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(Lancaster, Pa.) Christmas is often about the small and the special. Experiences unexpected or eagerly anticipated, but equally meaningful just the same.
When visitors Discover Christmas in Lancaster, such moments and more are all possible at some of the area’s most cherished events and traditions:
Hunt for 54 Santas hidden among the Choo Choo Barn’s annual Christmas layout, featuring 22 running model trains and 150 animated scenes & figures (11/27-1/18).
Enjoy treats, ticket vouchers, and prize drawings as part of the Authentic B&Bs of Lancaster County’s Belsnickel Christmas Tour of 20+ beautiful houses, 12/4-5.
Travel back over 100 years ago, “before the movies,” to delight in the spellbinding drama, humor, and antics of a traveling showman and his spectacular projected images with the new Magic-Lantern Shows at the Amish Experience, featuring A Christmas Journey (11/27-12/31).
Break a yuletide leg at holiday shows: Miracle of Christmas (Sight & Sound Theatre, 11/7-1/2); Elf (Fulton Theatre, 11/17-1/3); 2015 Christmas Show (American Music Theatre, 11/3-12/30); A Christmas Story (Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, 11/12-12/31); Tiny Tim’s Christmas Present (Wheatland Mansion, 11/27-12/30); and A Dickens of a Christmas (Mt. Hope Mansion, 12/2-23).
Revel in the holiday atmosphere on one of the Christmas Trains at the Strasburg Rail Road (11/27-12/19), aboard the rides at Dutch Winter Wonderland (11/21-12/30), or strolling through the National Christmas Center (3/1-12/31).
Warm up to Lancaster’s seasonal heritage at favorite annual events like Home for the Holidays at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania (12/5 & 12), or Landis Valley’s Country Christmas Village (12/5-6 & 12-13).
Make merry with distinctive gifts from our home-grown downtown and village retailers, great deals from the many outlet stores at both Tanger and Rockvale, and the joyous treasures and activities at Kitchen Kettle Village.
- The week after Christmas brings unique fun with the holiday Lantern Tours (scroll down to listing) at Ephrata Cloister (12/26-29), Yuletide Candlelight Tours at Rock Ford Plantation (12/26-28), and the really Cool Science demonstrations at the North Museum of Nature & Science (12/28-31).
Lancaster County is a wonderful blend of urban style and rural splendor, with many rich cultures, from the Amish to the arts. Travelers can take in our vibrant downtown city life – with galleries, great dining, specialty shops, and live music – or explore surrounding towns and villages to get a sampling of the heritage, food, craftsmanship, and attractions for which Lancaster is famous. Visit us at www.DiscoverLancaster.com.
For more information:
- Joel Cliff, Director of Communications & Advocacy
- Phone: 717-735-0311
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org