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First Friday is always a special night in Lancaster but this month – December – it seems almost magical. It is nearly Christmas and the City is sparkling and bustling! While walking around the City, be sure to check out one of Santa’s Workshop! BUiLDiNG CHARACTER has transformed the Heritage Press Museum, in the 300 block of Queen Street, into the North Pole Print Shop. Do take your umbrella though. The forecast is wet.

Horse drawn carriage rides will be departing from Fulton Bank at Penn Square. Rides are offered on a first come first served basis from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Santa will be in the lobby of the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. where he will welcome little ones who want their photo taken with the jolly old elf himself!

Cylo’s Holiday Tree Farm features fresh cut Douglas and Frazier firs, priced under $40, from Clipper Magazine Stadium’s front parking lot. Trees are available Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Barnstormers’ team store will also be open, offering seasonal merchandise, stadium gift cards and special holiday ticket packages.

Art Galleries

Many galleries and artists will be exhibiting Christmas themes this month, including the Liz Hess Gallery. This year she will be featuring a Scandinavian Christmas. On First Friday she will officially unveil her touching watercolor titled “Gnome Nativity.”

Within Tellus360 is Gallery360. The Gallery will feature a juried landscape show this Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The show is a mixed media collection. Tellus360 is located at 24 East King Street.

The Demuth Museum will feature over 100 pieces from its Art in a Box program. This program teaches the students about Charles Demuth’s art and life in general here in Lancaster. The exhibit will continue to run through 29 December. The museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Admission will be by donation. The museum is located at 120 E King Street.

The Annex 24 Gallery is hosting its 6th Annual Winter Exposition. The gallery, located at 24 West Walnut Street, offers not only paintings but also note cards, jewelry, soaps and wearable textiles.

McCaskey art teacher Kassie Schelling is the featured guest artist for First Friday and the month of December at Franz Fox Studios and Gallery. She will be displaying paintings and her sculptures. The gallery is located at 136 North Prince Street.

The Lancaster Camera Club can often be found about town taking random photos. Friday they will at the Mulberry Art Studios, or at least their work will. Exceptional Photography is the name of the exhibit, which will feature photography of the Club. The studio is located at 19-21 North Mulberry Street.

“Skolos and Wedell: A Poster Retrospective,” continues through January at the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (PCA&D). The exhibit features the work of Nancy Skolos and Thomas Wedell. PCA&D is handicapped accessible. The school is located at 204 N Prince Street.

The Ware Center has quite a bit going on for First Friday. Hempfield High School Baking students continue what has become an annual show with their decorated Gingerbread Houses. They will be displayed through 20 December. Susan Garofola will be there as well to display and talk about her wearable art. Garofola makes unique jewelry pieces, which will be available for sale on Friday as well. Four other artists will also have their work on display and available for sale. They are: contemporary artist Ann Lawson, realistic and surrealistic artist Jon Johnson, wooden and metal sculptor Jeff George, and modern artist Gail Gray. The Ware Center is located at 52 North Prince Street.

Food & Drink

The Lancaster Young Professionals will hold their First Friday Happy Hour at Aussie and The Fox, 38 West King Street. The mixer is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Miesse Candies Factory and Retail Shop will be hosting Pasty Chef Donna Lussier of La Petite Patisserie, on Friday. Holiday Bars and Cookies will be for sale. The shop is located at 118 North Water Street.

Walking around the City in December can make anyone cold. Warm up at Commonwealth on Queen with hot mulled spiced apple cider and cranberry spiced apple cider! Commonwealth on Queen is located at 301 North Queen Street.


The Historic Preservation Trust welcomes readers to visit the Shener-Ellicott-von Hess House this First Friday! The House, located at 123 N Prince Street, will be decorated for the holidays. It was here that Andrew Ellicott taught Meriwether Lewis navigation skills prior to the famous 1804 Lewis & Clark Expedition.

“We will have trees, wreaths, mantels with greenery, fires in the fireplaces and refreshments. Visitors are welcome to tour this finely restored example of Georgian architecture and its exhibits outlining the story of its restoration and most famous occupant, Andrew Ellicott,” said Lisa Horst, president of the Historic Preservation Trust, in a press release earlier this week.


Philadelphia businesswoman and author Judy Wicks will discuss her life experiences at the Ware Center at 5 p.m. She is expected to talk about her White Dog Café and the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. She will then sign copies of her new book titled, “Good Morning Beautiful Business.” The Ware Center is located at 42 North Prince Street. The Café is located at 3420 Sansom Street on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus in Philadelphia.


Millersville University Choral ensembles, soloists and alumni will sing a variety of holiday songs in the lobby of the Ware Center, 24 North Prince Street.


Zoetropolis will present Short Term 12 on 4-8 December. This production is told through the perspective of Grace, a young supervisor at a facility for at risk teens. Zoetropolis is located at 315 W James Street, at the corner of James and Mulberry Streets. Parking is available on Mulberry Street.

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