Holiday Performances in Cumberland Valley

December is a great time to catch a holiday performance in Cumberland Valley.

Each year Allenberry presents an original story (written just for Allenberry) filled with laughter, music and holiday cheer. Celebrate the season with Santa Claus, sticky buns, roaring fireplaces, caroling, music, family and friends. This year’s show will run November 04, 2015 to December 20, 2015 and is titled There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays.


The state-of-the-art Luhrs Center at Shippensburg University hosts a variety of acts surrounding the holiday season. Top touring performers and old favorites have performed Christmas classics at the center. This year’s festive performances include Celtic Woman “Home for Christmas”: The Symphony Tour on December 3rd and Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis on December 9th.

The Central PA Youth Ballet is located in Carlisle and is a nationally and internationally recognized school of classical ballet. Around the holidays, the CPYB performs George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at the nearby Whitaker Center on December 12th and 13th and the Hershey Theatre on December 19th and 20th. They are the only pre-professional ballet school allowed to perform this version.

The Carlisle Theatre will host a Carlisle Theatre Holiday Celebration - White Christmas on December 5th.

If you’re looking for gift suggestions check out the Cumberland Valley Facebook page and Twitter pages for our 2015 gift guide countdown, running through December 12. Each day we will feature a gift for someone on your list from a local shop. You can enter to win the daily gift and help businesses by shopping local for the holidays!

This is also a great time of year to take in a local event. View a collection of seasonal events below and find a complete list of events and other things to see and do at

Santa’s Workshop Exhibit @ Cumberland County Historical Society – Dec 4th-Jan 2nd   
Come see what Santa’s elves have been up to! Cumberland County Historical Society is taking a peek into Santa’s workshop to see what the elves have been making over the past year for good girls and boys.

Christkindlesmarkt @ Pennsylvania National Guard Armory – Dec 5th
Join us for this holiday crafts bazaar sponsored by the Carlisle Barracks MWR. There will be holiday entertainment, holiday music, quality artisans and great food. Admission and parking are free.

Market of Curiosities @ Carlisle Ribbon Mill –
Dec 5th
Miss Ruth’s Time Bomb invites you to step-right-up to The Market of Curiosities, an odd market for everyone! Enjoy three-rings of shopping, beer tasting, and live music. Find unique holiday gifts from over 50 independent artists, vintage collectors, and DIY crafters. Savor the great taste of fine micro-brewed beers, delicious food, and experience outstanding live music. All these treats take place under the big top of the historic Carlisle Ribbon Mill. Add this event to your December calendar and be amazed!

Pine Wreath Workshop & Luncheon @ Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses –
Dec 14th
Enjoy a delicious lunch of assorted salads, sandwiches, chips, macaroni salad, a bakery tray and drinks. Then, make a beautiful fresh wreath from assorted greens, pine cones, flowers, holiday embellishments, and a bow. Pre-registration and payment required.

First Night Carlisle in Downtown Carlisle –
Dec 31st
First Night is a family-oriented, non-alcoholic celebration of the arts held on New Year’s Eve on the streets of downtown Carlisle. It is a major visual and performing arts festivity created by and for the community to welcome in the New Year. It is a public celebration that revives the ancient tradition of marking the passage of time with art, ritual, and festivity in a present-day context

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