Whether you venture out and brave the cold or prefer the warmer climes of the great indoors — winter in Lancaster County is a wonderland filled with exciting things to do, see, and experience.

During the winter months, Amish children find enjoyment in riding from the back of a horse-drawn sleigh. Photo Credit: Discov

Seasonal Features: WINTER

It’s the perfect time to take in a Broadway-caliber show at one of our many theaters, succumb to the temptation of our tantalizing fare; or seek the thrill of snow tubing down runs designed for kids of all ages.

Winter in Lancaster is also ideal for exploring the many ways we celebrate the holidays –– take in the aromas of freshly baked seasonal treats, wander through our beautiful, historic downtown, and pick up a few Christmas gifts along the way.

To keep up to date with all the wonderful winter things to discover here in Lancaster County, check back often. We’ll spotlight new activities all season long.

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Winter Weather in Lancaster County


December typically begins with daytime temperatures in the low 40s, with lows in the evening of the mid 20s or below. January typically starts in the low to mid 30s, and ends in the high 30s. February is typically in the low to mid 40s. Evenings are typically cold, and range from the low 20s to the mid 20s in February.


Appropriate clothing for travelers in the winter months is long pants and a heavy jacket. You may want to check the weather before you come and pack your snow boots if snow is expected.


Lancaster County sees average amounts of precipitation for the Northeast. The average snow/rainfall is almost 3" per month. During the cold season, precipitation is most often in the form of light to moderate snow or light to moderate rain.

Things to Do in Winter

Christmas in Lancaster County

The Holiday Season in Lancaster County is a joyous time of fond memories and festive traditions. We welcome you to join us as we celebrate! Hear children laughing in anticipation of presents. Breathe in the enticing aromas of cookies and pies. Feel the warmth of the crackling logs in the fireplace, and smile as families and friends gather to wish one another joy and peace throughout the year. See why the Holidays in Lancaster County are truly something special.

Coffee Shops and Cafes

Downtown Lancaster is home to Pennsylvania's best cup of coffee, according to Food & Wine, found at Passenger Coffee. When you're craving a cup of joe while in Downtown Lancaster, stop by Passenger or one of the other local favorite cafes that call the City home.

Indoor Adventure to Kick Cabin Fever

The holidays have passed, and the weather is frigid- what’s there to do to burn off some pent-up energy? Plenty! Not only does Lancaster have beautiful outdoor resources for hiking, biking, and exploring, we also have loads of indoor adventures as well. Come check out some of the locations to start off the new year with active, healthy activities that will keep you busy all day long.

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