Thanksgiving weekend has always been known as the ‘start of the holiday season.’ Granted, it seems like it’s starting earlier and earlier each year. Here at Carriage Corner, we don’t start any decorating for Christmas until Thanksgiving is done. We are hosting Thanksgiving this year for our daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter so we’ll be here. If you want to get away from the hustle and just enjoy kicking off Christmas in Lancaster – why not come out and spend a few days with us?
Lancaster is known for it’s great shopping – and I’m not talking about the outlet mall. Between Kitchen Kettle Village and Bird-in-Hand you should be able to find the perfect gift for everyone on your gift giving list. We’ve got some great ideas for you to relax and enjoy Christmas in Lancaster.
If you stay with us on Thanksgiving, you might be treated to a new savory breakfast I’ve wanted to try. But – I’m not giving any details away until after.
Do you watch Hallmark Movies? I do – I love them. Always so cheerful and with a happy ending. My favorite part of most of them is the big community tree lighting. While Intercourse doesn’t have a community Christmas Tree, Lancaster does. Lancaster hosts the lighting of The Mayor’s Tree every year at 7:15p on the Friday after Thanksgiving. You won’t want to miss it! Watch Santa parade into town, and marvel at the Christmas tree lighting at Penn Square! Experience all these exciting events to the sound of the Tuba Christmas carolers. You can head to the Central Market for more festivities following the ceremony. After all, celebrating Christmas at the oldest farmers market in the country makes for magical memories!
On Friday or Saturday nights once the shops have closed up – why not experience drive out to the Star Barn Village? Every Friday & Saturday from Thanksgiving through the end of the year you can travel along the 2-mile route at the Star Barn Village all dressed up for the holidays. Your ticket includes a CD of Christmas music and the Christmas story.
Looking for other ways to ring in Christmas in Lancaster? How about creating a special memory at Dutch Winter Wonderland? You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy the themed rides, tasty holiday treats, dazzling light show or even share your wish list with Santa.
How about stepping back in time and celebrating an 18th Century Christmas at Rock Ford. Did you know that in the 18th Century, Christmas Day was the beginning of the Christmas Season? Why not spend a few hours at Rock Ford Plantation talking to people in historic dress and learning about how life used to be?