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Top Things to Do in Lancaster this January

It’s always good to try something new, and embrace new challenges each year. It helps us to continue to grow and learn new skills. To ring in the new year, why not learn some new things, try some activities you haven’t done before, or perhaps, take your family to try an experience you did as a child. There are so many things to do in Lancaster this winter, you’ll fill up every weekend. Below we have complied a list of are our top things to try in January.

Take on an Indoor Adventure
We have put together a list of some awesome indoor adventures you can partake in. Stay nice and warm while you tackle new challenges.

Go Snow Tubing
If you are a snow-bunny at heart, one of the most popular winter attractions in Central PA is AvalancheXpress Snow Tubing. Bundle up and beat your family’s cabin fever by heading over to the hills for some great outdoor fun.

Take in a New Cultural Experience
Think you aren’t cut out for arts and culture? Lancaster offers a number of high caliber theatre performance from Broadway-quality musicals, comedies, dramas, orchestra performances, and nationally renowned musicians. You can certainly find a show you will enjoy. Check out the schedules at the American Music Theatre, The Fulton Theatre, The Ware Center, and The Trust Performing Arts Center to see what fits your calendar. You may find you love the symphony after all, if you give it a try!

Embrace Your Inner Artist
Everyone can be an artist, some just need some coaxing to let their creativity flow. Head to Zole Art Factory to paint pottery or canvas and get your inner Van Gough on. Group classes for children and adults are also offered. Where professional instructors guide you through easy step-by-step instructions to create your personal masterpiece.

Savor Seasonal Flavors
Many of the restaurants in Lancaster change their food and drink menus seasonally to feature local ingredients that are currently being harvested. You might wonder, what can be harvested in January – actually a lot! Root vegetables such as beets, potatoes, and carrots are all in season and make for delicious, hearty dishes to share.

Test Your Baking Skills
Learn how to twist and bake your own pretzels at the first commercial pretzel bakery in America. At Julius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, you can get a hands-on lesson in pretzel twisting and learn the history of pretzel baking in the United States.

Experience Something First Hand
Lancaster has a number of great places for children to learn in a truly hands-on, interactive way. Depending on your child’s age and interest, try heading to Tiny Town, The Lancaster Science Factory, or The North Museum of Nature and Science for a day full of learning and fun.

Try a New Look
New year, new you! Spend the day shopping at Tanger and Rockvale Outlets to add some new pieces to your closet and shake up your wardrobe.

Discover a New Perspective
It’s always important to learn about new cultures that are different from our own. Whether you are a “from here” or a “come here” there is a lot we can all learn from and about the Amish community. Try one of our many Amish and Farmland tours that are available around Lancaster County to learn about a new way of life

Snow Tubing: Not Just For Kids (But They’ll Love It Too)

I didn’t have snow pants. I didn’t have gloves. But that didn’t stop me from reveling in my first snow tubing experience at AvalancheXpress. And I’d do it again in a heartbeat. Here’s what you need to know:

Hot chocolate bar. First things first—there is a hot chocolate bar where you can add your own toppings including sprinkles, whipped cream, smashed up M&Ms and Oreos, and (most importantly) AS MANY MINI MARSHMALLOWS AS YOUR HEART DESIRES.

Racing is a thing. There are 8 lanes at the top of the hill. You can pick a hill next to your friend, launch at the same time, and race to the bottom. If you’re tubing with your lover (also a thing), you can pick a wide lane and hold onto each others tube as you speed to the bottom. If this can’t save a relationship I don’t know what can.

Tow rope-lines. The worst thing about sledding growing up was walking back up the hill. The struggle is real. Not at AvalancheXpress, however. There are two powered rope-lines that will pull you (in tube!) back up to the top of the hill. Of course, fitness buffs can choose to walk up if they choose; it’s a good way to wear your kids out. But being pulled up backwards feels almost like a fun ride in and of itself.

To get to the bathrooms you have to pass right by the hotel bar. Self explanatory, yes?

FIRE. At the bottom of the hill (protected by nets and bumpers for those exuberant tubers) are four fire pits, complete with chairs. It’s the perfect spot to stop between downhill trips to warm your hands and thaw your face. And if tubing isn’t your thing, it’s the perfect place to watch the fun.

Night tubing. Did I mention I did all of this at night? AvalancheXpress does night tubing from 8-10 PM (weekdays & Sundays) and 9-10 PM (Fridays & Saturdays). It’s so worth it. I only had to stand in line once, with about 5 people in front of me. There were very few children. Plus, hurtling through the darkness?? Nearly indescribable.

Make no mistake, this hill is BIG. It was intimidating at first, then immediately addictive. I couldn’t stop laughing each time I flew down, and by the end of the night, I wasn’t sure if my face hurt from the cold or from smiling.

About the author: Erin moved to Lancaster from upstate New York. She enjoys exploring Lancaster’s flourishing arts and literary scenes. Learn more about Erin at erindorney.com or follower her on Twitter at @edorney.

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