Posted: 11/11/2022 | by Olivia

Top Things to Do in Lancaster, PA this January

Snow problem! Plenty to do despite the cold.

Group playing various string instruments including guitars and violins during theatrical performance in Lancaster PA

It’s always good to try something new, and embrace new challenges each year. To ring in the new year, why not explore, try some activities you haven’t done before, or perhaps, take your family to try an experience you did as a child. There are so many things to do in Lancaster this winter, you’ll fill up every weekend. Below we have compiled a list of are our top things to try in January.

See a Show

See a Broadway quality show at Lancaster prices this January! From quaint theatres in PA Dutch Country to the recently renovated Fulton Theatre in Downtown Lancaster, there's a wide variety of shows and theatre experiences to be had this month. For a list of upcoming shows, click here.

Get Outside

If you are a snow-bunny at heart, one of the most popular winter attractions in Central PA is AvalancheXpress Snow Tubing. Bundle up and beat your family’s cabin fever by heading over to the hills for some great outdoor fun.

Whether you venture out on your own or join a Naturalist Guide in Lancaster County Central Park, you are sure to see the beauty and splendor of our County in winter. The Lancaster County Park Environmental Center offers year-round events and activities for adults and children to learn about the wildlife around them.

Yorgos outdoor patio overlooking city of Lancaster PA with enclosed seating areas

Experience The Arts

Engage your inner artist with Painting with a Twist. Bring your beverage of choice and the studio will provide all the art materials you'll need to create a masterpiece. You can also experience the fun from the comfort of your own home with a "Twist at Home Kit". Each kit contains everything you need to complete your artwork, including video instructions, a painting surface, paint, brushes, a disposable apron and more!

Main Street Mount Joy presents their annual Festival of Arts. Peruse the quaint shops in Mt. Joy and meet and greet with the local artists that will be featuring their wonderful works of art. Make an entire weekend of the event with an overnight stay in the town!

Savor Seasonal Flavors

Many of the restaurants in Lancaster change their food and drink menus seasonally to feature local ingredients that are currently being harvested. You might wonder, what can be harvested in January - actually a lot! Root vegetables such as beets, potatoes, and carrots are all in season and make for delicious, hearty dishes to share. Whether you are looking for fine dining, international fair, or a warming PA Dutch meal Lancaster has got you covered. Enjoy delicious cuisine by ordering take-out or sitting outside - find unique outdoor dining options in Lancaster County.

Children experiencing Hands-on learning and science is fun at the Lancaster Science Factory.

Experience Something First Hand

Lancaster has a number of great places for children to learn in a truly hands-on, interactive way. Depending on your child’s age and interest, try heading to Tiny Town or The Lancaster Science Factory for a day full of learning and fun. The North Museum of Nature and Science has developed STEM learning activity packs for at home educational fun!

Tiny Town has the following events this month:

  • New Year Glow Party - January 1, 2023
  • Gingerbread Village- Through January 31, 2023

Try a New Look

New year, new you! Spend the day shopping at Tanger and The Shops @ Rockvale to add some new pieces to your closet and shake up your wardrobe. Also, be sure to check out our many independent boutiques around the county for one-of-a-kind items.

Get Your Body Moving

Burn off a few of those holiday calories you consumed and hit the ice. Lace up your skates at Flight on Ice, a pop up ice skating rink at Park City Center Wednesdays through Sunday during the moth of January.

Experience the Amish & Agriculture

It’s always important to learn about new cultures that are different from our own. Whether you are a “from here” or a “come here” there is a lot we can all learn from and about the Amish community. Try one of our many Amish and Farmland tours that are available around Lancaster County to learn about a new way of life.

If farm and agriculture peaks your interest, you won't want to miss the 107th Annual PA Farm Show January 7th - 14th. The complex in Harrisburg is just a short drive from Lancaster County. Venture out to experience the tastes, sights, smells, and shows of authentic Pennsylvania.

Hold onto the Holiday Spirit

The start of the New Year doesn't mean the Holiday Spirit has to end.

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