Don’t miss cookies with Santa and a family concert

Hanover’s own big band, The Jazzberries, will perform a holiday extravaganza with featured vocalist, 10-year-old Nicole Gross, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Eichelberger Performaing Arts Center, 195 Stock St., Hanover.

Before the show, children are invited to have cookies and milk with Santa from 2 to 2:45 p.m. in the conservatory and on stage after the concert. Bring your cameras for photos with Santa.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 18 and younger.

To order tickets, call 637-7086 or visit

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New Freedom church to host free lunch with Santa

A free lunch with Santa is open to residents of southern York and northern Baltimore counties from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, 175 E. Main St., New Freedom.

Hosted by the church’s ecumenical outreach program, The Lord’s Lunch, all children will have the opportunity to visit with and receive a free picture with Santa, a treat bag and a toy. In addition, there will be a craft station and an opportunity for children to make Christmas cards. There is no cost for the event, but donations will be accepted. There are no income or age restrictions.

The Lord’s Lunch prepares and serves free hearty meals for residents of southern York and northern Baltimore counties on the second and fourth Saturdays monthly.

For more information, call (717) 235-2315.

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Register soon for a photo op with Santa

Santa Claus will be at Senior Commons at Powder Mill, 1775 Powder Mill Road, York, from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Photo opportunities with Santa will be available for children, grandchildren and small pets. Children are invited to sit on Santa’s lap and share their secret wish list. Hot chocolate and cookies will
be provided.

This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested by Dec. 7.

To register, call Denise Lauer at (717) 741-0961.

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Annual Delta Christmas Fair opens Friday

The Mason-Dixon Line has announced the lineup of its 34th annual Delta Christmas Fair this weekend.

– Live Nativity, 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 629 Main St. Girl Scouts will be caroling throughout the borough.

– Lighting of the Delta Borough tree, 8 p.m. on the grounds of Delta Discount Grocery and More, 520 Main St. Santa will arrive, Mason-Dixon Lions Club will provide treats for kids, Kennard-Dale High School musicians will perform, and all present will join in singing traditional songs.


– All-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at the Delta Area Community Senior Center and a craft show, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Peach Bottom Township Recreation Center, 5 Pendyrus St.

– Santa will visit, 10 a.m.-noon, and a flea market and food, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Delta-Cardiff Volunteer Fire Co., 500 Main St.

– Children’s movie marathan featuring “Elf” at noon, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at 1:45 p.m., and “The Polar Express” at 2:45 p.m. Sponsored by Harford County Public Library, Whiteford branch.

The information center for the fair weekend will be at the Old Line Museum, 602 Main St., Delta.

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Santa photo session is Saturday at York College

York College’s Habitat for Humanity Club will host a picture session with with Santa, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Student Union building, 441 Country Club Road.

Children who attend will also be able to contruct their own gingerbread houses. Pictures are $3, with additional prints for 50 cents each. All proceeds go directly to the Habitat house at 37 W. Jackson St.

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Visit with Santa at The Markets at Shrewsbury

Santa will visit with children at The Markets at Shrewsbury in December.

Parents should bring their own camera for pictures with Santa.

Santa will be there from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 1, 8 and 15.

The market is located on Susquehanna Trail South, off Interstate 83 between exits 8 and 4.

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Visit with Santa at Dover Township event

The Dover Township Recreation Department will host its annual Christmas in the Park, 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1 at Brookside Park, 4054 Fox Run Road.

The event will feature Steven Courtney and the Suitcase Musicians in the dance hall starting at 5 pm. There will also be a craft for the children while they wait for Santa to arrive. They can also decorate cards that will be sent to troops overseas.

Santa Claus will arrive at 6 p.m., so bring your own camera for photos in the new carousel building. Please bring a non-perishable food donation for the Dover Area Food Bank and receive either a hot dog or drink.

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Santa to visit Springettsbury Township event

Santa will help celebrate Springettsbury Township’s annual Holiday Tree Lighting, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at the Springettsbury Township Park amphitheater.

The event will feature musical performances by Central York Middle School Christmas Carolers, Central York Middle School Christmas Brass, York Suburban Middle School Christmas Jazz Band and York Suburban Middle School Sounds of Tomorrow Chorus.

There will also be hot chocolate and cookies and an appearance by Santa, who has a treat for everyone.

The Marine Color Guard and Reservists will collect new toys for the Toys for Tots program, with a drawing for prizes for each toy or cash donation.

For event updates or in the case of inclement weather, visit; call 505-0406; or listen to radio station 96.1 WSOX.

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Santa to visit Brown’s Orchards

Santa has announced his holiday schedule at Brown’s Orchards and Farm Market, 8892 Susquehanna Trail South, Loganville.

Santa will visit from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Nov. 17 to Dec. 22; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 18 to Dec. 23; and 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 5, 12 and 19.

For more information, call (717) 428-2036 or visit

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Your favorite gifts

Lyndsey Eagan, 11, passes an accessory to her sister, Megan, 9, left, while playing with Megan’s Christmas gift – a Barbie Dream Townhouse — at their Codorus Township home on Christmas Day. The Friendship Elementary School students opened gifts Sunday morning with their parents Greg and Cathy.

So what was your favorite gift this year? You can tell us in a comment below, a video message, with a photo or drawing.
We’d love to hear from you!
Email your photos, videos or drawings to!

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JD’s Christmas video collection

Santa Claus reads "A Visit from St. Nick" in a video posted below.

Updated on 12/23/2011!

One of our favorite parts about working on the Junior Dispatch website is the daily videos we add on the right side of the page. We spend probably too much time looking for the best of the best for you, but it’s so much fun searching through the wide world of YouTube to find fun and interesting stories.

In the last month or so, we’ve featured a lot of Christmas videos, and now we want to offer you a done-in-one post that contains them all — plus plenty of bonus videos!

This videos celebrate all that is funny, touching and maybe even a little aggravating about the Christmas season.

If you have a favorite we should add to the mix, please offer us a link in the comments below!
Take a look at the history of the Santa Claus legend.

The Glee cast asks us “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”

Fred is a little worried about Christmas.

MaryDoodles gets in the Christmas spirit.

The life of a bell ringer in York County.

Learn the story of “Olive, the Other Reindeer!”

York Little Theatre’s Christmas card project.

This train layout from Germany will blow you away.

The world-famous poem of Santa’s visit.

A Disney-fied look at the same poem.

Fans of the Calvin & Hobbes cartoon strips will vividly remember Calvin’s snow creations, which are recreated in this video.

Darth Vader gets into the Christmas spirit.

An ogre recounts his troubles with a snow-bully.

The Monkey Mafia tries a Christmas heist. (You’ll need to turn up your volume!)

Rocketboom explores the history of Christmas lights … on the Internet.

A look at a Live Nativity earlier this month in York.

Celebrate the most-famous reindeer around!

Celebrate Christmas in the Far East.

Frosty may have met his match!

Here’s a unique version of the “12 Days of Christmas.”

Here’s a warm-hearted Christmas prank.

An amazing song from a Marine in Afghanistan.

Spend Christmas with Garfield.

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Eat breakfast with Santa on Saturday

The Northeastern High School Student Senate will host an all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast with Santa, 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 at the school, 300 High St., Manchester.

The menu will feature pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice, coffee and tea. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12. For $1 off the admission price, bring hats, gloves, gift cards, etc. for Northeastern’s Help-A-Neighbor program.

Santa, Mrs. Clause, and the Elves will be there, so bring your camera for pictures. The entire York community is invited. Proceeds benefit NHS Student Senate.

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Santa’s coming to Central Market

Downtown York’s historic Central Market is preparing for the arrival of Santa Claus on Saturday, Dec. 17, as he takes a break from Christmas preparations to shop for farm-fresh York County items and visit with local children.

Santa will be at the Philadelphia Street seating area from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A professional photographer will be on hand to help capture the moment, and those photographs will be available for purchase. Parents should also have their cameras ready; Santa doesn’t mind the paparazzi at all!

For information about the market, visit

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