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Posted: 11/20/2023

Where to See Santa Claus in Lancaster, PA

Santa Claus is coming to town! See the 2023 list of places to see Santa in Lancaster.

It’s no wonder that Santa enjoys visiting Lancaster every year—there are so many special things to do and see here! If you’re visiting during the holidays, make your trip a little extra magical with a visit to see Santa! He has a busy schedule while he’s in town, so here is a list of some places you can meet the jolly old man himself.

Breakfast with Santa at Plain & Fancy Farm | December 9

Enter the festively decorated venue and be greeted by the delicious aroma of breakfast favorites…there’s even a hot chocolate station! Visit with Santa and smile wide for professionally captured photos with Santa.

Breakfast with Santa at Spooky Nook Sports | December 16

Spend the morning eating a yummy buffet, playing holiday games in Elf Village and hearing a story read by Santa himself!

Breakfast with Santa and Train Rides to the U-Cut Christmas Tree Fields at Barnyard Kingdom | Select dates November 24-December 10

Immerse yourself in the magic of Christmas at Barnyard Kingdom! Enjoy a delicious breakfast with Santa in the restored barn and then ride the train through the farm to cut your own perfect Christmas Tree!

Ice Cream with Santa at Turkey Hill Experience | December 17

You are invited to join Santa for an evening filled with fun activities, beautiful decorations, and of course, plenty of Turkey Hill Ice Cream!

Holiday Fun with Santa & Friends at Kitchen Kettle Village | Select dates November 25-December 16

Add some cheer to your holidays with a visit to Kitchen Kettle Village to enjoy a delicious meal, caroling with Elf Angela, a scavenger hunt and, of course, a visit with Santa!

Dinner with Mrs. Claus and Yummie at Kitchen Kettle Village | Select dates November 25-December 16

Add some magic to the hustle and bustle of the holidays and enjoy a special evening with Mrs. Claus and Yummie at the Kling House Restaurant.

Santa Express Train Ride at Northern Central Railway | Select dates December 2-December 23

The train is decked out for the festive season awaiting the arrival of Santa! Board the train at the historic New Freedom Train Station and ride with Kris Kringle to Glen Rock. If you’re on the NICE list, Santa will have a special gift for you!

Santa Claus: The Musical at Dutch Apple Dinner Theater | Select dates December 1-December 29

Jingle jam-packed with a sleigh-full of fun, energetic, and original Christmas music, this musical is sure to put you and your entire family in the holiday spirit!

Santa’s Surprise Train at The Middletown and Hummelstown Railroad | Select dates November 25-December 17

Sit back and relax during a ride through Swatara Creek Valley. Santa will make an appearance with gifts for children aboard.

Santa Express at Stone Gables Estate | Select dates November 24- December 23

Sing along to your favorite Christmas tunes as the replica steam locomotive winds its way through the Stone Gables Estate—Santa will make a surprise visit with a treat for each child!

Santa’s Paradise Express at Strasburg Rail Road | Saturdays & Sundays November 18-December 31

Enjoy a trip through Amish Country on the Santa Express—Santa will be aboard greeting everyone as it makes its way to Paradise.

Breakfast and Dinner with Mrs. Claus at Strasburg Rail Road |Select dates November 18-December 31

Indulge in a hearty & scrumptious breakfast or dinner with Mrs. Claus at the Strasburg Rail Road’s Lefever Hall.

Santa greeting a family on a train in Lancaster, PA.

Santa & Goats at Amish Farm & House | December 9

Visit the farm for a festive photo opportunity with Santa’s sleigh and baby goats, his charming little “helpers”. This year, make your family Christmas photo truly unique. And remember, it's a pet-loving farm, so bring along your furry companions to join in the festivities.

Santa at the U-Cut Christmas Trees at Elizabeth Farms | Saturdays & Sundays November 24-December 10

Explore the Christmas Tree fields to pick out the perfect tree for your home and then visit Santa for a photo.

Santa in the City throughout Lancaster City | December 8, 9, & 16

Experience the magic of the holidays around Lancaster City and keep a look out for Santa! He will be escorted through the city by the Bureaus of Fire and Police as he visits downtown and the neighborhoods.

Christmas Tree Lane at Clipper Magazine Stadium’s Christmas Spirit Light Show | Saturdays December 2-23

Drive through hundreds of thousands of color-changing lights and find your way to Christmas Tree Lane where you can walk through a display of decorated trees on your way to Santa. On Thursdays you might even get to meet one of his reindeer!

Dutch Winter Wonderland at Dutch Wonderland | Select nights November 18-January 1st

Take in thousands of twinkling lights as you wind your way through the kingdom to meet Santa at his cabin.

The First Noel at American Music Theatre | November 7th-December 30th

Witness the magic and splendor of American Music Theatre’s holiday celebration production.

Polar Bear Express at The Middletown and Hummelstown Railroad | Saturdays & Sundays in December

All aboard to the North Pole to find Santa! The Conductor will share a special Christmas story with the kids and at the North Pole, Santa will board the train with a special gifts!

Ephrata Tree Lighting Ceremony hosted by Mainspring of Ephrata | November 24

It’s the official start of the holiday season in Ephrata—watch as the town gathers in eager anticipation of the tree lighting and Santa’s grand arrival.

Santa’s House at the Whistle Stop hosted by Mainspring of Ephrata | Fridays & Saturdays December 2-23

Drop your letter to Santa in the North Pole Mail Express mailbox and visit with Santa. Make sure to have your full name and return address on the letter so Santa can reply!

Tanger Outlet’s Tree Lighting at Tanger Outlets | November 18

Kick off the holiday season with a Holiday Tree Lighting and Santa’s arrival celebration!

Mayor’s Tree Lighting at Lancaster Central Market & City Square | November 24

Venture Downtown for the arrival of Santa, the lighting of the tree, and live entertainment!

Bird-in-Hand Christmas Village at Bird-in-Hand Bakery & Cafe | December 8 & 9

Meet Santa (and maybe some of his reindeer) during the festivities at Bird-in-Hand Christmas Village! Caroling, bonfires and cookie decorating plus a visit from Santa will put you in the Christmas spirit!

Pet Photos with Santa at That Pet Place - That Fish Place | December 9, 13, 16, 20, 22

Santa Paws is coming to town! Bring your pet to get their picture taken with Santa at That Pet Place—proceeds benefitting Centerville Pet Rescue.

Cookies with Santa at Tiny Town | December 6, 9, 17, 19

Visit Tiny Town for a sweet visit with Santa! Enjoy cookies, milk, playtime in Gingerbread Village and your own unlimited photos with Santa!

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