The chill in the air, the ads for fresh-cut trees, and the homes now decorated with twinkling lights can only mean one thing - Santa's on his way. He and his elves will leave the North Pole and make their way to the following locations throughout southcentral PA:

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Santa's Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops
Where: 3501 Paxton St., Harrisburg
What: Get a free 4x6 studio quality print with Santa.
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Open additional hours through Dec. 24.
Contact: 717-565-5200

Santa's Paradise Express at the Strasburg Rail Road
Where: Route 741 East, Strasburg
What: Santa himself will climb aboard and visit with families as they travel down the tracks to Paradise, PA and back. Children ages 3 to 11 will also receive a gift from Santa.
When: Friday through Sunday. Additional dates include Dec. 1-2, 8-9 and 15-16.
Contact: For tickets, visit or call 717-687-7522

Christmas Magic: A Festival of Lights
Where: Rocky Ridge County Park, 3699 Deininger Rd., Springettsbury Township
What: A half-mile walking trail featuring Santa Claus, Christmas lights, holiday scenes, and more. Tickets range $6 to $8; free for children age 3 and younger.
When: Nov. 23 through Dec. 31, 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Contact: For ticket information, visit

Santa Claus at Naylor Wine Shoppe, Queensgate
Where: 2035 Springwood Road, York Township
What: Bring the kids, your pets and your camera for a visit with Santa.
When: Noon to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Also open noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 1.
Contact: 717-755-9397

Old Fashioned Christmas Friday Nights
Where: Kitchen Kettle Village, 3529 Old Philadelphia Pike, Intercourse, Lancaster County
What: Enjoy a PA Dutch dinner with Mrs. Claus
When: Friday nights through Dec. 21
Contact: Advance reservations are required, call 1-800-732-3538.

Santa at Brown's Orchards
Where: Brown's Orchards & Farm Market, 8892 Susquehanna Trail South, Springfield Township
What: Bring the kids to Brown's Orchards to visit with Santa
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23.
Contact: 717-428-2036 or

Hanover, PA Santa Cabin
Where: Center Square, Hanover
What: Join Santa for the 75th Anniversary of the Hanover, PA Santa Cabin
When: 1 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Open additional hours through Dec. 22.

Santa's Shanty in Gettysburg
Where: Lincoln Square in downtown Gettysburg
What: Visit Santa in his quaint Shanty, where children can share their wish list with Jolly Old Saint Nick.
When: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Open additional weekends through Dec. 20 and Christmas Eve.
Contact: or 717-334-6274

Polar Bear Express
Where: Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad, 136 Brown St., Middletown
What: Take a train ride to the North Pole to visit Santa.
When: 5 p.m. Saturday. Open additional weekends through Dec. 23.
Contact: Tickets are by reservation only. Call 717-944-4435 ext. 104 or visit

Breakfast with Santa at the York Galleria
Where: York Galleria Mall, Whiteford Road, Springettsbury Township
What: Enjoy breakfast with Santa in the Food Court
When: 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, and 9 to 10 a.m. Dec. 15. Children can also visit with Santa in the JCPenney Court 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Christmas Eve.
Contact: 717-840-1322 or visit

Santa at North Hanover Mall
Where: 1155 Carlisle St., Hanover
What: Capture a memory with Santa!
When: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Open additional hours through Dec. 24.
Contact: 717-632-8352 or

Santa at West Manchester Mall
Where: Center Court, 1800 Loucks Road, West Manchester Township
What: Visit with Santa and have your picture taken.
When: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Open additional hours through Dec. 24.
Contact: 717-764-5942 or

Light Up Night in Dillsburg

Where: Dillsburg Square and Public Library
What: Tree Lighting ceremony on the square followed by Santa and cookies in the Library.
When: 7 p.m. November 30
Contact: or 717-432-7865

Holiday Open House with Santa
Where: Miller Plant Farm, 430 Indian Rock Dam Road, York Township
What: Visit with Santa and take pictures with your family.
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1.
Contact: 717-741-2631

Breakfast with Santa
Where: Royal Manchester Golf Links
What: Enjoy a tasty breakfast buffet with the one and only Santa Claus.
When: Saturday morning, Dec. 1, 8 and 15.
Contact: Reservations are required. Please call 717-268-0490.

Annual Christmas Parade in Gettysburg
Where: Downtown Gettysburg, Steinwehr Avenue to Lincoln Square
What: Santa Claus joins the parade and the lighting of the Christmas Tree in Lincoln Square.
When: 7 p.m. Dec. 1
Contact: Stephanie McIlwee at or 717-334-1518, ext. 229

Ice Cream with Santa
Where: Turkey Hill Experience
What: Celebrate the sweetness of the season and enjoy unlimited ice cream with Santa Claus.
When: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 23.
Contact: Tickets required, visit

Santa at Boyers Nursery Holiday Open House
Where: Boyers Nursery, 405 Boyer Nursery Road, Biglerville
What: Children can have their picture taken with Santa in our own sleigh next to the Christmas Tree.
When: Dec. 1 and 2; 8 and 9.
Contact: 717-677-9567

Santa Arrives at Markets at Shrewsbury
Where: Markets at Shrewsbury, 12025 Susquehanna Trail, Glen Rock
What: Bring the camera and take a picture with Santa
When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1, 8 and 15.
Contact: or 717-227-4975

York City Light Up Night
Where: Continental Square - Downtown York City
What: Celebrate the lighting of the York holiday tree, and the arrival of Santa.
When: 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 7

Cumberland County Historical Society Holiday Family Program
Where: Cumberland County Historical Society, North Pitt St., Carlisle
What: Bring your camera for a free photo with Santa.
When: 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 8.
Contact: 717-249-7610 or
- Jen Baker