Lancaster City for The Holidays

We’re bringing the magic of the holidays back to Lancaster City! After everything we have been through as a community, it’s more important than ever to make sure our residents and visitors experience the charm of the holidays in Lancaster City. See our full list of events below!

Special Events, Unique Traditions, and Superb Shopping!

November 27, 2021

Small Business Saturday

Shop small this holiday season and support Lancaster City’s fabulous small business community! Find the perfect gift for your loved ones at one of Lancaster’s eclectic shops, boutiques, galleries, and more!

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November 28-December 5, 2021

Menorah Lighting

The Jewish Community Alliance of Lancaster and the City of Lancaster will gather in Penn Square to light a public menorah on each night of Hanukkah.

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November 29, 2021

Cyber Monday

Support local, small businesses this holiday season by shopping online! There are endless opportunities to find unique, eclectic gifts at Lancaster City’s local shops, boutiques, galleries, and more.

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December 3, 2021 • Festivities begin at 5:00PM

Mayor’s Tree Lighting

The holiday classic returns! The Mayor’s Tree Lighting will have you feeling merry and bright. Join us for the arrival of Santa, the lighting of the tree, entertainment from Big Boy Brass, and more!

Mayor's Tree Lighting

December 4, 2021 • 6:00PM

Light Up Southeast

Creating holiday magic for a brighter community is what Light Up Southeast is all about. Join us for the Winter Wonderland Block Party that will feature train ride with Santa, Trunk or Treat, Food Trucks and more!

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December 10-11, 17-18

Santa in the City

Each holiday season Santa makes his way to Lancaster City to visit with families. This year, Santa will make his way through Lancaster City’s neighborhoods. With the help of Lancaster City Fire & Police, Santa will visit every corner of the city to greet Lancaster’s children.

Santa in the City

December 9, 2021

Lancaster Shops Late

Lancaster Shops Late is a once-a-year retail experience where shops are encouraged to stay open into the evening, bringing visitors downtown to dine and of course, shop!

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December 31, 2021

New Year’s Eve

The City of Lancaster will host fireworks at 9pm from multiple locations in the city to celebrate the new year!


All season long, the City of Lancaster in partnership with the Lancaster Public Library will release videos of Lancastrians reading holiday stories for children of all ages to enjoy!

Season’s Readings

Thank you to our holiday season sponsors!