The enduring holiday spirit of a Lancaster County Christmas

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

The varied Christmas Trains at Strasburg Rail Road are always great holiday fun.

For a holiday getaway, or whenever the time is right, Lancaster County is here to safely welcome visitors.

More than ever, travel must be an informed, responsible, and personal choice. And if it’s for a holiday getaway, or whenever the time is right, Lancaster County is here to safely welcome visitors.

Visitor safety is first priority here, and that principle is being put into practice by tourism properties across the county, as they follow CDC guidelines and ask their guests to do the same.

So there’s still time to discover distinctive shopping and delicious food & drink throughout the city, towns, and countryside of Lancaster County, along with wonderful seasonal activities and welcoming lodging options.

-- 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 The Shops at Rockvale, and the creativity of Lancaster City’s retailers.

-- Ride with childlike wonder through Amish farmlands on the Strasburg Rail Road Christmas Trains.

-- Enjoy a fabulous production of “Elf the Musical” at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, Mount Hope’s “Holidays Dinner Theater,” “The GÜT Life! Christmas with the Yoders & Nick” at Bird-in-Hand Stage, Sight & Sound Theatre’s new “Queen Esther”, or “Believe” at Magic & Wonder Theater.

-- Delight in the yuletide spirit of the Christmas Village at Bird-in-Hand on 12/11-12, with Santa & his reindeer, carriage rides, village shopping, family activities, and more.

-- Brighten the night with the drive-thru holiday light shows at Dutch Wonderland, Clipper Magazine Stadium, Stone Gables Estate, or Refreshing Mountain (plus zipline options!).

-- Revel in the joyous treasures and activities at iconic foodie stop Kitchen Kettle Village.

-- Head to Elizabeth Farms through 12/16 to pick out a beautiful pre-cut Christmas tree. Afterward, warm up with complimentary hot chocolate and explore the Christmas Fantasy Barn, with Santa’s Workshop, Bloomingdale’s Holiday Window Displays, and the Model Train Room.

-- Get festive with two fun events from the Amish Farm & House – the Amish Christmas Cookie Tour and Santa & Goats.

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