Posted: 12/02/2020 | by Sarah

Things to do in Lancaster, PA this December

And where to see Santa this season.

Head to Lancaster this December for outdoor festivities, trains, holiday shopping & shows, a little bit of history, and of course... Santa!

There are things to do for everyone this holiday season in Lancaster, PA. For even more holiday events, click here.

As part of your planning during this time, please call or check the website & social media of these properties for their most current operational information.

Things to do in Lancaster, PA this December
Looking for a traditional Christmas tradition? Explore all the fun things Lancaster, PA has to offer this December!

Outdoor Festivities

Zip through the treetops on Refreshing Mountains Ziplines and Elevated Obstacle Course decked with thousands of Christmas lights. Join in singing carols around a campfire as you sip on a complimentary homemade hot chocolate & even stay overnight in one of the cozy, Christmas-y cabin suites. New this year – the drive thru experience! Support local non-profits by donating what you can to enjoy the twinkling light displays.

Looking for a classic Christmas tradition? Head downtown to enjoy Christmas festivities at Clipper Magazine Stadium, or head to The Star Barn Village on Fridays and Saturdays to enjoy a 2-mile drive with Christmas lights throughout the property.

Grab the kiddos and head over to Hersheypark Christmas Candylane®! Ride coasters and get up-close and personal with Santa’s reindeer! This year, Hersheypark features more than five million lights as holiday tunes fill the park.

Stroll through Bird-in-Hand Village for their two-day Christmas Village celebration. Enjoy a warm seasonal drink as you explore the shops, see live reindeer, assemble a gingerbread house and more!

See over a million twinkling lights at Old Mill Stream Campground holiday light show. A ride on the Wonderland Special train is included in your drive-thru admission so be sure to stop by the Dutch Wonderland Castle afterwards! Visit the gift shop to pick up a souvenir, enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and get a photo with Santa!

Holiday Shows

Though some theatres remain closed for 2020, the “show must go on” in Lancaster Country! Enjoy a laugh and a meal at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre with Elf the Musical. See worlds collide at Bird-in-Hand Stage with The Güt Life Christmas. Or, join Brett and cast for, Believe, the one-of-a-kind Christmas show at Magic & Wonder Theatre.

All Things Trains

There’s nothing quite like a good old-fashioned train display, or even riding on an authentic steam train at the Strasburg Rail Road. Strasburg is also known as Traintown USA, and you’re sure to get your fill of holiday events with Santa’s Paradise Express, Christmas Tree Train, and more.

Historic Festivities

LancasterHistory & President James Buchanan’s Wheatland is hosting this year's Yuletide virtually! Join a tour guide, in real-time over Zoom, to traverse the festively decorated halls and rooms of the 1828 mansion.

Indoor Activities

Join an online cooking demonstration with Nancy from the Olde Square Inn. Learn how to make holiday treats like gingerbread houses and Christmas cookies or sign up for appetizers, mocktails and cocktails class. Classes are held every Wednesday at 10am on their Facebook page.

Enjoy holiday activities at the Cartoon Network Hotel! Build your own Candy Kingdom with their gingerbread house decorating in the Bearista Café or paint your own ornament. Book your stay on a week day for discounted admission to the Dutch Wonderland Holiday Lights drive-thru experience. Book during the week and receive one free vehicle admission!

Holiday Shopping

Whether you venture out and brave the cold or prefer the warmer climates of the great indoors, Lancaster has wonderful shopping destinations. Kitchen Kettle Village is home to 42 shops and restuarants that make for a full day of shopping and gift-getting.

Lancaster has always been known for our great outlet shopping, and this year is even better, with an expanded Tanger Outlets, and new Shops @ Rockvale, you’re sure to find the gifts you need. Not sure what to get someone on your list? Check out our helpful Lancaster County Gift Guide and find the perfect gift.

Visit the merchant marketplace at Mount Hope Estate & Winery for unique gifts and crafts! While you're on site, don't forget to pick up a bottle or two from the Mount Hope Wine Shop & Spirits Distilling Co.

Where to see Santa

Weekend Winter Wonderland - Downtown Lancaster
Merry Local Makers Markets – Shops @ Rockvale
Holiday Family Fun – Kitchen Kettle Village
Christmas at the Star Barn Village
– Stone Gables Estate
Santa Express
– Northern Central Railway
Christmas Village
- Bird-in-Hand Village
Breakfast with Santa
- Country Barn
Santa & Goats
- Amish Farm and House
Candylane
- Hersheypark
Ice Cream with Santa
- Turkey Hill Experience
Christmas Trains
- Strasburg Rail Road
Holiday Lights
- Dutch Wonderland
Holiday Open House
- Mount Hope Estate & Winery

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