Candlelight Christmas Tour

Shriver House at Christmas

Five Christmases at the Shriver House

Thanksgiving Weekend - November 28-30
Thanksgiving evening, November 28; candlelight tours at 4, 6 & 8 pm
Friday, November 29th: Open Noon - 7: candlelight tours at 4 & 6 pm
Saturday, November 30th: Open Noon - 9: candlelight tours at 4, 6 & 8 pm
Gettysburg Christmas Festival Weekend - December 6-8
Friday, December 6: Open Noon - 10 pm: candlelight tours at 5, 7 & 9 pm
Saturday, December 7: Open 10 am - 10 pm: candlelight tours at 4:30, 7:30 & 9 pm
Sunday, December 8: Open 10 - 2

December 13-14
Friday, December 13: candlelight tour at 5 pm
Saturday, December 14: Noon - 8: candlelight tours at 5 & 7 pm
December 21
Saturday, December 21: candlelight tour at 5 pm
Reservations are required for candlelight tours

Christmas tour
The Shriver family spent five Christmases in their finely appointed home on Baltimore Street. In December 1860, after a lengthy construction process, George and Hettie Shriver settled into their beautiful new home in time to celebrate Christmas with their two young daughters just months before the Civil War began. Sadie had recently turned five years old; Mollie was three. You are cordially invited to take a candlelight tour of the Shriver House Museum, decorated for an 1860s Christmas, to hear about each of those five Christmases and how the Battle of Gettysburg and the Civil War affected the Shriver family.

Take a step back in time to discover how Christmas was celebrated in the mid-1800s. Enter the 19th century home of the Shriver family, one of the wealthiest families in town, as they prepare for the upcoming Christmas holidays. See the candle-laden Christmas tree in its place of honor on the parlor table as a fire roars in the fireplace of the handsome room decorated with hand-made holiday greenery. After hanging stockings on the mantle, the girls set out milk and cookies in anticipation of a visit from Santa Claus on that magical night. While soldiers faced the perils of the Civil War, Christmas offered a few moments of cheer that would help brighten the lives of those at home. Learn how families celebrated the holidays while fathers, sons, and husbands were separated from loved ones during this tragic time in American history.
Candlelight Christmas tours will begin on Thanksgiving evening, November 28 and continue Saturday evenings through December 21. For additional information on the Shriver House Museum or to make reservations for a Christmas tour, please call 717-337-2800. 

Private tours for groups of ten or more are welcome anytime (day or evening) throughout the holiday season; reservations are required.

Christmas tour
Christmas tree
Christmas shopping