If Stone Gables’ events don’t put you in the Christmas spirit, we don’t know what will! Over the past several years, Stone Gables has become Christmas central, thanks to the array of events that are held between Thanksgiving weekend and New Year’s. They include:
The Christmas Light Drive-Thru
Select evenings, November 24-December 29
Fees vary by vehicle size
Magical! Spectacular! That describes the 3-mile drive you take through the estate that is aglow with 800,000-plus LED lights. The adventure begins as you cross the festively decorated Herr’s Mill Covered Bridge and continues through a forest that twinkles with Moravian stars. You’ll also pass by the Star Barn Village, a life-sized Nativity and trees of all sizes. Oh, and there’s a scavenger hunt to take part in, too. New features will debut this year.
National Christmas Center
November 24-December 29
Christmas Past is celebrated at this renowned museum that will one day make its home in a restored barn at Stone Gables Estate. For now, it has a temporary home near the estate. If you love Christmas, this is a must-see!
The Santa Express
Select dates, November 24-December 23
Climb aboard the Harrisburg, Lincoln & Lancaster Railroad, which is pulled by a replica 1868 steam locomotive. Sing along to Christmas carols, greet St. Nick and more as the train makes its way across the estate.
Christmas Dinner & Show
December 5, 7, 12-14, 19-21, 27 and 28
The Star Barn is the setting for this holiday event that features gorgeous decorations, a social hour, a buffet dinner prepared by Food for Thought Catering, entertainment, gift shops, the drive-thru light show and more.
The Christmas Village at Ironstone Ranch
December 9, 16 and 23 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.)
An outdoor market will feature artisans, food trucks, kids’ activities, as well as indoor displays of trains.
Stone Gables Estate is located at 1 Hollinger Lane in Elizabethtown. For details and to make reservations, visit stonegablesestate.com.