The Top 5 Things to Do for Christmas in Lancaster County

October 19, 2018

straw hat on a fence - download our free vacation guide (8)The Christmas Season is just around the corner and will be here before we know it! Christmas in Lancaster, PA, is easily our favorite time of the year. The holiday cheer is everywhere! With the merriest events, the best shopping and the richest seasonal treats, there’s always Christmas magic happening in Lancaster during the holidays. Plan your trip over Christmas and download our Vacation Guide! It’s completely free and full of the best ideas to make your Christmas getaway memorable! Inside our Guide, you’ll find our top recommendations for delicious places to eat, fantastic shopping and magical activities. Christmas in Lancaster County is the merriest place to be!

Our Favorite Christmas Activities in Lancaster County

Looking for some inspiration for your holiday excursion to Lancaster? Here are a few of our favorite Christmas activities in Lancaster, guaranteed to bring lots of good tidings and cheer to your getaway!


1. Take a Train Ride for a Magical Night That Will Enchant Even the Biggest Scrooge

Beginning Thanksgiving Weekend, the Strasburg Rail Road begins running its annual Christmas trains! Climb aboard for a magical ride celebrating the biggest holiday of the year. With four different Christmas-themed train rides, there is something for everyone. From a train ride with Santa to partaking in an incredible Christmas feast as you chug down the tracks, this is an event that is sure to become one of your most treasured Christmas memories.


2. Enjoy a Show at One of Our Theaters

There’s nothing quite like seeing the Christmas magic come to life on stage! Christmas is the perfect time to revisit an old favorite performance or find a new show. In Lancaster, there is always a wonderful variety of shows to choose from, like ballets, musicals, new comedies and old classics, like A Christmas Carol.


3. Stop in at One of Our Candy Stores for the Best in Christmas Indulgences

Whether it’s handmade saltwater taffy from River Street Sweets, incredibly creamy and soft handmade fudge from Pepper Lane Fudge and Sweets or a savory, freshly baked salted pretzel from Dutch Country Soft Pretzels, Christmas time is the time to try all your favorites and make some new ones. Try our famous Shoofly Pie, learn about the traditional Dutch Christmas desserts and tempt your taste buds with our rich chocolates. Lancaster does Christmas treats the right way!


4. Stroll Through Town and Breathe in the Nostalgia

From the lit trees and storefronts to the carolers on the corners, to the softly falling fresh snow, there’s no better place than Lancaster, PA, to remind you to slow down and enjoy the Christmas season. Savor the time with your loved ones and enjoy the Christmas cheer throughout our beautiful town!


5. Lancaster Is the Perfect Place to Finish up Your Christmas Shopping

Pennsylvania Dutch Country is a great place to come for shopping in general, but gift shopping is even better! Between our collection of quaint and unique gift shops and outlet malls, there is a wonderful selection of shops. We know you’ll find the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for person right here. Be sure to check out our outlet malls, Tanger and Rockvale.

The Ephrata Cloister Gift Shop is just five minutes from the Historic Smithton and such a fun place to shop! Looking for the perfect gift that will never be in danger of being regifted? Why not give them a relaxing getaway with a Gift Certificate to the Historic Smithton Inn!


Stay at the Historic Smithton Inn for the Best in Christmas Cheer

Chair in the garden Historic smithton InnOur historic inn is always a lovely place to stay, but it’s never so beautiful as it is at Christmas time! Snuggle up in your luxurious room in front of a warm, crackling fire. Our rooms are packed with amenities and include a delicious, homemade breakfast every day of your stay. It’s the perfect way to start your day exploring all that Lancaster has to offer at Christmas! Begin planning today your magical Christmas vacation!

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