Cheer And Warm Tidings For All At Lancaster County Museums Holiday Events

November 18, 2014

When our inn’s guests are looking for holiday festivities to help them get into the spirit of the season,
Christmas tree
I recommend visiting a few of our area’s museums and historical sites. Several offer holiday-themed events to get you inspired and excited about the warm and wonderful times to come with family and friends.

Check out these wintertime events at Lancaster County museums:

Ephrata Cloister
Christmas at the Cloister – December 8 & 9, 2014
Featuring the Ephrata Cloister Chorus with musical group Seasons (known for their fusion of Celtic, folk, and bluegrass music on harp, hammered dulcimer, mandolin, fiddle, and other instruments).
Call 717-733-6600, visit the website, or visit the museum to reserve tickets, $6 per person.
The Great Comet Lantern Tours 2014 – December 26, 27, January 2, 3 
Experience these tours that take you back in time. You’ll visit the Cloister in the year 1743, the year of the Great Comet. For reservations, call 717-733-6600 (beginning December 1). $10 adults, $9 seniors (65+), $7 (ages 6-11), $5 f(ages 3-5), under age of 3, free.
Landis Valley Museum
“Days of Belsnickel” Dinner Tour – December 3, 2014, 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Begins with shopping at the museum store, then on to a wine and cheese social, followed by a wagon ride to the 1856 Historic Landis Valley House Hotel to enjoy a sumptuous holiday meal. Includes a candlelit tour of two historic buildings, and wraps up with a vignette by “der Belsnickel.” Reservations required: 717-581-0590, $36.50 per person.
Country Christmas Village – December 6 & 7, 2014
Tour decorated buildings, see how traditional holiday foods are prepared, and meet “der Belsnickel.” All can enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and gingersnaps at the tavern. Plus, kids can make seasonal crafts to take home. And, handbell ringer Ron Bellamy will perform at 1 p.m. in the Visitor Center, followed by an interactive ringing & caroling session.
See their website for hours of operation and admission rates.
Holiday At Landis Valley Bonfire – December 12, 2014, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
A free event celebrating a Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas. Complete with wagon rides, an opportunity to tour decorated historic buildings, and warming up around a bonfire— and of course, singing carols (accompanied by the Lititz Moravian Trombone Choir). The fun then continues in the Yellow Barn for hot cider and cookies.
Please consider bringing one or more non-perishable food items to the event. They will be donated to the Lancaster Food Bank.
“Days of the Belsnickel” Lunch Tour – December 13, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
It begins with a video, followed by a guided tour through the village, and then a holiday lunch in the historic 1856 Landis Valley House Hotel. The fun continues with the hilarious antics of “der Belsnickel” at the Firehouse. After that, you’re welcome to shop for locally made treasures at the Museum Store. Reservations required: (717) 581-0590, $34.50 per person.
For a full list of Lancaster County’s holiday attractions and events, visit Discover Lancaster.
Remember to let me know which you loved the most!
By Rebecca Gallagher
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