Lancaster County offers a variety of events during the holidays—many of them steeped in history and tradition. It’s a great place to get into the spirit of the season.
A Dickens of a Christmas
All Aboard Railroad
Only open for public viewing over the holidays, this is one of the few (if only) animated layouts sporting American Flyer trains.
1952 Landis Valley Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601
Country Christmas Village, grounds of Landis Valley Museum
Downtown Lancaster for the Holidays
It’s more than shopping. Weekends during the Christmas season in downtown Lancaster has horse-drawn carriage rides, strolling entertainment, visits with Santa and more.
Lancaster, PA 17603
Dutch Winter Wonderland, Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park
Truly a holiday wonderland, this popular family theme park decorates for the season with thousands of lights. Also offers themed rides, seasonal entertainment and visits with Santa.
Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park, 2249 Lincoln Hwy E, Lancaster, PA 17602
Early American Candlelight Christmas
Hans Herr Christmas Candlelight Tours
Kitchen Kettle Christmas
Granted this is commercial, but the holiday village feel of Kitchen Kettle during its Christmas weekends is charming and fun. Special events each weekend. You might even get some shopping done.
3529 Old Philadelphia Pike, Gordonville, PA 17529
(717) 768-8261, (800) 732-3538
National Christmas Center
— Kathy Daminger