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Franklin County, PA Welcomes All to a Festive Holiday Season

Light it up

Franklin County, PA is gearing up to celebrate the 2023 holiday season with a heartwarming invitation to “come home,” regardless of whether Franklin County is your actual hometown. The county’s charming communities, including Chambersburg, Greencastle, and Shippensburg, are set to dazzle with festive lights and decorations.

The season’s highlights include the Festival of Trees, where over 70 beautifully decorated trees and wreaths will captivate visitors at the Franklin County Visitors Center. The community is encouraged to vote for their favorites, with the option to take one home. The festival concludes on December 2, with winners announced in the afternoon.

Adding to the holiday spirit, Renfrew Museum & Park hosts Christmas on the Farm, offering a glimpse into a 19th-century Christmas with wagon rides and house tours. The Candle Night & Cocoa Crawl in downtown Chambersburg promises a luminous evening with over 700 luminaries, carolers, and a special appearance by Santa.

Santa himself will be greeting families in Chambersburg on select dates, complemented by cookies, hot chocolate, and a fun-filled scavenger hunt. Not to be missed, the Heritage Christmas in Greencastle and the Chambersburg Christmas Market offer delightful carriage rides, shopping, and festive foods.

Shippensburg’s Christmas Parade, themed “A Gingerbread Christmas,” and Mercersburg’s Colonial Christmas at the Conococheague Institute, promise unique experiences with historical insights. Fort Loudoun’s Christmas celebration and Shippensburg History Center’s “A Stewart House Christmas” add to the county’s rich tapestry of events.

Franklin County, with its beautifully decorated homes, walking tours, and the enchanting Tiny World, invites everyone to experience the joy and warmth of the holiday season.

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Gregg P Davis 1926-2024

Gregg was well known as an avid outdoorsman, a passion he developed as a boy who helped provide food during the Depression.

A Fred McCleaf 1923-2024

Mr. McCleaf served in the South Pacific with the United States Navy during World War II. He owned and operated A. Fred McCleaf Plumbing & Heating most of his life.

Daily Forecast, February 24, 2024

Franklin County Forecast: In the forecast for today, we are expecting light rain, with a high of 42.03°F and a low of 27.55°F. The humidity

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The Franklin County Free Press, established by Vicky Taylor in 2019, emerged as a beacon of local journalism for the residents of Franklin County. Under Vicky's leadership, it quickly became an essential source of news, particularly at a time when major newspaper publications were increasingly overlooking local coverage.

On January 1, 2022, the torch was passed to Nathan Neil and his firm, Neil Publishing, LLC. Neil, a local entrepreneur with multiple thriving businesses in Chambersburg, shares Vicky's fervent commitment to both the community and the world of local journalism.

Rooted in the heart of Franklin County and powered by its residents, the Franklin County Free Press continues to bridge the gap, ensuring that the local stories, events, and issues that matter most to the community remain in the spotlight.