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DATE: Saturday, December 1, 2018
TIME: 12:00 Noon – 7:00 PM

(Some related downtown events will be starting earlier and ending later)

Spend the day in downtown York enjoying a variety of FREE family-friendly activities.

Details for 2018 will be announced later this year.

The 2017 event included the following:

  • Scavenger hunt (with prizes!) and fun photo props
  • Holiday entertainment, workshops, and tours
  • Matinee and evening movies in the Capitol Theatre (Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer showing 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m.)
  • Hands-on art activities, face painting, balloon twists
  • Miniature Railroad Club of York will have a Thomas display at the Rex/Laurel Fire Co.
  • Gingerbread-themed Escape Room at the Rex/Laurel Fire Co.
  • Human Snow Globe photo station at the Studio
  • Photos with Santa at Martin Library (3 to 5 p.m.; must be in line by 4 p.m.)
  • Holiday Flea (12 noon to 8 p.m.)
  • Lighting of the York City Christmas Tree … AND MORE!

The 2017 Light Up York was brought to you thanks to funding from the Cultural Alliance of York County, fueling the creative energy and vibrancy of our community through its financial investment in eight partner agencies and the Creative Impact Awards that bring arts and culture experiences to the lives of thousands of people in our community each year.



Tree lighting ceremony begins at 5 p.m.

Event MCs:  Liz Bell and Chris Tyler of WARM 103.3

The City of York thanks Bob Geiser for donating the 2017 Continental Square Christmas Tree and Kinsley Construction for donating removal and delivery services.

Light Up York will serve as a collection point for: 


Events will take place in and around Continental Square in Downtown York, PA (intersection of Market and George Streets)

For GPS directions:

Philadelphia Street Parking Garage: 25 West Philadelphia Street, York, PA 17401

King Street Parking Garage: 15 West King Street, York, PA 17401

Thank You to Our Generous 2017 Sponsors:





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  • Reminder: Pets are prohibited within York City Special Event areas. Please do not bring pets with you.
  • Please note the following parking and travel restrictions:
    Market Street from Beaver to Duke Streets
    George Street from King to Philadelphia Streets
    No Parking after 1 p.m.
    Streets closed to traffic beginning 3 p.m.

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