Chambersburg Winter Wonderland: Part 1

by Bethany Edwards, Intern, Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce

Do you have trouble finding fun things to do in the winter for the whole family to enjoy? Look no further, because Chambersburg is filled with so many winter activities that it is going to take three blog posts to talk about it all!

Downtown Winter

First, we’ll cover two big events that happen in downtown Chambersburg annually that really put an emphasis on community and holiday spirit.

christmas parade bandChambersburg Christmas Parade
Saturday, November 21 at 5:30 p.m.
Our annual Christmas Parade is an event that brings everyone together from all ages and backgrounds for one common goal: To celebrate. Spectators fill Main Street to enjoy time with their family and friends, or watch their loved ones on the wide array of floats.

Floats are designed by various community groups and organizations, from school sports teams to churches and more. To add some friendly competition, there will be judges present to judge the floats in various categories such as creativity, best in show, best innovation and more. The competition aspect of the parade calls for some great fun and even better floats.

You won’t see people leaving this parade early because everyone knows Santa Clause is coming and he has a big surprise! In the middle of Memorial Square, Santa Clause will light up the enormous Christmas tree for the season while everyone stands in amazement of how beautiful it is. While the parade may finish after the tree lighting, the spirit lives on.

Lotus for BlogSmall Business Saturday in Downtown Chambersburg

Saturday, November 28
Giveaways from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

A week after the parade, everyone is back downtown enjoying Small Business Saturday. You’ve heard of Black Friday… Small Business Saturday adds a new community-centered spin to your holiday shopping traditions. Sponsored by Abe’s Auto Service, Inc. and Orrstown Bank, the day promotes the Shop Local, Shop Small movement. You get to shop and support all the local, small businesses that make up our community while having a great day in downtown Chambersburg. 

In addition to supporting local businesses, Small Business Saturday is about two more things: holiday shopping and giveaways. Who doesn’t love those two things? (Okay, at least if you don’t like holiday shopping, you can’t argue about the giveaways!) Spend at least $25 at a downtown merchant, restaurants included, on Small Business Saturday then bring your receipt to the Courthouse Plaza and you’ll receive a giveaway right there. You’ll draw an envelope with either $10 or $25 worth of Downtown Dollars to spend that day at participating businesses. More than $2,000 in Downtown Dollars will be given away! 

Downtown merchants – many of which rely on Small Business Saturday as their biggest sales day of the year – will also be offering special holiday deals throughout the day. With the one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants downtown, there is something for everyone to enjoy. You won’t go home empty handed with all the great deals that are being offered! 

Come back to the blog soon to see what else Chambersburg has in store to help make the most of your Winter Wonderland!


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