Posted: 11/30/2021 | by Olivia

Holidays in Small Towns of Lancaster County, PA

Lancaster is made up of quaint and quirky small towns that have lots to offer this holiday season.

Small Towns & Northern Countryside


The quaint and historic town of Ephrata has lots to offer this holiday season. Stroll the streets, peruse the shops, and engage in the brilliant holiday spirit abound in the town!

Special Events:
Tree Lighting & Santa’s Arrival | November 26 | 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Holiday Makers Market | November 27 | 10:00am – 2:00pm

Jingle Bell Trolley Tour | December 10 – 11 | 5:00pm


Venture to Lititz for boutique shopping, holiday festivities, and great dining options. As you walk the streets you’ll notice the Moravian Star lights lining the streets and festive store fronts. The town goes all out for its residents and visitors during the holidays.

Special Events:
Christmas in Lititz Springs Park | December 3 | 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Annual Christmas Carol Sing | December 9 | 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Annual Christmas Candlelight Tour | December 10 | 5:00pm – 9:00pm

For more event details on all of these special happenings, click here.


The up-and-coming small town of Manheim might just be your new spot to visit for the holidays. The aesthetic and unique, Prussian Street Arcade, is your one-stop-shop for all things handmade and local treasures located at REO Marketplace. Gaze at the huge Christmas tree illuminating the square and check out the recently opened Glasshouse Wineworks and ARTifice Ales & Mead for a cold beverage to cap off your day of exploring.

Special Events:
Small Business Saturday Wrapping Event | November 27 | 11am – 2pm

Holiday Movie Night | November 29 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm

1st Thursday | December 2 | 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Breakfast with Santa at St. Paul's | December 4 | 9:00am - 10:30am

Santa Run & Walk 5K | December 4 | 8:30am – 10am

Christmas Tree Lighting | December 4 | 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Breakfast with Santa at Spooky Nook Sports | December 11 | 9am – 11am

Holiday Dinner Theatre at Mount Hope Estate & Winery | November 8 – December 23

Holiday Open House at Mount Hope Estate & Winery | Select Weekends November - December

Mount Joy

Visit Mount Joy for the holidays! Their Main Street has shops, restaurants, and the spirit of Christmas in the air. It’s such a quaint and inviting town, you just might want to stay overnight. Book your peaceful getaway at the Olde Square Inn for a truly relaxing stay in one of Lancaster’s great small towns.

Special Events:

Downtown Elf Hunt | November 26 – December 22

Winterfest | December 4 | 4:00pm – 7:00pm

For more event details on all of these special happenings, click here.



Explore Elizabethtown during the holidays! The town is home to some special properties that host seasonal events that you won’t want to miss!

Special Events:
Annual Christmas Light Drive-Thru at Stone Gables Estate | November 30 – December 30

Santa Express at Stone Gables Estate | November 30 – December 23

Christmas Village at Stone Gables Estate | November 30 – December 23

Elizabethtown Tree Lighting Event | November 30 | 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Merry Grinchmas Etown | December 4 | 3pm - 7pm

Hometown Holidays Parade | December 9th | Starting at 4pm

For more holiday happenings in Elizabethtown, download their digital guide here.


The town of Columbia is nestled next to the beautiful Susquehanna River, making it the perfect place to experience the great outdoors of Lancaster in the winter as well as it’s fantastic small towns.

Special Events:
Small Business Saturday at Columbia Market House | November 27 | 7:00am – 3:00pm

Ugly Sweater Christmas Cookie Decorating | December 4 | 10:00am – 2:00pm

Ice Cream with Santa
| December 11 & 18 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm


Walk the quiet streets of Marietta donned in holiday style. There are a handful of great events to visit this season!

Special Events:
Holiday Tree Walk | December 1 – 31 | 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Merry-Etta Tour of Lights | December 1 – December 31 | 6:00pm – 10:00pm

December First Friday: Moonlight Madness | December 3 | 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Santa House | December 4 | 3:00pm – 5:00pm

An evening exterior at Kitchen Kettle Village, adorned with holiday lights in Lancaster, PA Credit:

Amish & PA Dutch Countryside


There is so much to do in the historic town of Strasburg this holiday season. Enjoy all things trains in Train Town, USA!

Special Events:
Strasburg Rail Road Christmas Trains

Scootin’ with Santa | Strasburg Scooters | December 4 – 19 (Saturdays & Sundays) | 12:00pm & 3:00pm

Queen Esther | Sight & Sound Theatres | Now – December 23


Venture to the countryside and experience Christmas in Bird-in-Hand!

Special Events:
Christmas Village | December 10 – 11

Christmas Tree Ship at the Bird-in-Hand Stage | Now – January 1, 2022


Intercourse is the perfect town to do your Christmas shopping or simply get in the holiday spirit with these great holiday activities!

Special Events:

Village of Intercourse Holiday Celebration | December 3 - 4 | 9:00am – 6:00pm

Dinner with Mrs. Claus & Yummie | November 30 – December 18

Holiday Family Fun with Santa & Friends | November 30 – December 18

Holiday Flavors Tasting Tour | December 3 – 17

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