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The Week Ahead: Christmas is in the air in Lancaster

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Christmas is in the air this week! The City is all decorated. Christmas trees are for sale at Clipper Stadium. Santa visits with the little ones, bring joy and hope. The City bustles with train displays, art shows, music and theater and … holiday giving. Lancastrians have many opportunities to help others this week through coat drives and food drives and the annual Jingle Bell Run.

Help fight arthritis. The annual Lancaster Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis will be 15 December this year. In addition to the timed 5K, events include a costume contest, a candy lane shuffle for kids, free food and more. The event venue is the Clipper Magazine Stadium, 650 N Prince Street. For more information, visit

Agricultural Issues

While admittedly there are no farms in Lancaster City, residents still are affected by the County’s strong agricultural heritage and industry. The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry will hold an Ag Issues Forum on Thursday. The topic is the Chesapeake Bay. Everything we do in Lancaster – both City and County – flows downstream and eventually affects the Chesapeake Bay. The Forum will be held Thursday, 12 December at 7:30 a.m. at the Farm & Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road. The cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. To register, call 717-397-3531 x 152. Ask for Brittany Parker.


The Annual Pennsylvania German Folk Art Show and Sale, hosted by the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, will run through 31 December. Admission is free. The display is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The Society is located at 2215 Millstream Road.

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 runs 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.

Business & Industry

The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry will hold an Economic Forecast Breakfast on Friday. The breakfast will be held Friday, 13 December at 7:30 a.m. at the Lancaster County Convention Center, 25 South Queen Street. The cost is $25 for members and $50 for non-members. To register, call 717-397-3531 x 152. Ask for Brittany Parker.

Christmas Bazaars

Get some of your holiday shopping done at the Burrowes Elementary School's annual Christmas bazaar on Saturday, 14 December. The bazaar will run from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The school is located at 1001 E. Orange Street.

Christmas Specials

Enjoy the Christmas music offered by the Lancaster Chamber Singers in “Christmas at the Train Station” on 10 December. The 35 singers and a brass quintet will bring the spirit of the season to the train station, 53 McGovern Avenue, at 6 p.m. Seating is limited; however, you may bring your own chair.

“Irish Christmas in America” will be performed at the Ware Center. The concert is slated for Monday, 9 December at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for general admission and may be purchased online at The Ware Center is located at 42 N Prince Street.

Enjoy the city by carriage! 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. on 13 December.

Cylo is looking forward to helping you pick out your Christmas tree! Cylo’s Holiday Tree Farm will feature fresh cut Douglas and Frazier firs, priced under $40, from Clipper Magazine Stadium’s front parking lot. The trees will be available Thursdays and Fridays 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. The Barnstormers’ team store will also be open, offering seasonal merchandise, stadium gift cards and special holiday ticket packages. There will also be holiday musical performances from area youth choirs and visits from Cylo Claus. Both the Holiday Tree Farm and the team store will be open beginning Black Friday, 29 November and will remain open through 22 December.

Get your photo taken with Santa in the lobby of the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square. He will be there Friday, 13 December from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday, 14 December from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Enjoy breakfast with Santa on Saturday, 14 December, at the Bethany Presbyterian Church. The “Breakfast with Santa Claus” is a fundraiser of Boy Scout Troop 4. It will be held from 7 a.m. to noon. The cost of the breakfast is $8 for adults and $4 for children aged six to 12. Children five and under are free. In addition children, and the young at heart, can have their photo taken with Santa for just $5. The church is located at 25 N. West End Avenue.

Coat Drive

The Salvation Army’s Coats for Kids drive continues through 14 December. Slightly worn coats can be dropped off at participating drycleaners. Readers should call 717-397-7565 for more information.

Food Drives

Thanksgiving and Christmas are times of giving and food drives. Last year, nearly 500,000 meals were served through the Water Street Mission, the York Rescue Mission, the Lebanon Rescue Mission and Bethesda Mission. These meals were all provided through donations. The Rescue Mission Food Drive runs through 21 December. For more information, including drop off locations and specific needs, see

Museum Exhibits

The North Museum of Natural History & Science presents “Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Asteroids and Meteors.” The exhibit will run through 20 January. The planetarium also offers “Season of Light” through 3 January. The museum is known for its hands-on learning experiences and large planetarium. It is located at 400 College Avenue.


The Fridge will be open Monday, 9 December offering Music Monday with Hogmaw. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy drinks, pizza and music. Must be 21. The Fridge is located at 534 North Mulberry Street. For more information, visit the event on Facebook.

The Ware Center, 42 N Prince Street, presents a Christmas Show featuring Erin Cruise at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, 13 December. . Tickets are $25 for general admission and may be purchased online at

School District of Lancaster

Wednesday, 11 December, is an Early Dismissal day for students.


Zoetropolis will present Lenny Cooke on 11-15 December. Cooke is a baseball prodigy. This documentary is about Cooke, who had the abilities to be a superstar and yet remains but a footnote. Zoetropolis is located at 315 W James Street, at the corner of James and Mulberry Streets. Parking is available on Mulberry Street.

The Fulton Theater will present “Twas the Night Before Christmas” on 14 December. Mary Poppins is also at the Fulton Theater through 29 December. The Fulton is located at 12 N. Prince Street. For show times, and to reserve your tickets, go to

"Amahl and the Night Visitors" will be performed by OperaLancaster at the Ware Center, 42 N Prince Street, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, 14 December. The opera, written by Gian Carlo Menotti, is a one-act performance about the Epiphany. Tickets are $21 for general admission and may be purchased online at


The National Railroad Museum will sponsor K’NEX Rail Lab at the Lancaster Public Library, 150 N Duke Street. The attending children will get to use K'NEX building kits to explore themes relating to railroad technology and architecture, including bridges, levers and pulleys, wheels, axles and inclined planes and gears. The presentation will be on Wednesday, 11 December at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 717-394-2651.

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