View the beautifully decorated store, gallery and restaurant windows throughout Downtown Lancaster and vote for your favorite. Those that vote will be entered to with a Downtown Lancaster prize package. In partnership with LNP. To vote, visit www.LancasterOnline.com/DowntownDecorating.
4×4″ original artwork by over 25 artists, for only $40 each!
One event on November 25, 2017 at 9:30am
One event on November 26, 2017 at 12:00pm
Stop by the Shoppe for our Holiday Open House! We are a boutique home furnishings, accessories and gift Shoppe. Receive 30% off one regular priced item.
Avoid the crowds in the malls and big box stores; visit Seasons Taproom and check out our new gift collections and baskets for your holiday gift-giving needs. Sample new products and take advantage of our Black Friday specials. We thank you for supporting our family-owned business and look forward to seeing you soon! In-Store Special: Buy three bottles, get one free plus 15% off all gift boxes. Offer can be used multiple times but cannot be combined with frequent buyer card. Offer…
One event on November 25, 2017 at 9:00am
25% off store-wide, and holiday giveaways!
Happy Snakesgiving! Join the North Museum’s Live Animal Room for a day of snakes and snake-related activities. Learn how snakes slither, identify snakes from around the world, and meet some tiny hatchlings!
Live D.J. sets. Exclusives.
One event on December 29, 2017 at 11:00am
One event on December 27, 2017 at 11:00am
One event on December 28, 2017 at 11:00am
One event on December 23, 2017 at 11:00am
One event on December 26, 2017 at 11:00am
One event on December 16, 2017 at 11:00am
One event on December 22, 2017 at 11:00am
One event on December 9, 2017 at 11:00am
One event on December 15, 2017 at 11:00am
One event on December 2, 2017 at 11:00am
One event on December 8, 2017 at 11:00am
One event on November 25, 2017 at 11:00am
One event on December 1, 2017 at 11:00am
One event on December 30, 2017 at 11:00am
Enjoy the classic tale presented in a holiday setting by Robert Brock, Artistic Director, with marionettes he created. Now in its 28th season, the theatre is located at 126 N. Water Street, between W. Orange and W. Chestnut Streets, in downtown Lancaster. Doors Open 1/2 hour prior to Curtain All tickets are $10.00. You can also purchase tickets by calling 717-394-8398. Back stage tours will be offered 20 minutes prior to curtain, and the John Durang Puppet Museum and the…
Kick off the Holidays in Lancaster City with the arrival of Santa, lighting of the tree, entertainment from Music For Everyone and PRiMA, Tuba Christmas, visits with Santa and horse-drawn carriage rides!
An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Friday, repeating until December 16, 2017
An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Saturday, repeating until December 16, 2017
Get your photo taken with Santa! Prints are $5 each, or take one with your own camera for free. PhotOle Photography will be on site on November 24 and 25 as well as December 1 and 2 to provide professional photography, with packages starting at $5.
One event on December 1, 2017 at 6:30pm
One event on December 8, 2017 at 6:30pm
One event on December 15, 2017 at 6:30pm
One event on December 22, 2017 at 6:30pm
Carriages depart from Fulton Bank, corner of King and Queen Streets Rides are first come, first served. $5/adult, $2/child 12 and under.
Lancaster City’s 300+ businesses encourage everyone to Shop Small Dine Local on Small Business Saturday! Lancaster City Alliance Bike Ambassadors will be handing out free tote bags (while supplies last) and shoppers can participate in a #SHOPSMALL Poster Contest for a chance to win $100 in Downtown Dollars gift certificates and other prizes. Stop by the Lancaster City Visitor Center between 9 am and 4 pm for Poster Contest details.
Visit any of the six excellent locations, get passport stamped, send photograph of passport to firstname.lastname@example.org. Six gift cards will be given to randomly selected entrants. A fun way to enjoy shopping small.
An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Saturday, repeating indefinitely
Join lululemon every Saturday morning at their Showroom for a complimentary sweat from 9-10 am. Each month we’ll feature a different local studio/gym (find the deets on our Facebook page). We provide the mats, you bring your friends and your best downward dog!
Shop small, shop local with Annex! Join us all day on Small Business Saturday for great deals, freebies, food and fun for the holiday season. First 25 customers to make a $10 purchase will receive a free tote bag with freebies just for you. Get a sneak peek of our Winter Exposition during our Holiday Preview Gallery. Enjoy ONE DAY ONLY special prices on all original, handmade items for the holidays. Shipping may be available on some items. FREE Kids…
One event on November 26, 2017 at 10:00am
Forty Elephants – A Vintage & Handmade Market Saturday & Sunday, NOVEMBER 25 & 26 10am to 4pm (both days) Located at The Masonic Center of Lancaster 213 W. Chestnut Street, Lancaster, PA 17603 90 Vendors: Vintage clothing, jewelry, buttons, housewares, and holiday decor. Handmade cards & prints, re-purposed clothing & accessories, bath & body, bags & wallets, plush & mechanical animals, collage art & paintings. First 100 customers in line on Saturday get a Forty Elephants tote bag filled…
FREE Kids Pointillism Paint Activity 10am – 1pm. Give yourself and the kids a break during Small Business Saturday. All ages welcome.
An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Friday, repeating until December 16, 2017
One event on December 2, 2017 at 10:00am
Create your own holiday wreath! Hot cocoa and soup from East King Culinary. Free!
Join us for a special Donation class to raise funds for an incredible organization and cause; the Stepping Strong program of Brigham and Women’s Hospital. On April 15, 2013, Gillian Reny, who was 18 years old at the time, was critically injured in the Boston Marathon bombings. She was rushed to BWH, where doctors and nurses worked heroically to save her life and both of her legs. In gratitude to BWH, the Reny family started the Stepping Strong Center with…
Are the kiddos getting excited for the holidays? If so, they’re probably counting down until they can finally open their presents. Sign up for our countdown sign making class; kiddos can create a holiday countdown sign of their choice. All materials are included in this class; children of all ages and skills are welcome. Parking is free on Sundays! Tickets
An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until December 16, 2017
Visit the museum to silent bid on local artworks and decorated trees inspired by this year’s Trees Galore theme, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, and don’t miss the Artisans Showcase Gift Shop to find the perfect locally made gift this Holiday Season!
Join us for a family fun afternoon to see the artworks and decorated trees. Children can spend the time decorating their own Christmas cookies. Nick DiSanto will entertain by playing his solo Ommpa band from 1:20 – 2:30 and gourmet goodies will be provided throughout the afternoon.
Who is the all-time greatest athlete from Lancaster City? To find out, please attend a free interactive event to help honor a man who may very well be the answer that question: the Olympic Gold Medalist Barney Ewell (1918-1996). Some of you will remember the name. If you have never heard of Barney Ewell, this program will enthrall you. If you remember Barney Ewell, it will involve you. If you show up, it will dazzle you! At Saint Joseph’s Church…
“America’s Got Talent” semi-finalists, Lightwire Theater captivate people of all ages with dazzling, glow-in-the-dark visuals and a unique menagerie of characters that magically appear out of the darkness. combining the arts of puppetry, theater and dance with the music of timeless holiday hits, this magical tale of family, friendship and hope creates a truly one-of-a-kind, inspired and exhilarating holiday experience that will be a treasured memory for years to come.
Enjoy a fun filled morning of education and exploration! Specially designed for ages 2 to 6, our Little Explorer and Me program features hands-on activities as well as experiments and demonstrations. Sessions this month will include exploring the strength of glue, investigating molecules, and learning about electricity. North Museum Event Page
We’ve created a teen-centered book club for youth ages 12-18! Michael L. Printz Honor Book Author A.S. King will join us at the November “get to know you” meeting to discuss the power of books and book clubs over pizza and snacks. BOOK GROUP DETAILS After our initial meeting in November, the group will meet every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 6pm in the Clark Room, on the library’s 2nd floor. Join us to talk about our featured book, YA…
DAVID FRANCE will discuss how to apply the lessons from the AIDS crisis to today’s improbable world of science doubting, media accountability and political turmoil. From collective activism to the advent of citizen science, AIDS advocates turned around a hidebound culture, transforming so much of the way medicine and scientific research are practiced. Along the way they managed to accomplish the impossible: They won full integration of the LGBT community to American life, and helped bring to market a drug…
An event every month that begins at 5:00pm on day First of the month, repeating indefinitely
There’s nothing like a First Friday in Lancaster! Join in Lancaster’s highly popular arts extravaganza each and every First Friday, 5-9pm. You’ll be swept up in the creative energy that pervades the city. Discover innovative exhibitions, performances and perhaps a few surprises as you walk our attractive streets lined with trees and distinctive architecture. Unique boutiques and excellent restaurants complement the art galleries, artisan studios, museums, performing groups, professional theater, symphony orchestra, and art college that comprise Lancaster’s arts community.…
You are invited on Friday, December 1st to attend Horizon’s Gala Dinner Event, Live Auction and Interactive Micro Community Experience where you will you help rescue children in need, restore their hope and empower their futures. You will be given a passport and “transported” through virtual reality to Kenya where you will personally experience an orphaned child’s life in our Baba Nyumbania Micro Community. Enjoy a lively evening of cocktails, dinner, interactive stations, and a live auction by Tim Keller…
We the People Present the Gail Gray Project
Event includes breakfast, entertainment by Zoo America and visit with Santa. Reservations required. Tickets are $12/person ages 3 and up. Kids 2 and under are free but still require a reservation. Click here to register online, or download a reservation form to pay with cash or check.
Our special gift to you this holiday season! Receive a free Tarot reading from Karen Carnabucci, LCSW, TEP. Karen is an alternative psychotherapist in Lancaster, PA, who uses the Tarot for personal growth, spiritual expansion and refining intuition. Learn more about Karen at www.realtruekaren.com.
50% off all children’s books and giveaways!
Bring your children and grandchildren to our event focused on holiday creativity. The children will make holiday cards, ornaments, and small gifts, as well as enjoy light bites provided by Characters.
SINATRA HOLIDAY SPEAKEASY Everyone loves the songs of Frank Sinatra. Add a PRiMA speakeasy environment and you’ve got a holly jolly night to remember. Join us for an evening of timeless music, holiday cheer, and a classic cocktail from Lancaster’s best mixologists. Libations available for purchase at the venue. Sundays, December 3, 10, 17, 2017 | Aussie & The Fox Restaurant Tickets
Looking for a fun activity to get you ready for the holiday season? Grab a friend and join us for a paint night. We’ll paint the Tau Rho painting shown. With Christmas right around the corner, this painting was chosen for season. A beautiful, historical piece that will inspire holiday conversation around the dinner table. This is a non-alcoholic class but feel free to bring non-alcoholic beverages. Parking is available in front of the gallery and is free on Sundays!…
Step back in time for a fun-filled afternoon of Colonial-inspired Christmas activities featuring take-home crafts and holiday treats! This program is geared for Grades 2-5. Children must be accompanied by an adult (no younger siblings, please). This event will be held in the Rock Ford Barn. Reservation deadline: Wednesday, November 22. For reservations, please call the Rock Ford office at 717-392-7223 (Monday-Friday from 10 AM to 4 PM).
Enjoy dinner, drinks or dessert while watching a movie on the big screen.
One event on December 8, 2017 at 10:00am
One event on December 9, 2017 at 10:00am
Shop locally at the beautiful shops at College Row located across from Franklin and Marshall College. Enjoy holiday lights and carolers Thursday night, December 7. A unique Shopping and dining experience.
Cultivate Lancaster Entrepreneurs Forum is a bi-annual workshop series dedicated to engaging with, connecting & empowering Lancaster’s entrepreneurs, small business owners & business resource providers. Register
With an impressive tour schedule and 17 recordings, Steinway Artist Spielberg has been winning the hearts of listeners around the world. This evening will include gorgeous arrangements for the season, form traditional Christmas carols to winter favorites, as well as tales from the bench that uplift and inspire.
Music! Literature! Drinks! Applause! Modern Art and Fear No Lit present PAGE MATCH: an on-the-spot writing tournament. Witness eight fearless writers duke it out to be crowned LIT CHAMP OF LANC. $10 at the door, proceeds go to Third Point Press.
30 local and global non-profit organizations will be on hand offering 3 donation-based gifts each for shoppers to purchase in honor of loved ones on their holiday gift lists. Marketplace fair trade goods offered for purchase as well as food from various local social enterprise eateries. Human rights themed books for sale and children’s activities.
The Creatively Lancaster Makers Market is curated pop-up market of talented makers hawking their original creations, unique wares, and beautiful designs. What is a Makers Market? Think craft show meets flea market, with an industrial, urban flair. At the Creatively Lancaster Makers Market you will find a wide assortment of talented makers – artists, hobbyists, crafters, creators, bakers, designers, upcyclers, and more! Come grab a pint while you shop the best local makers in Lancaster! Visit our Instagram and Facebook…
Buying for the men in your life is difficult. Surprising them with that perfectly thoughtful, yet useful gift is nearly impossible. That’s why Ellicott & Co. curates a unique and timeless selection of quality goods for men. We know guys, and we’ve done the hard work for you. Make your holiday shopping easier at our annual Ladies Night shopping event. Our knowledgeable staff is ready to help you find that elusively perfect gift. We’ll also be offering plenty of great…
Join the Heritage Chorale, under the direction of Barry Sawyer, as they present a concert of holiday delights in the historic sanctuary of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Lancaster on Sunday, December 10 at 4 p.m.
We are so happy to be hosting December Celebrity Bartending Night at Characters Pub to benefit the all-volunteer efforts of LEADS, Making Lancaster Beautiful Every Season, on Wednesday, December 13th from 5 until 8 pm. As you walk through the City of Lancaster this holiday season and admire each lamppost, and the magnificent tree on the Square, think of the hours of work these volunteers commit to making the City so magical. In the spring they add flowering baskets, then…
Lancaster City will hold an inaugural Lancaster Shops Late night on Thursday, Dec. 14! Lancaster Shops Late is a night during which retailers are encouraged to stay open until 9 p.m., bringing shoppers downtown to dine and of course, shop! Music for Everyone will provide roaming entertainment, and warm beverages such as hot chocolate or buttered rum will be served at select locations. Presented by LOOP, LCA and artist, Loryn Spangler Jones.
Now in its 13th year, the perennial favorite is back, with a family-friendly performance featuring evocatively-snug Irish ballads, lively instrumental tunes and thrilling Irish dancing, while reminiscent photographic images provide backdrop to some of the rich historical traditions.
An event every month that begins at 6:00pm on day Third of the month, repeating indefinitely
Each third Friday of the month, the City of Lancaster is host of Music Fridays. Performances abound throughout Downtown as retailers, restaurants, and attractions host musicians and extend their hours and host live music. Each month brings new entertainment! The City of Lancaster Office of Promotion (LOOP) and Music For Everyone are hosting a special concert series for Music Fridays. During the fall and winter months concerts will be held indoors. During the spring and summer months, concerts will be…
An event every month that begins at 6:30pm on day Third of the month, repeating indefinitely
Ladies, come out and get pampered at Lancaster’s largest downtown retailer with over 35+ shop under one roof. Every 3rd Friday of the month BUiLDiNG Character will be hosting the Ladies Night Out Event featuring FREE Messages FREE Drink Samples FREE Sweet Treats FREE Parking from 6:30 – 9 PM.
Celebrate with MFE Community Chorus and Big Boy Brass for a festive Holiday Concert and Sing-a-Long under the stars on the rooftop of Tellus360. The concert will feature creative arrangements, world music, and New Orleans style Big Brass sound. A traditional Holiday Sing-a-Long will immediately follow. All ages are welcome to share in this lively and joyous community event sponsored by Music for Everyone. Free admission (under 21 must be accompanied by an adult). Music Friday December 15, 7PM. Facebook…
Music for Everyone & Big Boy Brass Holiday Concert and Sing-A-Long Free and open to public, all ages.
Oklahoma native Fulton has become a world class jazz pianist and vocalist with international acclaim. With seven previous albums under her belt while still in her twenties, she will be debuting her brand new holiday release.