Lancaster City for The Holidays

*Stay tuned for 2021 information!* Here in Lancaster City, we believe in holiday magic! Like many traditions in 2020, this holiday season will look a little different. The Lancaster Office of Promotion has adapted and reimagined the City of Lancaster’s holiday events and traditions to create something special for all families to enjoy. See the "Lancaster City for the Holidays 2020" events schedule below.

Special Events, Unique Traditions, and Superb Shopping!

November 28, 2020

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!

See a list of shops

November 30, 2020

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.

Explore online shopping

December 4 & 5, 2020 | Friday & Saturday

Weekend Winter Wonderland

The City of Lancaster will kick off the holiday season with the Weekend Winter Wonderland, December 4th & 5th, 2020. Get in the holiday spirit with Santa’s arrival to the city, mobile holiday performances, and more throughout the weekend!

See the weekend's events

December 4 & 5, 2020 | Friday & Saturday

Santa in the City

Each holiday season Santa makes his way to Lancaster City to visit with families. This year, Santa plans to keep everything merry and bright by making his way through Lancaster City’s neighborhoods. With the help of the Lancaster City Fire & Police Bureaus, the “Kringle Caravan” will escort Santa around the city to see Lancaster’s children.

View Santa's Events

December 10, 2020

Lancaster Shops Late

Lancaster Shops Late is a night where retailers are encouraged to stay open into the evening, bringing visitors downtown to dine and of course, shop! There will be roaming entertainment, and warm beverages & treats at select locations. Participating locations will be open until 9 pm or later.

View Participating Stores

December 31, 2020

New Year’s Eve

Like many traditions, New Year’s Eve in Lancaster City will look a little different this year. The night will feature multiple fireworks displays to mark the coming year.

NYE Details

Reindeer Reader Series

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

Look out for new videos released each weekend in December! Check out the Reindeer Reader Series Facebook event for updates!

Plus, with the help of the Lancaster Public Library, we put together a list of reading recommendations for this holiday season including Christmas stories, Hanukkah stories, Kwanzaa stories, Spanish Christmas stories, and winter stories! Check out the list here.

Winter Fun: Projects to Explore Your Creativity

Thanks to the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, families can explore online demonstrations of winter family-fun activities to do at home. The two featured projects are “Growing Crystal Snowflakes” and “Creative & Unique Gift Wrap”

Explore the demonstrations

Thank you to our Lancaster City for the Holidays 2020 sponsors! They’re helping keep Lancaster City merry and bright this year.