New Gift of Lights Attraction Adds Sparkle to a Lancaster County Christmas

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Take time to savor the season in Pennsylvania Dutch Country by spending a few days exploring Lancaster’s many yuletide festivities, shows, events, and shopping, says the PA Dutch CVB.

Celebrate yuletide memories past and present at the National Christmas Center in Paradise. makes it easy for travelers to plan a holiday getaway to PA Dutch Country.

Everyone loves moments during the holidays when the spirit of the season seems so real, it literally surrounds them in that instant. This year, those remarkable moments await travelers of all ages at a Lancaster County Christmas, including during visits to the dazzling new Gift of Lights display, says the PA Dutch CVB.

With its Pennsylvania German heritage, Lancaster is home to many American yuletide traditions, like the beginnings of decorated Christmas trees, and encompasses all the area’s seasonal activity and shopping ideas in one place, to make it easier for folks to plan and enjoy a holiday getaway here in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country.

With hotel lodging as low as $99/night or B&B stays for just $129/night, visitors will have plenty of time to enjoy:

  • The brand new Gift of Lights drive-thru attraction at Elizabeth Farms. Hundreds of thousands of lights in radiant seasonal displays and approximately one mile in length, Gift of Lights is a wonderful complement to all the other festivities at Elizabeth Farms – horse-drawn wagon rides, choose & cut Christmas trees, gift shopping and picture-taking in Santa’s Workshop, cups of hot cocoa, Bloomingdale’s classic Christmas window displays, and an enormous model train display.
  • Festive family attractions like Dutch Winter Wonderland, the National Christmas Center, and Santa’s Paradise Express at Strasburg Rail Road.
  • Theatrical performances, including traditions like American Music Theatre’s Christmas Show, the Miracle of Christmas at Sight & Sound Theatres®, Miracle on 34th Street at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, and Mt. Hope Estate & Winery’s Dickens of a Christmas.
  • Merry events like Kitchen Kettle Village’s Old Fashioned Christmas, a Pennsylvania German “Country Christmas Village” at Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, and Wheatland’s The Nutcracker & the Mouse King house tour.
  • Shopping laden with great deals and unique buys at the Tanger and Rockvale outlets, the traditional German Chriskindlesmarkt at Stoudt’s, and in the county’s charming towns and villages (which allows travelers to enjoy some of their holiday festivities, too). Plus, look for new gift ideas daily with “The ‘Art’ of Christmas Shopping” posts at the PA Dutch Country Blog, starting December 1.
  • And don't miss out on Downtown Lancaster for the Holidays, with horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa in the lobby of the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square (including a new “Breakfast with Santa” event on December 3), strolling musical entertainment, the Citizens Bank model train display, and special shopping hours at the city’s distinctive retailers.

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