Lancaster County Christmas Events & Attractions

The Holiday season in Lancaster County is full of themed attractions and fun events for young or old to enjoy.

Explore light displays, a holiday-themed amusement park and so much more! Maybe you’ll see the Jolly Ol' Elf himself! Check out the full list of events with dates below, and plan to enjoy a holiday that is something truly special.

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National Christmas Center
November 1-January 4
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
www.nationalchristmascenter.com

Holiday Open House | Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum
November 8-9
From 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, shop for one-of-a-kind Christmas items made by local artists and craftspeople. Featuring: Belsnickels, ornaments, Pennsylvania German paper stars, books, felted crafts, redware pottery, and more. 
(717) 569-0401
www.landisvalleymuseum.org

PA Guild Holiday Fine Craft Fair | Lancaster County Convention Center
November 8-9
The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen presents its annual holiday fine craft fair, open from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday and 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Sunday. The fair features the work of 140 craftspeople who were selected by a jury for their unique vision and impeccable craftsmanship. Items for sale include pottery, jewelry, designer clothing, furniture, and fine art, and more. 
(717) 431-8706
www.pacrafts.org/november

Nook Kid’s Night | Spooky Nook
November 14
Children up to age 12 are invited to Spooky Nook’s Turkey Trot themed Kid’s Night from 6:00-10:00 PM. Check website for details.
(717) 945-7087
www.spookynooksports.com

Christmas Candylane | Hersheypark
November 14-16
The magic of the holidays comes to life at Hersheypark Christmas Candylane. With two million twinkling lights, rides for all ages, festive decorations, and Hershey's Product Characters decked out in their holiday best, there is something for all to enjoy! Enjoy the sounds of the season at two dynamic shows, "A Music Box Christmas" and "NOEL," visit Santa's reindeer, and browse our quaint village shops. Christmas Candylane features many attractions for guests of all ages including over 30 rides including the family-favorite, Twilight Express.
(800) HERSHEY
www.hersheypark.com/seasonal/christmas

Hershey Sweet Lights | Hersheypark
November 14-January 1
Enjoy a holiday drive-thru spectacular with nearly 600 illuminated animated displays from the comfort of your car.
(800) HERSHEY
www.hersheypark.com

Cars and Christmas | AACA Museum
November 14-January 4
There have been many sightings of Santa’s little helpers around the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum recently! They are preparing our exhibits for a spectacular holiday wonderland featuring themed Christmas trees and many other holiday exhibits. Join us November 30th for the Hess Mobile Museum, featuring 50 years of Hess! Also come join us on December 5th for our Pajama Party where we will be showing the modern classic "The Polar Express" in the museum! Really feeling in the holiday spirit? Help those in need by donating non-perishable food items and toys to our Food and Toy Drive, located here at the AACA Museum.
(717) 566-7100
www.aacamuseum.org/cars-christmas

Santa's Paradise Express | Strasburg Rail Road
November 28-30
Ride the rails with Santa and his helpers! Santa himself will climb aboard and visit with families as they travel down the tracks. Children ages 11 and under will receive a special gift. Onboard photo opportunities with Santa will be available. At the station, children are invited to listen to storybook readings of holiday classics aboard a heated stationary caboose and will be charmed with rides aboard the Tinsel Trolley, a self-propelled motorcar.
(866) 725-9666
www.strasburgrailroad.com

Christmas Candylane | Hersheypark
November 21-23
The magic of the holidays comes to life at Hersheypark Christmas Candylane. With two million twinkling lights, rides for all ages, festive decorations, and Hershey's Product Characters decked out in their holiday best, there is something for all to enjoy! Enjoy the sounds of the season at two dynamic shows, "A Music Box Christmas" and "NOEL," visit Santa's reindeer, and browse our quaint village shops. Christmas Candylane features many attractions for guests of all ages including over 30 rides including the family-favorite, Twilight Express.
(800) HERSHEY
www.hersheypark.com/seasonal/christmas

Dutch Winter Wonderland | Dutch Wonderland
November 22-23
Dutch Winter Wonderland is the perfect place to celebrate the season and create special memories that last a lifetime. Enjoy themed rides, share your wish list with Santa, enjoy tasty holiday treats, or watch our dazzling Royal Light Show featuring hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights that dance to your favorite holiday tunes. There’s fun waiting around every corner for kids of all ages at Dutch Winter Wonderland!
(866) FUNatDW
www.dutchwonderland.com

Christmas Candylane | Hersheypark
November 26-30
The magic of the holidays comes to life at Hersheypark Christmas Candylane. With two million twinkling lights, rides for all ages, festive decorations, and Hershey's Product Characters decked out in their holiday best, there is something for all to enjoy! Enjoy the sounds of the season at two dynamic shows, "A Music Box Christmas" and "NOEL," visit Santa's reindeer, and browse our quaint village shops. Christmas Candylane features many attractions for guests of all ages including over 30 rides including the family-favorite, Twilight Express.
(800) HERSHEY
www.hersheypark.com/seasonal/christmas

Moonlight Madness - Black Friday Sales | Tanger Outlets
November 27
Holiday shopping with incredible steals and deals. Outlet center opens on Thanksgiving eve at 6:00 PM and remains open until 2:00 AM. Black Friday hours begin at 6:00 AM and will remain open until 10:00 PM.
(717) 392-7260
www.tangeroutlet.com/lancaster

A Longwood Christmas | Longwood Gardens
November 27–January 11
A Longwood Christmas takes flight this year with our bird-inspired display. From elegant trees adorned with feathered friends, to a peacock-themed Masquerade Ball in our Music Room, our holiday season soars. Topiary swans grace our Exhibition Hall, while whimsical trees depict the classic tales The Ugly Duckling and The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg. Outside, all eyes are on the sky as illuminated stars twinkle above, colorful fountains dancing to holiday music rise high in the air, and a half-million lights brighten the night. Our outdoor Christmas lights begin to come on at 3:30 PM every day!
(610) 388-1000
www.longwoodgardens.org

Mayor's Tree Lighting and Tuba Christmas | Penn Square, Downtown Lancaster
November 28
The official kickoff of the holiday season begins with the Mayor’s Tree Lighting in Penn Square. Carolers, the infamous “Tuba Christmas” and evening hours for Central Market lend to the festivities.
(717) 291-4758
www.lancastercityevents.com

Holiday Block Party | 300 Block of Queen St, Downtown Lancaster
November 28
From 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, join the stores on the 300 block of Queen Street in Downtown Lancaster for free entertainment, treats, and specials.
www.facebook.com/300blocknorthqueen

Night Before Christmas Train | Strasburg Rail Road
November 28
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 Christmas Eve. A reader dressed in a Victorian nightshirt and cap will read Clement Clarke Moore’s classic poem, The Night Before Christmas, as passengers enjoy cookies and milk while the train rolls along. At the station, children are invited to listen to storybook readings of holiday classics aboard a heated stationary caboose and will be charmed with rides aboard the Tinsel Trolley, a self-propelled motorcar.
(866) 725-9666
www.strasburgrailroad.com

Black Friday Baseball Camp | Spooky Nook
November 28
Children ages 7-12 years are invited to Spooky Nook’s Black Friday Baseball Camp from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Check website for details.
(717) 945-7087
www.spookynooksports.com

Downtown Lancaster for the Holidays

Dinner with Mrs. Claus and Yummie | Kitchen Kettle Village
November 28-29
Add some magic to the hustle and bustle of your holidays with a visit to Kitchen Kettle Village where you and your family can enjoy dinner with Mrs. Claus and our gingerbread man mascot, Yummie. The evening includes a family style feast of Lancaster County foods. The night also features storytelling with Mrs. Claus and Yummie, a gift from Mrs. Claus and photo opportunities all in the cozy setting of the Kling House Restaurant, the home of Kitchen Kettle Village. Tickets are required for this special night and seating does fill up quickly.
(800) 732-3538
www.kitchenkettle.com

Christmas in Lancaster City
November 28-December 31
Activities include visits with Santa, strolling entertainment, horse drawn wagon rides, special events and more. Shop at over 200 specialty shops, galleries, museums, and antique stores in Downtown Lancaster.
(717) 291-4758
www.visitlancastercity.com

Tiny Tim’s Christmas | President James Buchanan’s Wheatland
November 28-December 31
Join Tiny Tim from Dickens’ famous “A Christmas Carol” this holiday season. Tim, now a grown man, and his eccentric spinster sisters try to recapture the “spirit” of Christmases past. But when all of the gifts, the trimmings and the tinsel fail, it is a chance encounter with a most remarkable visitor from the past who brings back the magic. The story unfolds in the Presidential mansion as visitors travel from room to room in just 50 minutes. Performances run from the day after Thanksgiving to New Year’s. Tours are limited to 20, so reserve your holiday adventure early.
(717) 392-4633
www.lancasterhistory.org/visit/wheatland

A Brandywine Christmas | Brandywine River Museum
November 28-January 4
A treasured family tradition in the Brandywine Valley for over 40 years. Experience the O-gauge train display and marvel at thousands of “critter” ornaments displayed throughout the museum.
(610) 388-2700
www.brandywinemuseum.org

Dutch Winter Wonderland | Dutch Wonderland
November 28-30
Dutch Winter Wonderland is the perfect place to celebrate the season and create special memories that last a lifetime. Enjoy themed rides, share your wish list with Santa, enjoy tasty holiday treats, or watch our dazzling Royal Light Show featuring hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights that dance to your favorite holiday tunes. There’s fun waiting around every corner for kids of all ages at Dutch Winter Wonderland!
(866) FUNatDW
www.dutchwonderland.com

Holiday Train Display | Choo Choo Barn
November 28-January 4
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
www.choochoobarn.com/holiday

Holiday Model Railroad Open House | Garden Spot Village
November 29
Create a great holiday memory. The Garden Spot Village Train Club invites area families and train enthusiasts of all ages to enjoy the sights and sounds of its annual model railroad open house. The interactive exhibit includes a brand-new O-gauge display and an HO-gauge display with more than 600 feet of main line track, a talking Thomas the Tank Engine, wireless video-cam and more.
(717) 355-6000
www.gardenspotvillage.org

Breakfast with Santa and Yummie | Kitchen Kettle Village
November 29
From 8:00-9:30 AM, enjoy breakfast with Santa Claus and our gingerbread man mascot, Yummie. The breakfast buffet features a feast of Lancaster County foods including: French toast sticks, scrambled eggs, home-fried potatoes, sausage, and more. All children 12 and under attending the breakfast receive a special gift from Santa Claus and have the opportunity to meet Santa, Yummie, and special guest, Frosty, so bring your cameras. Kids will also receive a card to color and personalize for Santa. Tickets are required for this special breakfast and we anticipate seats filling up quickly. Reservations are required. Check website for details.
(800) 732-3538
www.kitchenkettle.com

Christmas Tree Lighting | DJ's Taste of the 50's
November 29
Help us joyfully welcome the holiday season by singing Christmas carols, reading the Christmas story and lighting the Christmas tree. Warm up with a cup of hot cocoa and homemade cookies.
(717) 509-5050
www.djstasteofthe50s.com

Holiday Shops | Brandywine River Museum
November 29–December 30
Beautiful and unique objects created by some of the region’s most talented craftspeople are featured in the museum courtyard. Approximately 12 artisans exhibit and sell their work on a rotating basis, with seven artisans featured each week. Items for sale include dolls, hand-woven scarves, jewelry and pottery. Free with museum admission.
(610) 388-2700
www.brandywinemuseum.org

Carols Concert | Brandywine River Museum
November 30
From 2:00-4:00 PM enjoy listening to international opera singer Peter Campbell, accompanied by pianist Laura Cilia.
(610) 388-2700
www.brandywinemuseum.org

Amish Holiday Traditions Tour and Back Roads Bus Tour | The Amish Village
December 1-31
Learn intriguing facts about Amish holiday traditions and the reasons behind these customs of a culture that has remained the same for over 300 years. The Holiday Traditions farmhouse tour can also be combined with the popular, Backroads Bus Tour where visitors can escape off the beaten path into the heart of scenic Lancaster County during this 90-minute narrated tour. During the tour, Amish traditions and beliefs will be shared and at least one stop will be made at a local farm stand, shop or farm.
(717) 687-8511
www.theamishvillage.net

Drop-in Class: Reindeer Round-Up | Hands-on House Children’s Museum
December 2
This special Holiday Drop-in Class is designed for children and adults to play and learn together. Enjoy winter-themed exhibits and games in the Museum and meet Rudolph and his friends! Learn about these animals who call the North Pole home and become part of the special team who takes care of them.
(717) 569-KIDS
www.handsonhouse.org/drop-in

Evening of Holiday Shopping | The Shops at Hershey Farm
December 2
From 4:00 to 8:00 PM receive 20% off your entire Shops at Hershey Farm purchase when you bring one unopened non-perishable food item per person to Hershey Farm for donation to the Lancaster County Food Bank through the Lancaster Council of Churches. Bring your friends for a night of shopping, prizes, and giving back!
(800) 827-8645
www.hersheyfarm.com

Holiday Brass: Favorite Classic Carols for Brass and Percussion | Steinman Hall at the Ware Center
December 3
Join the Lancaster Symphony Brass Quintet for a night of holiday music! Visit website for more information.
(717) 871-2308
www.lancastersymphony.org

Days of the Belsnickel Dinner Tour | Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
December 3
From 5:30 to 9:00 PM, take a guided tour of the decorated village, shop at the Landis Valley Museum Store, and take a wagon ride to our 1856 Historic Landis Valley House Hotel, where you will enjoy a delicious meal and a visit from the Belsnickel. Pre-registration is required. Check website for details.
(717) 581-0591
www.landisvalleymuseum.org

The Polar Express Read-Aloud Pajama Night | Brandywine River Museum
December 4
From 7:00-8:00 PM children are invited to wear their pajamas as they delight in the tale of The Polar Express and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Tickets are limited; reserve online or by calling the museum shop.
(610) 388-8326
www.brandywinemuseum.org

Christmas Candlelight Tours | 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum
December 4-5
Celebrate the holidays with stories and treats at the oldest house in Lancaster County. This year focuses on three centuries of transportation. Check website for details.
(717) 464-4438
www.hansherr.org

Night Before Christmas Train | Strasburg Rail Road
December 5
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 Christmas Eve. A reader dressed in a Victorian nightshirt and cap will read Clement Clarke Moore’s classic poem, The Night Before Christmas, as passengers enjoy cookies and milk while the train rolls along. At the station, children are invited to listen to storybook readings of holiday classics aboard a heated stationary caboose and will be charmed with rides aboard the Tinsel Trolley, a self-propelled motorcar.
(866) 725-9666
www.strasburgrailroad.com

Canned Food Fridays | Choo Choo Barn
December 5
Admission to the Choo Choo Barn's gigantic model train layout is free for those who donate at least one non-perishable food item on Canned Food Fridays. After exploring the unique model train display, children are invited to visit with Santa Claus at The Shops of Traintown from 3:00-8:00 PM. As a special treat, those children who visit Santa will receive a gift from the Choo Choo Barn and a coupon for a free cookie at Isaac’s Restaurant & Deli in Strasburg.
(717) 687-7911
www.choochoobarn.com/cff

Polar Express Pajama Party | Antique Automobile Club of America Museum
December 5
Visitors will be greeted at the door by a railroad conductor who stamps their golden ticket and they are free to enjoy a tour of the AACA Museum including the Polar Express model train display along with several other train displays and dozens of holiday trees, specialty vehicles and more in our holiday wonderland. Pajamas, pillows, blankets and stuffed animals are encouraged! Check website for details.
(717) 566-7100
www.aacamuseum.org/events

Dinner with Mrs. Claus and Yummie | Kitchen Kettle Village
December 5-6
Add some magic to the hustle and bustle of your holidays with a visit to Kitchen Kettle Village where you and your family can enjoy dinner with Mrs. Claus and our gingerbread man mascot, Yummie. The evening includes a family style feast of Lancaster County foods. The night also features storytelling with Mrs. Claus and Yummie, a gift from Mrs. Claus and photo opportunities all in the cozy setting of the Kling House Restaurant, the home of Kitchen Kettle Village. Tickets are required for this special night and seating does fill up quickly.
(800) 732-3538
www.kitchenkettle.com

Christmas Candylane | Hersheypark
December 5-7
The magic of the holidays comes to life at Hersheypark Christmas Candylane. With two million twinkling lights, rides for all ages, festive decorations, and Hershey's Product Characters decked out in their holiday best, there is something for all to enjoy! Enjoy the sounds of the season at two dynamic shows, "A Music Box Christmas" and "NOEL," visit Santa's reindeer, and browse our quaint village shops. Christmas Candylane features many attractions for guests of all ages including over 30 rides including the family-favorite, Twilight Express.
(800) HERSHEY
www.hersheypark.com/seasonal/christmas

Annual Christmas Tour | Cornwall Iron Furnace
December 6
Our 19th Annual Christmas at Cornwall House Tour will be held from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on the day of the tour.
(717) 272-9711
www.cornwallironfurnace.org

Photos with Santa and Children's Shopping Day | Ten Thousand Villages
December 6
The Bunyaad Rug Room at Ten Thousand Villages is turning into the North Pole on December 6, with Santa posing for free photos with all those who enjoy fairly traded rugs, from kids to adults to pets! With a special children’s shopping area in the store and live children’s music throughout the day, it’s holiday fun not to miss!
(717) 721-8400
ephrata.tenthousandvillages.com

Toys for Tots Breakfast with Santa | Comfort Inn Lancaster County North
December 6
The entire family can enjoy a hot breakfast buffet, visit with Santa Claus (don't forget your wish list!), ride the Toys for Tots train, enjoy balloons and face painting, coloring and more! 100% of the proceeds will go purchasing toys for Toys for Tots. Check website for details.
(717) 336-7541
www.comfortinnlancastercountynorth.com

Home For The Holidays | Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
December 6
Take a nostalgic glimpse at holiday rail travel and meet costumed engineers, conductors, ticket agents and passengers representing the past century. Enjoy seasonal music and festive decorations among our world-class collection of trains. Visit Santa and send your personal telegram to the North Pole. Included in the regular Museum admission.
(717) 687-8628
www.rrmuseumpa.org

Christmas with the Conductor | Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
December 6
The conductor calls all aboard for classic holiday stories in one of the Museum’s historic passenger coaches. Kids will also delight in creating their own seasonal take-home craft and receiving a small bag of goodies. Advance registration is required and is offered on a first come basis. Recommended for children ages 3 and over.
(717) 687-8628
www.rrmuseumpa.org

Christmas Tree Train | Strasburg Rail Road
December 6
Start a new holiday tradition and ride aboard the Christmas Tree Train to Leaman Place Grove where you can choose a locally grown, fresh-cut Frasier or Douglas Fir and have the tree delivered by steam on a flatcar back to the station. At the station, children are invited to listen to storybook readings of holiday classics aboard a heated stationary caboose and will be charmed with rides aboard the Tinsel Trolley, a self-propelled motorcar. Check website for details.
(866) 725-9666
www.strasburgrailroad.com/train-schedule/events/christmas-tree-train

Country Christmas Village | Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum
December 6
From 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM come warm your spirit and experience Pennsylvania German contributions to the celebration of the season as you tour decorated buildings, see traditional holiday foods prepared in the tavern, and meet "der Belsnickel." Children can make seasonal crafts to take home. Complimentary hot chocolate and gingersnaps will be available at the tavern.
(717) 569-0401
www.landisvalleymuseum.org

Breakfast with Santa | DJ’s Taste of the 50’s
December 6
Start your holiday off right by having breakfast with Santa. Join us from 8:00 to 11:00 AM, and don't forget to bring your camera!
(717) 509-5050
www.djstasteofthe50s.com

Breakfast with Santa and Yummie | Kitchen Kettle Village
December 6
From 8:00-9:30 AM, enjoy breakfast with Santa Claus and our gingerbread man mascot, Yummie. The breakfast buffet features a feast of Lancaster County foods including: French toast sticks, scrambled eggs, home-fried potatoes, sausage, and more. All children 12 and under attending the breakfast receive a special gift from Santa Claus and have the opportunity to meet Santa, Yummie, and special guest, Frosty, so bring your cameras. Kids will also receive a card to color and personalize for Santa. Tickets are required for this special breakfast and we anticipate seats filling up quickly. Reservations are required. See website for pricing and details.
(800) 732-3538
www.kitchenkettle.com

5th Annual Tour of Homes | Strasburg Heritage Society
December 6
From 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM enjoy 10 homes representing old and new, big and small, cozy and regal dwellings in and near Strasburg. Visitors will view outstanding examples of preservation, restoration, and newer homes and get ideas for their own places. Houses will be decorated for the season for all to enjoy. Homeowners will be on hand for any questions and compliments. Three nineteenth century churches will join in the seasonal spirit by sharing their beautifully decorated sanctuaries with tour goers. Light lunches and bakes goods will be available. The tour begins at First Presbyterian Church, 101 South Decatur St. Locations to buy tickets in advance include: Strasburg at Main Street Antiques, Springerle House, Finishing Touch, Eldreth Pottery, and OCB Cakes.
(717) 687-9039
strasburgholidaytour@gmail.com

Breakfast with Santa on the Farm | Barnyard Kingdom at Country Barn
December 6-7
Breakfast on the Farm includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, and more. Don’t forget to get pictures with Santa! Please reserve your place by December 1. Check website for details.
(717) 872-1554
countrybarnmarket.com

Dutch Winter Wonderland | Dutch Wonderland
December 6-7
Dutch Winter Wonderland is the perfect place to celebrate the season and create special memories that last a lifetime. Enjoy themed rides, share your wish list with Santa, enjoy tasty holiday treats, or watch our dazzling Royal Light Show featuring hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights that dance to your favorite holiday tunes.
(866) FUNatDW
www.dutchwonderland.com

Santa's Paradise Express | Strasburg Rail Road
December 6-7
Ride the rails with Santa and his helpers! Santa himself will climb aboard and visit with families as they travel down the tracks. Children ages 11 and under will receive a special gift. Onboard photo opportunities with Santa will be available. At the station, children are invited to listen to storybook readings of holiday classics aboard a heated stationary caboose and will be charmed with rides aboard the Tinsel Trolley, a self-propelled motorcar
(866) 725-9666
www.strasburgrailroad.com

Carols Concert | Brandywine River Museum
December 7
From 2:00-4:00 PM enjoy listening to international opera singer Peter Campbell, accompanied by pianist Laura Cilia.
(610) 388-2700
www.brandywinemuseum.org

Christmas at the Cloister | The Ephrata Cloister
December 8
Spend a few moments in quiet reflection with seasonal readings and holiday music in the historic Saal. Seating is limitedand advance tickets are required.
(717) 733-6600
www.ephratacloister.org

Drop-in Class: Reindeer Round-Up | Hands-on House Children’s Museum
December 9
This special Holiday Drop-in Class is designed for children and adults to play and learn together. Enjoy winter-themed exhibits and games in the Museum and meet Rudolph and his friends! Learn about these animals who call the North Pole home and become part of the special team who takes care of them.
(717) 569-KIDS
www.handsonhouse.org/drop-in

Children’s Christmas Party | Brandywine River Museum
December 10
Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy entertainment, costumed characters, face painting, Cookie Land, and holiday displays.
(610) 388-8112
www.brandywinemuseum.org

Christmas Party | Tellus360
December 11
We’re having a Tellus360 Christmas party, and you’re invited! Whether you’re on your own, bringing your family, or you and your business want to join us, we’re going to have a holly jolly time. Wear your favorite or least favorite Christmas attire as you join us for the holiday event of the season.
(717) 393-1660
www.tellus360.com

Nook Kid’s Night | Spooky Nook
December 12
Children up to age 12 are invited to Spooky Nook’s Holiday Bake Shop theme night from 6:00-10:00 PM. See website for details.
(717) 945-7087
www.spookynooksports.com

Dinner with Mrs. Claus and Yummie | Kitchen Kettle Village
December 12
Add some magic to the hustle and bustle of your holidays with a visit to Kitchen Kettle Village where you and your family can enjoy dinner with Mrs. Claus and our gingerbread man mascot, Yummie. The evening includes a family style feast of Lancaster County foods. The night also features storytelling with Mrs. Claus and Yummie, a gift from Mrs. Claus and photo opportunities all in the cozy setting of the Kling House Restaurant, the home of Kitchen Kettle Village. Tickets are required for this special night and seating does fill up quickly.
(800) 732-3538
www.kitchenkettle.com

Night Before Christmas Train | Strasburg Rail Road
December 12
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 Christmas Eve. A reader dressed in a Victorian nightshirt and cap will read Clement Clarke Moore’s classic poem, The Night Before Christmas, as passengers enjoy cookies and milk while the train rolls along. At the station, children are invited to listen to storybook readings of holiday classics aboard a heated stationary caboose and will be charmed with rides aboard the Tinsel Trolley, a self-propelled motorcar.
(866) 725-9666
www.strasburgrailroad.com

A Pennsylvania German Christmas | Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
December 12
Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum welcomes the community to spend an evening with us, free of charge, as we celebrate a Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas on Friday evening. Take a wagon ride, tour several of our decorated historic buildings, huddle around a large bonfire, and sing carols accompanied by the Lititz Moravian Trombone Choir. Afterwards, join friends and family in our Yellow Barn for cookies and hot cider. The event is free and open to the public and there is ample free parking. Landis Valley asks that visitors bring one or more non-perishable food items to the event. Donations will go to the Lancaster Food Bank.
(717) 569-0401
www.landisvalleymuseum.org

Canned Food Fridays | Choo Choo Barn
December 12
Admission to the Choo Choo Barn's gigantic model train layout is free for those who donate at least one non-perishable food item on Canned Food Fridays. After exploring the unique model train display, children are invited to visit with Santa Claus at The Shops of Traintown from 3:00-8:00 PM. As a special treat, those children who visit Santa will receive a gift from the Choo Choo Barn and a coupon for a free cookie at Isaac’s Restaurant & Deli in Strasburg.
(717) 687-7911
www.choochoobarn.com/cff

Christmas Candylane | Hersheypark
December 12-23
The magic of the holidays comes to life at Hersheypark Christmas Candylane. With two million twinkling lights, rides for all ages, festive decorations, and Hershey's Product Characters decked out in their holiday best, there is something for all to enjoy! Enjoy the sounds of the season at two dynamic shows, "A Music Box Christmas" and "NOEL," visit Santa's reindeer (sponsored by T-Mobile), and browse our quaint village shops. Christmas Candylane features many attractions for guests of all ages including over 30 rides including the family-favorite, Twilight Express.
(800) HERSHEY
www.hersheypark.com/seasonal/christmas

Breakfast with Santa | Spooky Nook
December 13
Come to The Nook for a warm breakfast buffet, reindeer games, and to get a photo with Santa! Prices range from $6.95-$14.95.
(717) 945-7087
www.spookynooksports.com

Holiday Bonfire | Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
December 13
Tour several decorated historic buildings, huddle around a large bonfire, and sing Christmas carols. Afterwards, join friends and family in our Yellow Barn for cookies and hot cider.
(717) 569-0401
www.landisvalleymuseum.org

Drop-in Class: Reindeer Round-Up | Hands-on House Children’s Museum
December 13
This special Holiday Drop-in Class is designed for children and adults to play and learn together. Enjoy winter-themed exhibits and games in the Museum and meet Rudolph and his friends! Learn about these animals who call the North Pole home and become part of the special team who takes care of them.
(717) 569-KIDS
www.handsonhouse.org/drop-in

Home For The Holidays | Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
December 13
Take a nostalgic glimpse at holiday rail travel and meet costumed engineers, conductors, ticket agents and passengers representing the past century. Enjoy seasonal music and festive decorations among our world-class collection of trains. Visit Santa and send your personal telegram to the North Pole.
(717) 687-8628
www.rrmuseumpa.org

Christmas with the Conductor | Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
December 13
The conductor calls all aboard for classic holiday stories in one of the Museum’s historic passenger coaches. Kids will also delight in creating their own seasonal take-home craft and receiving a small bag of goodies. Advance registration is required and is offered on a first come basis.
(717) 687-8628
www.rrmuseumpa.org

Country Christmas Village | Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum
December 13
Come warm your spirit and experience Pennsylvania German contributions to the celebration of the season as you tour decorated buildings, see traditional holiday foods prepared in the tavern, and meet "der Belsnickel." Children can make seasonal crafts to take home. Complimentary hot chocolate and gingersnaps at the tavern will be available.
(717) 569-0401
www.landisvalleymuseum.org

Tea Time with Mrs. Claus | National Watch and Clock Museum
December 13
Join Mrs. Claus for tea, dessert, and a Christmas story. Then make a holiday clock to take home. See website for details
(717) 684-8261
museumoftime.org

"Days of the Belsnickel" Lunch Tour | Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
December 13
Meet at the Visitor Center, then take a tour of some of the decorated buildings in the village. After that, you'll head to the historic 1856 Landis Valley House Hotel where you'll enjoy a full, hot lunch. Then, it's off to the Firehouse for a hilarious visit from "der Belsnickel," who will heckle you and your friends to the delight of all. From there, you can wander to the Landis Valley Museum Store, where you can shop among the locally made treasures for wonderfully unique Christmas gifts. Pre-registration is required.
(717) 581-0590
www.landisvalleymuseum.org

Santa's Paradise Express | Strasburg Rail Road
December 13-14
Ride the rails with Santa and his helpers! Santa himself will climb aboard and visit with families as they travel down the tracks. Children ages 11 and under will receive a special gift. Onboard photo opportunities with Santa will be available. At the station, children are invited to listen to storybook readings of holiday classics aboard a heated stationary caboose and will be charmed with rides aboard the Tinsel Trolley, a self-propelled motorcar.
(866) 725-9666
www.strasburgrailroad.com

Dutch Winter Wonderland | Dutch Wonderland
December 13-14
Dutch Winter Wonderland is the perfect place to celebrate the season and create special memories that last a lifetime. Enjoy themed rides, share your wish list with Santa, enjoy tasty holiday treats, or watch our dazzling Royal Light Show featuring hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights that dance to your favorite holiday tunes.
(866) FUNatDW
www.dutchwonderland.com

Country Christmas Village | Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
December 13-14
Come warm your spirit and experience Pennsylvania German contributions to the celebration of the season as you tour decorated buildings, see traditional holiday foods prepared in the tavern, and meet "der Belsnickel." Children can make seasonal crafts to take home. Complimentary hot chocolate and gingersnaps at the tavern are available.
(717) 569-0401
www.landisvalleymuseum.org

Carols Concert | Brandywine River Museum
December 14
From 2:00-4:00 PM enjoy listening to international opera singer Peter Campbell, accompanied by pianist Laura Cilia.
(610) 388-2700
www.brandywinemuseum.org

Drop-in Class: Reindeer Round-Up | Hands-on House Children’s Museum
December 14
This special Holiday Drop-in Class is designed for children and adults to play and learn together. Enjoy winter-themed exhibits and games in the Museum and meet Rudolph and his friends! Learn about these animals who call the North Pole home and become part of the special team who takes care of them.
(717) 569-KIDS
www.handsonhouse.org/drop-in

Drop-in Class: Reindeer Round-Up | Hands-on House Children’s Museum
December 18
This special Holiday Drop-in Class is designed for children and adults to play and learn together. Enjoy winter-themed exhibits and games in the Museum and meet Rudolph and his friends! Learn about these animals who call the North Pole home and become part of the special team who takes care of them.
(717) 569-KIDS
www.handsonhouse.org/drop-in

Drop-in Class: Reindeer Round-Up | Hands-on House Children’s Museum
December 19
This special Holiday Drop-in Class is designed for children and adults to play and learn together. Enjoy winter-themed exhibits and games in the Museum and meet Rudolph and his friends! Learn about these animals who call the North Pole home and become part of the special team who takes care of them.
(717) 569-KIDS
www.handsonhouse.org/drop-in

Canned Food Fridays | Choo Choo Barn
December 19
Admission to the Choo Choo Barn's gigantic model train layout is free for those who donate at least one non-perishable food item on Canned Food Fridays. After exploring the unique model train display, children are invited to visit with Santa Claus at The Shops of Traintown from 3:00-8:00 PM. As a special treat, those children who visit Santa will receive a gift from the Choo Choo Barn and a coupon for a free cookie at Isaac’s Restaurant & Deli in Strasburg.
(717) 687-7911
www.choochoobarn.com/cff

Dinner with Mrs. Claus and Yummie | Kitchen Kettle Village
December 19
Add some magic to the hustle and bustle of your holidays with a visit to Kitchen Kettle Village where you and your family can enjoy dinner with Mrs. Claus and our gingerbread man mascot, Yummie. The evening includes a family style feast of Lancaster County foods. The night also features storytelling with Mrs. Claus and Yummie, a gift from Mrs. Claus and photo opportunities all in the cozy setting of the Kling House Restaurant, the home of Kitchen Kettle Village. Tickets are required for this special night and seating does fill up quickly.
(800) 732-3538
www.kitchenkettle.com

Night Before Christmas Train | Strasburg Rail Road
December 19
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 Christmas Eve. A reader dressed in a Victorian nightshirt and cap will read Clement Clarke Moore’s classic poem, The Night Before Christmas, as passengers enjoy cookies and milk while the train rolls along. At the station, children are invited to listen to storybook readings of holiday classics aboard a heated stationary caboose and will be charmed with rides aboard the Tinsel Trolley, a self-propelled motorcar.
(866) 725-9666
www.strasburgrailroad.com

Dutch Winter Wonderland | Dutch Wonderland
December 20-21
Dutch Winter Wonderland is the perfect place to celebrate the season and create special memories that last a lifetime. Enjoy themed rides, share your wish list with Santa, enjoy tasty holiday treats, or watch our dazzling Royal Light Show featuring hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights that dance to your favorite holiday tunes.
(866) FUNatDW
www.dutchwonderland.com

Santa's Paradise Express | Strasburg Rail Road
December 20-21
Ride the rails with Santa and his helpers! Santa himself will climb aboard and visit with families as they travel down the tracks. Children ages 11 and under will receive a special gift. Onboard photo opportunities with Santa will be available. At the station, children are invited to listen to storybook readings of holiday classics aboard a heated stationary caboose and will be charmed with rides aboard the Tinsel Trolley, a self-propelled motorcar.
(866) 725-9666
www.strasburgrailroad.com

Drop-in Class: Reindeer Round-Up | Hands-on House Children’s Museum
December 21 
This special Holiday Drop-in Class is designed for children and adults to play and learn together. Enjoy winter-themed exhibits and games in the Museum and meet Rudolph and his friends! Learn about these animals who call the North Pole home and become part of the special team who takes care of them.
(717) 569-KIDS
www.handsonhouse.org/drop-in

Happy Holiday Soccer Camp | Spooky Nook
December 21
This fun holiday soccer camp is for children ages 3-13 years. The free is $50 and includes lunch.
(717) 945-7087
www.spookynooksports.com

Lantern Tours | Ephrata Cloister
December 26-27
These special tours will take you back in time to visit the Cloister as it may have appeared in the 1700s. Each year offers a new story with a cast of teens, our very own Student Historians!
(717) 733-6600
www.ephratacloister.org

Yuletide at Rock Ford | Rock Ford Plantation
December 26-29
Step back in time and celebrate an 18th Century Yuletide... when Christmas Day was only the beginning of the season. The mansion will be decked in greenery and traditional music will fill the hallways. No reservations required.
(717) 392-7223
www.rockfordplantation.org

Dutch Winter Wonderland | Dutch Wonderland
December 26-30
Dutch Winter Wonderland is the perfect place to celebrate the season and create special memories that last a lifetime. Enjoy themed rides, share your wish list with Santa, enjoy tasty holiday treats, or watch our dazzling Royal Light Show featuring hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights that dance to your favorite holiday tunes.
(866) FUNatDW
www.dutchwonderland.com

Holiday Experience Camp | Spooky Nook
December 26-30
Children ages 6-12 years can enjoy four full days filled with games, activities, skill instruction, and game play in eight different sports including climbing, fencing, martial arts, and more.
(717) 945-7087
www.spookynooksports.com

Christmas Baseball Camp | Spooky Nook
December 29-30
Children ages 7-13 are invited to enjoy 1 or 2 days of Christmas break baseball fun.
(717) 945-7087
www.spookynooksports.com

Christmas Candylane | Hersheypark
December 26-31
The magic of the holidays comes to life at Hersheypark Christmas Candylane. With two million twinkling lights, rides for all ages, festive decorations, and Hershey's Product Characters decked out in their holiday best, there is something for all to enjoy! Enjoy the sounds of the season at two dynamic shows, "A Music Box Christmas" and "NOEL!", visit Santa's reindeer, and browse our quaint village shops. Christmas Candylane features many attractions for guests of all ages including over 30 rides including the family-favorite, Twilight Express.
(800) HERSHEY
www.hersheypark.com/seasonal/christmas

Lantern Tours | Ephrata Cloister
January 2-3
These special tours will take you back in time to visit the Cloister as it may have appeared in the 1700s. Each year offers a new story with a cast of teens, our very own Student Historians.
(717) 733-6600
www.ephratacloister.org

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Overnight Stay and Dinner Package

Overnight Stay and Dinner Package

Experience the tastes of Lancaster! Stay overnight the DoubleTree Resort Lancaster & enjoy a traditional smorgasbord dinner at Miller’s. Call 888-251-4379.

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Choo Choo Barn, Traintown USA®

Choo Choo Barn, Traintown USA®

See a work of art in this gigantic model train layout, hand-crafted by one family for 50+ years. With 150+ miniature animations, it’s much more than “just trains”.

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