Best Christmas & Holiday Events

VL-Christmas (Griest building)

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

Each year this beautifully decorated mansion hosts a Christmas party, at which the guests can enjoy interactive holiday theater.

Mount Hope Estate, 2775 Lebanon Rd, Manheim, PA 17545

(717) 665-7021

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

(717) 392-1568

Country Christmas Village, grounds of Landis Valley Museum

Pennsylvania German Christmas traditions are highlighted in this 1800s village decorated for the holidays. The Belsnickel visits, too. Fun family holiday event.

2451 Kissel Hill Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601

(717) 569-0401

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

(717) 291-4758

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

(866) 386-2839

Early American Candlelight Christmas

A charming, peaceful self-guided tour through an historic complex with period decorations, blacksmithing and open hearth cooking demonstrations.

Conestoga Area Historical Society, 51 Kendig Rd, Conestoga, PA 17516

(717) 872-1699

Hans Herr Christmas Candlelight Tours

A wonderful journey into yesteryear, the tour of this 18th century Germanic-style homestead changes its focus annually.

Hans Herr House, 1849 Hans Herr Dr, Willow Street, PA 17584

(717) 464-4438

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

Absolutely a must-see for anybody wanting to drink in a little Christmas spirit. A treasure of Christmas through the years.

3427 Lincoln Hwy E, Paradise, PA 17562

(717) 442-7950

Yuletide at Wheatland

Celebrate the season the way the 15th President of the United States might have.

President James Buchanan's Wheatland, 1120 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, PA 17603

(717) 392-8721

— Kathy Daminger