Every holiday season has its own unique traditions, well enjoyed by many faithful participants each and every year. Whether participating as an eager spectator or an active part of the holiday happenings, there are countless well-loved traditions to be found in Gettysburg each season.
Some of Gettysburg’s popularly sought out traditions will continue this weekend. One such event, the Annual Gettysburg Carol Tuba Festival, is happening tonight, Dec. 11. The Tuba Carol Festival celebrates its 20th year as a community mainstay tradition this year. For this event, tuba players from all over come out to historic Lincoln Square to give a live, collaborative performance directly in front of the Gettysburg Hotel. It’s truly a sight to behold, the vast number of players setting to work in the joint pursuit of music and merry-making, and it’s all entirely free and open for the public to come out and enjoy.
If you are a tuba player yourself, you can get in on the act and register by contacting Ben Jones at 717-334-7719 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration takes place at 5:30 p.m. at Prince of Peace Episcopal Church, located at the corner of Baltimore and High Streets. Please note that this is also the location the tuba players will be performing at in the event of rain or other inclement weather conditions. Rehearsal takes place at 6 p.m., with the main attraction moving out to the Square and commencing at 7 p.m. All musicians must bring with them their own music stands. You can learn more about the 20th Annual Gettysburg Carol Tuba Fest by clicking here.
Another annual holiday event taking place this weekend in Gettysburg is celebrating its 19th year as an adored community tradition. It’s the 19th Annual Holiday House Tour, and it’s taking place on Saturday, Dec. 12, from noon to 5 p.m. Made possible by The Inns of the Gettysburg Area, these holiday house tours combine nostalgic holiday décor and furnishings with historical emphasis on architecture, history, and local area attractions.
Featured properties on the list for the 2015 Tour include: Christ Lutheran Church, the Historic Gettysburg Adams County House (HGAC), the Daniel Lady Farm, Lightner Farm House, James Getty Hotel, Swope Manor, Herr’s Ridge, and Baladerry Inn. Each stop holds enjoyment for the visiting group, from festive music, specialty dishes prepared by the inns, and even local wine samplings. Following the tour, which concludes at 5 p.m., visitors can head to the Christ Lutheran Church at 8 p.m. and hear a special performance of “Songs and Stories from a Civil War Hospital.”
Tickets for this tour cost $15 a person and give you access and admission to all the properties featured. These tours are recommended for children 10 years of age and older. Tickets may be purchased from any one of the member Inns listed here. If you are staying at one of these Inns you can even take the tour for free. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the touring locations or online here. Proceeds from the Holiday House Tour benefit the Food Pantry and Homeless Shelter, operated by the South Central Community Action Programs (SCCAP). For all other information, call 717-337-9508 or click here.