Manheim Downtown Development Group

Manheim Downtown Development Group: Christmas



The arrival of the holiday spirit officially gets started in Manheim.  Join us the weekend of December 6th, 7th and 8th for a real life “Whoville” experience!  Click here to download pdf flyer.



The festivities begin as we ask you to continue to support your local businesses at First Friday in Manheim!  Compared to chains, locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, supporting a wide range of jobs and enriching the whole community!


Cricket's Performing Arts will be hosting their Sugar Plum Party starting at 6:00pm with dance performances, photo opportunities with the Sugar Plum Fairy herself and delicious goodies.  (Small cost)  For more information, please visit their website at or call (717) 664-4018.


Take in the performers at the Baron Stage as they present....Midsummer/Jersey a hilarious high-octane re-telling of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream set on the boardwalk of a seaside town in modern-day New Jersey. The story is set into motion by the impending marriage of the Governor of New Jersey, the love affairs of four beach-bound high school crushes, a lively crew of fairies and the staff of the local beauty salon (run by Patti Quince and Stylist Nikki Bottom). The night takes a magical, mayhem-filled turn when Oberon--angered by his wife who refuses to buy him a muscle car for his birthday--and the impish Puck arrive on the scene armed with a powerful love-potion-filled flower and a desire for mischief making. With several weddings and the acting careers of six beauticians hanging in the balance, the lovers take to the boardwalk, backed by pop music and an iPhone-obsessed wood sprite.

The Women’s Club of Manheim will also be selling their sugary concoctions of delicious cookies.  The one pound cookie trays are available for pick up at Divine Consign, Shaub’s Dry Cleaning and the Manheim Auto Auction.



Saturday brings a fun filled day for the whole family! Start your morning at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ located at 50 North Main Street for a delicious breakfast with the jolly old man himself!  Breakfast includes grandma’s favorite mouth-watering pancakes, farm fresh sausage, and coffee, tea and juice.  The breakfast will begin at 8:30am – 10:00am.  Tickets for this special event are on sale now at $6 for children ages 12 and over, $4 for children ages 3-11 and children under 3 are free.  All proceeds benefit the Manheim Food Pantry and the Youth Ministry at St. Paul’s UCC. Tickets can also be purchased by calling (717) 665-2447. 

After your delicious breakfast, head over the Manheim Community Library located at 15 East High Street for Crafts, Cookies and Cocoa! The fun begins at 10:00am until Noon where children can create beautiful hand-crafted gifts and ornaments for the holiday season!  For more information, please call 665-6700.

Starting at 8:00am - 2:00pm, St. Paul's Episcopal Church located at 90 South Charlotte Street, will host their annual Christmas Bazaar featuring jewelry, yard art, baskets, baked goods, scentsy displays and poinsettias.  Saturday will also be the first day of the Holiday Crossings which will begin at 10:00am – 4:30pm at the Manheim Railroad Station located at 210 South Charlotte Street.  This event will feature the polar express experience where all children will receive a silver bell and a golden ticket, the main railroad museum will host a gift shop featuring local artists, specialty coffee and teas, photo opportunities and auction!  The event is free and benefits the Manheim Community Library.  For more information, please visit their website.  

Saturday evening will mark the Manheim Downtown Development Group’s 13th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting!  The event will begin at 7:00pm – 8:30pm with performances by Cricket’s Performing Arts.  Our tree lighting would not be complete without Mr. and Mrs. Claus!  Residents and visitors can buy a chance to “Flip the Switch” on the lights illuminating the tree that will adorn our beautiful and historic Market Square this holiday season! The annual Christmas Tree Lighting is a special event for the young and old.  Other event festivities will include tuba playing, pony and cart rides, holiday carols and the lighting of the tree!  The event is free and held on our Historic Market Square in Downtown Manheim with plenty of parking in the municipal lots on North Wolf Street or North Hart Street and off street parking on Charlotte Street. 


Saturday evening at 7:30, the Baron Stage will performer a Midsummer/Jersey at the Manheim Central High School Auditorium.  



Sunday will round out the weekend! The Women’s Club of Manheim will host their annual Holiday Tour of Homes.   The tour will feature an array of six Manheim area homes decorated for the holiday season.  Advanced tickets can be purchased for $10 at Shaub’s Dry Cleaning, Longenecker’s Hardware, Divine Consign, or any WCM Member.  For more information, please contact Sandy at 575-8179.   Click here for brochure with listing and map.


Saturday will also be the second day of the Holiday Crossings which will begin at 12:30pm – 4:30pm at the Manheim Railroad Station located at 210 South Charlotte Street.


This will be a wonderful weekend to enjoy our town, community and the holiday season!  For more information, please call (717) 665-1762.

Our Volunteers... Allison Moyer, Denise Moyer and Robin Buchmoyer
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Manheim Downtown Development Group
17 North Main Street Manheim, PA, 17545

Office: 717.665.1762, Fax: 717.664.4410

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