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Pennsylvania Dutch Country Visitors Center       501 Greenfield Road, Lancaster, PA 17601       717-299-8901

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Lancaster County Holiday Events 2013

Lancaster County Christmas Events & Attractions 2013

  • National Christmas Center
    Open daily
    Experience the whimsy and fantasy, magic and memories, and history and traditions of Christmas. Walk through 15 main galleries and numerous, ever-changing smaller exhibits.
    717-442-7950 or

  • Yuletide at Wheatland | President Buchanan's Wheatland
    Now-December 28
    Based on Clement C. Moore’s classic, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas-Reimagined! leads visitors on a magical journey to St. Nick’s workshop and the North Pole, complete with polar bears and jolly old St. Nicholas himself. Family-friendly and just 55 minutes long, it’s perfect for all ages, whether naughty or nice. Hot chocolate and cookies after the show.
    717-392-4633 or

  • Dutch Winter Wonderland | Dutch Wonderland  
    December 28, 29        

    Enjoy rides, games, and holiday entertainment under thousands of twinkling lights. Indoor activities include cookie decorating, voting for your favorite gingerbread house, and sharing holiday wishes with Santa.
    866-FUNatDW or

  • Downtown Lancaster for the Holidays | Lancaster City
    Now-December 30

    Don’t miss out on caroling bells, the arrival of Santa Claus, horse-drawn carriage rides, strolling musical entertainment, a model train display, and more.
    717-291-4758 or
  • Christmas Candylane | Hersheypark
    Now-December 31
    A family holiday tradition that delights all your senses with more than 2,000,000 twinkling lights, holiday-themed rides, festive entertainment, steaming mugs of signature hot chocolate, and quaint shopping experiences.
    800-HERSHEY or

  • Hershey Sweet Lights | Hersheypark
    Now-January 1
    Enjoy a holiday drive-thru spectacular with nearly 600 illuminated animated displays from the comfort of your car. 
    800-HERSHEY or
  • Spectacular Holiday Celebration | Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum
    Now–January 5
    Santa’s elves are busy transforming the galleries of the AACA Museum for a spectacular holiday wonderland featuring Christmas trees adorned with themed decorations setting off a wide variety of special exhibits. Here’s a rundown of the exhibits sure to light up your visit this holiday: snowmobiles, sleds and sleighs, trains, celebrity cars, advanced Lego Technic Super Cars, car-toon truck, art display area, Mr. Beep the Talking Car, Sammy the Snow Plow, the Great Grinch Escape, and more.
    717-566-7100 or

  • Holiday Train Display | Choo Choo Barn
    Now-January 5                                                    
    Celebrate the season as the Choo Choo Barn transforms Traintown USA® to bring the magic of Christmas to its gigantic model train display. For the third time in history, the homes and businesses along the tracks have decked their halls to share with the public.
    717-687-7911 or

  • A Brandywine Christmas | Brandywine River Museum
    Now-January 5                                                     
    See the extensive O-gauge model train layout, elaborate Victorian dollhouse, and thousands of whimsical “critter” ornaments on holiday trees.
    610-388-2700 or
  • A Longwood Christmas | Longwood Gardens
    Now–January 12

    Extravagant, fruit-adorned trees towering as high as 18 feet stand in our Conservatory and red and green apples float in an artistic pattern in our Exhibition Hall. Stroll our Outdoor Gardens and see more colorful lights on display than ever before in our expanded outdoor experience—featuring a floating tree display, hundreds of sparkling snowflakes, twinkling tree forms, a 12-foot fountain of lights in our Main Fountain Garden, and so much more.
    610-388-1000 or
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