Posted: 12/02/2022 | 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 25 | 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Candlelight Open House | November 26 | 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Ephrata Holiday Market | November 26 | 10am - 2pm

Visit with Santa | November 26 - December 17 | Fridays 5:30-7:30pm & Saturdays 10am-1pm

Jingle Bell Tour | December 9 & 10

Ephrata Cloister Lantern Tours | December 27 - 30 | Reservations Required

Christmas at the Cloister | December 12 - 13 | 6:30pm and 8:30pm

New Year's Eve Celebration | December 31 | 9:30pm - 12:00am


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:

Lititz Art Association Holiday Gift Show | November 11 & 12 | 3pm & 4pm respectively

Christmas in the Park | December 2 | 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Annual Christmas Carol Sing | December 8 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Decorate Lititz | December 9 | 10am - 9:30pm

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

Charlize Sonic Bloom | December 30 | 10:30pm - 2:00am

Wow-Town, USA: New Years Eve Hootenanny! | December 31 | 7:00pm - 2:00am

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:

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

Breakfast with Santa at St. Paul's | December 3 | 9:00am - 10:00am

Santa Run & Walk 5K | December 3 | 8:30am - 9:30am

Manheim Christmas Tree Lighting | December 3 | 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Breakfast with Santa at Spooky Nook Sports | December 17 | 9am – 11am

Holiday Dinner Theatre at Mount Hope Estate & Winery | November 7 – December 23

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 17

Winterfest | December 3 | 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Downtown Cookie / Treat Crawl | DECEMBER 09 & 10 | Times Vary

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 28 – December 30

Santa Express at Stone Gables Estate | November 28 – December 23

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

Merry Grinchmas Etown | December 3 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Hometown Holidays Parade | December 10th | Starting at 4pm

For more holiday happenings in Elizabethtown, visit the Elizabethtown Area Chamber of Commerce website.


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:
Pet Photos with Santa
| December 3 | 9:00am - 12:00pm

Ornament Making Workshop | December 10 | 10:00am - 3:00pm


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

Special Events:
Marietta Candlelight | December 4 | 11am - 7pm

Kingle Crawl | December 17 | 7:00pm - 11:00pm

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:
Christmas Trains | Strasburg Rail Road | Various dates & times

Scootin’ with Santa | Strasburg Scooters | December 3 – 18 (Saturdays & Sundays) | Tours at 11am, 1pm, & 3pm

David | Sight & Sound Theatres | Show through December 31

Amish Farmhouse Christmas Experience | Now - December 30


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

Special Events:
Christmas Village | December 9 - 10

Christmas Tree Ship | Bird-in-Hand Stage | Shows through December 31

Our Christmas Dinner | Bird-in-Hand Stage | Shows through December 30


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 2, 3:00pm - 6:30pm and December 3, 10:00am - 1:00pm

Dinner with Mrs. Claus & Yummie | Kitchen Kettle Village | December 3, 10, & 17

Holiday Family Fun with Santa & Friends | Saturdays November 26 - December 17

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