Annual Holiday Events

Annual Holiday Parade

The Borough's holiday parade is an annual event that brings Santa to town for the holiday season.  The 2017 parade, themed Peace on Earth, will be held on Saturday, December 9th, starting at 4:00 p.m.  Entries are judged on a combined score for best use of theme, originality, charm, technical performance, and audio/visual appeal.  

Winners from last year's parade follow:


  • First Place—Elizabethtown Sporting Goods
  • Second Place—Elizabethtown Family Chiropractic


  • First Place—Kiwanis Club of Elizabethtown
  • Second Place—Girl Scout Troops 71455 & 70413

Judges’ Choice Award

  • Masonic Village @ Elizabethtown

 The Borough thanks its 2016 sponsors without whom the event would not have been possible:


  • American Legion, Conewago Post 329
  • Kiwanis Club of Elizabethtown
  • Union Community Bank


  • Brandt's Farm Supply
  • Harvest View Barn at Hershey Farms
  • Mars Chocolate NA


  • Cocker's Towing
  • Elizabethtown Moose lodge No. 596
  • Elizabethtown Moose Riders
  • Elizabethtown Rotary
  • Elizabethtown Sporting Goods
  • Hondru
  • Members 1st Federal Credit Union
  • Messick's Farm Equipment

Santa's Castle/Story Time

Santa makes his grand entrance to Elizabethtown as the last entry in the parade. Once the parade disburses at Mechanics Alley, Santa makes his way back to his castle on the southwest corner of Market and High Street. Here he visits with children of all ages listening to their hopes and dreams for the holiday season.  In addition to parade night (December 9, 2017), Santa will be in his castle and also at the Elizabethtown Public Library for story time on the following dates/times from December 12th through December 23rd:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays at the castle, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. followed by story time at the library from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the following dates:
    • December 12
    • December 14
    • December 19
    • December 21
  • Fridays at the castle, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the following dates:
    • December 15
    • December 22
  • Saturdays at the castle, noon to 2:00 p.m. on the following dates:
    • December 16
    • December 23