Christmas in Lancaster 2018 – Celebrate the Christmas Season!

Celebrate Christmas in Lancaster County, PA in 2018

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

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Below are a listed a number of Christmas activities and items you won’t want to miss. Also, see our previous posts about Christmas lights in Lancaster and our video showing Winter in Lancaster County.

Also, check out our Christmas event calendar for Lancaster, PA.

Looking for a cut-your-own Christmas tree? See a variety of local Christmas tree farms in Lancaster County.

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

Dining Out Over the Holidays

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 will be open on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas EveChristmas DayNew Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.

Celebrate the Christmas Season in Lancaster County:

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, Santa’s Paradise Express and Santa’s Christmas Trolley. Or enjoy a Christmas Feast aboard the Dining Car.  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.

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 15 to December 31, 2018 with 150 animations, 22 moving trains, and 55 hidden Santas. The whole layout will be decorated for Christmas.   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, festive entertainment, and thousands of twinkling lights! Open select days in November and December (weather permitting).  Visit website

Koziar’s Christmas Village

782 Christmas Village Rd., Bernville, PA 19506, 610-488-1110

A recipient of ABA's 2018 Best of the Best Award. Enjoy family fun that has entertained visitors for over 70 years! Walk through train displays and scenes of every Christmas story, unique shops with Christmas treasures, and visit with Santa. Experience a spectacular view of a million Christmas lights. Take home wonderful Christmas memories.  Visit website

Magic Lantern Show “A Christmas Journey”

3121 Old Philadelphia Pike (Rt. 340), Bird-in-Hand, PA  17505, 717-768-8400

Travel back over 100 years to experience an authentic “Magic Lantern” show in the only theater of its kind in the world. With a live Showman, music, spectacular images, and Victorian “special effects,” celebrate the magic of Christmas in a show like no other!   Visit website