National Christmas Center
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 www.nationalchristmascenter.com
Yuletide at Wheatland | President Buchanan's Wheatland
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 www.lancasterhistory.org
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 www.dutchwonderland.com
Downtown Lancaster for the Holidays | Lancaster City
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 www.lancastercityevents.com
Christmas Candylane | Hersheypark
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 www.hersheypark.com
Hershey Sweet Lights | Hersheypark
Enjoy a holiday drive-thru spectacular with nearly 600 illuminated animated displays from the comfort of your car.
800-HERSHEY or www.hersheypark.com
Spectacular Holiday Celebration | Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum
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 www.aacamuseum.org/exhibitions/christmas.aspx
Holiday Train Display | Choo Choo Barn
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 www.choochoobarn.com/holiday
A Brandywine Christmas | Brandywine River Museum
See the extensive O-gauge model train layout, elaborate Victorian dollhouse, and thousands of whimsical “critter” ornaments on holiday trees.
610-388-2700 or www.brandywinemuseum.org
A Longwood Christmas | Longwood Gardens
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 www.longwoodgardens.org
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Plain & Fancy Farm Restaurant
Choose Lancaster’s Original Amish Farm Feast, as enjoyed by Adam Richman on Travel Channel’s Man v. Food Nation, and share in our 57 year tradition of pass-the-platter dining.find out more
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.find out more