You may picture Pennsylvania with lush, rolling hills, beautiful corn fields, and Amish buggies dotting the countryside. But summer scenery isn’t all there is to enjoy in our area! Winter in Lancaster, PA, is a sight to behold and offers its own kind of magic. Experience the cozy charm of Pennsylvania this winter and discover all the things you can do throughout the season! As you read on and fill in your itinerary, consider downloading our free Vacation Guide. It has additional suggestions for local restaurants, shops, museums, outdoor adventures, and more.
You Won’t Believe What You Can Do in the Winter in Lancaster, PA!
Attend Christmas and Winter Events
Lancaster and Ephrata Tree Lighting
If there’s one event you can’t miss during the holidays, it’s the Lancaster Tree Lighting Ceremony! You’ll feel like a child again when you marvel at hundreds of sparkling lights on the spruce tree. This is a great opportunity to mingle with locals and get in the spirit of Christmas! Don’t hesitate to check out the Ephrata Christmas Tree Lighting, too. You can even witness the arrival of Santa in town.
Fire and Ice Festival
The Fire and Ice Festival is a local favorite! This annual festival takes place in February and turns downtown Lititz into an impressive winter wonderland. You can marvel at ice sculptures and stroll through the vendor fair in search of unique gifts and souvenirs. The “fire” part of the festival refers to the delicious chili cook-off where 20 chefs compete to help raise money for their favorite charities.
Every winter, Clipper Magazine Stadium (home of the Lancaster Barnstormers in the summertime) turns the infield into a rink. Bring your own skates or rent a pair and enjoy a day on the ice! If you would rather experience skating on a frozen pond in a lovely local park, drive three miles up the road to Lloyd H. Roland Memorial Park in Akron. We’ll even provide a thermos of hot cocoa to bring with you!
Explore Lancaster County
Lancaster and its surrounding areas boast gorgeous landscapes all year long, but there’s something about the winter that makes it mysterious and enchanting. This is the perfect time to hop in your car and tour the countryside. Get ready for a magical experience!
Covered Bridge Drives
There are 28 covered bridges scattered around Lancaster County that make for the perfect day trip. Picture yourself driving from one bridge to the next, camera in hand, with a backdrop of Pennsylvania’s scenic vistas. The tall corn stalks won’t prevent you from seeing the horizon during the winter months!
Lancaster has a lot to offer, including a wide range of attractions and historical landmarks! The winter months are a great time to explore all of them. There are less crowds during this time of year, and often, you can take advantage of special behind-the-scenes tours. Some of our favorite hotspots include the Ephrata Cloister, Landis Valley Museum, National Clock & Watch Museum, and the Amish Farm and House.
Stay in the Coziest B&B in Lancaster!
The only thing you need to complete your winter getaway in Lancaster is a cozy place to stay! Thankfully, we have the best B&B for you. The Historic Smithton Inn has everything you need for a relaxing vacation in Pennsylvania.
Warm up by the fireplace in one of our comfortable guest rooms, or snuggle up on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa in hand. You can even watch the snow fall as you soak in a hot bath. When you wake up in the morning, join us downstairs for a delicious homemade breakfast. It’s so good that you may never want to leave!