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Attractions

Holly"wood Christmas Movieland Museum - See hundreds of authentic Hollywood props, costumes and production stills used in your favorite Christmas movies! Hundreds of new toys from the 50s, 60s, and 70s have been added for 2009.

Aaron & Jessica's Buggy Rides - owned by a family with a Mennonite and Brethren background; tour takes you through a real, non-commercial Amish farm.

Amazing Maize Maze - corn maze and family entertainment, named one of "25 Cool Things to do this Summer" by Sports Illustrated for Kids

Amish Experience at Plain & Fancy Farm
 - In the heart of the oldest Amish settlement in the world, between Bird-in-Hand and Intercourse, is the Amish Experience, the county's oldest, largest, and most complete interpretive and touring center


Amish Farm & House - come and discover the Amish lifestyle at the oldest, most authentic and most exciting Amish home open to the public in Lancaster County.

Bible History Exhibits - A local attraction that exhibits The Old Testament, The New Testament and Medieval Manuscripts and Bibles.

Byer's Choice - Begun as a family project to hand-produce fine quality holiday decorations that showed respect for timeless traditions, Byer's Choice carolers have become instantly recognizable to folks around the world. 180 artisans still craft each caroler and kindle by hand. Watch artists handcrafting your favorite figurines from the observation deck, or shop in the Gift Emporium which offers the widest variety of Byers' Choice products anywhere.

Cherry Crest Farm's Amazing Maize - Located in the heart of PA Dutch Country, Cherry-Crest Farm is a unique place where fun, family, and farming come together. Our feature attraction is a HUGE, mind-bending maze designed in a corn field of five acres!

Choo-Choo Barn - A 1,700 square foot display with 150 animated figures and vehicles and 22 operating trains. The Strasburg Train Shop, Railroad Books & Videos, and Thomas' Trackside Station provide ample shopping for the train enthusiast.

Christkindl Market, Bethlehem, PA - Modeled after the open-air markets held throughout Germany during the Christmas Season, Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem is a holiday event for the whole family featuring 75 artisans from across the country, live holiday music, food, children's rides and activities and jolly, old St. Nicholas.

Christmas Peace Pilgrimage, Bethlehem, PA - Symbolic of the journey of Mary and Joseph, this is a 10-mile trek from Nazareth to Bethlehem, PA .Walk with your family and friends and make new friends with others who seek a more peaceful world.

Dutch Wonderland Amusement Park - one of the top five best kid's parks in the world by Amusement Today. More than 30 rides on 17 acres, including Duke's Lagoon water park.

Hershey Park - Rated the #1 Amusement Park in the Northeast by FamilyFun Magazine, HERSHEYPARK is home to over 60 rides and attractions, including 10 thrilling roller coasters, 6 drenching water rides, and over two dozen kiddie rides. Live entertainment daily, games, food, and shopping.

James Buchanan's Wheatland - Home of Pennsylvania's only United States President. Explore the important story of his presidency, the fractious political issues of the times, and his life at Wheatland.

Kitchen Kettle Village - Started as a family jelly making business in 1954, Kitchen Kettle Village has grown into 32 country shops, restaurants and lodging. Watch us "put up" our 70 some varieties of jams, jellies and relishes, then have a taste and a cup of coffee.

Koziar's Christmas Village - A modern marvel of our times is the only way to describe Christmas Village. The magnificent spectacle attracts thousands of tourists each year who come to view the more than one-half million Christmas lights adorning buildings, gift barns, and landscape.

Landis Valley Museum - Landis Valley Museum is a nationally significant living history museum that collects, conserves, exhibits, and interprets Pennsylvania German material, culture, history and heritage from 1740 through 1940.

Longwood Gardens - The world's premier horticultural display garden offers 1,050 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows; 20 outdoor gardens; 20 indoor gardens within 4 acres of heated greenhouses; spectacular fountains; extensive educational programs and 800 horticultural and performing arts events each year.

National Toy Train Museum - A World-Class Collection of Toy Trains for Kids of All Ages.

National Watch & Clock Museum - Founded in 1943, The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc. (NAWCC) is a nonprofit scientific organization that serves as a unique educational, cultural, and social resource for its membership and the public at large.

NorthLandz Great American Railway, Doll Museum and Art Gallery - Great American Railway, Doll Museum and Art Gallery

Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire - Named one of the Top 100 Events In America by the American Bus Association, the Faire, with a cast of 100's of colorfully costumed merriemakers, is a rollicking recreation of a 16th Century country festival celebrating a visit by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth I, "God Save The Queen!" Open weekends from August through October.

People's Place Quilt Museum - Featuring exhibits of antique Amish and Mennonite quilts (usually pre-1940) and other decorative arts. Recommended by The New York Times and many others. Your hosts are Phyllis Pellman Good and Merle Good, curators and directors.

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania - The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania houses one of the most significant collections of historic railroad artifacts in the world. It is devoted to preserving and interpreting the broad impact of railroad development on society.

Strasburg Railroad - All aboard America's oldest short-line railroad, where you'll ride authentically restored passenger cars pulled by a huge, coal-burning steam locomotive. See our Amish neighbors up close as they work and play on nearby farms.
 
Turkey Hill Experience - Come learn how our ice cream is made, sit in our milk truck, brainstorm your own ice cream flavor, milk a mechanical cow and learn about the people and culture of Turkey Hill. Discovery and delight abound for the whole family. And of course, there are free samples of Turkey Hill ice cream and iced tea!

Village Greens Miniature Golf Course - The Village Greens combines the challenge of golf with the natural beauty of lush gardens to create a unique recreation experience for all generations to enjoy together! Two courses cover over 13 acres of beautiful countryside.

Dining

Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant - Good food has been a tradition with the Smucker family since our great-grandparents first moved to Bird-in-Hand at the turn of the century. We invite you to enjoy our fresh foods and traditional Lancaster County recipes perfected by our family over the past 35 years.

Family Cupboard Restaurant - Featuring a wide variety of traditional Pennsylvania Dutch dishes prepared by local cooks (often Amish or Conservative Mennonite) as well as a bakery and gift shop, The Family Cupboard is a great place to take your family or tour group for menu, buffet or banquet dining.

Good'n Plenty Restaurant - Delicious, authentic Pennsylvania Dutch cooking is yours to enjoy at Good 'N Plenty Restaurant. Our remodeled two-story Dutch Farmhouse provides the perfect setting for a unique dining experience.

Hershey Farm Restaurant - With our local home grown fruit and vegetables supplying the restaurant with fresh seasonal produce, you can begin to envision why others come to "taste the difference" at Hershey Farm. We offer a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner smorgasbord. We also offer our Hershey Farm Favorites menu for lunch and dinner.

Historic Revere Tavern - Our historic tavern, built in 1740, houses four warm and distinctive dining rooms, with 7 working fireplaces throughout. Come enjoy our fantastic food, our relaxing atmosphere, and the very best Lancaster County, PA has to offer!

Intercourse Village Restaurant - Come on in, sit a spell, and take in a little of the local flavor. We greet locals by name, while our neighboring Amish daughters serve you; our restaurant is a gathering place for daily breakfast, lunch, or supper.

Miller's Smorgasbord - Choose mouth-watering American favorites like top sirloin, chilled shrimp, fried chicken, carved turkey and ham. Miller's also features its own brand of distinctive Lancaster County Heritage dishes and bakery-fresh, signature desserts.

Nottingham Inn - A charming country inn and restaurant nestled among beautiful Amish Pennsylvania Dutch farms of Southern Chester County, PA ... yet convenient to everything.

Plain and Fancy Farm Restaurant - Join in our forty-six year tradition of pass-the-platter dining -- full course dinner, delicious desserts and beverages, or select from our new á la carte lunch and dinner menus.

Shady Maple Smorgasbord/Farm Market - Lancaster County's largest smorgasbord - 200 feet of deliciously authentic Pennsylvania Dutch cooking.

Willow Valley Restaurant - From award-winning smorgasbords to a menu of authentic home-style favorites, you will enjoy the best of what Lancaster County has to offer. Visit your choice of the Family Restaurant, Terrace Restaurant, Palm Court Sunday Brunch (voted Lancaster's Best Sunday Brunch for the last 14 years) or the bakery and ice cream shop.

 

Theaters

American Music Theatre - A 55,000 square foot, 1,600-seat theatre with a breathtaking lobby, state-of-the-art sound and lighting for the 56-foot stage and extra wide aisles with over-sized seats to ensure the most comfortable and intimate entertainment experience in the industry. One of Lancaster's most popular destinations, welcoming millions of visitors from all over the country by staging critically acclaimed original productions and hosting some of the world's most popular celebrity performers.

Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre - now in its 20th year, consistently provides top quality productions, award-winning food and exceptional service to over 150,000 guests annually. The theatre seats 380 and is located in the heart of the Amish Country in southeastern Pennsylvania. It features a simple yet sophisticated charm you won't find in many theatres.

Fulton Opera House - The Fulton Opera House Foundation is a not-for-profit public charity that exists to produce professional regional theatre of a quality that honors, affirms and extends the Fulton's role in the history of American theatre as a National Historic Landmark, and to provide educational, artistic and cultural benefits that engender community ownership.

Rainbow Dinner Theatre - The Rainbow Dinner Theatre is an all comedy dinner theatre in Lancaster County, PA. Bring your friends and family to their dinner theatre and you'll enjoy fine dining, fine wines, and lots of laughs. 

Sight & Sound Millennium Theatre - The vision of Sight & Sound Millennium Theatre is to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ in astounding productions using dozens of professional actors in elaborate costumes, trained animals, beautiful music, special effects and 40 foot high sets.

Information

Brandywine Conference and Visitors Bureau - A wealth of information of Brandywine Valley attractions and culture.

Chester County Conference and Visitors Bureau - A wealth of information of Chester County attractions and culture.

National Christmas Center Facebook Page - Have Facebook? Become a fan of National Christmas Center to receive updates!

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce - The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry is a non-profit service organization of business and professional people who have joined together to maintain and improve the quality and vitality of Lancaster County's business environment.

PA Dutch Country Welcome Center - A wealth of information of Lancaster county attractions and culture.

Pennsylvania Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau - The perfect place to plan your Lancaster County vacation! A wonderful source of information on local attractions.

Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce and Information Center - A great place for information on activities and attractions in the Columbia, Marietta, and Wrightsville areas of the Susquehanna River Valley Region.

Visit Lancaster County, The Heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country - Here you will find an abundance of information about Lancaster County and the "places to see, and things to do" while you're visiting.

Other

Brandywine Radio.com - Your local Internet radio station, "live" from the studio in Kennett Square, Chester County, PA.

Panoramas by Mike Sabol - Image 360 is a family owned full service multimedia production business. Located in Lititz, Image 360 specializes in Digital Magazines, CD and DVD Slideshows, multimedia Business Cards, Catalogs, Trade Show Handouts and Portfolios.

Sylvan Stoltzfus Builders - Specializing in the construction of custom horse barns, indoor riding arenas, and garages. In business since 1999, our company’s roots are in the heartland of Pennsylvania where integrity and honesty still is first in everything we do.

The Golden Glow Of Christmas Past - The Golden Glow of Christmas Past derives it's name from the warm glow of antique Christmas lights. It's members are an international group of collectors of pre-1966 Christmas items. They meet yearly at their annual convention.

Santa Gathering - The Santa Gathering is a group of fellow Santa's that get together to Relax, Teach, Learn, Converse and Network with fellow Brothers of The Red Suit. This year's event will be held in September 2014, 4th through the 7th.

Lodging

Apple Bin Inn - Here in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, our Amish neighbors provide us with a daily reminder to slow down and focus on the simpler things in life. At the Apple Bin Inn, our charming rooms, delicious country breakfasts, and renowned hospitality all combine to create the ideal bed & breakfast getaway for romantic couples, families with children, and business travelers alike.

Authentic Bed and Breakfasts of Lancaster County, PA - Lancaster County, PA.....the name conjures up Amish farms scatter among rolling hills, country markets showcasing local Pennsylvania Dutch recipes and produce, unique shops, gourmet treats, and charming bed & breakfasts to welcome you on your next trip to Pennsylvania. Whatever brings you to Lancaster County, rest assured we have a bed & breakfast to suit you. We have a vast variety of friendly, unique lodging options all over Lancaster County.

Black Horse Lodge & Restaurant - Started in 1730, the Black Horse has a lot to offer. Besides beautiful lodging and a wonderful restaurant, they also offer golf packages and antiques.

Country Inn of Lancaster - Come visit - allow us to bring out The Country Inn You! Our guest rooms feature Master-Suite Beds adorned with Amish-Style quilts, many rooms with wrap-around porches with handcrafted wooden rocking chairs and unique handmade furniture. We feature an on-site full-service restaurant and pub, complimentary Wholesome Start Breakfast, 24-hr Coffee and Juice Bar, free wi-fi & HBO and Lancaster County's largest indoor/outdoor heated pool & whirlpool! Our AAA Three Diamond rating is just the beginning of the Country Inn of Lancaster experience where friendly service comes naturally as we specialize in comfort, cleanliness and country charm. Just minutes from National Christmas Center.

Courtyard by Marriot® - Lancaster, Pa - The Courtyard by Marriott® - a full-service hotel that caters to both business and leisure travelers! Winner of 9 consecutive Marriott® Platinum Awards for Outstanding Guest Satisfaction, our property is the closest Marriott® hotel to all Pennsylvania Dutch attraction and historical sites.

Eden Resort Inn & Suites - The Eden Resort & Suites offers spacious rooms and suites nestled in the heart of Lancaster County. Enjoy dining in one of two onsite award-winning restaurants.

Hampton Inn - Lancaster, Pa - Your home base for good old-fashioned fun …welcome to the Hampton Inn Lancaster. From Amish Country to awesome shopping, the area around the Hampton Inn® hotel in Lancaster has something for almost everyone.

Heritage Hills Golf Resort - Located in York, Pennsylvania, Heritage Hills Golf Resort offers golf packages, a spa/salon, luxurious lodging, and fine dining in your choice of two restaurants.

Heritage Hotel - Lancaster - Conveniently situated at PA Route 30 and Centerville Road, Heritage Hotel - Lancaster has been hosting local and regional guests for nearly 40 years. The hotel is full-service, featuring a 136-seat restaurant, a full bar plus a well-equipped business center and fitness room. With 166 rooms, Heritage Hotel - Lancaster is one of the largest hotels in the area so groups including tour buses, associations, college affiliates and tournament participants are a great fit.

Hershey Hotel Service - Local provider of hotels and accommodations in wonderful Hershey.

Lancaster Host Resort and Conference Center - Lancaster's premier convention facility. Living up to it's name, the "Host" provides excellent service, both at it's 80,000 square foot convention center and to all guests in it's 330 rooms. Here you will find 3 onsite restaurants, a beautiful golf course, indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center and much more.

Marriott Fairfield Inn - Located near many recreational activities, The Fairfield offers beautiful well-appointed rooms, an exercise room and excellent service.

The Hertzog Homestead Bed and Breakfast - Located on a scenic back road, surrounded by Amish and Mennonite farmland, this historic Bed and Breakfast offers peaceful surroundings. A delicious Amish made breakfast greets welcomes the morning; this B and B is close to area attractions , features genuine local hospitality, and guarantees an unforgettable experience.

Willow Valley Inn & Suites 
- A third generation family owned inn, focusing on being Lancaster County's most family friendly lodging. It's about treating everyone like family, with a warm welcome, a genuine smile and friendly service that keeps guests coming back year after year.

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton 
- (Formerly part of Willow Valley Resort) - Whether business or pleasure brings you to the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, our friendly service and host of on-site amenities promise a productive yet relaxing stay. From the warn DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie that greets you at check-in to the moment we say good-bye, the welcome never ends at Lancaster County's premier hotel, conference center and family resort.

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Shopping

Byer's Choice - Byers Choice is the last American manufacturer of American Christmas goods. Take their factory tour, where you can purchase their wonderful carolers, shop in their Gift Emporium, or tour their Christmas museum. Enjoy the spirit of Christmas 365 days a year!

Dresdenstar - Dresden Star ornaments are lovingly hand-crafted by Gail and Glenn Giaimo. Using beautiful antique chromolithographs (aka "scraps"), old glass ornaments and vintage Christmas decorations, the artists create one-of-a-kind Christmas ornaments with the look and feel of cherished antiques.

Flower & Craft Warehouse - Imagine 135,000 square feet packed with all of your home décor needs. The Flower and Craft Warehouse is the place to go for all of your floral, craft, scrapbooking, candle-making, outdoor living, jewelry, bath and body, gourmet, greenhouse, and Christmas decorating needs.

Rockvale Square Outlet Mall - Rockvale Square features 120 outlets, 6 restaurants, and a food court. It is Lancaster County shopping at its finest!

Tanger Outlets - Welcome to Tanger where shopping is Guilt-Free. You'll love to shop the nation's leading designer and brand name stores with the widest selection of today's favorite fashion trends, all in a fun, family-friendly environment.

The Old Country Store - Plan to stop by The Old Country Store, the oldest store in the heart of the village of Intercourse, when you visit Amish country in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.      

Campgrounds

Country Haven Campground - Panoramic 5 mile view of Amish farmlands, located in the heart of Lancaster County. Known as "The Quiet One."

The Loose Caboose Campground - The Loose Caboose is a family owned 23 acre campground. Located in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, the Loose Caboose is well known for its 70 large secluded wooded sites and heated, year-round bathhouses.

Tours

All in One Tours - All in One offers travelers a wide variety of services.

Amish Experience at Plain & Fancy Farm - In the heart of the oldest Amish settlement in the world, between Bird-in-Hand and Intercourse, is the Amish Experience, the county's oldest, largest, and most complete interpretive and touring center.
 
Amish Neighbors Tours Inc. - Guided tours for individuals as well as bus groups Call for details. 717.687.8650

Brunswick Tours - Brunswick Tours is a very knowledgeable tour company offering complete tour packages with 'one-call' service. Let them plan your entire trip!