Christmas at Fort Hunter

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Christmas at Fort Hunter 2022
Fort Hunter Park 

This month-long celebration begins with the Mansion decorated with artfully arranged fresh greens by the Garden Club of Harrisburg. View the special Gilded Age exhibition as part of your tour. The Fort Hunter Mansion is open for tours Tuesday-Sunday with reservations preferred and prioritized. Admission is just $7.00 per person. Learn more & register.

Weekends include a popular toy train exhibit in the Centennial Barn, decorated Christmas trees exhibited in the Tavern House, Fort Couture where dress forms are transformed into imaginative holiday decorations, and the kids-only holiday shop. Consider joining the fun at one of the special events such as a visit with Santa's Reindeer or a holiday concert!

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Special Weekend Exhibits

Trains _ Square Toy Train Exhibit
Saturday & Sunday ONLY
November 26 - December 18
12:30 - 4:30 PM
Free admission

All aboard! The magical HO gauge model trains start rolling Presented by the Keystone Model Railroad Historical Society.  This magical HO gauge model train set incorporates lots of interactive elements and a walk-around setup. 
This a must-see attraction for the whole family!

Old and new trains will be displayed each week and for the annual visitor, exciting new additions are made each year.

Thanks to the Friends of Fort Hunter
for underwriting this popular attraction.

Annual Festival of Trees
Saturday & Sunday ONLY
November 26 - December 18
12:30 - 4:30 PM
Free Admission

Get in the holiday spirit!

Co-sponsored by the Harrisburg Area Civic Garden Center, six themed Christmas trees are exhibited for viewing.

Beautifully decorated with handmade ornaments and trimmed by local garden clubs the trees are available for raffle. A selection of handmade ornaments will be available for purchase.

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Fort Couture Square Fort Couture
Saturdays & Sundays ONLY
December 3 - 18
12:30 - 4:30 PM
Free Admission

Adorned in the holiday spirit, these dress forms decorated like a Christmas tree are a
twist on holiday decoration.

Displayed in the Stone Stable, these festive wonders are created by volunteers, Friends of Fort Hunter, and local businesses. Using fresh greens and other natural and imaginative materials, Fort Couture will amaze
and inspire your holiday season.

Kids Only Holiday Shop
Saturdays & Sundays ONLY
December 3 - 18
12:30 - 4:30 PM

Kids aged 12 and under can shop for family and friends with the help of Fort Hunter elves. All gifts are under $15 with items for all ages, including grandparents.

Children will shop with the guidance of Santa’s helpers who will assist youngsters in picking out tasteful and unique items from the Museum Shop at Fort Hunter. Parents provide spending money and a gift list.

The gifts will be wrapped and tagged by helper elves and children will emerge with smiles on their faces and secrets in their gift sacks.

Kids Only Store Square 

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Special Holiday Events


St. Thomas Dulcimer Society in Concert
December 7 |  6:30  - 8:00 PM
Centennial Barn | Free Admission

Enjoy a collection of holiday and seasonal tunes played on mountain dulcimers,  Baritone dulcimers, Bass dulcimer, banhammer (plays like a Dulcimer sounds like a banjo), harps, and hammer dulcimer.

A holiday sing-along will conclude the concert and the Toy Train Exhibit will be open for a visit during a brief intermission. Seating is limited.   FREE

Paper Ornament Workshop
December 9 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Centennial Barn | $5

Need a break from the chaos of the holidays? Join us for a relaxing night of paper crafting. Participants will learn how to make two different types of paper decorations while enjoying festive music and hot chocolate. While this workshop is open to crafters of all ages, we ask that children are accompanied by their grownups. 
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Santa's Reindeer & Storytime with Mrs. Santa
December 10 | 12:30 - 2:30 PM

Centennial Barn | Free Admission

Visit in person and take photographs with Santa’s reindeer and stop by for a  story with Mrs. Santa.  Individually wrapped refreshments are available by donation.  Many thanks to Marilyn and Don Koones for underwriting this event. The line to see the reindeer will close at 2:15 PM.

Brass Triumphant in Concert
December 18 | 2:00 - 2:45 PM
Centennial Barn | Free Admission

Enjoy a free concert of Christmas music.  Join the 8-member, Mechanicsburg area brass group as they play familiar holiday tunes and Christmas songs in an informal concert setting. Many thanks to Rich and Barb Leitzel for underwriting this concert.

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