PENNSYLVANIA (WHTM) — Cities and towns around Pennsylvania will soon be putting up their holiday decorations in celebration of the season. Here’s when to look for the holiday lights and Christmas trees around your Midstate community.


The streetlights in Carlisle have been decorated with lights and winter banners. The borough’s Christmas tree goes up in the square on Dec. 1, and the tree lighting ceremony is Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. “Santa’s House” will be set up for photos with Santa on Dec. 3 from 6-8 p.m. and Dec. 4 from 1-4 p.m., as well.


Gettysburg’s Christmas tree in Lincoln Square will go up on Monday, Nov. 22, along with holiday banners on the streetlights. Additional decorations including lights in the trees, photo stations, and painted windows will be set up the following week in preparation for the Gettysburg Christmas Festival, which takes place the first two weekends in December.

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Harrisburg is already decorated with seasonal banners and light-up snowflakes on the light poles down 2nd Street. Strawberry Square is also decorated for the holidays.


Hersheypark Christmas Candylane and Hershey Sweet Lights opened Friday, Nov. 12. Hershey Lodge has been decorated with Christmas trees, flowers, garlands, and lights, and the Hotel Hershey is also in the process of decorating and will be fully decorated by Thanksgiving. A tree lighting festival with carnival games and a photo booth is scheduled for the large Christmas tree outside the Harvest restaurant on Friday, Nov. 26 at 6 p.m.


Lancaster is decked out with holiday wreaths on the street lights already. The city’s Christmas tree decorations, which include new lights and ornaments this year, will go up on the tree in the next week or so, and the official tree lighting event is scheduled for Dec. 3. There will also be a public menorah lighting in Penn Square on each night of Hanukkah.


Lebanon is putting colored lights in the trees in front of City Hall the week of Nov. 15, in addition to putting swags on the walls of the building. The city’s lampposts were decorated with lights and wreaths by the Community of Lebanon Association on Nov. 16. The lighting ceremony for the holiday tree located at 9th and Cumberland streets took place on Friday, Nov. 19.


Mechanicsburg is lighting its community tree in the town square on Friday, Nov. 26, at 5:35 p.m. The annual tree lighting event also includes caroling, refreshments, visits with Santa, and more.


The city of York kicks off the holiday season with Light Up York on Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. The event includes the ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree in Continental Square as well as a reading of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.”