Celebrate the Holidays in Lancaster County

Taken December 2010

The foliage is dropping quickly and we’ve already had our first snowfall of the season, so it seemed like a good time to help Historic Smithton Inn guests find ways to celebrate the holiday season in Lancaster County. Compiling this list was an eye-opener even for me… the list just kept growing and Growing and GROWING! There are so many terrific events, activities and performances going on during November and December that the hardest part won’t be finding something to do, it’ll be deciding among them! Turns out that Lancaster is the perfect place visit to get into the holiday spirit!!

Here’s a list of our top choices:

Elizabeth Farms: Gift of Lights, November 18 – January 1

Enjoy driving through 1.2 miles of lights with more than 1 million lights on display. The first 15,000 vehicles will receive a holiday bag with holiday values from sponsors! http://www.giftoflightselizabethfarms.com/

Longwood Gardens: A Longwood Christmas: November 24 – January 8

This season Longwood is transformed into a Gingerbread Fantasy! Stand beneath towering trees adorned with gingerbread garland and cookie ornaments. Don’t miss the Gingerbread Express train as it travels through a candy-laden Music Room. http://www.longwoodgardens.org/

Kitchen Kettle Village: Old Fashioned Christmas, December 2-3

Enjoy down-home caroling. Pass brass bands as you dash from one shop to another. We have cookies to treat you. Discover abundant shopping filled with music boxes, authentic Amish quilts, and homemade Lancaster County food, fresh baked goods and tasty canned goods. There are plenty of holiday activities to enjoy for young and old alike. http://www.kitchenkettle.com/

Ephrata Cloister: Christmas at the Cloister Choral Concert,
December 12 – 13

Spend a few moments in quiet reflection with the seasonal readings and holiday music in the historic Saal. Times are 6:30, 7:45 and 9:00 pm nightly. Tickets are available after November 1st. For guests of the Historic Smithton Inn, we can purchase your tickets for you, just let us know your first and second choices for date and time of performance. www.ephratacloister.org/events

Ephrata Cloister: Lantern Tours, December 27 – 30

These special tours will take you back in time to visit the Cloister as it may have appeared in the 1700s. Each year offers a new story with a cast of junior and senior high school students playing the roles that bring history to life. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling the Cloister visitor’s center beginning December 1st. www.ephratacloister.org/events

Sight & Sound: Miracle of Christmas, November 11 – December 31

As the Wise Men and shepherds did so long ago, follow the star to witness the miraculous truth of the Savior’s birth! Journey back in time and experience the bustling village of Bethlehem as camels, horses, donkeys and villagers surround you. Witness the beauty and majesty of angels worshipping in heaven, and proclaiming to shepherds, “The Savior is born!” Miracle of Christmas has become a family tradition, so this holiday, follow the star and arrive early to enjoy an interactive experience!  http://www.sight-sound.com/WebSiteSS/getshowdetails.do?eventCD=MOC

Dutch Apple Dinner Theater: Miracle on 34th Street,
November 17 – December 23

Kris Kringle takes on the cynics among us in this musical adaptation of the popular holiday movie. A white-bearded gentleman claiming to be the real Santa Claus brings about a genuine miracle, spreading a wave of love throughout New York City, fostering camaraderie between Macy’s and Gimbel’s Department Stores, and convincing a cynical single mother, her curious daughter and the entire state of New York that Santa Claus and true happiness is no myth. http://www.dutchapple.com/

Rainbow Dinner Theater: Home for the Holidays,
November 8 – December 30

A nice young couple settle in for a cozy Christmas together in their New York apartment. No pressure, no parents. Especially her parents, who don’t know they’re living together… or that she even has a boyfriend, or that he’s Jewish while she’s not. It would be a beautiful Christmas if her parents don’t show up on her door; it’ll be a funnier Christmas when they do! Laugh all through the holidays and into next year with “Home For The Holidays”! http://www.rainbowdinnertheatre.com/

American Music Theater: 2011 Christmas Show, Winter Wonderland, November 1 – December 30

Featuring cast favorites Wess Cooke, Todd Mitchell, and Michelle Rajotte. Set your holiday spirits aglow, and experience a yearly tradition that returns to its classic form! The all-new 2011 Christmas Show, Winter Wonderland, will immerse you in a festive evening of Yuletide whimsy and wonder. This snowy, outdoor-themed Original Show is sure to delight long-time fans as well as those attending for the first time. You’ll enjoy the spectacular vocals and breathtaking dance moves of professional artists from across the country. Come hear your favorite sacred and secular holiday carols, hymns and songs from yesterday and today, and delight in a little holiday cheer as the jelly-bellied one himself comes for a visit. You’ll laugh out loud at all the funny moments, including an appearance from Little Shelley. For a real holiday thrill, don’t miss The 2011 Christmas Show, featuring more of what you know and love, but like you’ve never seen before! http://www.amtshows.com/2011-christmas-show

And not to be out-done, the holiday season is a festive time at the Historic Smithton Inn as well. We decorate the grounds and common areas in lights and period decorations that give the B&B a warm and homey holiday feel. Plus, we have those adorable WORKING fireplaces in every one of our guest rooms that simply scream romance!!

So book your Lancaster County holiday trip now, so you can rest, relax and plant yourself firmly into the holiday spirit!