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December's First Friday: Light Up York

First Friday Downtown York PA

It's the biggest #FFYork of the Year, presented by WellSpan Health! 

The tree lighting ceremony will begin at 6:15pm in Continental Square!

-- Emcees Liz & Chris from WARM 103.3
-- Entertainment featuring Greater York DanceWeary Arts Group, members of the William Penn High School Music Department, and others will be presented at Continental Square (and there will be some audience participation sections of the evening)
-- NEW: A live reindeer from TNZ Farms in Quarryville will be available for photos at Continental Square from 5:30 to 7:30pm (sponsored by Elite Property Management)
-- SPECIAL THIS YEAR: Sealing of York’s 275th Anniversary Time Capsule
-- Toys for Tots of York, PA will be collecting new, unwrapped toys at Continental Square
-- Salvation Army will have complimentary hot chocolate at Continental Square
-- Free face painting and free holiday-themed balloon twist hats provided by Atomic Bounce will be available at Continental Square beginning at 5:00
-- NEW: The York County Literacy Council will be promoting their #ZYXchallenge at Continental Square (give it a try!)
-- PLUS: Face painting, balloon hats, mascots, coloring activities, glow necklaces ... AND MORE!

Following the tree lighting ceremony:
-- Crafts and visits with Santa at Martin Library (6:45 to 8:00pm)
-- Tyler Brown Photography, LLC will be at Martin Library to provide free professional photos with Santa (6:45 to 8:00pm)
-- Dedication of new lights at the York County Judicial Center (6:45)

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Beer Samples

The Beer Ace Beer Samples:
• HIVE Artspace
• Colonial Complex (Golden Plough Tavern)
• York City Pretzel Company
• Baron Von Schwein
• Bair’s Chicken
• Sweet Melissa’s Dream
• Foster’s Flower Shop
• Pepper’s Grille at Central Market

Brewery Products Beer Samples:
• Built to Last Tattoos
• Small Star Art House
• Historic York Inn
• Waterway
• Tutoni’s
• Brewvino
• Nuts About Granola
• Dicarlos

Market District Activities

St. John Episcopal Church - York, PA (140 North Beaver Street)
Second Annual Cookie Walk. From gingerbread to shortbread, snickerdoodles to date bars to tea cakes, all of our cookies are home baked and just in time for the holidays. Available in the Parish Hall from 5:30 – 7:00pm.

Marketview Arts
Come celebrate the opening of York Art Association's and Farm & Natural Lands Trust's Preserved Lands of York County Art Exhibition from 5-9 December 2nd at Marketview Arts (35 W. Philadelphia Street). This is a unique and stunning exhibition showcasling both local creative talent and the incredible lands preserved by Farm & Natural Lands Trust.

Elks Lodge #213 - York, PA (223 N. George Street) 
Our doors are open for First Friday with LIVE dance music! The Don Johnson Project plays from 7-11pm. Dinner is available from 5-9pm. Bar is open until 11pm. $10 cover. Enter to win a $25 gift certificate to use at the Lodge on a future date. Ring the buzzer at the front door to be admitted. 

Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center
A free showing of the 1964 stop-motion animation version of Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer (7:00pm at the Capitol Theatre) 

Christ Lutheran Church (29 South George Street)
Open House

Colonial Complex (157 W. Market Street), 5:00-8:00pm
See the Golden Plough Tavern and General Gates House in a new light with a ½ hour lantern tour anytime between 5:00 to 8:00. Enjoy a sample of ale, provided by The Beer Ace. Enjoy light refreshments near a welcoming fire in the summer kitchen behind the Gates House. Lantern tours last approximately ½ hour. No admission fee, but donations appreciated.

Smyser-Bair House/Historic York Inn (30 South Beaver Street)
There’s lots to explore for December’s First Friday, including our York Holiday Book Bazaar and complete tours of this 1830s mansion every hour. Enjoy live music and free refreshments, including a tasting by Brewery Products.

Esaan Thai Restaurant of York, PA (30 North Beaver Street)
Stop in to try one of our specials for First Friday or simply enjoy your favorite Thai dish! Follow with authentic house-made gelato. Reservations recommended. BYOB.

Creative York
LA LUZ DE LA GENTE exhibit showcasing Hispanic artists in partnership with the York County Hispanic Coalition, and TOPOLOGICAL ELEMENTS, an installation and solo exhibit by Fiel Patricio in the Project Space. Plus a Free Activity: MADI Art Paper Sculpture! MADI is an art movement founded in Buenos Aires. This geometric and non-representational sculpture is playful in spirit.

The Watchmaker's Daughter (22 North Beaver Street)
Enjoy artwork on display by Terri Yacovelli, Free gift wrapping, and wine!

Sweet Melissa's Dream (38 North Beaver Street)
Light up the night at Sweet Melissa's! Stop in for a free glow stick bracelet (while supplies last). We are stocked for the holidays, let us help you find the right gift for your loved ones!

Revolt Style Studio
Shop Small this holiday season!
>> We will staying open until 9:30 so you can shop before the tree lighting & pick up your bags after!
>> FREE COOKIES (isn't that enough, really?)
Extended First Friday Hours: 10am-9:30pm

White Rose Bar and Grill (48 North Beaver Street)
Happy Hour from 4:30–6:30pm. Enjoy ½-priced drinks and ½-priced food specials at our bars.

Cherie Anne Designs (48 West Philadelphia Street)
Stop in to peruse our holiday tea blends along with our hand-crafted knitwear, jewelry & gifts. Stop by our new Courtyard Café and try our featured beverage, the Artisan Egg Nog.

CrossFit York (147 West Philadelphia Street)
First Friday Free Workout at CrossFit York, 6:30 pm – 7:30pm!
Sign up for an introductory package (1 month of unlimited instruction), you'll receive $25 off. 

Art & Framing Warehouse (147 West Philadelphia Street)
50% off all framed art. Purchase a $50 coupon for $25 towards custom framing.

Creative York West (118 West Philadelphia Street)
100 UNDER 100 exhibit, a group show featuring 100 artworks under $100 - perfect for holiday gifting!

Richard R. Reilly, Attorney at Law - Rich Reilly (54 North Duke Street)
Deck the Halls with all the sounds and smells of Christmas! Enjoy the art of Sherry and Michael Brothers (a great gift idea)!! Stop in and join us for fun holiday delights!

Holy Hound Taproom (57 West Market Street)
Pigs in Zen sandwich for $5. Housemade bourbon BBQ pulled-pork topped with apple coleslaw on a ciabatta roll. 

My Girlfriend's Wardrobe (41 West Market Street)
Free gift wrapping for all in store purchases!

York City Pretzel Company (39 West Market Street)
We’re open until 9:00 p.m! Enjoy tastings from the Beer Ace and celebrate our 2-Year Anniversary!

Coffee, Teas, and Thee, LLC (15 South Pershing Avenue)
Join us for our Far Above Rubies/Release Your Butterfly dinner and fashion show, from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $15, reservations required.

Stage Deli On George (26 North George Street)
The Stage Deli is excited to be open to serve you on first Fridays!! Stop in for 10% off anything on our menu, with moms getting an additional 10%. Our full menu will always be available, including breakfast served all day and fresh SMOOTHIES.

The Left Bank Restaurant & Bar (120 North George Street)
Bar only: 1/2 price LB calamari plus other special Chef inspired appetizers! $2 off select wines by the glass and draft beers. 5–7pm.

Central Market York

-- Mudhook Brewing Co. and Central Market York will be selling Strathmeyer Christmas Trees in Cherry Lane (parking spaces will be reserved nearby so you can easily load up your tree on the way home)
-- Central Market will also offer crafts and coloring pages for youngsters
--Mezzogiorno: Dinner with the Elves
-- The York County Gospel Choir will be performing at Central Market

Royal Square District

Come see the 104,643 white Christmas lights adorning the block for the holiday season. 8,720 feet of lights will twinkle on buildings and light posts on East King Street and South Duke Street, from Prime Art Supply Co. to DiDi & Smiling John's traditional Barber Shop & Salon. 

HIVE artspace (126 E King St)
HIVE Holiday Bzzzaar! Giftable art, hand-crafted items, cards, prints, ornaments, small wearables & other artisan-created gift items all under $100 during our December exhibit & gifting show! Free button featuring artwork from the exhibit for the first 25 visitors!

World Grills (29 East King Street)
Join us for special Thai street. Try our house-made Thai chicken or shrimp camping BBQ, or build you own Noodle bowl Bangkok style. Vegan friendly.

York First Moravian Church (39-41 North Duke Street)
Christmas Putz display (6:00, 6:45, 7:30, 8:15)

Goodridge Freedom Center (123 E Philadelphia Street)
In Honor of William C Goodridge, the Crispus Attucks Association of Yorkcordially invites you to visit his home at 123 East Philadelphia Street and enjoy the beauty of Christmas trees decorated in a variety of styles. Refreshments will be served. 5-7pm

WeCo York PA

LifePath Christian Ministries Economy Store (283 W Market St)
Open until 8pm! 50% off everything in the store except items marked N.F.D. (No Further Discount) Christmas cookies, coffee, and hot chocolate. Also, check out our special Christmas window displays! 

YMCA of York and York County (90 North Newberry Street)
Born to Move! Fresh. Fit. Fast. When it comes to learning a whole lot of cool moves from dance, martial arts, and yoga, this class for 8 – 12 year-olds is the way to go. Each 45-minute class is jam-packed with cool music, foundation fitness moves and fun games. Try it for free at 5:30pm. 

YorkSocial DanceStudio (324 West Market Street) 
Every Friday we hold a social swing dance with complimentary beginner lessons. Drop-in classes are available at 7:45 and 8:30 in various swing styles; Dance kicks off at 9:15 and goes until midnight. 

The Waterway York (220 West Philadelphia Street) 
1st drink free from 2–8pm First Fridays. 

Roosevelt Tavern (50 North Penn Street) 
$2.00 Off Crab cake Sandwich
Slow Roasted Pulled Pork Slider $2.00 Each
$5.00 Lb Poached Mussel Pots (white wine, lemon, garlic broth andouille sausage toasted crostini) normal price $11
$2.00 Miller Light Drafts

York Blue Moon (361 West Market Street) 
Purchase one appetizer, get one half off every First Friday.

The York Emporium (343 West Market Street) 
Visit downtown York’s only used book and curiosity shop! Over 500,000 titles to peruse. 

Street closings for Light Up York (4 to 9pm):
--Market Street will be closed from Beaver to Duke Streets
--George Street will be closed from King to Philadelphia Streets
PARKING will be FREE in the city garages. Parking meters are free after 5 p.m.

Earlier Event: November 26
Small Business Saturday in Downtown York
Later Event: December 9
Downtown Yuletide Walking Tour