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Since 1914, Bethesda Mission has been a missionary arm of the local church, reaching out to men, women, and children of all races, nationalities, and creeds, providing the poor and homeless with shelter, food, clothing, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ, and discipling them in the Christian life.
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ICE SKATING RINK

A new addition this year, we are pleased to be able to offer ice skating as an activity. Get into the Christmas spirit by gliding around a rink with Italian Lake park as a scenic backdrop.

 

 

 

 

 

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CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

Picture a blue-green Fraser fir rising up above Italian Lake and twinkling lights reflecting in the water. Bringing the light of the holiday season to life, the Christmas Tree at Tremendous Christmas at Italian Lake is a sight to be seen.

Join us for the tree lighting ceremony Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 5:00 PM

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SANTA'S GROTTO

Bring your whole family to see Santa. For a donation to Bethesda Mission, your photo will be taken with Santa in the Christmas cabin. All children who have their photo taken will receive a gift from Santa.

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SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS

Join us as local choirs and churches fill the air with the traditional sounds of Christmas.
Choir schedule below:

Saturday, December 8
12:30 p.m. Chromatic Expansion (Millersville University Student Choir)
1:00 p.m. Rockville United Methodist Church
1:30 p.m. Zion Lutheran Church
2:00 p.m. Market Square Presbyterian Church
2:30 p.m. Paxton Ministries Handbell Choir
3:00 p.m. Trinity Presbyterian Church
4:30 p.m. Brookfield Bible Church

Sunday, December 9
12:30 p.m. Chromatic Expansion (Millersville University Student Choir)
2:30 p.m. First Baptist Church of Steelton
3:00 p.m. Orthodox Christian Charities of Greater Harrisburg
4:00 p.m. Brookfield Bible Church

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SLEIGH RIDE

You’ll hear those sleigh bells jingle-ing, ring-ting tingle-ing, too. This activity was enjoyed by attendees of all ages last year. For a $5 donation per person to Bethesda Mission, take your family or holiday sweetheart on a carriage ride. 

Rides are available on Saturday from 12:30 – 4:30 and Sunday from 12:30 – 4:30. Tickets will be sold at the event on a first come, first served basis.

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CHRISTMAS MARKET

Now accepting applications for vendors for our Artisan Market:

Christmas Market Vendor Application

Vendor List:
Afrikan Girl Kuns
Carwood Essentials
Evanescent Inks
Kylie’s Canine Treats
Paparazzi Jewelry
Plenty of Polish Pottery
Royal Apache Artistry
Tremendous Leadership
Usborne Books & More
Wax Melts on the Loose

Food Trucks:
The Chicken Truck
Dough Heads Waffles
Mad Dash Grilled Cheese
Perk Up Truck
Poppa J’s Concessions
The Pretzel Spot
Sunshine Bakery
The Sweet Patch

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SANTA RIDE

Recycle Bicycle Harrisburg is organizing a collection drive for new hats, gloves, scarves, and socks benefiting Bethesda Mission. During the month leading up to Christmas at Italian Lake, you can drop donations in collection boxes at various locations around the city. A group of Santas on bicycles will deliver the donations to the lake at 4 pm on Saturday, December 8. It is sure to be a jolly sight!

Visit Recycle Bicycle’s Facebook Page for details about the Santa Ride.

Collection Locations:
Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District
Little Amps Strawberry Square and State Street
Fredricksen Library
The Underground Bike Shop
Pedal Pusher Bike Shop
Midtown Cinema

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CHRISTMAS JOY

Special thanks to our Christmas Joy sponsors who make this event possible.