Things to do in Lancaster, PA this December
Santa has traded in his sleigh for a 50cc Scoot Coupe and leads the way through back roads of Lancaster County in search of the ever elusive "Amish Christmas Lights." Join Santa at Strasburg Scooters as he travels over the brides and through the woods with exceptional views of the countryside, including Amish farms and schoolhouses.
New for 2018, zip through the treetops on Refreshing Mountains Ziplines and Elevated Obstacle Course decked with thousands of Christmas lights. Join in singing carols around a campfire as you sip on a complimentary homemade hot chocolate & even stay overnight in one of the cozy, Christmas-y cabin suites.
Looking for a traditional Christmas tradition? Head downtown to enjoy Horse Drawn Carriage Rides starting on the square, or head to The Star Barn Village on Fridays and Saturdays to enjoy a 2-mile drive with Christmas lights throughout the property.
And of course, if you have little ones, you won’t want to miss out on Dutch Winter Wonderland, featuring themed rides, tasty holiday treats, and a dazzling Royal Light Show.
Wondering which Lancaster County Christmas show you should see? Take our quiz to see whether you’re better suited to a classic toe-tapping holiday performance, feats of illusion, or laughter-filled comedy. If you’d rather just see the full performance list, you can do so here.
All Things Trains
There’s nothing quite like a good old fashioned train display, or even riding on an authentic steam train at the Strasburg Rail Road. Strasburg is also known as Traintown USA, and you’re sure to get your fill of holiday events with Santa’s Paradise Express, Christmas with the Conductor, and more. And be sure to check out the 1,700 square foot Christmas Layout at the Choo Choo Barn, where you’ll hunt for 57 hidden Santa’s, and enjoy music and festive decorations. You can also enjoy the Garden Spot Village Holiday Train Room.
For traditional Christmas Yuletide celebrations, step back in time at Landis Valley Museum, Rock Ford Plantation, the Ephrata Cloister, President James Buchanan’s Wheatland, or learn about a PA Dutch holiday tradition on the Find your Belsnickel Tour. At many of our historical attractions, you’ll step back into time with sparkling holiday displays, period costumed guides and lantern tours.
Whether you venture out and brave the cold or prefer the warmer climates of the great indoors, Lancaster has wonderful shopping destinations. Kitchen Kettle Village is a wonderful experience, where you can enjoy breakfast with Santa and our gingerbread man mascot, Yummie, or a special dinner with Mrs. Claus. Lancaster has always been known for our great outlet shopping, and this year is even better, with an expanded Tanger Outlets, and new Shops @ Rockvale, you’re sure to find the gifts you need. Not sure what to get someone on your list? Check out our helpful Lancaster County Gift Guide and find the perfect gift.
Where to see Santa
• Breakfast with Santa – Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square
• Breakfast with Santa – Spooky Nook Sports
• Holiday Make & Take – National Watch & Clock
• Santa’s Workshop – Shops @ Rockvale
• Santa at the National Toy Train Museum
• Visits with Santa – Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square
• Breakfast with Santa – Kitchen Kettle Village