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All set to spend Christmas in Gettysburg? Whether you are a local who calls this borough home, or an out-of-town visitor, here are a few things to know about the many merry goings on in and around Gettysburg this Christmas.

If you still have some last minute shopping to do, head on over to the Gettysburg Village Outlet Shoppes where you can find the freshest finds and amazing deals on top quality merchandise from such merchants as Old Navy, American Eagle, Adidas, Bath and Body Works, Pac Sun, Gertrude Hawk, Harry and David and many more. For a complete listing of shops visit: Gettysburg Outlets.

Many local area restaurants are dishing up Christmas Eve dinner as well. So you don’t have to! Restaurants that will be open on Christmas Eve include: 1863 Restaurant at the Wyndham Gettysburg, Dobbin House Tavern, Sharpshooters Grille, Dunlap’s Restaurant and Bakery, Sidney at Willoughby Run, Farnsworth House Inn Restaurant, Gettysburg Eddie’s, Cafe Saint-Amand, The Pub & Restaurant, One Lincoln and several others. Nearby restaurants open for serving Christmas Eve include Antrim 1844 Smokehouse in Taneytown, MD; The N.E.W. A-Ville Inn; Mountain Gate Family Restaurant and Cozy Country Inn & Restaurant, in Thurmont, MD and Carriage House Inn, in Emmitsburg, MD. For a more complete listing of restaurants and contact information, click here.

Many local area churches are holding special worship services for Christmas as well. Gettysburg Presbyterian will be holding Christmas Eve Services at 4 p.m.—a Traditional Worship/Birthday Party for Jesus (with sermon) for children ages 2 to second grade. They will also be holding a contemporary worship with the Christmas Story at 5:30 p.m., a Family Worship Children’s Vocal and Bell Choirs with Christmas Story at 7 p.m. and a Traditional Adult Worship and vocal choir with brass and sermon at 8:30 p.m. Mt. Joy Lutheran will hold a Christmas pageant from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., followed by a Christmas Eve Service complete with Holy Communion, candlelight worship and Christmas carols. Gettysburg United Methodist Church will be holding an informal family candlelight service at 4 p.m., Christmas Eve followed by a Fellowship Dinner at 5:15 p.m. and then a Traditional Family Candlelight Service at 7:30 p.m. On Christmas Eve, St. Francis Xavier will have Children’s Mass at 5 p.m.. a Christmas Vigil at 7 p.m., a Christmas Vigil in Spanish at 9 p.m. and a midnight Mass at midnight. On Christmas Day, there will be a Spanish Mass at 8:30 a.m., an English Mass at 11 a.m. and another Spanish Mass at 12:30 p.m. St. James Lutheran will hold a Quiet Contemplative Communion, on Christmas Eve, at 5 p.m., a Children’s Service at 6:30 p.m. and two Festival Communion Services with candle lighting , one at 8 p.m. and another at 10:30 p.m. On Christmas Day, there will be Worship and Holy Communion at 10 a.m. Great Conewago Presbyterian will be holding its Traditional Candlelight Service at 7 p.m., Christmas Eve, followed by refreshments and fellowship afterward. Christ Evangelical Lutheran will hold a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service with carols, children’s message, music from the Youth Musical Ensemble and Holy Communion at 10:30 p.m. The Festival Service of Word and Sacrament will include candlelight, carols, sermons, Holy Communion and music provided by the Bell and Cancel Choirs and musicians. In nearby Emmitsburg, there will be a Christmas Eve Vigil at the National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton at 7 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church will hold a Christmas Eve Service at 8 p.m., Gettysburg Bible Baptist will hold one at 7 p.m. and Gettysburg Church of the Brethren will hold its Christmas Eve Service of Candlelight and Communion at 6 p.m. Foursquare Church will be holding Christmas Eve Services at 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. There will be a Family Candlelight Service at 8 p.m., Christmas Eve, at Lower Marsh Creek Presbyterian and a Holy Communion and Special Music at 11 p.m. For a listing of various area churches and contacts, click here.

Need a place to stay for Christmas? Don’t worry. Santa will still find you when you choose lodging at one of Gettysburg’s popular hotels and inns. Popular stays include the Gettysburg Hotel, James Getty Hotel, Wyndham, 1863 Inn of Gettysburg, Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott Gettysburg, Gettysburg Hampton Inn, The Lodges at Gettysburg, Aspire Gettysburg Hotel, Federal Pointe Inn, Cozy Country Inn, Gettysburg Travelodge, Liberty Mountain Resort and several others. For more ideas, go to: http://www.gettysburg.travel/visitor/gettysburg_hotels.asp

How ever you choose to celebrate Christmas in Gettysburg, there is plenty awaiting you in town from shopping, services and overnight stays.

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