The closest celebration to the Amethyst Inn, is right down the road at Stoudts. The Christkindlesmarkt is a large gathering of antiques dealers and shoppers, focusing on Christmas crafts and toys. As always, the Bier garten will be open and there will be food and music for the entire family to enjoy.
At Hersheypark Candylane you can wander through the quaint village shops to get some gifts before jumping on some rides. You’ll want to grab some hot chocolate after riding the Scrambler and take some time to listen to the carolers! Millions of lights will be glowing while you find your favorite candy bar dressed up in holiday style.
Whether you’re looking for an old fashioned Christmas, or a little bit of country, there are plenty of options in Lancaster County. Kitchen Kettle Village has a variety of shops to buy those last minute gifts, as well as carolers, s’more making, and holiday demonstrations. The Landis Valley Museum celebrates their German roots with “der Belsnickel”, crafts, and decorations. You can visit an Amish Farm to learn about their Christmas traditions, or take a candlelit tour at an old homestead.
You can chat with Santa at the Turkey Hill Experience, visit with Dicken’s characters at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, go ice skating at Clipper Stadium, or enjoy a Christmas show at the American Music Theatre.
Obviously, the most visited attractions are lights and Lancaster County has plenty to choose from. Elizabeth Farms is hosting a brand new display this year, while Longwood Gardens and Hershey Park continue their annual festivals.
I’m always amazed at all the Christmas celebrations that Lancaster County offers because they are truly a one-of-a-kind experience. And if you can’t find time before the holidays, then make sure to get a gift certificate and surprise a loved one in the New Year!