The scene around Gettysburg really is starting to look a lot like Christmas, especially when historic sites get in on the holiday season too. Every season people flock to the borough of Gettysburg for a number of reasons, and at Christmastide this rings true as well.
Tomorrow, the first day of December, also marks the holiday season reopening of An Eisenhower Christmas, taking place at the National Historic Eisenhower site. The Eisenhower Home will be decked out and ready in traditional Mamie Eisenhower fashion, as it appeared during the 1950s.
Come out and see Mamie’s elegant touch of style and fashion in this stunning recreation of the Eisenhower home and farm at Christmas time. Authentic recreations of decorations fill the scene complete with mistletoe, wreaths, poinsettias, and all the trimmings. Look on in awe as a brightly lit, candy-cane covered Christmas tree, surrounded by presents, stands in regal illumination in the Eisenhower living room. A glance out onto the Eisenhower’s porch will reveal a life-sized Santa Claus as the kitchen setting presents gifts of sugar cookies and plum pudding, ready and waiting for the arrival of the Eisenhower grandchildren. The dining room is set in preparation of Christmas dinner as the Eisenhower family’s Christmas records play in the background, adding to the holiday cheer.
The home officially opens to the visitors tomorrow, Dec. 1 and will remain in the spirit of the season through Dec. 31. Please note, the site will be closed on Christmas Day. You can learn all about An Eisenhower Christmas by clicking this link.
The Jennie Wade House and Museum is always a “spirited” place to visit, but starting Dec. 2, the spirit will be one of holiday spirit. That’s because during the month of December, the Jennie Wade House is hosting a holiday open house. Come tour the home, decorated for the holidays, listen to traditional Christmas music, and even enjoy light refreshments. During this holiday open house event the museum is offering discounted admission, and the house will be open every day between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. As an added present on Saturday evenings at 6 p.m. there will be a special presentation of Scary Ghost Stories and Tales of the Glories. The presentation follows the story of Mary Wade on Christmas Eve, still coping with the loss of her daughter Virginia (Jennie), the only civilian killed during the Battle of Gettysburg. Tonight, the spirit of Mary Wade has returned to the scene of that tragic death as she painfully tries to make sense of just how it all came to be, and you, the guests, are cordially invited to join her in her time of need as she retells the tale once again. Follow her on a tour through the house and then down to the cellar where Jennie’s body was taken.
Scary Ghost Stories and Tales of the Glories will begin on Dec. 5 and continue to take place at 6 p.m. on Saturdays through December. Tickets start at $15 for ages 8 and older. Ages 7 and younger are free. For more information on the Jennie Wade House and all its events, click here.
In keeping with good tidings, there will be a little holiday cheer to brighten up the National Soldiers’ Cemetery with the annual Sgt. Mac Wreath Laying Project. On Dec. 4, 500 holiday wreaths will be placed on the graves in the cemetery as part of the Sgt. Mac Foundation’s ongoing effort to honor veterans. These wreaths will remain on the graves through the end of December, for all to come and see. For more information on the Sgt. Mac Memorial Foundation, click this link.
On Saturday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. it’s the event the town has been waiting for all year—the Annual Old Getty Place Christmas Parade. Come out to Lincoln Square for caroling, activities, and a view of the borough’s always-popular annual parade. Come enjoy all the floats, bands, costumes, and so much more. And of course Santa Claus will be there to ring in the season. The parade will follow with the traditional tree lighting ceremony on the square. For more information about this, contact Stephanie McIlwee at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 717-334-1518, ext. 229.