousands of unique items every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 5 through December 6 at the Red Lion Bed and Breakfast, 101 S. Franklin Street. The selection includes ornaments, pottery, soaps, baked goods, santas, snowmen and more. Admission is free. For details, visit grandmasholidaycrafts.com.
Light Up Night: York: Enjoy live entertainment, food, carol singalongs, lighting the tree and more from 5 to 8 p.m. December 4 in multiple locations including Capitol Theatre, Continental Square, Central Market, Christ Lutheran Church, and Martin Library. Light Up Night will also serve as a collection point for Toys for Tots and guests are asked to consider bringing a new unwrapped toy. For details, visit yorkcity.org.
Festival of Trees: Harrisburg: Christmas trees and handmade ornaments will be available for sale and raffle from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, November 28 through December 20 at the Tavern House at Fort Hunter Mansion and Park, 5300 North Front Street. Christmas trees will be coordinated by the Civic Garden Center of Harrisburg and decorated by local garden clubs. Free admission. For more information, visit forthunter.org.
Pennsylvania Christmas & Gift Show: Harrisburg: The finest holiday decorations, arts and crafts will be on display from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. December 2 through 5 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. December 6 at the PA Farm Show Complex, 2300 N. Cameron Street. Shop for jewelry, toys, Christmas decorations, household accents and more. Food and entertainment will also be available. Tickets are $8, or $6 for seniors and admission after 4 p.m. For more information, visit pachristmasshow.com.
Christmas Magic at Rocky Ridge: Springettsbury Township: Walk a half-mile trail lined with 600,000 lights, visit Santa, and view holiday scenes from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, November 27 through December 31 at Rocky Ridge County Park, 400 Deininger Road. Christmas Magic is closed December 24 and 25. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors 59 and older, $6 for children 4 to 12, and free for children 3 and younger. Discount tickets are available. Call 717-840-7740 or visit yorkcountypa.gov for details.
William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream: Spring Garden Township: Gamut Theatre Group will present its highly acclaimed educational outreach production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at 10 a.m. December 8 at the Pullo Center, 1031 Edgecomb Avenue. This delightful Shakespearean comedy features fairies, young lovers, and a crew of bumbling players trying to perform a play for the King and Queen's wedding celebration. Admission is free. For details, visit pullocenter.york.psu.edu.
Miracle on 34th Street: Marietta: Is Kris Kringle the true Santa? Find out December 4 through 6, or December 9 through 13 during a performance of Miracle on 34th Street at Susquehanna Stage Company, 264 West Market Street. Kringle is hired to play Santa at Macy's department store where his joyous spirit and magical ways begin to transform non-believers. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students/children 18 and younger. For details, visit susquehannastageco.com.
Molly Ringwald Revisits the Club: Spring Garden Township: Delight in a 30th anniversary screening of everyone's favorite coming-of-age dramedy, The Breakfast Club, followed by an interactive discussion and Q&A with Molly Ringwald herself at 7:30 p.m. December 10 at the Pullo Center, 1031 Edgecomb Avenue. Detention has never been more fun, especially when one is getting the inside scoop from Molly Ringwald. Tickets are $10 and $45. For details, visit pullocenter.york.psu.edu.
The Night Before Christmas Train: Strasburg: Make family memories at 7 p.m. December 11 at the Strasburg Railroad, Route 741 East. Passengers will experience the excitement and anticipation of Christmas Eve as the train rolls along. Trains begin boarding at 6:30 p.m. The Night Before Christmas Train will also run November 27, and December 4 and 18. For tickets and additional information, visit strasburgrailroad.com.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: York: Will the church or town survive when the orneriest kids in town, the Herdmans, unexpectedly show up at Sunday School and end up taking over the annual Christmas pageant? Laugh along as everyone learns the true meaning of Christmas with select showtimes December 4 through 20 at Dreamwrights Youth and Family Theatre, 100 Carlisle Avenue. Tickets are $10 and $14. Visit dreamwrights.org for details.
Toys come alive in The Nutcracker: Harrisburg: Be delighted by the dazzling costumes, charming sets and accomplished dancers set to the magical music of Tchaikovsky at 2 p.m. December 13 during Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet's production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker in the Sunoco Performance Theatre at the Whitaker Center, 222 Market Street. For details and ticket information, visit whitakercenter.org.
Piano and Chamber Music Recital: Spring Garden Township: The York College Division of Music and YCPrep Community Music School will present a piano recital titled "Invitation to Dance" from 7 to 9 p.m. today at DeMeester Recital Hall, York College of Pennsylvania, 441 Country Club Road. This recital program will feature works by various composers. Admission is free and open to the public. Visit ycp.edu for details.
Christmas Candylane: Hershey: The magic of the holidays comes to life through more than 4 million twinkling lights, rides for the family, festive decorations and a variety of Hershey's characters November 13 through December 31 at Hersheypark, 100 W. Hersheypark Drive. Tickets start at $18 for all ages; free for children 2 and younger. For details and hours, visit hersheypark.com.
Holidays with The Manhattan Transfer: Harrisburg: Nearly 40 years ago, the harmony vocal quartet The Manhattan Transfer was formed. This multi-Grammy winning group will perform at 7:30 p.m. December 16 at the Whitaker Center, 222 Market Street. Enjoy the varied musical styles, and take a look back at some of the greatest bodies of work in American popular music. Tickets are $47.50, $55 and $65. Visit whitakercenter.org for details.
A Christmas Carol on stage: Gettysburg: Totem Pole Playhouse's production of A Christmas Carol has been celebrated by thousands of theatergoers. Rediscover the magic of the Christmas Spirit December 9 through 20 at the Majestic Theatre, 25 Carlisle Street. The ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future visit miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, causing him to have a change of heart. Tickets are $30, $33 and $36, or $20 for students. For more information, visit gettysburgmajestic.org.
TSO — The Ghosts of Christmas Eve: Hershey: Don't miss a performance by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at 4 and 8 p.m. December 18 at the Giant Center, 550 West Hersheypark Drive. Based on TSO's multi-platinum DVD and long running PBS fundraiser, the story follows the journey of a young runaway who, on Christmas Eve, breaks into an abandoned vaudeville theater seeking shelter from the cold, and the ghostly visions she experiences from that concert hall's past. Tickets are $34.35, $44.35, $54.35, $64.35 and $74.35. Visit hersheyentertainment.com for details.
Kids' Culinary Craft: York: Don't miss a hands-on activity for the kids from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. December 19 at YorKitchen, 37 West Clarke Avenue. Kids are invited to decorate their own gingerbread house, while supplies last. The Kids' Culinary Craft event is free for families to enjoy. Visit yorkitchen.com for details.
Steam Into Christmas Past: New Freedom: Bring the kids to enjoy Steam Into Christmas Past every Saturday and Sunday, December 12 through 27 at Steam Into History, 2 West Main Street. While making the trip to Glen Rock (or is it the North Pole?) you'll hear The Night Before Christmas. The train will make a stop in Glen Rock to pick up the man in the red suit! Heading back to New Freedom, Santa and his elves will visit with everyone and give out a gift to each child. Each ride is 1 hour. Visit steamintohistory.com for tickets and schedule.
Go Snow Tubing: York Township: Bring the entire family to take part in some winter fun as snow tubing opens in December at Avalanche Xpress, 2700 Mount Rose Avenue. Different rates are available for weekday or weekend/holiday tickets. Rates also vary for children 4 and younger and guests 5 and older. Season passes are available. Visit avalanchexpress.com for details and hours of operation.
Cars and Christmas: Hershey: Check out a winter wonderland November 21 through January 3, 2016 at the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, 161 Museum Drive. This event features dozens of decorated holiday trees, several model train displays, specialty vehicles, Sammy the 29-ft. snow plow, Grinch Scavenger Hunt and much more. For details and admission rates, visit aacamuseum.org.
Holidays at Mount Hope: Manheim: Enjoy two special Christmas tales told by Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig and their celebrity guests December 2 through 23 at Mount Hope Mansion, 2775 Lebanon Road. The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle features an adventure with Sherlock Holmes, while Dicken's A Christmas Carol springs from storybook to the stage. This interactive experience will create your new annual Holiday tradition. Visit parenfaire.com or call 717-665-7021 for details and ticket information.
Cinderella's Christmas: Lancaster: Enjoy the classic tale in a holiday setting at 11 a.m. December 24 at Hole in the Wall Puppet Theatre, 126 N. Water Street. The show will be presented by Robert Brock, Artistic Director, with marionettes he created. The show runs every Saturday and Sunday, November 28 through December 27. Tickets are $10. Visit hiwpuppets.org for details.
A Holiday Drive-Thru Spectacular: Hershey: The spirit of the holidays will glow bright November 13 through December 31 as visitors travel through Hershey Sweet Lights, between Route 39 and Sand Beach Road. This winter wonderland features nearly 600 illuminated, animated displays that you can enjoy from the comfort of your car as you drive through two miles of wooded trails. For details and ticket information, visit hersheypark.com.
Learn to Skate Program: York: Looking for something fun for the kids to do during the holiday break? Register now for the Learn to Skate Holiday Mini Session, 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. December 26, 29, 30 and 31 at York City Ice Arena, 941 Vander Avenue. Cost is $45 for 4 days. Open to beginners only. For a registration form, visit yorkskate.com or stop by the main office.
Learn about railroad history: New Freedom: The Resolution Train with entertainer, educator and living historian Kent Courtney will be presented to passengers at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. December 26 and 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. December 27 at Steam Into History, 2 West Main Street. Rides to Glen Rock are $25 for adults and $14 for children. Rides to Hanover Junction are $27 for adults and $15 for children. For more information, visit steamintohistory.com.
Dutch Winter Wonderland: Lancaster: Families can enjoy rides, games, festive entertainment and more December 28, 29 and 30 at Dutch Wonderland, 2249 Lincoln Highway East. The park will feature a spectacular display of hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights dancing to the perfect holiday soundtrack. Dutch Winter Wonderland is also open every Saturday and Sunday, November 21 through December 27. Visit dutchwonderland.com for tickets and details.
Elf the Musical: Lancaster: Don't miss a modern day Christmas classic, live on stage November 17 through January 3, 2016 at the Fulton Theatre, 12 North Prince Street. Based on the 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF, the show follows Buddy the Elf's hilarious journey to New York City to discover his true identity, find his birth father, move Dad off the naughty list and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. For showtimes and ticket information, visit thefulton.org.
Hit the slopes: Lewisberry: Head outside to enjoy a day of skiing and snowboarding during the winter months at Roundtop Mountain Resort, 925 Roundtop Road. The resort's First Class Learn to Ski and Snowboard program was rated #1 in the country by the National Ski Area Association. For more information and complete schedule, visit skiroundtop.com.
New Year's Revolution: York: With complimentary hats and noisemakers for youngsters, family-friendly entertainment, inflatables and more, ring in the new year beginning at 6 p.m. December 31 with a Children's Countdown at Central Market, 34 W. Philadelphia Street. Select vendors will be open with food and beverages for sale. At midnight, watch the white rose drop, followed by a fireworks display at Continental Square. Visit yorkcity.org for details.