Gettysburg to host holiday events on Baltimore Street
My little grandson enjoys the annual Nativity creche scene on York Street in downtown Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The borough’s Christmas tree now graces the traffic circle in the town square, and local businesses are gearing up for the Thanksgiving weekend and the start of the Christmas season.
From the Gettysburg Times…
Gettysburg’s holiday season starts on Baltimore Street Saturday, Nov. 29, with the Christmas Parade at 7 p.m., and holiday events, 5-9 p.m. at six locations in the neighborhood of historic Baltimore-at-Breckenridge streets.
Starting just south of Breckenridge, The Shriver House Museum, 309 Baltimore Street, will offer candlelight tours of the award-winning, authentically-restored historic home decorated for an 1860s Christmas. Tours begin at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. and cost $10 per person by advance reservation at 337-2800 or www.shriverhouse.org.
Next door at 303 Baltimore Street, authentic Civil War-era clothing and other historic memorabilia will be available for sale and refreshments will be served at Matilda’s Mercantile, located in the award-winning, renovated Tillie Pierce House.
Across the road at 312 Baltimore Street, the Home Front General Store specializes in everything for the Civil War and WW II re-enactor, and will be offering a 15 percent discount on all items, including Masonic gifts, souvenirs, and ladies’ and children’s period clothing. Guests can enjoy refreshments while visiting two stories of history and fun located in a beautiful historic home.
At the northwest corner of Baltimore and Breckenridge, Mark Nesbitt’s Ghosts of Gettysburg, once again voted the “Number One Ghost Tour in America” by Haunted America Tours, will be offering its final historic Baltimore Street Candlelight Walking Tour of the season at 8 p.m. Cost is $8 per person + tax and reservations are recommended at 337-0445 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next door at 267 Baltimore Street, Passages Inn Gettysburg: A Bed & Breakfast with an International Accent, will hold an open house and reprise its popular holiday performance of “O’ Be Joyful.” From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., musical historian Rick Garland will entertain with rousing Civil War piano music, songs and Christmas lore that will keep guests singing, stomping and clapping – while they enjoy holiday sweets and mulled punch. Admission is $5 per person at the door.
And — half a block north on the east side of the street at 242 Baltimore, the U.S. Christian Commission – a museum devoted to the role of faith during the Battle – will celebrate “The Birthplace of Jennie Wade, c. 1820 Christmas Holiday.” A $5 donation is requested.