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Countdown 'til Christmas!

7th Annual

Breakfast with Santa!

100% of the proceeds benefit Toys for Tots and will provide children with a joyful Christmas right here in Lancaster County!

Date: Saturday, December 9th, 2017

Time: 8-11 AM

Cost: $5 donation per child (adults are free)

The Fun: The entire family can enjoy a hot breakfast buffet, visit with Santa Claus (don't forget your wish list!), ride the Toys for Tots train outside, coloring and more! EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

 

Christmas Attractions

 

The Night Before Christmas Train at The Strasburg Rail Road, Opens November 27th

Sparkling skies, warmth from a potbelly stove, the aroma of freshly baked cookies, and magic in the air. Returning in 2015, the popular Night Before Christmas Train runs on four Friday evenings during the holiday season.  The Strasburg Rail Road will donate $5 for every adult ticket sold to the Clinic for Special Children.

This very unique and special train recreates the excitement and anticipation of Christmas Eve. A reader dressed in a Victorian nightshirt and cap will read Clement Clarke Moore’s classic poem, The Night Before Christmas, as passengers enjoy cookies and milk and the train rolls along. Children are also treated to storybook readings of holiday classics aboard our heated Caboose (stationary) and visitors of all ages can enjoy a ride aboard the Tinsel Trolley, a self-propelled motor car. In the spirit of the season, kids may come dressed in pajamas.

See website for dates.


The Christmas Tree Train at the Strasburg Railroad--December 5th

Ride aboard the Christmas Tree Train to Leaman Place Grove where you can choose a locally grown, fresh-cut Frasier or Douglas Fir and have the tree delivered by steam on a flatcar back to the station.

Train departure is at 9 a.m. for this exclusive train ride. Once at Leaman Place Grove, passengers will have approximately one hour to choose and purchase that special Christmas tree. Watch it being loaded on the flatcar and enjoy free refreshments. Professional photographers will be available to capture that special memory. You will then be returned to the station by 11 a.m. to pick up your tree from the flatcar. Friendly Strasburg Rail Road staff will assist you with loading your tree.  Back at the historic East Strasburg station, children will be treated to storybook readings of holiday classics aboard our heated Caboose (stationary) and visitors of all ages can enjoy a ride aboard the Tinsel Trolley, a self-propelled motor car.

The Christmas Tree Train runs in addition to the regularly scheduledSanta’s Paradise Express trains.  Seating is limited, so guests are encouraged to purchase tickets early.

Please note that the tree cost is an additional cost.  Christmas trees are priced individually.  However, the average cost of Christmas trees is approximately $40. Train operates rain or shine.

Santa's Paradise Express at The Strasburg Railroad, Opens November 27th

Strasburg Rail Road will welcome a very special visitor this November and December. That’s right, Santa himself will climb aboard and greet the families as they travel down the tracks to Paradise, PA and back. As a special treat, children ages 11 and under will receive a gift from Santa and his helper.

And returning for her second year, Mrs. Claus will be available at the Station from 12-4 PM to help children finalize their letters to Santa!

Visitors of all ages will be charmed as they enjoy a ride aboard the Tinsel Trolley, a self-propelled motor car, and enjoy storybook readings of holiday classics aboard our heated stationary Caboose.


The National Christmas Center

Nestled in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, National Christmas Center Family Attraction & Museum takes you on a journey through wonderful memories of Christmases past and present, near and far. National Christmas Center is proud to be a part of Travel Channel's "Most Christmasy Places in America."


2015 Christmas Show Deck the Halls at American Music Theater

From the moment you arrive in our festive lobby to the triumphant chords of a rousing finale, The 2015 Christmas Show: Deck the Halls features more of what you love, but like you’ve never seen it before!

This all-new holiday extravaganza features electrifying choreography, big, lush musical arrangements from our live orchestra, and spectacular vocals from our multi-talented AMT cast, including many returning favorites.  The beautiful scenery, elegant ball gowns, and debonair tuxedos will fill the stage and are sure to delight your senses.

Let us set your spirits aglow with a show that’s both fresh and traditional.  Come sing along to your favorite classic and contemporary holiday songs and carols.  Make your reservation today and celebrate the most magical season of the year with American Music Theatre’s all new 2015 Christmas Show: Deck the Halls.

- See more at: https://amtshows.com/2015-christmas-show/#sthash.bNTH1Lff.dpuf

  

Elizabeth Farms, Opens November 27th

Come and enjoy the tradition of Elizabeth Farms located in Lancaster County. Horse-drawn wagons will carry you through our 200 acres of Christmas trees of many varieties. Roam the fields and enjoy a wonderful day. After cutting a tree with one of our hand-saws, the wagons will return you and your tree to our barn.

We also offer fresh cut trees and we invite you to visit our gift shop for wreaths, swags, greens, roping, tree stands ornaments, local crafts and other accessories. Be sure to visit Santa's Workshop and meet Santa himself.

 

Dutch Winter Wonderland Opens Nov 21st, 2015

It’s the most Dutch Wonder-ful time of the year! With rides, games, festive entertainment and more, Dutch Winter Wonderland is the perfect holiday destination for families. Don’t miss the Royal Light Show – a spectacular display of hundreds of thousands of twinkling light dancing to the perfect holiday soundtrack! See the website for dates and times.

Old Fashioned Christmas at Kitchen Kettle Village

Fridays: There are plenty of holiday activities to enjoy for young and old alike. Guests of all ages will be delighted by carolers & roaming musicians, holiday cooking demonstrations, s'more making and oodles of specialty Pa Dutch shopping. Experience Christmas with Mrs. Claus & Yummie beginning at 5:00pm or 5:30pm (depending upon the night). Families can enjoy a holiday feast of homemade Lancaster County foods at The Kling House Restaurant (includes Pa Dutch family style dining, storytelling with Mrs. Claus & Yummie and a special gift for children). Advance reservations are required, call 1-800-732-3538.

Saturdays: Enjoy down-home caroling. Pass brass bands as you dash from one shop to another. We have cookies to treat you. And shopkeepers to greet you. Roast a marshmallow over an open fire at the "Pepper Lane Fudge S'more Station." Discover abundant shopping filled with music boxes, authentic Amish quilts, and homemade Lancaster County food, fresh baked goods and tasty canned goods. And don't forget the national brands like Ugg boots, Brighton handbags and jewelry, Pandora bracelets, Vera Bradley bags and more. Come start off the holidays in Lancaster County - a great place to come home each year.

 

Koziar's Christmas Village

Driving through the darkened countryside and coming over that last hill on the unlit country road is like driving into a fairyland. Suddenly you find yourself in a dazzling valley set aglow with more than one million Christmas lights adorning buildings, gift barns, and landscape. A reflective lake adds to the stunning beauty of this magical place.

Celebrating 68 years of Season's Greetings, Koziar's Christmas Village has grown to a mammoth and extraordinary seasonal attraction drawing visitors from great distances as well as local families who have made Koziar's part of their Christmas tradition for three generations.

Christmas in Hershey

A family holiday tradition, Hersheypark Christmas Candylane delights all your senses with our over two million twinkling lights, holiday-themed rides, festive entertainment, steaming mugs of signature hot chocolate, and quaint shopping experiences. Our interactive Christmas in Chocolate Town show includes Top 40 holiday songs and features the "Traditions of Christmas!" Drive through Hershey Sweet Lights, a magical winter wonderland! Experience over 600 illuminated, animated displays from the comfort of your car as you drive through two miles of wooded trails.

A Christmas Story at The Dutch Apple Dinner Theater

A beloved holiday tradition, the show A Christmas Story comes to life on stage as a musical! Who hasn’t loved to watch Ralphie’s annual hilarious escapade in a desperate quest to make sure that his most perfect gift of all time ends up under his tree this Christmas. The coveted Red Ryder BB gun!  Whether your favorite part is Ralphie in a large pink bunny outfit, the dogs eating the Christmas turkey, or getting your tongue stuck on a frozen pole, you’ll adore this holiday treat!

Elf at The Fulton Theater

Buddy, a young orphan mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities can no longer be ignored. Hoping to discover his true identity, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, move Dad off the naughty list and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. Entertainment Weekly declared, “Even the biggest Cotton-Headed-Ninny-Muggins will leave the theatre with a warm festive glow!”

A Christmas Carol The Fulton Theater

This timeless classic has been reimagined just for the Fulton! Cold-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge encounters spirits of Christmases past, present and future to
discover loves and lives he has neglected. The Victorian setting is peppered with pop culture
references and a holiday sing-a-long that will bring cheer to every age. A perfect way to celebrate the Christmas season with the entire family.

Green Holly and Grey Potatoes (A Christmas Comedy) at The Rainbow Dinner Theater

It's Christmas and the family has gathered to tell Mom and Dad it's time to move into a retirement community. Mom and Dad have other plans. Don't worry, everyone will find their Christmas Spirit, even though they may have to endure another Holiday dinner of burnt turkey and gray potatoes.

Holidays at Mt. Hope Estate in Winery

2015 Stories

The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
This case of Sherlock Holmes offers a tale of goodwill with a darker flipside. As Watson pays a visit to Holmes after the Christmas holiday, he finds Holmes trying to return a hat and goose lost by someone on Christmas Day. Imbued with a touch of humor, and through the clues of hat and goose and precious stone, Holmes’ detective prowess leads them to solve the crime of the Blue Carbuncle and exercise a little traditional goodwill to men.

A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
The story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge, his transformation into a gentler, kindlier man brought on by visitations by the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come. Presented with warmth, humor, tradition and a bit of audience support, the enduring tale of A Christmas Carol springs from storybook to the stage.

- See more at: http://www.parenfaire.com/holidays/stories.php#sthash.Avmy2kr3.dpuf

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