For those of us who have the pleasure of living here year round, we know that Lancaster County is one of the best places to live during the holiday season. The antiquated charm of old stone houses, horse-drawn Amish buggies and homemade local goodies can make even the grinchy-est person glow with Christmas spirit! Whether you are traveling with little ones or taking a romantic getaway for two to the Amish countryside, Lancaster is the perfect backdrop for your holiday escape.
Does anyone remember the magical book "The Polar Express" with its' whimsical train adventure into the North Pole? Rekindle your childhood nostalgia when the book comes to life at the famous Strasburg Railroad with both Santa's Paradise Express and the Night Before Christmas special! Don your favorite pair of holiday jammies or longjohns and enjoy fresh baked cookies and milk while you are read "The Night Before Christmas" aboard a vintage train car rolling through rural Lancaster County. If riding a train isn't your cup of cocoa, there is also a model train display at the Choo Choo Barn in Strasburg. Kids can visit with Santa, and every Friday you receive free admission to the display if you bring in a non-perishable food item for charity!
The best thing about the Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/etc season is that calories don't seem to count! (Until New Year's when you step on that mean little scale). With that in mind, Hershey Park, the chocolate promise-land hosts a Christmas Candylane celebration with incredible decorations, rides, and village shops to peruse. Oh, and how could I forget, CHOCOLATE!
If you need to get some last minute holiday shopping done, Lancaster County has a mecca of stores to explore! The Kitchen Kettle Village is famous for its unbelievable decorations and quaint little specialty shops (leather shops, cheese shops, jam and jelly shops).
For those of you responsible ones who braved Black Friday and can cross stressful shopping off your list, you may want to catch a local Christmas themed show at The American Music Theatre, Sight & Sound or the Fulton Theatre!
If you will be staying with us this holiday season, give us a call at 717-484-0800 so that we can help you book a magical itinerary for your whole family!
By Lizz, Innkeeper