Christmas Magic begins timed tickets

Christmas Magic’s Pet Night from Bil Bowden on Vimeo.

Christmas Magic, York County Park system’s shining star, is open again this year following a record-breaking 2017 season. In 2017, nearly 45,000 people trekked the half-mile paved Rocky Ridge County Park path. This year, a few new changes ensure that the youngsters will smile even more.

This year, the event opens a second indoor train layout, but the biggest change this year has nothing to do with lights, Santa or the daily live music.  To move weekend traffic more smoothly through the park, timed tickets are being sold.

No weekend tickets will be available at the gate.

From the York County Park website–Admission to Christmas Magic on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays is by timed tickets only, which can be purchased HERE. Reservations will be required, no walk-ins will be permitted Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Timed admission limits the number of people attending Christmas Magic, providing a better visiting experience and less waiting in traffic and lines. Walk-ins are not permitted Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays. Tickets for Monday-Thursday are available online and at the admissions window. Tickets purchased at admission window must be with cash. ATM’s are on site. Buying your ticket online will allow you to bypass the ticket purchase line and go directly to the timed ticket entry window.

Timed tickets can be purchased in person at John Rudy Park Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:30 p.m. or over the phone at 717-840-7440.

Santa Claus is on hand every day until December 23, and Wednesday night — Pet Night– was greeted with hundreds of dogs of every size. Members of the Friends of Canine Meadows charged $7 to have Rover’s photo taken for this fundraiser.

In addition to the spectacular light displays, live music will be performed inside one of the buildings at no extra charge. Food is also available.

Volunteers run much of the event, and last year accounted for 1,776 hours over the 36 days. Also, 26 decorated trees were on display by community groups, and more than 200 toys were collected for Toys for Tots. More than 600 pounds of food was donated to the Ranger Food Drive.

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