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Lancaster County, PA events calendar

Find special events and one-of-a-kind things to do in Lancaster County all-year long.

With so much going on in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, it's impossible to see all the great local events during your visit. Special events in Lancaster, PA and neighboring towns run year-round, ensuring that you'll always experience unique festivals, fairs, exhibits, theater & concerts when visiting us in Lancaster County.

Our Lancaster County, PA Events Calendar below allows you to select a date range to search for things to do during your visit. You can also enter keywords or filter events by categories or by the part of the county where the event is being held.

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Trees Galore

This year we are bringing back a beloved museum tradition to celebrate the holidays. Trees Galore festivities include an exhibition of holiday-themed original artwork by La...

Lancaster Museum of Art
Lancaster, PA
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Downtown Lancaster region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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18DEC thru 19DEC

Silent Art Auction

Bid on a unique piece of art -- for yourself or for a special Christmas present for a friend. Bidding starts on December 1 and ends December 20. Be sure to ask the hot...

Federal Taphouse
Lancaster, PA
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18DEC thru 20DEC

A Dickens of A Christmas

Experience a turn-of-the-century Christmas inside Victorian Mount Hope Mansion, as Charles Dickens and a cast of unforgettable characters welcome your whole family to the j...

Mount Hope Estate & Winery
Manheim, PA
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Small Towns & Northern Countryside region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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18DEC thru 23DEC

Old Fashioned Christmas

Thanksgiving through Christmas Visit with us on Saturdays and enjoy down-home caroling. Pass brass bands as you dash from one shop to another. We have cookies to treat you....

Kitchen Kettle Village
Intercourse, PA
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Amish & PA Dutch Countryside region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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18DEC thru 24DEC

Nutcracker

One of our most popular Family Theatre Series productions is back for the holidays. Follow the journey of the heroic Nutcracker as he tries to reclaim the magic crown from ...

Fulton Theatre
Lancaster, PA
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18DEC thru 27DEC

Messicks Christmas Light Show

Messick's Farm Equipment, the leader in sales and service of agriculture and construction equipment for Lancaster County, is excited to announce the 2014 Animated Chris...

Messick's Farm Equipment
Elizabethtown, PA
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Small Towns & Northern Countryside region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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18DEC thru 28DEC

It's A Wonderful Life

Frank Capra’s film classic has been brought to vibrant color. The story of George Bailey and his wonderful life in Bedford Falls, remains a timeless fable of dreams a...

Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
Lancaster, PA
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River Hills region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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18DEC thru 31DEC

The 2014 Christmas Show

THE 2014 CHRISTMAS SHOW – Joy To The World on stage now through December 30. When the holidays arrive, the sounds of the season are always at AMT. The critically ...

American Music Theatre
Lancaster, PA
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Amish & PA Dutch Countryside region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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18DEC thru 31DEC

PA German Folk Art Sale

Sale continues Tuesdays through Saturdays, November 8 - December 31, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM. Purchase handmade crafts by local artists at Lancaster Mennonite historical Society&...

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society
Lancaster, PA
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Amish & PA Dutch Countryside region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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18DEC thru 31DEC

The Story Of The Railroad Dining Car

For many years, the most memorable part of a train trip included a meal in a dining car, with comfortable accommodations, exquisite cuisine on fine china and service by wel...

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Strasburg, PA
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Amish & PA Dutch Countryside region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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18DEC thru 31DEC

Downtown Lancaster for the Holidays

Seasonal activities include visits with Santa, horse drawn wagon rides, special events and festivities, plus holiday shopping.

Downtown Lancaster
Lancaster, PA
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18DEC thru 31DEC

Christmas Layout

For the fourth year, the Groff family continues their annual tradition of decorating the miniature homes and businesses along the tracks to share their holiday spirit with ...

Choo Choo Barn
Strasburg, PA
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Amish & PA Dutch Countryside region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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18DEC thru 4JAN

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

From November 18 through January 4, experience the joy of snow falling inside the Fulton! You’re not dreaming, it is going to snow inside the Fulton. Holiday ...

Fulton Theatre
Lancaster, PA
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Downtown Lancaster region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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18DEC thru 4JAN

Featured Exhibit: Holiday Trains and Trees

Experience a delightful display of model trains and themed trees with the return of the season’s popular Holiday Trains and Trees exhibition. Guests of all ages will ...

Whitaker Center For Science and the Arts
Harrisburg, PA
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Next-door Neighbors region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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18DEC thru 4JAN

Moses

The parting of the Red Sea ... the Burning Bush ... the Plagues ... the Ten Commandments ... finally ... the greatest Biblical epic of the Old Testament comes to life on th...

Sight & Sound Theatre
Strasburg, PA
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18DEC thru 18APR

Music Friday

Live music abounds throughout City shops, restaurants and City parks the third Friday of every month. Each month features a signature concert event for all to enjoy.

Lancaster Martiott at Penn Square
Lancaster, PA
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19DEC

Canned Food Fridays

The 26th annual Canned Food Fridays event returns to the Choo Choo Barn in Strasburg, PA, on December 5, 12 and 19 ONLY from 9am – 8pm. Admission to the Choo Choo...

Choo Choo Barn
Strasburg, PA
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Amish & PA Dutch Countryside region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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19DEC

Open Late Every Friday

Starting in December participating merchants will be open late every Friday until 8:00 p.m. You can also find participating shops open until 9 p.m. every 1st and 3rd Friday...

300 Block of North Queen Street
lancaste, pa
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19DEC

Night Before Christmas Train

Sparkling skies, warmth from a potbelly stove, smells of freshly baked cookies and magic in the air. This special train recreates the excitement and anticipation of Christm...

Strasburg Rail Road
Ronks (Strasburg), PA
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Amish & PA Dutch Countryside region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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19DEC

Craven Family Band

Joyful, high-energy, old-timey, traditional and America music and songs for the season. Cafe Menu is posted on the store website.

Ten Thousand Villages in Ephrata
Ephrata, PA
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Small Towns & Northern Countryside region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

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19DEC

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Cars & Christmas at the AACA Museum

Cars & Christmas at the AACA Museum

Decorations adorn the Museum on all levels with dozens of decorated holiday trees, several model train displays, specialty vehicles and more! Now through January 4.

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Charming Handmade Gifts

Charming Handmade Gifts

Find the perfect gift this Christmas at Eldreth Pottery, Lancaster's premier crafter of salt-glazed stoneware and redware pottery.

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