Manheim’s Next 1st Thursday is December 1, 2022.

Join the Manheim Area Chamber of Commerce and our title sponsor for December, Blue Ridge, for 1st Thursday on December 1st. Read on for information on featured events, live music, food trucks, and more.

If you are looking for ways to get involved as a business or individual, or want to be included in the list of participating businesses, please see our get involved section.

Click any of the following participants for additional information. Businesses with a yellow highlight have a special activity or offer during 1st Thursday—click listing for details. Hours shown below only apply to Thursday, December 1st.

Downtown Participants

A&M Pizza on Market Square takes pride in their recipes and goes to great lengths to ensure the finest quality ingredients are used.

During December’s 1st Thursday, A&M will be hosting Mount Gretna Brewery.

Artifice Ales & Mead specializes in food and beer pairings, cask ales and hybrid beer styles such as Braggot.

A unique dog boutique!

Take 10% off your purchase during 1st Thursday.

Boutique 1780 is a women’s clothing boutique that’s committed to promoting confidence through fashion with styles in sizes small – 3X. Shoes, accessories, and gifts also available.

L Squared Permanent Jewelry will be back at Boutique 1780 with their pop-up jewelry bar. Plus shop a large selection of gifts and stocking stuffers under $20 and enter for your chance to win one of $500 worth of gift cards!

Uniquely-potted houseplants, succulents, home decor, spring, fall and winter planting design services

Take 10% off your purchase during 1st Thursday.

Creative Inspirationz offers beautiful hand-crafted gifts to paint nights and everything in-between.

Get sneak peaks at their Cardinal & Winter art show, featuring artwork and unique gift items showcasing this theme from local artists in the surrounding communities.

Divine Consign offers like-new clothing and accessories for the entire family, plus furniture and home decor. Find new and unique gifts (many hand-made), cards, candles, and other curiosities. Now selling new items from Primitives by Kathy.

Divine Consign will offer free hot chocolate during the Holiday Story Hop, plus they will offer discounts for 1st Thursday shoppers.

Visitors to the Fasig House will find various artifacts that date from the late 1700s to the late 1800s, diving into the life, work and culture of early German settlers in Manheim. During 1st Thursday the Fasig House will be open (along with the Keath House), with a representative from the Manheim Historical Society present to answer any questions you may have.

There will be a Christmas Open House at both the Fasig House and the Keath House during 1st Thursday. Complimentary hot mulled cider will be served at the Keath House. The Belsnickel will be around town looking for good boys and girls and their pets to give them some special treats. And the Historical Society will be giving out a free Christmas ornament to each visitor.

Francesco’s provides the Manheim community with quality, authentic Italian food.

For December’s 1st Thursday, Francesco’s will be offering a dozen wings for $9.99, plus they’ll be set up on Market Square with pizza slices for sale.

Genesis Aesthetics is a relaxing medical aesthetics office to help you look and feel better from the inside out.

Glasshouse Wineworks creates well-crafted wines accompanied by a welcoming atmosphere.

During December’s 1st Thursday, Glasshouse Wineworks will offer mulled wine at $5 per glass.

Horst Arts offers a series of unique art-based events that provide the perfect solution for a fun night out. From crafting competitions to informative roundtables to kid crafts, they have something for all ages. Horst Arts is also the working art studio of collage artist Katherine Horst, and the design studio of Jason Horst, offering graphic design and web development services for the past 20 years.

During December’s 1st Thursday Horst Arts will feature the return of Kid-Made Christmas. Pick from two low-cost kits that will allow your child to create either an ornament or a frame as a gift for a relative or friend in their life. Plus check out their new line of oversized wooden snowflakes.

Nominated the best thrift shop in Lebanon County five years in a row, Jubilee has something for everyone with locations in six locations—including Manheim!

Believed to be one of the oldest, early colonial-era German log cabins in Manheim, the Keath House is truly a gem of the Historical Society. During 1st Thursday the Keath House will be open (along with the Fasig House), with a representative from the Manheim Historical Society present to answer any questions you may have.

There will be a Christmas Open House at both the Fasig House and the Keath House during 1st Thursday. Complimentary hot mulled cider will be served at the Keath House. The Belsnickel will be around town looking for good boys and girls and their pets to give them some special treats. And the Historical Society will be giving out a free Christmas ornament to each visitor.

Stop by and learn about all Manheim Community Library has to offer the community. Check out their new employment resources with current opportunities from their participating sponsors. Don’t have a library card? Applications will be available to sign up for one.

The Mini Park is located on the southeast corner of the main intersection—between the Town Clock and the Library.

There will be live music by Steven Courtney from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm followed by a revealing of the holiday mailbox by Santa and Mrs. Claus!

Nearly Nu is a thrift shop with household items and clothing to meet all of your needs. The shop is non-profit and gives its profits back to the community and various charities. The shop has one manager and any workers you see in the shop are volunteers and donate their time as a way to give back to the community. If you’re interested in volunteering, donating, or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to stop in or give them a call!

Superior insurance coverage for farm and agribusiness, commercial, personal and life—since 1943.

The Sink on Prussian offers pre-made meals, takeout service, plus catering. They also offer a beautifully-renovated space on location that can accommodate up to 36 people.

St. Paul’s UCC is making a difference in the Manheim community through the love of Christ for all to know God, love God, and serve God!

During December’s 1st Thursday, St. Paul’s will be handing out free water and will have games with prizes for the kids.

Twisted Sisters is a family owned and operated small town ice cream shop, featuring Leiby’s premium soft serve, hard hand-dipped ice cream, frozen yogurt and Italian Water Ice. They also offer handmade small batch specialty chocolates made with Wilbur Chocolate and high quality ingredients.

Outside Vendors

Get information about the bank’s products and services while meeting team members. There will be free handouts, free coffee, and a coloring activity for kids.

Learn all about Cavod Performing Arts where students learn and refine their techniques in a safe and disciplined environment from professionally-trained instructors.

Stop by and check out their latest publications.

Learn how this organization is working to assist those in the Manheim area.

Water damage restoration service in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

The Women’s Club of Manheim is an organization of Manheim women committed to friendship, community service, and civic responsibility. The club is a nonprofit organization that contributes more than $10,000 each year to the Manheim community. They will be selling their homemade holiday cookies in front of Trinity EC at the far end of Market Square.

Nearby Participants

Family owned and operated for over 30 years, The Cat’s Meow is not your typical themed restaurant. Enjoy their 20s decor and their delicious (and whimsically-named) menu.

Hearth and Harrow is a restaurant, bistro, coffee bar, and outdoor patio where friends can relax and families can gather. They partner with local, Lancaster County food vendors to bring the Farm-to-Table movement to the Manheim community. Located at Pleasant View campus with ample parking, you can stop in for a cup of coffee or have a seat at their table. BYOB.

From Italian ice to frozen custard to gelati and more, Rita’s is a local favorite—open until 9:00 pm!

The Manheim Twin Kiss is a fast-service family restaurant that has been an institution in Manheim for decades. Stop in to enjoy some of their famous dinner items or ice cream treats!

Stop by the Manheim Twin Kiss for their gift card special—buy a $25 gift card and get a FREE $5 gift card AND a hot chocolate or coffee to help you warm up.

From hand-tossed gourmet pizzas to pasta dishes, Two Cousins of Manheim has something for everyone in the family. They prepare their dough fresh daily, baking bread several times throughout the day. You can dine in their inviting casual dining room, or call ahead and pick up at their convenient pick-up window.

Get a 10% discount on your order when you mention 1st Thursdays from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm!

At Zern’s Beverage you can choose from their large selection of craft beers, sours, non-alcoholic beers, and your favorite domestic beers.



Features

We are excited to announce that Steven Courtney will kick off December’s 1st Thursday in style with live music at the Mini Park from 5:00 to 6:00—bring the family! Then stick around afterward for the arrival of Santa Claus and the Holiday Story Hop!

Holiday Story Hop

December’s 1st Thursday will feature the 2nd Annual Holiday Story Hop! Beginning at 6:30, three ten-minute Christmas stories will be told around Market Square. Pick a story and then rotate around to the other two as each story will be told three times. Grab some free hot chocolate along the way! This year our story presenters will be Big Dream Creative Arts Studio, local actor Kevin Krum, and Crickets Performing Arts in collaboration with the Manheim Community Library. Everyone loves a story! Kick off the holidays with three of them in a fun, unique way while enjoying the beautify of the holidays in Manheim’s festive Market Square.

Santa and Mrs Claus

December’s 1st Thursday will be magical with the arrival of Santa and Mrs Claus!

Walk-O Taco offers traditional Mexican to unique flavor experiences in a portable brown bag of crunchy goodness.

Glory Be Farm offers a variety of Berkshire pork products out of a beautiful trailer. Be sure to check them out during 1st Thursday.

Get Involved

Downtown Manheim Businesses

Manheim’s 1st Thursdays provide an opportunity for your business to reach potential customers from both inside and outside the Manheim area, while contributing to the health of the community via these ongoing celebrations. In order to be listed as a 1st Thursday participating business, you must:

  • Commit to being open from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm on 1st Thursdays.
  • Be open for walk-ins OR conduct some sort of business or promotion outdoors on your business property.
  • Be a member of the Manheim Area Chamber of Commerce

If you’re not a Chamber member, we would still love to have you participate in the event—however you will not be listed as a participating business. Consider becoming a member today! Per Manheim Borough ordinance, any business conducting sidewalk activities during 1st Thursdays must clear that activity with the organization running the event (Manheim Area Chamber of Commerce).

Businesses Outside of Downtown Manheim

Are you a business outside of the downtown area that would like to participate in 1st Thursdays? You have three options:

  • If you’re a Chamber member and you will be open for business from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Thursday, December 3rd, and will be open for walk-ins or will have outdoor activities for the public on your property, let us know and you will be listed on the 1stThursdays.com website as an activity outside of the downtown area.
  • If you would like to set up a vending table in the area of Market Square, please complete an application. Preference is given to Chamber members. Not a member? Become one today!
  • Team up with another downtown business and use their space. If you’re interested in this option but need help finding a space, please let us know.

Food Trucks/Street Vendors

We are excited to have outside vendors and food trucks participate in 1st Thursdays. The application supplied below outlines all regulations and requirements for being approved as a vendor. Please note that all food truck opportunities have been filled for the 2022 season.

Street Vendor Application

Musicians

We are looking for musicians to perform outdoors in downtown Manheim during 1st Thursdays. If you are interested in performing, contact info@manheimchamber.com. Please include a description of your performance style, an overview of your setup, and how much you would charge.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Events like 1st Thursdays are made possible by the generous contributions of local businesses. Below are the sponsorship options. Contact info@manheimchamber.com for details.

  • Title Sponsor: There will be only one title sponsor per month. Visiting 1stThurdays.com, you’ll see a 300x600 ad space near the top reserved for the title sponsor (300x250 on mobile). You will need to supply both the 300x600 and 300x250 ad for your business. That ad would link to your website and would appear from the time you sign up until the Saturday after 1st Thursday. In addition, you would receive one dedicated post via the Chamber’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. The price for being a title sponsor is $300.
  • Event Sponsor: Visiting 1stThursdays.com, you’ll see spaces for event sponsors below the map. Here is where we would include your logo (which would link to your business). In addition, you would receive one dedicated post via the Chamber’s Facebook and Instagram account. The price for being an event sponsor is $150.

Individual Opportunities

Are you an individual who wants to invest in your local community? From setup tasks to trash pickup, we can use your help. Please contact info@manheimchamber.com.

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Are you a 1st Thursday participating business? Please share your participation on social media and feel free to use any of the images below. Are you an individual who loves Manheim? 1st Thursdays are a great opportunity to come together as a community—so again, please share! Be sure to include the hashtag #1stThursdays and include a link to this website—1stThursdays.com.