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Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

November 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Gettysburg Area Retail Merchants Association continues the tradition of the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 25 (Black Friday).

Come in person or watch from home!  We will live stream the event on our Facebook page, for those far away or who wish to stay home and celebrate in warmth with family and friends. This live stream starts at 5:45 pm on the 25th and last approximately 25 minutes.

Santa Claus is coming to Gettysburg to light the tree that evening and greet children and well-wishers.  Santa’s Shanty will be in its regular spot in the ACNB/Open Minds quadrant of the square. If you aren’t able to visit with Santa, children are encouraged to drop off their letters to Santa at mailboxes located in Artworks, 30 York St. and Best Western Hotel, 301 Steinwehr Ave. Children receive a double-sided postcard, with a holiday drawing that can be colored, from Santa acknowledging their letters.

GARMA is also giving out $1000 in GARMA gift certificates to shoppers as they’re shopping. GARMA Elves are out and about this holiday season stopping in GARMA businesses and giving out GARMA gift certificates to random customers. They can use these toward their purchase in that business or in others.

Santa’s Shanty Hours are yet to be determined for the 2022 season.

FREE Holiday Parking
​8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
​Monday – Thursday

Thanksgiving to New Year’s, enjoy FREE parking on select streets. Free parking is available the first block of each street off the center square, and, Steinwehr Ave Monday through Thursday ONLY. Friday, Saturday and Sunday is metered parking.

Please observe the 3-hour time limit so others may take advantage of this great offer from the Borough of Gettysburg & GARMA.


November 25
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Gettysburg Lincoln Square
Gettysburg, PA 17325 United States + Google Map