Gettysburg for the Holidays: Beyond the Battlefields

Gettysburg for the Holidays: Beyond the Battlefields

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania is rich with Civil War history, but for those looking for something beyond the battlefields, this area has more to offer than meets the eye – particularly around the holidays.  Simply walking into Lincoln Square will feel like a winter wonderland with beautiful lights adorning the buildings surrounding a Christmas tree centerpiece.  Below are a few ideas to make a holiday trip to Gettysburg extra special.


Tuba Carol Fest 2017 Gettysburg PA

Tuba Carol Fest
Lincoln Square
Gettysburg , PA 17325

The Tuba Carol Fest is an annual event consisting of tuba players from around the country playing carols in Lincoln Square.  Hot Chocolate is provided and it’s a fun free event for all ages to get into the holiday spirit!


Lark Gifts –
17 Lincoln Square
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Lark is one of my favorite stops in Gettysburg because of its modern style and truly unique selection of items.  It’s the perfect place to find something different for everyone.  Another perk is the Gettysburg Baking Company sitting right next door….


Gettysburg Baking Company –
17 Lincoln Square
Gettysburg, PA 17325

The Gettysburg Baking Company also resides in Lincoln Square in a narrow room next to Lark.  This bakery may be small, but the food and pastries are delicious, making it worth a stop along your journey.


Hickory Bridge Farm Restaurant


Hickory Bridge Farm Restaurant / B&
96 Hickory Bridge Road
Orrtanna, PA 17353

Nestled on the outskirts of Gettysburg is a family-style restaurant you’ll want to experience for yourself.  The food is made from scratch in an old but beautifully restored barn.  We tried the crab imperial, chicken, green beans, corn fritters, and a few other sides.  I opted for the chocolate mousse for dessert – which was exquisite.  For a cozy and rustic dining experience outside of downtown Gettysburg, you won’t be disappointed with Hickory Bridge Farm.  Tip:  There is also a beautiful B&B as well as a country store on the premises.  Make sure to see them all!


Fairfield Inn Gettysburg

The Historic Fairfield Inn
15 West Main Street
Fairfield, PA 17320

Just outside of Gettysburg sits one of America’s oldest Inns – The Historic Fairfield Inn.  Once you walk in the door you step back in time, as the owners have preserved much of the building’s authenticity dating back to the 1700’s.  Don’t be confused by the coins seemingly littering the rooms as they are strategically placed by guests.  As history would have it, when the Inn was built, a wishing well stood in the yard that people would toss coins into.  It was eventually filled so instead, guests continued the tradition by placing coins all around the inn – many of which you will find wedged in the walls.  If you stop in, be sure to leave a coin or two because each December they are donated to a local non-profit!

On this trip, the talented Chef Johnathon created a not only beautiful but delicious, chicken and waffle breakfast for us!  They carry this PA favorite as well as a number of other dishes for guests to enjoy.


Board and Brush Gettysburg PA


Board and Brush –
100 Buford Ave
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Gettysburg Board and Brush offers a space for creativity and fun – no matter your skill level.  They walk you through every step of the process and help you along the way to ensure you leave with a beautiful piece of wooden art.  Board and Brush create their own unique stencils so you won’t find the same ones elsewhere.
Simply choose your stencil, stain your own piece of wood, paint it, embellish it as desired, and take it home.  It’s a lot of fun and no artistic skill is required!  So get a group of friends together, sip some wine, play some music and get to creating!

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