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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Find Your Belsnickle Christmas Tour | Throughout Lancaster County
The "Authentic B&Bs of Lancaster County" invite you to enjoy a tour of about 15 inns dressed for the holidays! Experience the beautiful homes and properties, enter to win a $325 giveaway, experience the National Christmas Center (December only; check for hours), and find the "Belsnickle" at each inn. All proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation.
http://www.authenticbandb.com/belsnickle.php

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) FUN-atDW
https://www.dutchwonderland.com/winterwonderland

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 notable “Tuba Christmas” and evening hours for Central Market lend to the festivities.
(717) 291-4758
www.visitlancastercity.com/lancaster-city-for-the-holidays/mayors-tree-lighting-tuba-christmas

Downtown Lancaster for the Holidays

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
www.strasburgrailroad.com

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
www.strasburgrailroad.com

Kitchen Kettle Christmas | Kitchen Kettle Village
Whether you venture out and brave the cold or prefer the warmer climes of the great indoors - winter at Kitchen Kettle Village is a wonderland filled with exciting and unexpected things to do, see and experience. Enjoy breakfast with Santa Claus and our gingerbread man mascot, Yummie. The breakfast buffet features a feast of Lancaster County foods including scrambled eggs, home-fried potatoes, sausage, and more. All children 10 and under attending the breakfast receive a special gift from Santa Claus and have the opportunity to meet Santa and Yummie. Or add some magic to the hustle and bustle of your holidays by enjoying dinner with Mrs. Claus and Yummie. The evening includes a family-style feast of Lancaster County foods including baked ham, macaroni and cheese, and mashed potatoes. The night also features storytelling with Mrs. Claus and Yummie, a gift from Mrs. Claus, and photo opportunities.
(800) 732-3538  
www.kitchenkettle.com

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
www.djstasteofthe50s.com

Breakfast with Santa | DJ’s Taste of the 50’s
Start your holiday off right by having breakfast with Santa. Don't forget to bring your camera!
(717) 509-5050
www.djstasteofthe50s.com

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. Meet Rudolph and his relatives who call the top of the world home. No elf experience is necessary to become a part of the "team" that takes care of Santa's reindeer. 
(717) 569-KIDS 
www.handsonhouse.org

Home For The Holidays | Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Take a nostalgic glimpse at holiday rail travel. Meet costumed engineers, conductors, ticket agents, and passengers representing the past century and enjoy seasonal music, festive decorations, and more among our world-class collection of trains. Included in regular Museum admission. 
(717) 687-8628
www.rrmuseumpa.org

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
www.rrmuseumpa.org

Holiday Home Tour | Strasburg Heritage Society
Enjoy festively decorated homes of historic Strasburg. The tour will showcase homes and churches with unique holiday decor from the 1700s to modern. The day will also include a public holiday market, food at the Holiday Pantry, a silent auction, and quilt raffle. 
(717) 687-9039
www.strasburgheritagesociety.org/events

Breakfast with Santa on the Farm | Barnyard Kingdom at Country Barn
Join us for a delicious Farm to Fork Breakfast with Santa. Every ticket includes Barnyard Kingdom Christmas activities. 
(717) 872-1554
countrybarnmarket.com

Country Christmas Village | Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
Come warm your spirit and experience Pennsylvania German contributions to the celebration of the season as you tour decorated buildings and a Civil War winter camp, see traditional holiday foods prepared in the tavern, and meet "der Belsnickel." Children can make seasonal crafts to take home and families can enjoy wagon rides around the site.
(717) 569-0401
www.landisvalleymuseum.org

Days of the Belsnickel Lunch Tour | Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum 
Your day starts off with a guided tour of the decorated village of Landis Valley, followed by a delicious lunch in the historic 1856 Landis Valley House Hotel. After lunch, you'll head to the Firehouse for a visit from the Belsnickel. Who's bad and who's good? No one knows but the Belsnickel.
(717) 581-0590 
www.landisvalleymuseum.org

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
www.rockfordplantation.org

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