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Upcoming Shows in Lancaster, PA

Lights, curtain, action! Did you know that Lancaster is home to the oldest working theatre in the United States, The Fulton Theatre, and the largest faith-based theatre in the United States, Sight & Sound Theatres, as well as dinner theatres, comedy shows, and family productions? If you like theatre then you are in the right place. Lancaster hosts a number of Broadway caliber productions and high-profile performers throughout the year. If you are looking for an activity the whole family will love, or a special date night we suggest you take a look. This summer’s bill has a number of hot-ticket shows that appeal to a wide range of audiences. Plus, attending a show is a great way to keep cool when the temperature rises! Below is the list of shows coming to Lancaster this summer.

JESUS- Sight & Sound Theatres™ | March 10- January 5

JESUS is the musical stage adventure about the most famous person ever to walk the earth and the everyday people whose lives he changed forever. This action-packed experience will captivate your imagination as you take in the stories, scenery & sets, and elaborate costumes of this timeless production.

The Home Game- Bird-in-Hand Stage | March 27-October 27

The Home Game follows the story of Levi and his father. Levi must choose between his father’s expectation of an Amish life and his own deepest dreams of playing baseball in the major leagues. Filled with laughter and drama, this new musical is sure to hit it out of the park!

Magic & Wonder: Dream- Bird-in-Hand Stage | April 18- October 27

Inspired by the idea that magic can move outside the limits of reality, Brett creates a whimsical world where you can experience whatever you can dream. Whether your dream is to fly, join the circus, go back in time or venture into the future, you’ll discover that nothing is truly impossible when you unleash your imagination. This show is great for families!

Fun Home- Ephrata Performing Arts Center | April 26- May 12

Fun Home is a tragicomedy musical about growing up and coming out. The book and lyrics are written by Lisa Kron with Music by Jeanin Tesori. This show is a five time Tony Award Winner in 2015, including Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical. It is recommended for teen and adult audiences.

Songs of the Silver Screen – American Music Theatre | May 1- October 5

Movie buffs of all ages will delight in this new original production at American Music Theatre. The cast and band will perform the biggest hits from movies past and present spanning decades of film making. Grab your popcorn and get ready for a harmonious, cinematic show!

Grease– Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre | May 3- June 17

Dust off your leather jackets, pull on your bobby-socks, and take a trip back in time with Danny, Sandy, the Pink Ladies, and the T-Birds to the 1950s. This show features great dance numbers and popular songs such as You’re the One That I Want, Summer Nights, Greased Lightin’ and more from the hit movie. Race on over, you won’t want to miss this show. After all Grease is the word.

American String Quartet with Christopher Shih- Trust Performing Arts Center | May 3

Internationally recognized as one of the world’s foremost quartets, the American String Quartet will make their debut at The Trust Performing Arts Center this May. The Quartet is known for its performances of the complete quartets of Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Schoenberg, Bartok, Mendelssohn, and Mozart. For this performance they will be joined by award-winning pianist Christopher Shih.

Songs For a New World- Prima Theatre | May 4-6, 11-13

Triple-Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown’s song-cycle musical offers a vibrant, thrilling and moving journey through the life-changing moments that define us. These unforgettable songs weave individual stories into an electrifying evening, illuminating the timelessness of self-discovery. Brown is a past PRiMA guest artist, whose Songs For A New World was PRiMA’s first staged production. This show features some of the most memorable songs from the early works of this celebrated composer-lyricist, known also for his work with The Last Five Years, Parade, Bridges of Madison County, 13 and Honeymoon in Vegas.

Joy Ike Trio at the Trust Trust Performing Arts Center | May 5

Polished and precise yet buoyed with an airy grace, Joy Ike will be performing with upright bassist, Jason Rafalak, and percussionist, Ryan Socrates to perform songs off of her new album Bigger Than Your Box.

RENT 20th Anniversary Tour- Pullo Center | May 26

In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. Re-imagining La Bohème, and enjoy this inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.

Getting Momma Married– Rainbow Comedy Playhouse | June 2 – August 11

A young woman and her husband live under Mom’s roof. When the stork is due to make an arrival, the kids must find their own nest. And what about poor Momma, all alone? Enjoy an evening of laughs and help make plans to get Momma married ASAP!

The Hunchback of Notre Dame– The Fulton Theatre | June 5- July 22

This Pennsylvania Premiere is based on the beloved Disney movie. Set in 15th century Paris The Hunchback of Notre Dame follows the life of Quasimodo, a deformed bellringer who is held captive by his caretaker at Notre Dame cathedral. That is, until he escapes has his own adventures and saves the day. See for yourself how magical and unforgettable this musical truly is.

Hank Williams: Lost Highway- Gretna Theatre | June 21-24

A spectacular musical biography of the legendary singer-songwriter and innovator of American music. The play follows Hand William’s rise from his beginnings to his triumphs at the Grand Ole Opry, to his eventual self-destruction. Throughout the show you are treated to favorites like I’m so Lonesome I Could Cry, Move It on Over, and Hey, Good Lookin’. If you are country music fan, this is the show for you.

The Wizard of Oz– Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre | June 21- August 4

Lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my! See it all at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre this summer. From the yellow brick road to the Emerald City you can follow Dorothy, Toto, and their new friends on their magnificent adventures in Oz to learn there is no place like home. This 1939 classic is one of the greatest family musicals of all time, don’t miss the chance to travel Over the Rainbow.

Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike- Gretna Theatre | June 28- July 1

A 2013 Tony award winner for Best Play, this show is set in Bucks County, Pa. Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia live a quiet life in the farmhouse where they grew up. Their peace is disturbed when their movie star sister Masha returns with her twenty-something boyfriend. This hilarious story will have you laughing from beginning to end.

She Loves Me- Gretna Theatre | July 12-21

Amalia and Georg are co-workers, who don’t see eye to eye and constantly bump heads on the job. Little do they know the anonymous pen pals they have both been falling for happen to be each other! With a moving score, join Amalia and Georg to discover the identity of their true loves. Nominated for Best Revival of a Musical Tony Award in 2016, She Loves Me features songs like Tonight At Eight and the favorite Vanilla Ice Cream.

West Side Story- Ephrata Performing Arts Center | July 19- August 4

West Side Story is an epic fan-favorite musical following the story of two rival gangs, the Jets and the Sharks as they face more than turf wars in 1950s New York. Based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, a forbidden romance buds between a boy and girl from different gangs. The groups must confront and overcome their racial tensions. This show will keep the you on the edge of your seat with intense choreographed fight scenes and have you singing into the night.

The 39 Steps- Gretna Theatre | August 2-5

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python, and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This two-time Tony Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters, an onstage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance!

Swing! – Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre | August 9 – September 15

Jump and jive with over 30 fabulous songs from the Big Band Era of the 1930s and 40s and the dances that went with went with them. Classics such as It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Cry Me a River, and many more will be performed. Whether you are nostalgic about the past or new to swing, you’re sure to be swaying in your seat. This is the show for you if you love to watch Dancing  with the Stars.

Love, Lies and the Lottery– Rainbow Comedy Playhouse | August 18- October 27

Picture this, one winning lottery ticket, five people who think they own it, and one of the tickets has gone missing! Or has it… when there is $510 million dollars at stake sometimes the people you love may tell lies. Help the cast figure out who is the rightful winner of the money.

An Evening with Groucho- Gretna Theatre | August 23-26

Award-winning actor/director/playwright Frank Ferrante recreates his PBS, New York and London acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx in this fast paced 90 minutes of hilarity. An Evening With Groucho consists of the best one-liners, anecdotes and songs including “Hooray For Captain Spalding,” and “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady.”  The audience literally becomes part of the show as Ferrante ad-libs his way throughout the performance in grand Groucho style.

For specific show dates, times, ticket information, and additional performances, be sure to visit each theatre’s website. You can also sign up for our e-news to stay in the know on what’s happening when around Lancaster County.

Top Five Things to do in Lancaster, PA for First Time Visitors

If this is your first visit to Lancaster, PA – we welcome you with open arms and warm Pennsylvania-Dutch hospitality. If you are eager to learn what all the fuss is about, we have compiled a list of five great things to do while you are in town. These activities are “classic” Lancaster at their core. They help to make up what Lancaster is all about and have led to the development of so many of the wonderful experiences and traditions around the County.

  1. Visit Amish Country

When we say “Lancaster” you say “Amish.” These two often go hand in hand, being that Lancaster, PA is home to one of the largest Amish populations in the United States. Our county is known for its rolling hills, beautiful farmland, and relaxing way of life. Try taking a buggy ride with Aaron and Jessica’s Buggy Rides or Ed’s Buggy Rides to have a truly authentic experience on the back roads. If you prefer to move at a faster pace, opt for a scooter ride through the countryside with Strasburg Scooters. Attractions like the Amish Farm & House, the Amish Village, and The Amish Experience are also great places to learn about the plain lifestyle. You can see first-hand what an Amish home or one-room schoolhouse looks like plus learn traditions and customs of this unique culture.

  1. Stop by Lancaster’s Central Market

Located in our beautiful and bustling downtown, Lancaster Central Market is the country’s oldest continually operating farmers’ market. Open on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, this market is the perfect place to see the combination of diverse cultures and cuisines that make up Lancaster County. Be sure to pick up some locally-grown produce, freshly-baked goods, meats, or cheeses to take home with you. If visit doesn’t coincide with Market days, don’t worry, there are plenty of other farmers’ markets around the County which you can visit.

  1. Try some traditional PA Dutch food

Traditional PA Dutch food is truly a treat. Prepared from scratch with simple, hearty, ingredients, you can taste the love in every bite. From chicken pot pie, to pork and sauerkraut, or shoofly pie to whoopie pies you are sure to find something to indulge in while you are here. Our many PA Dutch restaurants like Miller’s, Good ‘N Plenty, or Shady Maple, offer all the traditional dishes for you to sample and enjoy. Not sure what you will like? Check out some of our recommendations and explanations here.

  1. Shop for antiques and hand-crafted goods

Here in Lancaster we like to make things by hand, the old fashioned way. We value quality, crafted goods that are passed on to generations and hidden gems scoured from our many antique stores. Each item has a story, and more than likely someone around to tell you about it. If you are looking for the perfect piece to add to your home be sure to head out to Adamstown to check out the many antique malls, markets, and auctions.  Downtown Lancaster also offers a number of artisans and galleries for you to explore on Gallery Row.

  1. See a show

Lancaster is home to a number of theatres with performances ranging from musical, to dramatic, to comedy, or even spiritual. While in town you can visit the largest faith-based theatre in the United States, Sight & Sound Theatres®or catch a broadway caliber musical at the oldest working theatre in the United States, The Fulton Theatre.

If this isn’t enough to keep you busy while you are in town, there is plenty more to do! Stop by our Visitors Center for more ideas and recommendations. We are positive that you will want to come back again to do some more exploring, when you do we will be ready with more suggestions. If you want to learn more of what all there is to do in Lancaster, check out our Getaway Guide (order here) or sign up for our e-newsletter to stay in the know.

20 Things to do in Lancaster in February

From Valentine’s Day to Black History Month and even Fasnacht Day, there’s plenty to do in Lancaster this February for both locals and visitors alike. Turn up the romance with a date night at one of our theatres or special events, or skip the chilly weather and spend some time being active with one of our many indoor adventures. With events for the whole family, this is your guide to some of the best happenings in town.

Enjoy the Arts & Culture

Masters of Illusion: Believe the Impossible with the largest magical touring show in the world. Witness grand illusions, levitating women, appearances and vanishes, escapes, comedy magic, and slight-of-hand, all LIVE, and amazing.

Bernstein Meets Rachmaninoff – Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story will get your fingers snapping and toes tapping as you relive the music of this romantic musical drama.

Peter Kenote and The Trust Collective – Join New York Philharmonic violist, Peter Kenote, and The Trust Collective as they present favorite selections from Baroque to Broadway.

Don’t miss out on our amazing shows in February:

The Mousetrap – A riveting whodunit that will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish!

Cash – Ring of Fire – From the opening chords of vintage country to rockabilly, rock ‘n roll, searing ballads, and gentle songs of love and deep faith, you’re sure to love this classic.

Death at the Garage Sale – It’s hard to imagine that an older couple could get in trouble organizing their ‘downsizing’ garage sale, but find out how at this hilarious comedy.

First Date – imagine you’re on a blind date with your opinionated best friend, your therapist and a bevy of broken-hearted exes show up. Throw in a soundtrack to rival the Top 40 and you’ve got First Date, a non-stop laughter-inducing Broadway musical.

Celebrate Black History Month
Enjoy the smooth voice of jazz vocalist and composer Milton Suggs – dubbed “Chicago’s next rising star.” Suggs’ approach to music is a reflection of the many great voices in Black music and culture from the past century and beyond. On February 3, enjoy his lush baritone on original compositions, vocalese tunes and time-honored standards.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day
Throughout the month, visitors to the AACA Museum can enjoy Chocolate Covered February and participate in a Hershey’s Kisses Scavenger Hunt throughout the Museum – how many Hershey’s Kisses can you find?

The Ultimate Date Night with Jay & Laura Laffoon – The Ultimate Date Night is an evening of non-stop music, comedy, and laughter!

Book a B&B with a loved one! Curl up by the fire with a loved one, cozy up in a blanket, and read a good book, enjoy slow and simple conversations, or just listen to the silence. Book one of these great Bed & Breakfasts to rent this winter in Lancaster.

For more winter date night ideas, click here.

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Spend some time indoors
The weather is frigid- what’s there to do to burn off some pent-up energy? Plenty! Not only does Lancaster have beautiful outdoor resources for hiking, biking, and exploring, we also have loads of indoor adventures as well. Come check out some of the locations below to start off the new year with active, healthy activities that will keep you busy all day long.

 

Which Lancaster Christmas Show Should You See?

‘Tis the season for holiday cheer – and what better way to get in the spirit than with a Christmas show. Theaters across Lancaster are decking the halls and bringing inspirational, toe-tapping holiday hits to the stage.

Take our quiz and find out which show you should see this season:

1] First things first – what comes to mind when you think about the holidays?
A. Christmas Carols
B. The perfect gift
C. The birth of Jesus
D. Snow

2] Which Christmas tune fills you with joy?
A. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
B. Jingle Bells
C. Silent Night
D. White Christmas

3] If you could pick a winter getaway, where would you go?
A. New York City – Radio City, lots of holiday shopping & a stay at a luxury hotel
B. Cross-Country Road Trip – Making memories & seeing relatives
C. Disney World – Spending time as a family for wholesome fun
D. A Ski-Resort in the Mountains – Skiing, hot chocolate & relaxing by the fire

4] Which Christmas movie could you watch over and over again?
A. Elf
B. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
C. The Nativity Story
D. It’s a Wonderful Life

5] The first snow is falling. How do you spend your day?
A. Baking cookies while listening to holiday tunes
B. Having a snowball fight
C. Sledding and warming up with hot cocoa
D. Sitting by the fire with a good book

6] Christmas dinner is served! What do you fill your plate with?
A. Decadent desserts
B. Traditional turkey
C. Savory stuffing
D. Classic mashed potatoes & gravy

7] What’s your favorite holiday tradition?
A. Black Friday shopping for great gifts and deals
B. Visiting with Santa
C. Going to church with my family
D. Christmas caroling

 

The Results:

Mostly A’s:
Home for the Holidays at American Music Theatre
Broadway-caliber song and dance will have your toes tapping as you get in the holiday spirit. American Music Theatre’s annual Christmas Show features dazzling sets and costumes, and a sprightly live band.

 

Mostly B’s:
A Christmas Story at Fulton Theatre
For those looking for laughs (and a little bit of family chaos) this holiday season, the Fulton has the show for you. A Christmas Story has been brought from the movie screen to the stage for laughs and holiday antics.

 

Mostly C’s:
Miracle of Christmas at Sight & Sound Theatres
Celebrate the season with the story that captures the true meaning of Christmas. Sight & Sound’s Miracle of the Christmas captures the magic of the season, and is great for adults and children alike.

 

Mostly D’s:
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
You’ll love this classic tale that brings the songs of Irving Berlin to life. Dutch Apple is pairing this traditional tale with an all-American menu for dinner and a show to get you in the holiday spirit.

No matter the results, we’re sure you’ll love the festive Christmas shows performed at theatres around Lancaster. For a full list, visit our Holiday Shows & Performances page.

Gretna Theatre

Are you a movie or theater lover, but can’t stand the idea of spending a beautiful evening inside? The Gretna Theatre is the perfect spot for you! Located in Mt. Gretna near the lake this outdoor theater puts on spectacular summer productions. The Chautauqua playhouse has continuously operating since 1892, bringing Broadway to our own backyard since 1927. Mt. Gretna was originally established as an arts/resort community. It is now a mix of residential and vacation-rental homes, but the Chautauqua playhouse still draws a crowd in June and July.

Currently running is the popular Tony Award winning show, Man of La Mancha which is based on the novel Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes. Set during the Spanish Inquisition, it begins as famous author, actor, and poet Miguel De Cervantes is thrown in prison. He must convince his fellow inmates not to burn his beloved manuscript by convincing them of its worth before he himself must face a similar trail for his own life. He enlists their help to put on his production, making it a play within a play. The casting of characters is wonderfully done, and the singing and choreography of the show are Broadway caliber. Entertaining the audience as they follow the multiple storylines.

The show runs through July 22 as both matinee and evening productions. But don’t worry if you cannot make it, there are several other productions happening this summer as well. The summer performance schedules can be found here as well as information on other events and educational programs.

Rainy day things to do in Lancaster County

Whether you come in the bright sunshine or come to a rainy Lancaster County, we’ve got tons of great things to do! Rain is a good thing for Lancaster, as it helps us to provide the freshest produce and ripest, juiciest fruit at our numerous farm markets and roadside stands.

So, if you find yourself here in Lancaster, looking for something to do on a rainy day, here are some suggestions for you:

Learn about the Amish
Lancaster County has a number of Amish homesteads, tours, and farms, where you can learn about the lifestyle of the modern Amish, see a farmhouse, and travel the backroads and country lanes where the Amish live. You can also take a buggy ride if it’s not raining too hard – you’ll be covered by the buggy, and you can experience riding through farmland the way the Amish do!

– Amish Farm and House
– Aaron & Jessica’s Buggy Rides
– Amish Village Backroads Bus Tour
– Old Order Amish Tours
– The Amish Experience

All aboard
Head to Strasburg to learn everything you can about locomotives! From elaborate model train displays and historic exhibits to a ride on a historic railway, Strasburg’s attractions will all paint a picture of the colorful past of Pennsylvania’s railroad industry.

– The Choo Choo Barn
– Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
– National Toy Train Museum
– Strasburg Rail Road

Watch it being made, or make it yourself
Want to see how things are made in Lancaster? A rainy day is the perfect time to head indoors to see things being created from start to finish, and even create some things yourself! Twist your own pretzel at America’s oldest commercial pretzel bakery or create your own ice cream flavor in the Turkey Hill Taste Lab. For an adults-only trip, take a peek into the distilling or beer brewing process, and enjoy the delicious end product.

– Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery
– Turkey Hill Experience
– Kitchen Kettle Village
– Thistle Finch Distillery & Wacker Brewing Company
– Lancaster Brewing Company

A museum for every interest
I know what you’re thinking – I don’t want to spend a whole day in museums. You’ve obviously never been to our museums on a rainy day in Lancaster! For little ones, we have museums boasting hands-on learning, and where imaginations can soar. Lancaster is also home to tons of art museums, galleries, and specialty museums, exhibiting everything from clocks to cars.

– Lancaster Science Factory
– North Museum of Nature and Science
– Hands-on House, Children’s Museum
– National Watch and Clock Museum
– Demuth Museum
– AACA Museum

Catch a show
What better to do on a rainy evening than head to the theatre! Stages across the county are coming to life with broadway-caliber shows, concerts, stories from the bible, and so much more.  So pick a theatre, and prepare to be swept away!

– Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre
– Rainbow’s Comedy Playhouse
– Fulton Theatre
– Sight & Sound Theatre
– American Music Theatre

Shopping til you drop
We’ve got tons of shopping opportunities, from antiques to artisans, farmer’s markets to furniture, and local shops to sweets & treats, as well as great outlet shopping. You’ll be sure to find whatever it is you’re looking for, or even things you’re not looking for, as souvenirs to remember your trip to Lancaster County.

– Tanger Outlets
– Ten Thousand Villages
– Antiques Capital
– Lancaster Central Market
– Green Dragon Farmers Market
– Zum Anker Alley Gallery

Bounce, Climb, Race
For the active visitor, Lancaster is home to many indoor attractions where you can get your extra energy out. Laser tag, jumping on trampolines, and rock climbing will get your heart rate up, and keep the kids entertained for hours!

– Spooky Nook Sports
– Sky Zone Trampoline Park
– Go ‘N Bananas
– Laserdome
– Rocky Springs Entertainment Center

There are tons of other things to do on a rainy day, so just check out our website for a complete list. Don’t let a little rain keep you in your hotel!

The Bible Comes to Life!

On a hill near Strasburg, PA sits a beautiful theater, specializing in bringing stories from the Bible to life. Sight & Sound Theatres® brings tales from scripture to the stage with vivid costumes, captivating musical numbers, live animals, and sets and production that will take your breath away.

This year, Sight & Sound Theatres® presents Jonah, a whale of a tale (pun intended) featuring the prophet Jonah, his run from God, and consequences of his actions.

My family, including my theater-loving four year old, got the opportunity to see the show for ourselves. Upon arriving at the theater, my daughter was amazed at the beauty and size of the facade, lobby, and stage, as we made our way to our seats. The stage is epic, wrapping around the room, providing additional space for action to happen.

We settled in to our seats and prepared for a magnificent 2 hours and 30 minutes. I won’t dive too deep into the story itself, but I will say, the performance was spectacular! The effects, especially the scenes underwater and at the dock at Joppa took our breath away, and had my daughter on the edge of her seat.

The show is best experienced for yourself. For tickets, be sure to visit Sight & Sound’s website here.

Exciting news for 2018 – Sight & Sound Theatres® will debut their newest show – Jesus.  If you can’t make it to Jonah this year, be sure to put Jesus on your list for 2018!

* Photo and videos courtesy of Sight & Sound Theatres®

Ten Things to Do in November in Lancaster

November embraces fall fun in Lancaster, but also marks to beginning of the holiday celebration. Whether you’re ready to get into the holiday spirit or are still holding on to the excitement of fall, there are plenty of events for you this month in Lancaster!

Gifts Galore:

Start your holiday shopping or find the perfect memento of your visit.

If pottery is what you please, Eldreth Pottery’s 29th Annual Christmas Open House, November 11 through 13, is the event for you. Featuring a great selection of handmade pottery and unique items, this is a wonderful opportunity to find gifts for loved ones or even an addition to your own home décor.

The Artisan Fair at Spooky Nook Sports builds on the tradition of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsman, and features crafts and fine art from 80 local and national fine artists and craftspeople. November 12 and 13, the artists gather under one roof to display functional pottery, handmade jewelry, designer clothing, glass art, and more!

For one-of-a-kind Christmas items from local artists and craftspeople, be sure to visit Landis Valley Museum Store’s Holiday Open House on November 19 and 20. Browse items including Belsnickels, ornaments, Pennsylvania German paper stars, books, and more! Visitors can also learn how to make paper stars or punch a tin ornament.

Give Thanks:

Before sitting down to a delicious and filling Thanksgiving meal, take a spin around the county on a scooter or scoot coupe with Strasburg Scooters. Their Thanksgiving Day Tour takes place at 9:00 AM, and is a great way to experience the country side before a hearty family supper.

Celebrate Thanksgiving with family over a delicious meal in Lititz. At the General Sutter Inn, guests can enjoy either the Thanksgiving Buffet or Ala Carte menu featuring turkey, beef and seafood in Inn’s elegant dining room. Call ahead to guarantee your place at the table.

Enjoy a comforting meal with family without the hassle and dirty dishes. Lancaster DoubleTree’s Thanksgiving Feast features carved beef and ham, turkey, seafood, traditional sides, and scrumptious desserts. Reservations are required, so be sure to call ahead!

A Dash of Holiday Spirit:

The holiday season is right around the corner, and many theaters begin their winter-themed shows this month. From musicals to heartwarming holiday cheer, you’re sure to leave the theater humming a tune and ready for snow.

American Music Theatre presents The 2016 Christmas Show: Winter Wonderland, November 7 through December 31, for a feel-good holiday event that celebrates music, magic, and the meaning of Christmas.

A hilarious look at family tradition, holiday expectations, and the real meaning of Christmas, Our Christmas Dinner shines on the Bird-in-Hand Stage from November 11 to December 31.

Holly Jolly Christmas lights up the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre stage, November 17 through December 31, featuring dancing, holiday favorites, and a visit from the big guy in red!

Rainbow’s Comedy Playhouse presents Green Holly & Gray Potatoes, a Christmas comedy filled with family antics, now through December 28.

So whether you’re enjoying the final moments and events of fall or getting in the holiday spirit, there’s plenty to do in Lancaster. For a complete list of events, visit our complete online events calendar.

Take a Step Back in Time this Holiday Season

Terry w Triunial jpegI am addicted to technology, especially my phone – I will never go anywhere without it. This weekend, I took a step back to a time where there were no phones, televisions or even cars. The Magic Lantern Show, run by the Amish Experience, at Plain and Fancy Farm, let me escape from modern times and enjoy entertainment of the past.

Contrary to the name, a magic lantern is not what you would expect. This lantern is a brass lantern with three lenses to project hand painted illustrations on a projection screen. The magic lantern was developed in the 1850’s and was a precursor to movies. When first developed, the lantern used a candle to project and later, kerosene light.

The theatre is completely transformed to feel as though you are sitting in a barn. Before the show began, the showman, who was the host and storyteller, made sure the entire audience was in the Christmas spirit with a game of Christmas trivia. After we were in the holiday spirit, our showman began the show which consisted of classic Christmas stories, such as a Christmas Carol. My favorite part was the new Christmas stories, including a story about a giant snowball causing havoc on a town! All of the stories were narrated by the showman and accompanied by handmade illustrations and music.

The show lasted approximately an hour. During that time, I completely forgot about my phone and became immersed in a time less complicated. After the show I went to the local town, Bird-in-Hand, for homemade Amish foods and handcrafted goods. This show was a great way to experience a different form of entertainment and get into the Christmas spirit. The magic lantern show will definitely be a new holiday tradition!

Get in the holiday spirit with American Music Theatre

The first time I visited American Music Theatre (AMT), it was love at first sight. I was so impressed with the gorgeous lobby, the elegant bathrooms (yes, the bathrooms are really elegant), and the staff in tuxedos, I told myself I had to work there. Five months later, I was fortunate enough to land a position as a member of their management team.

I had the privilege of working at this world-class theater for over two years, during which time I discovered AMT is much more than just a “pretty face.” In addition to the beauty and comfort of this state-of-the-art, 1600-seat theater, the shows they produce are of unparalleled quality. Besides hosting celebrity concerts such as Frankie Valli, Vince Gill, Foreigner, and more, they also write, choreograph and produce their own Original Shows, the most popular of which is the annual Christmas Show.

The 2013 show theme was “The First Noel.” While every year the show has a different storyline, they all have several things in common: top-calibre vocalists and musicians, talented dancers, and beautiful set designs and costumes. The show features both secular and sacred music, and is ideal for guests of all ages, from families with young children to seniors.

This year’s show did not disappoint and had the perfect blend of singing, dancing, and light-hearted moments. The vocals were fantastic, as was the AMT Orchestra. The set resembled a perfect family fireside, and everything from the lobby to the theater was decked out in lively red & green seasonal decor.

AMT’s annual Christmas Show rivals any holiday show you’ll find in a major market. They hire outstanding talent from all of the country (sometimes all over the world), and the scenery, lighting and costumes are some of the best I’ve ever seen.

Attending this production is a wonderful way to get into the holiday spirit and spend a quality afternoon or evening with your family or significant other. There are so many restaurants nearby that it’s easy to make a night of it and eat out before you attend. But just in case you don’t have time, AMT does have a fully-stocked snack bar (as well as a gift shop with a wide variety of merchandise for last-minute holiday shopping).

Visit www.amtshows.com for more information on upcoming shows.

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