Posted: 11/05/2021 | by Olivia

Things to do with Kids during the Holidays in Lancaster, PA

Experience the holiday spirit with these kid friendly events and adventures!

Dutch Wonderland
Treat the kiddos to Dutch Winter Wonderland this holiday season! November 20th through December 31st. Soak in thousands of lights, strap into over 20 rides and attractions, even meet Santa himself. It's time to celebrate the season with the family at Dutch Winter Wonderland!

Strasburg Rail Road
Hop aboard one of several holiday trains pulling out of the station at Strasburg Rail Road! Santa’s Paradise Express is a Christmas tradition in Strasburg that brings the magic of the holidays to life. Take the Christmas Tree Train to Leaman Place Grove and pick out your very own pre-cut tree. On Santa’s Christmas Trolley, children ages 11 and younger will have the opportunity to take a professional photo with Santa and tell him what they want for Christmas! Photo is included in ticket price. Experience the nostalgia of Christmas past on The Night Before Christmas Train aboard an authentic stream train.

Refreshing Mountain

Visit Refreshing Mountain Thursday – Sunday evenings between November 26th – January 9th for a winter wonderland adventure. Enjoy hundreds of brightly decorated trees, buildings, and other structures either by car at the drive through show or from an aerial perspective. Reserve a ziplining adventure in advance, tickets go quick! For an indoor option, guests can enjoy the family friendly, private Escape Rooms. With so much to see and do at Refreshing Mountain, consider making a weekend of it! Book a cabin or hotel room right on the property for easy access to all of the adventures they offer.

An evening exterior at Kitchen Kettle Village, adorned with holiday lights in Lancaster, PA Credit:

Kitchen Kettle Village
Kitchen Kettle Village is the perfect destination for wholesome family fun! In addition to their great holiday shopping, they host several holiday events. Have dinner with Mrs. Claus and Yummie to add some magic (and great food) to this busy time of year. Get tickets to the Holiday Family Fun with Santa & Friends event at the Village. Be ready to enjoy a delicious meal, fun scavenger hunt and of course to share your holiday wish list with Santa & a few of his friends. Embrace the holiday season and make shopping fun with the Holiday Tasting Tour. Enjoy generous samples and personalized service, as well as bites of history about the Village. You won't want to miss this festive tasting experience for food lovers of all ages!

Christmas Candylane

Experience the sweetest place on earth during the holidays! HersheyPark, just a short drive from Lancaster, hosts their annual Christmas Candylane select dates November 12th – January 2nd. Be amazed as you stroll through the amusement park that has been transformed to embody the Christmas spirit with festive music, decorations, and so many Christmas lights.

Stone Gables Estate

Head out to the magical Stone Gables Estate for several holiday events this season! Between November 26th and December 30th, enjoy the 4th annual Christmas Light Drive-Thru. This 3-mile drive features over 600,000 LED lights plus some unexpected surprises. Hop aboard the Santa Express or the Winter Train Excursion and have a magical, narrated adventure on an 1869 steam locomotive replica as it chugs along the Lincoln & Lancaster Railroad. You & your young ones won’t want to miss out on a visit to the Christmas Village this winter. The fully decorated Star Barn will be offering beverages, snacks, and the opportunity to meet Santa, his helpers, and more!

Barnyard Kingdom
Christmas at Barnyard Kingdom is the ultimate kid’s holiday experience. November 24th – December 19th, enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas on the farm. Giant slides, fire pits, barnyard animals, Elf scavenger hunt, hedge maze and more await on the farm. Take a train ride to their Christmas Tree Fields to pick up your Christmas tree, included with your ticket. Enjoy a breakfast buffet in the historic barn, snap a photo with Santa and enjoy more fun on the farm December 4th – 12th at the Breakfast with Santa event.

See a Show
Visiting a theatre in Lancaster County is a most memorable experience. There are several shows coming to the stages for the holidays!

Magic & Wonder
Theatre presents Believe, where guests can take a journey to the North Pole and watch the toys in Santa’s workshop come to life! Friends and family of all ages will enjoy the amazing illusions, side-splitting comedy, dazzling costumes and the inspiring message about making holiday wishes magically come true while remembering the true meaning of the season.

Bird-in-Hand Stage
presents The Christmas Tree Ship, a heart-warming inspirational new 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.

See Miracle on 34th Street at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre this winter! The show tells the story of Six-year-old Susan Walker who doesn’t fill her head with romantic notions like believing in Santa Claus. But when she meets the department store Santa who may in fact be the real Kris Kringle, a wave of love spreads across New York City and the little girl’s beliefs makes all the difference!

"On The Naughty List" promises enlightening revelations on the classic Christmas story and a rousing good time to energize your season. The show’s premise is that people on “the naughty list” change the world, which begs the question what list we want to be on. The brand-new show features two singers and a speaker supported by projections, special effects, and set elements from Atomic Design of Rock Lititz. Get your tickets today!

American Music Theatre’s 2021 Christmas Show: Winter Wonderland will recapture the Christmas spirit! This highly anticipated and critically acclaimed live music production will ignite your spirit and set your heart aglow. This new & original Show, features the secular and sacred holiday songs you know and love, with all-live performances by our sensational cast of Singers and Dancers, as well as the remarkable AMT Orchestra. Bring the entire family and discover a new holiday tradition!

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