Posted: 01/04/2021 | by Katie

Top Things to Do in Lancaster, PA this January

Snow problem! Plenty to do despite the cold.

AvalancheXpress Snow Tubing at Heritage Hills Resort

It’s always good to try something new, and embrace new challenges each year. It helps us to continue to grow and learn new skills. To ring in the new year, why not learn some new things, 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 complied a list of are our top things to try in January.

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.

Snow tubing is closed until further notice. The ice rink is open limited hours - 1/03 9am-12pm, 1/04 4pm-9pm and 1/07 4pm-9pm

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.

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!

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.

Many restaurants remain closed for indoor dining, however you can still enjoy delicious cuisine by ordering take-out or sitting outside! Check out some unqiue outdoor dining options in downtown Lancaster.

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!

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.

Discover a New Perspective

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.


Tiny Town

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