Lancaster County Christmas Events & Attractions

The Holiday season in Lancaster County is full of themed attractions and fun events for young or old to enjoy.

Explore light displays, a holiday-themed amusement park and so much more! Maybe you’ll see the Jolly Ol' Elf himself! Check out the full list of events with dates below, and plan to enjoy a holiday that is something truly special.

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Dutch Winter Wonderland | Dutch Wonderland
Dutch Winter Wonderland is the perfect place to celebrate the season and create special memories that last a lifetime. Enjoy themed rides, share your wish list with Santa, enjoy tasty holiday treats, or watch our dazzling Royal Light Show featuring hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights that dance to your favorite holiday tunes. There’s fun waiting around every corner for kids of all ages at Dutch Winter Wonderland!
(866) FUNatDW

Black Friday Sales | Tanger Outlets
Holiday shopping with incredible steals and deals. Outlet center opens on Thanksgiving eve at 6:00 PM and remains open until 2:00 AM. Black Friday hours begin at 6:00 AM and will remain open until 10:00 PM.
(717) 392-7260

Mayor's Tree Lighting and Tuba Christmas | Penn Square, Downtown Lancaster
The official kickoff of the holiday season begins with the Mayor’s Tree Lighting in Penn Square. Carolers, the infamous “Tuba Christmas” and evening hours for Central Market lend to the festivities.
(717) 291-4758

Santa's Paradise Express | Strasburg Rail Road
Ride the rails with Santa and his helpers! Santa himself will climb aboard and visit with families as they travel down the tracks. Children ages 11 and under will receive a special gift. Onboard photo opportunities with Santa will be available. At the station, children are invited to listen to storybook readings of holiday classics aboard a heated stationary caboose and will be charmed with rides aboard the Tinsel Trolley, a self-propelled motorcar.
(866) 725-9666

Night Before Christmas Train | Strasburg Rail Road
Sparkling skies, warmth from a potbelly stove, smells of freshly baked cookies and magic in the air. This special train recreates the excitement and anticipation of Christmas Eve. A reader dressed in a Victorian nightshirt and cap will read Clement Clarke Moore’s classic poem, The Night Before Christmas, as passengers enjoy cookies and milk while the train rolls along. At the station, children are invited to listen to storybook readings of holiday classics aboard a heated stationary caboose and will be charmed with rides aboard the Tinsel Trolley, a self-propelled motorcar.
(866) 725-9666

Downtown Lancaster for the Holidays

Breakfast with Santa and Yummie | Kitchen Kettle Village
Enjoy breakfast with Santa Claus and our gingerbread man mascot, Yummie. The breakfast buffet features a feast of Lancaster County foods including: French toast sticks, scrambled eggs, home-fried potatoes, sausage, and more. All children 12 and under attending the breakfast receive a special gift from Santa Claus and have the opportunity to meet Santa, Yummie, and special guest, Frosty, so bring your cameras. Kids will also receive a card to color and personalize for Santa.  
(800) 732-3538

Dinner with Mrs. Claus and Yummie | Kitchen Kettle Village
Add some magic to the hustle and bustle of your holidays with a visit to Kitchen Kettle Village where you and your family can enjoy dinner with Mrs. Claus and our gingerbread man mascot, Yummie. The evening includes a family style feast of Lancaster County foods. The night also features storytelling with Mrs. Claus and Yummie, a gift from Mrs. Claus and photo opportunities all in the cozy setting of the Kling House Restaurant, the home of Kitchen Kettle Village. 
(800) 732-3538

Holiday Model Railroad Open House | Garden Spot Village
Create a great holiday memory. The Garden Spot Village Train Club invites families and train enthusiasts of all ages to enjoy the sights and sounds of its annual model railroad open house. The interactive exhibit includes a brand-new O-gauge display and an HO-gauge display with more than 600 feet of main line track, a talking Thomas the Tank Engine, wireless video-cam and more.
(717) 355-6000

Christmas Tree Lighting | DJ's Taste of the 50's
Joyfully welcome the holiday season by singing Christmas carols, reading the Christmas story and lighting the Christmas tree. Warm up with a cup of hot cocoa and homemade cookies.
(717) 509-5050

Breakfast with Santa | DJ’s Taste of the 50’s
Start your holiday off right by having breakfast with Santa. Join us from 8:00 to 11:00 AM, and don't forget to bring your camera!
(717) 509-5050

Drop-in Class: Reindeer Round-Up | Hands-on House Children’s Museum 
This special Holiday Drop-in Class is designed for children and adults to play and learn together. Enjoy winter-themed exhibits and games in the Museum and meet Rudolph and his friends! Learn about these animals who call the North Pole home and become part of the special team who takes care of them. 
(717) 569-KIDS

Photos with Santa and Children's Shopping Day | Ten Thousand Villages
The Bunyaad Rug Room at Ten Thousand Villages is turning into the North Pole, with Santa posing for free photos with all those who enjoy fairly traded rugs, from kids to adults to pets. With a special children’s shopping area in the store and live children’s music throughout the day, it’s holiday fun not to miss!
(717) 721-8400

Toys for Tots Breakfast with Santa | Comfort Inn Lancaster County North
The entire family can enjoy a hot breakfast buffet, visit with Santa Claus (don't forget your wish list!), ride the Toys for Tots train, enjoy balloons and face painting, coloring and more! 100% of the proceeds will go purchasing toys for Toys for Tots. Check website for details.
(717) 336-7541

Home For The Holidays | Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Take a nostalgic glimpse at holiday rail travel and meet costumed engineers, conductors, ticket agents and passengers representing the past century. Enjoy seasonal music and festive decorations among our world-class collection of trains. Visit Santa and send your personal telegram to the North Pole. Included in the regular Museum admission.
(717) 687-8628

Christmas with the Conductor | Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
The conductor calls all aboard for classic holiday stories in one of the Museum’s historic passenger coaches. Kids will also delight in creating their own seasonal take-home craft and receiving a small bag of goodies. Advance registration is required and is offered on a first come basis. Recommended for children ages 3 and over.
(717) 687-8628

5th Annual Tour of Homes | Strasburg Heritage Society
Enjoy 10 homes representing old and new, big and small, cozy and regal dwellings in and near Strasburg. Visitors will view outstanding examples of preservation, restoration, and newer homes and get ideas for their own places. Houses will be decorated for the season for all to enjoy. Homeowners will be on hand for any questions and compliments. Three nineteenth century churches will join in the seasonal spirit by sharing their beautifully decorated sanctuaries with tour goers. Light lunches and bakes goods will be available. The tour begins at First Presbyterian Church, 101 South Decatur St. Locations to buy tickets in advance include: Strasburg at Main Street Antiques, Springerle House, Finishing Touch, Eldreth Pottery, and OCB Cakes.
(717) 687-9039

Breakfast with Santa on the Farm | Barnyard Kingdom at Country Barn
Breakfast on the Farm includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, and more. Don’t forget to get pictures with Santa! 
(717) 872-1554

Christmas at the Cloister | The Ephrata Cloister
Spend a few moments in quiet reflection with seasonal readings and holiday music in the historic Saal. Seating is limitedand advance tickets are required.
(717) 733-6600

Lantern Tours | Ephrata Cloister
These special tours will take you back in time to visit the Cloister as it may have appeared in the 1700s. Each year offers a new story with a cast of teens, our very own Student Historians!
(717) 733-6600

A Pennsylvania German Christmas | Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum welcomes you to celebrate a Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas. Take a wagon ride, tour several of our decorated historic buildings, huddle around a large bonfire, and sing carols accompanied by the Lititz Moravian Trombone Choir. Afterwards, join friends and family in the Yellow Barn for cookies and hot cider. The event is free and open to the public and there is ample free parking.
(717) 569-0401

Holiday Bonfire | Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
Tour several decorated historic buildings, huddle around a large bonfire, and sing Christmas carols. Afterwards, join friends and family in our Yellow Barn for cookies and hot cider.
(717) 569-0401

Holiday Open House | Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum
Shop for one-of-a-kind Christmas items made by local artists and craftspeople. Featuring: Belsnickels, ornaments, Pennsylvania German paper stars, books, felted crafts, redware pottery, and more. 
(717) 569-0401

Country Christmas Village | Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum 
Take a guided tour of the decorated village, shop at the Landis Valley Museum Store, and take a wagon ride to our 1856 Historic Landis Valley House Hotel, where you will enjoy a delicious meal and a visit from the Belsnickel. 
(717) 581-0591

Days of the Belsnickel Lunch Tour | Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum 
Meet at the Visitor Center, then take a tour of some of the decorated buildings in the village. After that, you'll head to the historic 1856 Landis Valley House Hotel where you'll enjoy a full, hot lunch. Then, it's off to the Firehouse for a hilarious visit from "der Belsnickel," who will heckle you and your friends to the delight of all. From there, you can wander to the Landis Valley Museum Store, where you can shop among the locally made treasures for wonderfully unique Christmas gifts. 
(717) 581-0590

Tea Time with Mrs. Claus | National Watch and Clock Museum
Join Mrs. Claus for tea, dessert, and a Christmas story. Then make a holiday clock to take home. 
(717) 684-8261

Yuletide at Rock Ford | Rock Ford Plantation
Step back in time and celebrate an 18th Century Yuletide... when Christmas Day was only the beginning of the season. The mansion will be decked in greenery and traditional music will fill the hallways. No reservations required.
(717) 392-7223

Breakfast with Santa | Spooky Nook Sports 
Come to The Nook for a warm breakfast buffet, reindeer games, and to get a photo with Santa!  
(717) 945-7087

Holiday Camp | Spooky Nook Sports
Children ages 6-12 years can enjoy four full days filled with games, activities, skill instruction, and game play in eight different sports including climbing, fencing, martial arts, and more.
(717) 945-7087

Christmas Baseball Camp | Spooky Nook Sports 
Children ages 7-13 are invited to enjoy 1 or 2 days of Christmas break baseball fun. 
(717) 945-7087

Christmas Candylane | Hersheypark 
The magic of the holidays comes to life at Hersheypark Christmas Candylane. With two million twinkling lights, rides for all ages, festive decorations, and Hershey's Product Characters decked out in their holiday best, there is something for all to enjoy! Enjoy the sounds of the season at two dynamic shows, "A Music Box Christmas" and "NOEL!", visit Santa's reindeer, and browse our quaint village shops. Christmas Candylane features many attractions for guests of all ages including over 30 rides including the family-favorite, Twilight Express.

Polar Express Pajama Party | Antique Automobile Club of America Museum
Visitors will be greeted at the door by a railroad conductor who stamps their golden ticket and they are free to enjoy a tour of the AACA Museum including the Polar Express model train display along with several other train displays and dozens of holiday trees, specialty vehicles and more in our holiday wonderland. Pajamas, pillows, blankets and stuffed animals are encouraged! Check website for details.
(717) 566-7100

Holiday Shops | Brandywine River Museum 
Beautiful and unique objects created by some of the region’s most talented craftspeople are featured in the museum courtyard. Approximately 12 artisans exhibit and sell their work on a rotating basis, with seven artisans featured each week. Items for sale include dolls, hand-woven scarves, jewelry and pottery. Free with museum admission. 
(610) 388-2700

A Brandywine Christmas | Brandywine River Museum
Discover the renowned O-gauge model train display of more than 1,000 pieces, with trains running on nearly 2,000 feet of track, and thousands of whimsical Critters (ornaments and decorations handcrafted by our volunteers from all natural materials) displayed on towering trees soaring up through the Museum's three-story rotunda.
(610) 388-2700

The Polar Express Read-Aloud Pajama Night | Brandywine River Museum
Children are invited to wear their pajamas as they delight in the tale of The Polar Express and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Tickets are limited; reserve online or by calling the museum shop.
(610) 388-8326

Children’s Christmas Party | Brandywine River Museum
Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy entertainment, costumed characters, face painting, Cookie Land, and holiday displays.
(610) 388-8112

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“Josiah for President”

“Josiah for President”

Live on the Bird-in-Hand Stage, this powerful musical is about an Amish farmer who gets spirited onto the national stage as a write-in candidate for President. On stage 4/1/15-11/28/15

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Inspire at American Music Theatre

Inspire at American Music Theatre

Experience heart-warming music that inspires the imagination, featuring songs and voices with the power to uplift, enchant and inspire! On stage now through 10/9/15.

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