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Take time to savor the season with a Lancaster County Christmas

Spend a few days exploring Lancaster’s many yuletide festivities, shows, events, and shopping

(Lancaster, Pa.)  Everyone loves those remarkable moments during the holidays when the spirit of the season feels so real, you can literally touch it. This year, treat yourself to some of those moments during a Lancaster County Christmas.
With its Pennsylvania German heritage, the Lancaster area is home to many American yuletide traditions, like the beginnings of decorated Christmas trees, and encompasses all our seasonal activity and shopping ideas in one place, to make it easier for folks to plan and enjoy a holiday getaway here in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country.
With hotel lodging as low as $99/night or B&B stays for just $129/night, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy: 
  • Theatrical performances, including traditions like American Music Theatre’s Christmas Show, the Miracle of Christmas at Sight & Sound Theatres®, Miracle on 34th Street at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, and Mt. Hope Estate & Winery’s Dickens of a Christmas.
  • Festive family attractions like Dutch Winter Wonderland, the National Christmas Center, and Santa’s Paradise Express at Strasburg Rail Road.
  • The brand new Gift of Lights drive-thru attraction at Elizabeth Farms.  Hundreds of thousands of lights in dazzling seasonal displays and approximately one mile in length, Gift of Lights is a wonderful complement to all the other festivities at Elizabeth Farms – horse-drawn wagon rides, choose & cut Christmas trees, gift shopping and picture-taking in Santa’s Workshop, cups of hot cocoa, Bloomingdale’s classic Christmas window displays, and an enormous model train display.
  • Merry events like Kitchen Kettle Village’s Old Fashioned Christmas, a Pennsylvania German “Country Christmas Village” at Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, and Wheatland’s The Nutcracker & the Mouse King house tour.
  • Shopping laden with great deals and unique buys at our outlets (Tanger and Rockvale), the traditional German Chriskindlesmarkt at Stoudt’s, and in our charming towns and villages (which allows you to enjoy some of their own holiday festivities, too). Plus, look for new gift ideas daily with “The ‘Art’ of Christmas Shopping” posts at the PA Dutch Country Blog, starting November 29.
  • And don't miss out on Downtown Lancaster for the Holidays, which kicks off with the Mayor’s Tree Lighting & Tuba Christmas on November 25, and then continues for a month with horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa in the lobby of the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square (including a new “Breakfast with Santa” event on December 3), strolling musical entertainment, the Citizens Bank model train display, and special shopping hours at our distinctive city retailers.
Lancaster County is a wonderful blend of urban style and rural splendor, and the PA Dutch CVB promotes its many rich cultures, from the Amish to the arts. Travelers can take in our vibrant downtown city life – with galleries, great dining, specialty shops, and live music – or explore surrounding towns & villages to get a sampling of the heritage, food, craftsmanship, and hands-on activities for which Lancaster is famous. Visit us at

For more information:

Joel Cliff, Media Relations Manager
Phone: 717-735-0311