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St. Patrick’s Day in Lancaster County

Why do we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

St. Patrick, a missionary in the 5th century, was credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. He is now known as the patron saint of Ireland.

St. Patrick born in Roman Britain in the late 4th century, he was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave. After escaping, he returned and was credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. By the time of his death on March 17, 461, he had established monasteries, churches, and schools.


Many legends surround him:

  • He drove the snakes of Ireland into the sea to their destruction
  • It has been reported that he prayed for much-needed food for sailors traveling and a herd of swine miraculously appeared.
  • Patrick himself wrote that he raised 33 people from the dead
  • The most popular legend is that Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity (Father, Son & Holy Spirit) to unbelievers by showing them the three-leaved plant with one stalk.

Ireland came to celebrate his day with religious services and feasts, which later evolved into a celebration of Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, drinking, and a whole lot of green.

Snapology Discovery Center – Kids Indoor Play Center

1571 Manheim Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601,   717-719-4154


It's our St. Patrick's Day Party! Kid's Night In (Parent's Night Out) at Snapology is always fun for the kids, while parents get some alone time! Friday March 19 6-8:30p ages 6-12 Cost $30Drop your kids off at the Snapology Discovery Center while you catch a meal out or run errands. Kids will take part in LEGO building projects and games that are all about St. Patty's Day. Come dressed in your lucky greens and have socially distanced fun with friends!   Visit Website

Strasburg Rail Road

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

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This St. Patrick's Day, The Strasburg Rail Road will be offering Irish coffee onboard our First Class cars, along with a classic Irish beer option!  Visit Website

Cafe 1832

Strasburg Rail Road
305 Gap Road
Ronks (Strasburg),  PA 17572


This St. Patrick's Day, Café 1832 will be offering Guinness Beer Cheese Soup, as well as traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage.!  More Info

Courtyard Cafe on Main

349 Main Street, Denver, PA 17517   717-336-0556


Stop by Courtyard Cafe to enjoy one of our pot of gold cupcakes or St. Patrick's Day Drinks!  Purchase a Pot of Gold cupcake and if you find gold in the middle, receive a  free five-dollar gift card for yourself.  Our March specials include drinks, sandwiches, bagels, and much more.   Visit website

Divine Swine BBQ

2684 Lebanon Road, Manheim, PA 17545, 717-879-9494


Available March 17 -21 Only!  Corned Beef - We smoked our corned beef the traditional way - over peat!  Enjoy it as a Platter with a side of Colcannon.  Visit website

Field of Screams

191 College Avenue, Mountville, PA 17554, 717-285-7748

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Special one-day activities celebrating St. Patrick's Day.    Visit Website