Visits with Santa

November 24 – December 16 | Fridays from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, Saturdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square & Lancaster County Convention Center
25 South Queen Street
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.

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

November 24 | 7:30 – 10:00 pm
December 1, 8, 15, 22 | 6:30 – 9:30 pm
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 Business Window Decorating Contest

Begins November 24
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

Art 4 Everyone

November 24 | 9:00 am
Red Raven Art Company
138 North Prince Street
4×4″ original artwork by over 25 artists, for only $40 each!

Holiday Open House

November 24 | 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
November 25 | 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
November 26 | 12:00 – 4:00 pm
The Shoppe at AK Interiors
246 West Orange Street
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.

Black Friday Specials at Seasons

November 24, 2017 | 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Seasons Olive Oil & Vinegar Taproom
36 West King Street
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 excludes truffle products. For online shopping, enter code BLACKFRIDAY at check out.

3rd Anniversary Sale

November 24 & 25 | 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Adamstown Books at Lancaster Theological Seminary
555 West James Street
25% off store-wide, and holiday giveaways!

Back To Black Friday at BZDC

November 24 | 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
144 North Prince Street
Live D.J. sets. Exclusives.

Small Business Saturday

November 25
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.

Small Business Saturday: Lancaster Passports, Vol. 2

November 25 | 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
144 North Prince Street
Visit any of the six excellent locations, get passport stamped, send photograph of passport to Six gift cards will be given to randomly selected entrants. A fun way to enjoy shopping small.

Wreath Making

November 25 & December 2 | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
El Jardin Flower and Garden Room
258 North Queen Street
Create your own holiday wreath! Hot cocoa and soup from East King Culinary. Free!

Trees Galore Opening Party

November 26 | 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Lancaster Museum Of Art
135 North Lime Street
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.

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree at Trees Galore

November 26 – December 15 | Tuesdays – Saturdays from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm , Sundays from 12:00 – 4:00 pm Lancaster Museum of Art
135 North Lime Street
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!

First Friday

December 1 | 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Enjoy all that the arts community in Lancaster has to offer! Click here for a full listing of First Friday events.

Ladies Night – Gingerbread House Decorating

December 1 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm
$40. Reservation and payment is required. Snacks will be provided. Call (717) 424-1631 for reservations.

Breakfast with Santa

December 2 | 8:00 – 9:30 am
Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square & Lancaster County Convention Center 
25 South Queen Street
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.

Kids Gingerbread House Decorating

December 2 | 9:00 – 10:30 am
$45. Reservation and payment is required. Ages 5 and up, a parent or adult must be present. Snacks will be provided. Call (717) 424-1631 for reservations.

Magical Mystery Tarot Tour

December 2 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Telltale Dress
323 North Queen Street, Suite 101
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

National Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day

December 2 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Adamstown Books at Lancaster Theological Seminary
555 West James Street
50% off all children’s books and giveaways!

Trees Galore Creative Kids Day

December 2 | 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Lancaster Museum of Art
135 North Lime Street
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.

Shoppes at College Row Holiday Event

December 7 | Thursday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
December 8 & 9 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Campus Crossing
700 Harrisburg Avenue
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.


December 8 | 7:00 pm
Modern Art
529 West Chestnut Street
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.

Kids Gingerbread Ornament Decorating Class

December 9 | 9:00 – 10:30 am
$35. Reservation and payment is required. Ages 5 and up, a parent or adult must be present. Snacks will be provided. Call (717) 424-1631 for reservations.

Holiday Open Studio

December 9 | 3:00 – 9:00 pm
The Wash House
420 West Grant Street
Join us in a celebration of creativity and get in the holiday spirit, with a little help from some other spirits and light refreshments, as the Wash House building opens it’s doors and invites you into our studio spaces! Participating studios include: Matt Allyn Chapman, Nicole Duquette (Hello Niccoco), Megan Zettlemoyer (Typothecary Letterpress). Artists Matt Allyn Chapman & Nicole Duquette are opening the doors to their studio for the first time! Matt will be holding a special “studio sale” of his paintings and drawings. He will also be introducing his schedule of workshops & multi-week classes! Nicole will have a selection of her Hello Niccoco seasonal cards, vinyl stickers and small works for sale! A live demo of how to make your own recycled handmade paper will be held at 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Come check out Typothecary Letterpress’ working studio and print a poster on one of our vintage printing presses. A variety of work including greeting cards, bottle tags, prints, coasters and holiday cards will also be for sale. Nicole & Megan will be collaborating on a limited edition letterpress print on handmade paper commemorating this event! In addition, a voucher offering a discounted rate for those interested in Matt’s class offerings will be available. We hope you are able to pop in to check out our creative spaces and celebrate the season with us!

Ellicott & Co. Ladies Night

December 9 | 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Ellicott & Co.
45 North Market Street
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 refreshments and sales, to make things enjoyable for both you and your purse.

Lancaster Shops Late

December 14
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.

Kids Baking Class – Sweet & Savory Brunch

December 15 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm
$60. Reservations and payment are required, ages 8 to 12. Snacks will be provided. During this hands on class we will be in the kitchen making the following treats that the children will then be bringing home to share with their families: Cinnamon swirl bread, build your own Quiche that will include a variety of meats and vegetables, and a candy cane shaped Danish. Call (717) 424-1631 for reservations.

Music for Everyone & Big Boy Brass
Holiday Concert and Sing-A-Long

December 15 | 7:00 pm
24 East King Street
Free and open to public, all ages.

Thistle Finch Distillery Tours

December 16 | 1:00, 2:30 and 4:00 pm
Thistle Finch Distillery
417 West Grant Street
Whether you’re a whiskey connoisseur or curious newcomer, you won’t want to miss the experience of one of our intimate distillery tours. We’ll walk you through the details of our historic building, discuss the origins of rye whiskey in Lancaster and Pennsylvania, and explain the process we use to distill our award winning Rye Whiskies and other spirits. At the end of every tour, you will have the opportunity to participate in a tastings of all our products. After the tours, most folks usually end up in the tasting room to toast their new found whiskey wisdom with a cocktail or two! Pay what you can at the door – no reservations required.

CI Annual Christmas Show #1

December 17 | Doors 6 PM
Chameleon Club
223 North Water Street
The Pink Spiders with special guests Carousel Kings, The Great Heights BandTalk Alliance, and Venture. All ages, 21+ to drink. Tickets available at CI Records – Fake Life Clothing (226 North Prince Street) or online through Ticketfly.

CI Annual Christmas Show #1.5

December 27 | Doors 6 PM
Chameleon Club
223 North Water Street
Bonus Edition! A long awaited live performance by One Year Later with special guests The Road to Milestone, If Not For Me, Persona Grey, and Forward Order. All ages, 21+ to drink. Tickets available at CI Records – Fake Life Clothing (226 North Prince Street) or online through Ticketfly.

CI Annual Christmas Show #2

December 30 | Doors 6:30 PM
Chameleon Club
223 North Water Street
August Burns Red plus special guests GutterLIFE, Centerfolds, plus one TBA. All ages, 21+ to drink. Tickets available at CI Records – Fake Life Clothing (226 North Prince Street) or online through Ticketfly.

Holiday Parking

December 18-23
Free 2 hour metered parking. Sponsored by the Lancaster Parking Authority the Downtown Investment District and City of Lancaster Office of Promotion.