Unwrap the Holiday spirit: Discover Christmas in Lancaster, Pa.

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Discover Lancaster invites visitors to experience some traditional holiday fun, with new seasonal shows, fantastic shopping, and unique yuletide offerings.

Distinctive retailers and festive décor are just part of experiencing “Lancaster City for the Holidays.”

When visitors Discover Christmas in Lancaster, such magical holiday moments and more are all possible.

Christmas is often about the small and the special. Experiences unexpected or eagerly anticipated, but equally meaningful just the same.

When visitors Discover Christmas in Lancaster, such moments and more are all possible at some of the area’s most cherished events and traditions, both new and old:

Delight in fresh stage productions, such as singing along with yuletide favorites during American Music Theatre’s "2018 Christmas Show – The First Noel," sharing in "A Christmas to Remember" at Bird-in-Hand Stage, or finding renewed “spirit” with "A Christmas Carol" at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre.

Ride with childlike wonder on the various Christmas Trains at Strasburg Rail Road or on the amusing offerings at Dutch Winter Wonderland theme park.

Head to Elizabeth Farms for a pre-cut Christmas tree or pick one out the old-fashioned way, with a horse-drawn wagon ride into the fields to choose & cut the perfect tree. Afterward, warm up with complimentary hot chocolate and explore the Christmas Fantasy Barn, featuring Santa’s Workshop, Bloomingdale’s Holiday Window Displays, and the Model Train Room.

Make merry with shopping “finds” from our charming towns and villages like Lititz and Ephrata, great deals from the many outlet stores at both Tanger and Rockvale, and the joyous treasures and activities at iconic foodie stop Kitchen Kettle Village.

Revel in historical seasonal cheer at the Lancaster City home of U.S. President James Buchanan during the mansion’s original portrayal of “Yuletide at Wheatland.”

Experience “Lancaster City for the Holidays,” with horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa, festive music, and distinctive city retailers.

For another truly unique experience, travel back over 100 years ago, “before the movies,” to delight in the spellbinding drama, humor, and antics of a master showman and his spectacular projected images for the holiday edition of the Magic-Lantern Shows at the Amish Experience.

Extend the season during the week after Christmas with the holiday Lantern Tours at Ephrata Cloister, and Yuletide Candlelight Tours at Rock Ford Plantation.

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