Christmas Elf Express
117 N. Front Street New Freedom, PA 17349
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.
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.
Spend the morning eating a yummy buffet, playing holiday games in Elf Village and hearing a story read by Santa himself!
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!
You are invited to join Santa for an evening filled with fun activities, beautiful decorations, and of course, plenty of Turkey Hill Ice Cream!
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!
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.
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!
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!
Sit back and relax during a ride through Swatara Creek Valley. Santa will make an appearance with gifts for children aboard.
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!
Enjoy a trip through Amish Country on the Santa Express—Santa will be aboard greeting everyone as it makes its way to Paradise.
Indulge in a hearty & scrumptious breakfast or dinner with Mrs. Claus at the Strasburg Rail Road’s Lefever Hall.
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.
Explore the Christmas Tree fields to pick out the perfect tree for your home and then visit Santa for a photo.
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.
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!
Take in thousands of twinkling lights as you wind your way through the kingdom to meet Santa at his cabin.
Witness the magic and splendor of American Music Theatre’s holiday celebration production.
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!
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.
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!
Kick off the holiday season with a Holiday Tree Lighting and Santa’s arrival celebration!
Venture Downtown for the arrival of Santa, the lighting of the tree, and live entertainment!
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!
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.
Visit Tiny Town for a sweet visit with Santa! Enjoy cookies, milk, playtime in Gingerbread Village and your own unlimited photos with Santa!
Enjoy a holiday meal at one of these great restaurants!
Experience holiday lights and cheer from the comfort of your own vehicle!
Lancaster County, PA is a magical destination during the holidays!