help them get into the spirit of the season,
I recommend visiting a few of our
area’s museums and historical sites. Several offer holiday-themed events to get
you inspired and excited about the warm and wonderful times to come with family
Check out these wintertime events at Lancaster County
the Cloister – December 8 & 9, 2014
Ephrata Cloister Chorus with musical group Seasons (known for their fusion of Celtic,
folk, and bluegrass music on harp, hammered dulcimer, mandolin, fiddle, and other
Call 717-733-6600, visit the website, or visit the museum to reserve tickets, $6
The Great Comet Lantern Tours 2014
– December 26, 27, January 2, 3
tours that take you back in time. You’ll visit the Cloister in the year 1743,
the year of the Great Comet. For reservations, call 717-733-6600 (beginning
December 1). $10 adults, $9 seniors (65+), $7 (ages 6-11), $5 f(ages 3-5),
under age of 3, free.
– December 3, 2014, 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Christmas Village – December 6 & 7, 2014
foods are prepared, and meet “der Belsnickel.” All can enjoy complimentary
hot chocolate and gingersnaps at the tavern. Plus, kids can make seasonal
crafts to take home. And, handbell ringer Ron Bellamy will perform at 1 p.m. in
the Visitor Center, followed by an interactive ringing & caroling session.
their website for hours of operation and admission rates.
At Landis Valley Bonfire – December 12, 2014, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Complete with wagon rides, an opportunity to tour decorated historic buildings,
and warming up around a bonfire—
and of course, singing carols (accompanied by the Lititz Moravian Trombone
Choir). The fun then continues in the Yellow Barn for hot cider and cookies.
items to the event. They will be donated to the Lancaster Food Bank.
of the Belsnickel” Lunch Tour – December 13, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
the village, and then a holiday lunch in the historic 1856 Landis Valley
House Hotel. The fun continues with the hilarious antics of “der
Belsnickel” at the Firehouse. After that, you’re welcome to shop for
locally made treasures at the Museum Store. Reservations required: (717)
581-0590, $34.50 per person.
and events, visit the Pennsylvania Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureauwebsite.