Posted: 08/17/2022 | by Jessica

Things to Do in November in Lancaster, PA

From scarecrow to mistletoe, we have you covered.

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Special Events in Lancaster, PA

All aboard for family fun this season! Join Isabel Crane as she takes you on a frightful journey about the centuries-old curse surrounding her family onboard the Legacy of Sleepy Hollow at the Strasburg Rail Road through November 6th. Friday and Saturday evenings through November 12th, adults can head out to the Rail Road for the Wine and Cheese Train, featuring wine from Waltz Vineyards. Through November 19th, join the Middletown and Hummelstown Railroad for a Murder Mystery Train where you can enjoy a delicious dinner while using the clues to solve the mystery.

Join Cherry Crest Adventure Farm on November 5th to smash, bowl, drop, and destroy leftover pumpkins! The Pumpkin Madness Festival includes pumpkin putt-putt, pumpkin chucking, a huge pumpkin drop and fireworks to wrap up the night. You can also check out Barnyard Kingdom on the 5th for Pumpkin Demolition Day!

Speaking of fun on the farm, join Eastland Alpacas on select dates between November 5th and 13th to meet the alpacas, take a wagon ride on the farm, and try some tasty food during their Fall Open House!

Lancaster County is home to a lot of amazing foods, so get ready for Thanksgiving by checking out some Lancaster County turkey tips! Don't forget to check out the Thanksgiving Day Tour with Strasburg Scooter Tours where you can see covered bridges, Amish farms, and more before starting your holiday.

On November 12th, wear your red, white and blue to Kitchen Kettle Village for Be Thankful! Enjoy shopping and savings throughout the Village and the chance to win a gift basket.

The day after Thanksgiving is Small Business Saturday! Lancaster is home to many small businesses so be sure to kick off your holiday shopping and check them out! You can also gather ideas of what to purchase using our gift guide.

Get into the Holiday Spirit with the Christmas Trains at the Strasburg Rail Road. Santa's Paradise Express allows Santa to come onboard and say hello to everyone as the train makes it's way to Paradise, PA and little ones can receive a special gift! Watch the classic tale come to life onboard the Night Before Christmas Train, pick out your own tree at Leaman Place Grove when you ride the Christmas Tree Train, and more to choose from!

You can also check out the Santa's Surprise Train where you can meet Santa, and the Polar Bear Express where the conductor will share a special Christmas story and meet Santa at the North Pole, at the Middletown and Hummelstown Railroad beginning on November 26th.

Beginning on November 19th enjoy themed rides, special entertainment, holiday drinks, and a light show as Dutch Wonderland transforms into Dutch Winter Wonderland for the holiday season. Bundle up and head into Lancaster City on November 25th to enjoy live music, peruse local shops, and then step into Penn Square to watch the Mayor's Tree Lighting!

On November 26th, walk the candlelit paths, listen to music, visit craftsmen and tour the Historic Ephrata Cloister during the Candlelight Open House.

Don't forget to get your Christmas Tree! There are several tree farms where you can cut your own, or pick your own, Christmas Tree this year in Lancaster, PA.

Keep up to date with Lancaster County by signing up for our e-newsletter, checking out even more events, and booking your stay for the holidays!

Catch a Show in Lancaster!

Saturday Night Fever | Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre | Sept 23 - Nov 12
Streetwise Brooklyn kid, Tony Manero, lives for Saturday evening and his visit to the local disco, 2001 Odyssey. Wanting to escape his dead-end life through dancing, he meets Stephanie Mangano and the two decide to take part in a dance competition. Saturday Night Fever explores relationships on and off the dance floor with humor, conflict, style and unforgettable swagger.

Home for the Holidays | American Music Theatre | Nov 8 - Dec 30
Inspired by warm memories of family Christmases together, Home for the Holidays celebrates the joys and merriment of spending the holidays with the ones we love. The show takes place on Christmas Eve and features many of the beloved traditions we look forward to each year.

White Christmas | Fulton Theatre | Nov 17 - Dec 31
Dance your way through the holidays, Count your Blessings, and Dream of a White Christmas. Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features 17 Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake. With a dazzling score featuring well-known standards including “Blue Skies,” “I Love A Piano,” “How Deep Is the Ocean” and the perennial title song, White Christmas is an uplifting musical celebrating family, holiday traditions, and counting your blessings.

Elf the Musical | Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre | Nov 18 - Dec 31
Based on the 2003 hit movie, Elf introduces us to a young orphan named Buddy, who mistakenly crawled into Santa’s bag of gifts and was transported to the North Pole. Raised by elves his entire life, Buddy doesn’t know he is actually a human. When his enormous size and poor toy making ability cause him to face the truth, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity.

The Christmas Tree Ship | Bird-in-Hand Stage | Oct 28 - Dec 31
This heart-warming inspirational musical is based on the true story of Herman Schuenemann, known as Captain Santa, who goes down with his ship on a storm in Lake Michigan – leaving his widow to raise their daughters, run the family shipping business and continue her husband’s mission of giving away thousands of Christmas trees to the less fortunate of Chicago. Can she take on the doubters and naysayers, or will she break under the pressures of widowhood, judgmental people and the restrictive customs of the day?

Believe | Magic & Wonder Theatre | Nov 2 - Dec 31
Join Brett and his cast in a heartwarming new show for the holiday season. Family and friends of all ages will enjoy the illusions, comedy, costumes, and music in this spectacular production. You'll journey to the wonder of the "North Pole", see toys come to life in "Santa's Magical Workshop", all while remember the True reason for the season. This one of a kind Christmas show fuses together the fun and wonderment of the Christmas season with comedy, dynamic circus arts, and grand illusions.

A Christmas Carol | Fulton Theatre | Nov 26 - Dec 24
Coldhearted Ebenezer Scrooge encounters spirits of Christmases past, present and future to discover loves and lives he has neglected. The Victorian setting is peppered with pop culture references and a holiday sing-a-long that will bring cheer to every age. A perfect way to celebrate the Christmas Season with the entire family.

David | Sight & Sound Theatres | through Dec 31
After unprecedented victories lead to devastating failures, this passionate warrior will face the biggest battle of all: the one within himself. Come alongside this young shepherd on his journey to become a man after God’s own heart.

Free Things to do in Lancaster

Head out to the small town of Manheim to check out dining, food trucks, street vendors, local shops and more during First Thursdays. You can also head to the cool town of Lititz on Second Fridays for restaurants, galleries, and extended hours for local shops.

On the First Friday of every month, head downtown to Lancaster City to check out the popular arts extravaganza with street performances, art galleries, music, shopping and more. Take the kiddos with you to check out over 70 interactive and fun exhibits at the Lancaster Science Factory for free from 5-7pm on First Fridays! Looking for a night out without the little ones? While not free, Tiny Town offers Kid's Night Out where you can explore First Friday while the kids enjoy playtime, crafts, pizza and more. You can also check out local galleries, museums, and more throughout the city during Second Saturday!

Check out even more free things to do in Lancaster such as exploring our covered bridges, learning history or viewing art at a local museum, and more.

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