One thing I LOVE about the area in which we live is the fact that there is NEVER a lack of things to do. This is true especially around the holidays. Since we moved into the area 7 years ago, we have found our fair share of family Christmas activities that we seem to go back to every year. There are so many wonderful options. Some years we change these things up a bit and some years we keep tradition the same. Either way I will say, our calendar is chock full of activities during the Christmas season.
Here are our 5 favorite holiday themed things to do in Berks and Lancaster County!
A new theme overcomes this family run greenhouse every year. Situated in the heart of the Oley Valley, it is surrounded by beautiful scenery and a million simple things to do and places to go to. Last year we walked through the show and were overcome by the sights of NYC at Christmas time. I can only imagine that this year’s Circus theme will blow us away. The hand painted murals that are worked on all.year.long, the wreath decorating contest, and the homemade hotdog relish are all things that just add to the ambiance. It is an amazing show with over 10,000 poinsettias involved and additional ones to purchase at the end! Oh…and…they have MINI poinsettias! You heard it first here:) Get there!!! The poinsettia show runs from Dec. 6-9th this year excluding Sunday the 8th. A free event, Dave Glick considers it a gift to the community. It is one awesome gift!
Here is a great article on this huge production!
This year The Amish Village up in Strasburg, PA is doing something a bit different. Along with a tour of an 1840 Amish Farmhouse will be an inside look at the holiday traditions of the Amish. Why do the Amish give Christmas handshakes instead of hugs? Find out about this and many more of their customs. Seasonal decorations will be displayed and favorite treats such as pretzels and hot cider will be served. After the tour, browse around at some of the traditional Christmas gifts given and have a chance to purchase some for your loved ones. And you can even take the 90 minute Backroads Bus Tour to see a little more of how the Amish do it off the beaten path!
The thing I love about all of this is the values we can teach our children by introducing them to the ways of another religion while looking at how some do things a bit more simply…
Holiday Tradition Tours run throughout the rest of November and all of December Mon-Sat 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
While you are up in the area, make sure to book your ride on the railroad. Santa will jump on board and travel with your family on the ride. Each child under 11 will even receive a special gift as well. But let’s be real, seeing the magic that Santa creates is gift enough for all of the big kids, especially the adults! This is a ride that we have yet to take but will be this year. H is the perfect age for a train ride and all three of the kiddos will be so surprised to see the special guest! It will be made a memorable trip with storybook readings, music, and more!
One of our favorite “hidden gems” in the area is this beautiful display of lights, Koziar’s. Located in Bernville, PA, it is an outdoor walk through light display with so much more. There are decorations, a train display, glass buildings, toy workshops, and even a respite from the cold with hot chocolate and other treats! My kids have fond memories of this attraction! Open every night after Thanksgiving through Jan. 1st .
For a more traditional yet spectacular light show, head on up to Hershey Park in Hershey, PA. Drive through this winter wonderland with your car radio tuned in to a special station playing festive music! I can’t wait for it this year as H is old enough to be completely memorized! While your there, take a tour of the chocolate factory too!
What are your favorite places to visit around the holidays in the area?