Admission to Christmas Magic on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays is by timed tickets only. Reservations are required; no walk-ins will be permitted Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Timed admission limits the number of people attending Christmas Magic, providing a better visiting experience and less waiting in traffic and lines. Walk-ins are not permitted Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays. Tickets for Monday-Thursday are available online and at the admissions window. Buying your ticket online will allow you to bypass the ticket purchase line and go directly to the timed ticket entry window.
Timed tickets can also be purchased via phone 717-840-7443 or in person at the John Rudy Park Administrative Headquarters Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.
All sales are final. Tickets are non-refundable unless the York County Parks closes the event due to weather. No other refund requests will be honored. Call the Christmas Magic hotline at 717-840-7443 for up to date trail conditions and closures.
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Christmas Magic is a 0.5 mile-long walking trail (accessible to anyone) that meanders through 600,000 LED lights, holiday scenes and five enclosed heated pavilions. The spirit of the Holiday is displayed by using animation, displays, Santa Claus, food and G-gauge train display. The trail sits among a mature oak forest nestled on a quiet mountaintop.
Christmas Magic was first opened in 1984 as a product of the “energy crunch” when fewer homes were decorating, yet there was still a desire to see Christmas lights locally. The first year, a small budget allowed for 10,000 lights and props, most produced by the Parks Department. Today, the props are produced commercially and “in-house.” This is the largest program presented by the York County Department of Parks and Recreation each year.
We are always looking for volunteers for setup, show operation, and tear down. Volunteers work with both the interior and exterior lights and displays. They also assist in providing Santa Claus and helping to serve refreshments at the Parks Friends Food stand. If interested in signing up for the food stand or becoming a volunteer, call the York County Parks at (717) 840-7440 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals or groups are welcome.
York County Parks Friends Food Stand will be selling Brown’s Orchard cookies, popcorn, hot cocoa, cider and water. Donald Bricker’s Famous French Fries will be located in the Food Court selling your favorite foods including french fries, chicken strips, hot dogs, hamburger BBQ, cheese fries, nachos, soups (weekends), funnel cake, hot chocolate, coffee, hot cider and cold drinks.
Looking for a great Christmas gift to employees? We offer several different programs for discounted tickets to businesses. Information can be obtained by calling York County Parks at (717) 840-7440.
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