| by Olivia
Things to do with Kids during the Holidays in Lancaster, PA
Experience the holiday spirit with these kid friendly events and adventures!
Festive Fun To Be Had
Christmas at Barnyard Kingdom | December 2rd & 3rd, 9th & 10th
Enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas on the Farm at Barnyard Kingdom! They are decking the halls for family fun! Giant Slides, Fire Pit, Barnyard Animals, Trikes, Straw Pyramid, Elf Scavenger Hunt, Hedge Maze, and more! If you wish to cut your own Christmas tree in our field, the tree will be priced per height.
Dutch Winter Wonderland | Open weekends starting Nov. 24th to Dec. 23rd and Dec. 26 to Jan 1st.
“Tis the season to make new family memories. Enjoy 10 new activities that make this award-winning holiday event more festive than ever. It's time to celebrate the season with the family at Dutch Wonderland!
A trip to Kitchen Kettle Village is the perfect place to embrace the holiday season! Enjoy the beautiful lights of the village as you shop. Visit on Saturdays and experience live music. Pass brass bands as you dash from one shop to another. Roast a marshmallow over an open fire at the "Pepper Lane Fudge S'more Station." There are special events to look forward to. Book a dinner with Mrs. Claus and Yummie. Get tickets to the Holiday Family Fun with Santa & Friends. Discover abundant shopping filled with music boxes, authentic Amish quilts, and homemade Lancaster County food, fresh baked goods, and tasty canned goods. Nov. 25th to Dec. 16th.
Christmas Trains at Strasburg Rail Road | Until the end of the season
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.
Amish Farmhouse Christmas Experience | Old Windmill Farm | until December 30th
Make authentic farm-to-table food alongside the Amish using recipes handed down through generations. Churn butter, press fresh apple cider, bake fresh bread and pumpkin pies, then sit down at the heirloom table to enjoy. Afterwards, boil apples to make apple sauce for preserving!
Santa Express | Stone Gables Estate | All throughout December
Hop aboard the Santa Express 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!
Things To Do This December
Have A Fun Time At A Show!
2023 Christmas Show: The First Noel | American Music Theatre | November 7th - December 30, 2023
Witness the magic and splendor of our holiday celebration as AMT presents “The First Noel”.
Beautiful snowscapes, child-like joy, cherished stories, the spirit of love, and all your favorite things about the holiday season are onstage in this glorious celebration of timeless holiday classics.
Our Christmas Dinner | Bird-In-Hand Stage | November 27th - December 30, 2023
It’s Christmas and times are tough for the Davidsons. George lost his job, and his wife Jackie hopes that his unemployment check arrives in time to buy gifts. The check doesn’t—but unexpected guests do: a soft-spoken Amish farmer and his outspoken wife whose buggy is stuck outside in a snowdrift. Add family members and things really get interesting.
Enjoy 2 great shows this holiday at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre!
A Christmas Carol: The Musical With a “Bah, Humbug!” Ebenezer Scrooge reveals his feelings about the holiday. But even for a grumpy old miser like him, it’s never too late to change.
In Santa Claus: the Musical, after 1,000 years of faithful service, Santa Claus has decided to retire. Not all the elves are thrilled with this decision or his chosen replacement! This musical is sure to put you and your entire family in the holiday spirit.
Do you know who else has 2 holiday shows this year? Magic & Wonder Dinner Theatre!
Join Brett and his cast in a BRAND NEW FOR 2023, Winter Wonderland! 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", and see toys come to life in "Santa's Magical Workshop", all while remembering the True reason for the season.
Everybody gather around the Yuletide jukebox as Magic & Wonder Dinner Theatre puts the "rock" around your Christmas tree! Get ready to tap your toes, clap your hands, and dance down the aisles to the greatest rock and roll renditions of all of your favorite holiday tunes. This high-energy song and dance review is sure to put everyone young and old in the holiday spirit. So grab your quarters and head on down to Shirley's soda shop at the Magic and Wonder Theater this season for Holly Jolly Jukebox!
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