Every year Gettysburg Area Retail Merchants Association (GARMA) enjoys bringing the holiday spirit to downtown Gettysburg via its many decorations and celebrations. As we know, 2020 has brought forth some interesting challenges as to how we conduct ourselves in large group situations. With that said, we would like to update everyone as to how we will be handling the holiday season from start to finish.

GARMA will continue the tradition of the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Nov. 27, Black Friday, with some alterations to our regular plans. This year’s tree lighting will be done virtually. We will live stream the event on our Facebook page, thus encouraging people to stay home and celebrate in warmth with family and friends. This live stream will start at 5:45 p.m. on Nov. 27 and last approximately 25 minutes.

Jennie Dillon is the vice president of Gettysburg Area Retail Merchants Association, Christmas chairperson, and owner of Artworks on York Street.

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