30+ Can’t-Miss Holiday Entertainment

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It’s (almost) the most wonderful time of the year and there are tons of celebrations and events around Central PA to get into the spirit! We’ve rounded up some of the best and most exciting entertainment to get you through the season.


Live Theater & Performances

The only thing I love more than visiting the theatre is visiting the theatre during the holidays! Central PA has a packed line-up of holiday shows and musicals to help you celebrate all season long.

Now – Dec. 29
A Christmas Carol
Open Stage – Harrisburg
Tickets

Now – Dec. 28
Who’s Holiday
Open Stage – Harrisburg
Tickets

Now – Dec. 28
Twas the Night Before Christmas
Fulton Theatre – Lancaster
Tickets

Now – Dec. 30
The 2019 Christmas Show: Joy to the World
American Music Theatre – Lancaster
Tickets

Now – Jan. 4, 2020
Holiday Inn
Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre – Lancaster
Tickets

Dec. 4
Moscow’s Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker
Pullo Center – York
Tickets

Dec. 5-15
The Homecoming
Hershey Area Playhouse – Hershey
Tickets

Dec. 7-8
Studio 91 presents: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
Cumberland Valley High School Performing Arts Center
Tickets

Dec. 10-11
The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical
Hershey Theatre – Hershey
Tickets

Dec. 13 -14
A Very Court Street Cabaret Christmas
Open Stage – Harrisburg
Tickets

Dec. 14-15
Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet: The Nutcracker
Whitaker Center – Harrisburg
Tickets

Dec. 14
The Hip Nut Presented by Greater York Dance
Strand Theatre – York
Tickets

Dec. 15
The Nutcracker Ballet Presented by Greater York Dance and Midstate Ballet
Strand Theatre – York
Tickets

Dec. 15-16
The Not Ready For Drive Time Players Present “Winter Radio Theater 2019”
Centre Street Grille – Enola
$5 at door

Dec. 18-19
The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays
Appell Center – York
Tickets

Dec. 19-22
It’s A Wonderful Life
Carlisle Theatre, Players on High – Carlisle
Tickets

Dec. 21-22
Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet: The Nutcracker
Hershey Theatre – Hershey
Tickets


Concerts & Music

Whether it’s cozy or classic, there’s nothing like some holiday tunes to drum up the holiday spirit! (Even if it’s not typically your thing, check out the Symphony. You can only hear “Walking in a Winter Wonderland” so many times on the radio …)  

Nov. 26
A Motown Christmas
Whitaker Center – Harrisburg
Tickets

Nov. 30
York Symphony Orchestra: Holiday Pops Spectacular
Strand Theatre – York
Tickets

Dec. 8
The Ten Tenors: Home for the Holidays
The Pullo Center – York
Tickets

Dec. 11
Saint Thomas Dulcimer Society in Concert at Fort Hunter Barn
Fort Hunter – Harrisburg
Tickets

Dec. 12
A Pentatonix Christmas Tour 2019
Giant Center – Hershey
Tickets

Dec. 12
Horton’s Holiday Hayride with Reverend Horton Heat
XL Live – Harrisburg
Tickets

Dec. 13
Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Giant Center – Hershey
Tickets

Dec. 14
Hershey Symphony Holiday Spectacular
Hershey Theatre – Hershey
Tickets

Dec. 15
Brass Triumphant in Concert
Fort Hunter Park – Harrisburg
FREE


Movies & Showings

Grab the popcorn (balls and garland) and catch a classic movie on the big screen!

Nov. 30 – Dec. 15
The Polar Express 3D
Whitaker Center – Harrisburg
Tickets

Dec. 7
Polar Express Pajama Party
AACA Museum – Hershey
Tickets

Dec. 14 & 15
White Christmas
Capitol Theatre – York
Tickets

Dec. 19-22
It’s a Wonderful Life
Carlisle Theatre – Carlisle
Tickets

Dec. 22 & 24 
It’s a Wonderful Life
Midtown Cinema – Harrisburg
Tickets

Dec. 23 & 25
White Christmas
Midtown Cinema, Harrisburg
Tickets

Sara Bozich
Author: Sara Bozich

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