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Lancaster County Christmas - A Heartwarming Tradition

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.

Take some time to explore our website and find out how the
communities that make up Lancaster County will be
celebrating this year. See why the Holidays in Lancaster
County are truly something special.

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Lancaster County buzzes with excitement during the
Holiday Season. Festive lights twinkle and shine as images
from joyful holidays past, present and future appear before
your very eyes. Choose your own Christmas Itinerary and discover what makes this time of year in Lancaster County truly something special.

Fun Fact 1:

Early Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas traditions included dying eggs with onion skins. We now associate
this practice with Easter, but it was originally a Christmas practice in south-central Pennsylvania, where
the decorative eggs would then be used to grace Christmas trees.


Shopping - Discounts & Packages

How long is your gift list this year? Lancaster County
offers many venues from delightful out-of-the way
shops selling unique wares made by local artisans to
outlet shops representing nationally known brands,
making it easy to find something for even that most
difficult to buy for friend.

Shopping this time of year is especially enjoyable!
As you stroll from shop to shop, you’ll also be taking
in the decorations, music and spirit of the season.
Unique gift ideas and the joy of the Holiday Season
combine to make gift shopping in Lancaster County
something truly special.

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Fun Fact 2:

The first known written mention of a Christmas tree in America is found in the 1821 diary of Matthew Zahn,
who lived right here in Lancaster, PA!


Shows & Performances

Holiday time in Lancaster County is the perfect time to catch
a show! Choose from cherished classic seasonal tales or
original productions bringing a new spin on holiday spirit.
Music, dance, comedy and drama can be found celebrating
the season on stages large and small around the county.

The pageantry and grandeur of these holiday performances
are just more reason that the Holidays in Lancaster County
are truly something special.

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Fun Fact 3:

Among the unusual items that will be dropped in various boroughs on the new year around the county are a giant
pretzel, an M&M, a shoe and a 100-lb. bologna!


New Year's Celebration

Lancaster County will ring in 2014 in style, and we invite you
to join us as we celebrate 2013 drawing to a close and a
new year dawning. Festivities begin early enough for the
whole family to enjoy, so even the little ones who won’t be
awake to count down to midnight can partake in the
excitement and fun of New Year’s Eve in Lancaster.

Enjoy live bands, fireworks, performers of all kinds and of
course a champagne toast at midnight. Make it a resolution
to celebrate the New Year in Lancaster County!

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Fun Fact 4:

The traditional Pennsylvania Dutch New Year’s Day meal of pork and sauerkraut was thought to bring
luck and good fortune in the coming year because, as the saying goes, “the pig roots forward while the
turkey scratches backwards.”