Christmas Magic runs November 29 – December 31

(Closed December 24 & 25)


NEW in 2019! Admission to Christmas Magic is by timed tickets only Every Day of the Week. Reservations are required Every Day; no walk-ins will be permitted.

Timed tickets can also be purchased via phone 717-840-7440 or in person with cash or credit at the John Rudy Park Administrative Headquarters Monday-Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm. The office is closed 12:30-1:00pm daily.  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.

To find out if we’re cancelled for the evening due to inclement weather, call the Christmas Magic hotline at 717-840-7440, press 4, then 2, or visit us on Facebook or Twitter @yorkcountyparks for up to date trail conditions and closures.

Timed admission limits the number of people attending Christmas Magic at one time, providing a better visiting experience and less waiting in traffic and lines.

To get started, choose an available date and time from the calendar below that you wish to attend. Please note, that the events on the calendar take a few moments to load. If a particular date or time slot is not listed then it is SOLD OUT.

Christmas Magic Sponsors

What is Christmas Magic?

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.


For the 10th year, the York County Parks is partnering with Toys for Tots. Anyone bringing a new toy still in the box or container for donation to the Toys for Tots will receive a voucher for a free food item and drink at the Park’s Food Stand located in White Oak Pavilion. Dates are November 29th and 30th.


Pet Night at Christmas Magic is Wednesday, December 4 (rain date December 5)! Bring your leashed pet out to the largest holiday attraction in the area. The Friends of Canine Meadows will be present to take your pet’s photo with Santa Claus for a $7 donation. Regular admission prices apply for humans, pets are admitted free.


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.


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.


Each night there is a different entertainer scheduled to perform in the Food Court building.  Entertainers range from choral groups, Celtic music, acoustic guitar groups, solo singers, and more.  Enjoy a break, sit down, relax and enjoy! Check out the schedule here!



2018 By the Numbers:

  • 26 Trees decorated by community organizations
  • 2 Train displays
  • 28 Municipalities participated in the BOGO coupon
  • 1,776 volunteer hours generated by Christmas Magic
  • 37 Calendar days to enjoy the event
  • 31,051 visitors attended the festival!
  • 1 Amazing Event!