Holiday Shows and Events in Lancaster County

December 3, 2012

Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukkah, Ramadan… no matter what you celebrate this season, it’s a wonderful time of year to visit Lancaster County.  Quaint towns and villages are decorated, charming shops offer unique gifts and stocking stuffers, and local theaters and community groups perform holiday shows, plays and musicals that are sure to entertain while getting you into the holiday spirit!

Here’s a list of concerts, events and shows for you to consider:

Music in the Home presents The Newstead Trio (December 6)  Michael Jamanis (Violin), Sara Male (Cello) and Xiu Pan (Piano) perform in the home of Marilyn Berger of Lititz.  Cocktails, hors d’oevres and   concert take place on Thursday, December 6 beginning at 5:30 pm.  Call Marilyn Davidson at 717-898-8676.  Tickets are $50 per person.

Christmas at the Cloister Choral Concert(December 10 – 11)  The renowned Ephrata Cloister Choir will delight audiences with a combination of new and old Christmas Carols, performed in the Historic Saal meeting room.  Concerts are December 10th & 11th at 6:30, 7:45 and 9:00 pm.  Tickets can be purchased over the phone or in person at the Cloister gift shop.

Anything Goes at the Sharadin Bigler Theatre (Ephrata): (December 6 – 22)  One of best scores ever written.  Cole Porter’s immortal songs include “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” “You’re the Top,” “It’s De-Lovely,” “Easy to Love,” “I Get a Kick Out of You” and the infectious title tune. December 6 – 22

A Christmas Carol at the Fulton Theatre: (December 1 – 27)  A miserly and miserable man, Ebenezer Scrooge greets each Christmas with a “bah humbug,” until he is visited one Christmas Eve by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. This musical adaptation retains the emotional power and pure joy of the Charles Dickens story, showing us that it is never too late to change.  December 1 – 27.

A Swingin’ Christmas at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre: (Now through December 23)  Everyone loves Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus… but what’s their real story? Have fun as Mr. and Mrs. Santa take their grandchildren on a musical journey of how they met. You’ll visit Santa’s workshop with the elves and then off to a Christmas party you won’t forget.  Now Through December 23

Christmas in Paradise at the Rainbow Dinner Theatre: (Now through December 29)  A winner of Rainbow’s 21st century play writing competition, and it’s back by popular demand! What unfolds when a freak snowstorm strands some well-to-do New Yorkers in an Amish farmhouse? One of the funniest, sweetest Christmas stories ever, that’s what! Everyone will walk away with a better understanding of what we cherish most, especially at the holidays: love, family and the belief that something greater guides us all.  Now Through December 29

The Christmas Show at the American Music Theatre(Now through December 30) AMT’s critically acclaimed Christmas Show is back with an all-new presentation of your favorite sacred and secular holiday songs, performed by professional artists from across the country. This live, musical experience will feature spectacular vocal harmonies, amazing musical arrangements, magnificent dancing, and the incredible sounds of the AMT Orchestra. The warmth will embrace you, along with the breathtaking scenery and elegant costumes that fill the stage. Now Through December 30

Jonah at the Sight & Sound Theatre: (Now through December 29)  Unlike any show you’ve ever seen, this energetic adventure will have you on the edge of your seat from the time you step into the theatre. A new, completely immersive experience, Jonah promises to move you to laughter and tears. From the enormous whale swimming over your head to the thunderous effects of the powerful storm, and a mighty 30-foot-tall ship that breaks apart right before your eyes, the story of Jonah will astound and captivate the young and young-at-heart alike. Playing for one fantastic season only!  Now Through December 30

Hershey Sweet Lights – Drive Thru-Light Show:   (Now through January 1)  Enjoy nearly 600 illuminated, animated displays from the comfort of your car as you drive through two miles of wooded trails. Families return year after year for this holiday tradition. Admission is charged.  Now Through January 1