Christmas in Lancaster

Celebrate Christmas in Lancaster County

The Christmas season is a blessed time of the year. Throughout Lancaster County, we have many special ways to help you experence and celebrate this special holiday season. This year, try to create some special Christmas memories.

For day by day holiday events throughout November and December, please see our Calendar of Events. We also have a separate calendar of special Christmas and Holiday Events.

For local Christmas messages and Christmas Eve worship services, see our directory of Lancaster County Churches.

While you’re at it, you can plan ahead for a special holiday dinner at a Lancaster County Restaurant. See our listings of which restaurants are open on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day, as well as New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Celebrate the Christmas Season in Lancaster County:

Choo Choo Barn – Traintown U.S.A.

226 Gap Road (Route 741 East), Strasburg, PA 17579, 717-687-7911

Experience this miniature Christmas wonderland November 28 to January 4, 2015 with 150 animations, 22 moving trains, and 53 hidden Santas. The whole layout will be decorated for Christmas. Plus, on Canned Food Fridays receive free admission if you donate one non-perishable food item to help the poor. - December 5, 12 and 19, 2014 only, from 9am – 8pm.   Visit website

Dutch Winter Wonderland

Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park®, 2249 Lincoln Hwy. East (U.S. Route 30), Lancaster, PA 17602, 1-866-FUNatDW

Celebrate the magic of the season at Dutch Winter Wonderland with rides, entertainment, and the Royal Light Show, a spectacular display of thousands of twinkling lights dancing to music! Open weekends and select days through December.  Visit website

Kitchen Kettle Village at Christmas

3529 Old Philadelphia Pike (Route 340), Intercourse, PA 17534, 800-732-3538

Stroll through a Village of 42 shops, restaurants & lodging built around our "world famous" canning kitchen. Get into the spirit of the season with special holiday entertainment and activities the Friday nights until 9pm & Saturdays between Thanksgiving & Christmas. Open Monday - Saturday 9-6 (Nov. - April 9-5).   Visit website

National Christmas Center

3427 Lincoln Highway East (US. Rt. 30), Paradise, PA 17562, 717-442-7950

National Christmas Center Family Attraction/Museum; Santa arrives the day after Thanksgiving and visits through December 24th. Life-sized indoor exhibits capture the magic of Christmas memories, history, and traditions. Woolworth's 5&10, walk-through animated storybook village, "Journey to Bethlehem", Christmas around the World, and more! Gift shops on-site. Seating available throughout.  Visit website

Share the Blessing

Share The Blessing is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals and families in need - and who live in Susquehanna Valley - enjoy the holiday season. We facilitate this through the collection of food, clothing, gifts and monetary donations that are used, in full, to provide hope and assistance to local families during a very blessed time of the year. Visit website

Strasburg Rail Road

301 Gap Road (Route 741 East), Ronks (Strasburg), PA 17572, 866-725-9666

Christmas arrives at the Strasburg Rail Road on Thanksgiving weekend. Special holiday trains include the Night Before Christmas Train and Santa’s Paradise Express. Plus, you can ride the train to choose and purchase your Christmas Tree on December 6, and dine aboard with a Christmas Feast on select evening trains. Visit website

Water Street Ministries

210 S. Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17604, 717-393-7709

Water Street’s Christmas Cheer Gift Tag Program: many homeless men, women, and children will be spending their Christmas at Water Street Mission. Help spread the Christmas cheer when you gift someone at the Mission with a gift off of their wish list. Visit to learn how to give a gift to someone in need this holiday season.

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