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People Enter Christmas Magic A Festival of Lights at Rocky Ridge County Park on Nov. 26. The display is up for its 28th season. The display runs until Dec. 31.

Duck beneath Santa's sleigh and flying reindeer, and continue through the blinking arches. The red-and-white striped candy canes lead the way to Rocky Ridge County Park's Christmas Magic - A Festival of Lights.

Moms and dads sporting warm winter coats, oversized gloves and wool hats lead their little ones into the lighted wonderland.

Whether they're walking tightly gripping a grown-up's hand or snuggled under piles of blankets in strollers, their eyes jump with excitement as the holiday lights flicker before them.

"It's a snowman that didn't melt yet," one little boy exclaims.

The half-mile walking trail boasts Disney characters, stars, a rocking horse, Snoopy and lots more objects all lit up.

There's even a large rock that's covered with lights.

The annual display takes months to set up, and it's all a labor of love for leader Jeri Jones. He's been involved for 28 years, but has led the effort since 1988.

"(Christmas Magic) makes me feel like a kid again," Jones said. "We get to have fun, we get to see all these families coming through and hear the chatter of kids young and old. That's our reward."

Whether it's a family night out or just the two of you, the themed displays and warm pavilions promise excitement for all.

Harold and Wilma Lau, both 66, have made the trek from East Berlin since 1997.

Walking hand-in-hand through the park, I couldn't help but feel their happiness and holiday cheer.

"It's just an enjoyable night for us," Wilma said with a smile and knowing glance toward her husband.

"It's beautiful."

- Laura Burkey, for FlipSide

If you go

WHAT: Christmas Magic

WHERE: Rocky Ridge County Park, 3699 Deininger Road in Springettsbury Township

HOURS: 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 31 (closed Dec. 24-25)

COST: $8 for adults; $6 for children ages 4 to 12; children younger than 4 admitted free

DETAILS: Visit or call 840-7443

Keep it going


Don't say arrivederci to your romantic date yet! Clink your wine glass to a delicious meal at Bel Paese.

THE SPOT: Bel Paese: An Italian Ristorante

WHERE: 1201 Memory Lane Ext in Springettsbury Township

HOURS: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 10 p.m. Sunday

INSIDER TIP: Start off the meal with bruschetta calamari, add a gorgonzola salad and choose from numerous robust entrees, all made to order.

DETAILS: Call 840-4040 or visit

Get wrapped up

The couple who wraps together, stays together. Roll yourself out of Bel Paese and head back to your humble abode for a little gift-wrapping. Everyone knows that 'tis better to give than to receive. During the holidays, what is better than watching a loved one rip open a gift that you put so much thought into?

Your significant other will love to hear the story behind why you bought what for each person. He or she can bring his or her own presents to wrap. Four hands are better than two when ribbon and tape are involved, right?

A few creative ways to spruce up your wrapping include using butcher paper and the comics from your York Daily Record/Sunday News.

Setting the mood

The holidays bring out the romantic in all of us. Pop in this playlist and let the wrapping begin!

"White Christmas," by Bing Crosby

"I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," by Dean Martin

"Mistletoe and Holly," by Frank Sinatra

"Baby, It's Cold Outside," by Dean Martin

"Let It Snow!" by Dean Martin

"Jingle Bells," by Sammy Davis Jr.

"All I Want For Christmas Is You," by Mariah Carey

"Kiss Me at Midnight," by *N Sync

"Snowflakes of Love," by Toni Braxton

"Merry Christmas Darling," by Carpenters

"Christmas Love Song," by Barbra Streisand

"Baby It's Christmas," by Amy Grant

Watch a classic

After the presents are wrapped and placed under the tree, snuggle in with a warm cup of cocoa and a favorite holiday film. 

"Love Actually"

"It's A Wonderful Life"

"White Christmas"

"Miracle on 34th Street"

"The Christmas Story"

"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"

"A Christmas Carol"

"Frosty the Snowman"

"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"

"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"

"How the Grinch Stole Christmas"