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The Week Ahead: Christmas Week

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Christmas is almost here! Sunday is the last day before Christmas to take in the train display Downtown at the Citizens Bank on Penn Square. Central Market will have special hours this week. Free two-hour metered parking continues this week – through Christmas – courtesy of the Lancaster Parking Authority. For those who procrastinated in their Christmas shopping or simply need a break from wrapping and baking, head over to “Whiskey for those who Waited” at Tellus360.

The train display, which is open Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., is on the second floor. There is no set admission but donations are appreciated. It will be open weekends through 12 January. Central Market will be open Tuesday, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Friday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tellus360 will be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Christmas Eve (24 December) with Irish coffees to help make it through!


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.

“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.

Food & Drink

Brunch is a must on Sundays! Commonwealth on Queen is serving brunch Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The stylish café is located at 301 North Queen Street. Enjoy breakfast before taking in the many holiday entertainment venues the City has to offer.


City offices will be closed on Wednesday, 25 December and Thursday, 26 December. The Lancaster Republican Party Office will be closed from 24 December through 1 January inclusively.

Museum Exhibits

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


The Ware Center, 42 North Prince Street, will host Next Generation Concert, presented by Jazz in the Sky. The 5 p.m. Sunday concert costs $20. For tickets, click here or call 717-871-2308.

St. James Episcopal Church, Duke & Orange Streets, presents KHORIKOS on Sunday. Enjoy a stunning performance of sacred Christmas music. Works are sung, not just in English, but also Latin and French. Tickets are $15 for adults. Students and children are $5.

The Dirk Quinn Band and Mark DeRosa will perform at Tellus360 this week. Come in for some last minute shopping on Monday, 23 December, and stay for live music in the pub. The concert start at 8 p.m. There is a cover charge of $5 and you must be 21. Tellus360 is located at 22 East King Street.

Scott Parmer will perform at the Federal Taphouse, 201 North Queen Street, Friday night, 27 December. Friday nights are also Dance Party Nights at the Village. Located at 205 North Christian Street, DJ Paul keeps Lancaster young adults dancing every Friday night.

Tellus360’s Mike McMonagle is celebrating … and Lancaster is invited! Join Mickel, as he is locally known, at the 3rd Annual Mickel’s Birthday Bash featuring Slimfit and The Bernhardts on Saturday, 28 December. The celebration will kick off at 8 p.m. Slimfast will take the stage at 9 p.m.

School District of Lancaster

Students have school Monday. There is no school, and district offices are closed, from 24 December through 1 January for the holidays.


Zoetropolis hosts Animation Week on 25 - 29 December. During Animation Week, enjoy an animated matinee. This week begins a series of family matinees which will run Saturdays and Sundays in January. 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 28 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


Enjoy yoga sessions at Tellus360, 24 E King Street. Classes this week are at 6 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.

The events above listed are by no means a comprehensive list. Subscribe to receive free instant updates on events and happenings that keep Lancaster City Buzz-ing! Merry Christmas, Lancaster!

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