Holiday Attractions and Activities for the 2009 Season

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Winter is a special time of year in Lancaster. The gently rolling hills of Amish country are blanketed by snow to create a picturesque winter landscape. Many of the shows and attractions in Lancaster run year-round, giving you plenty of ideas to keep you busy during your getaway. If you are visiting the Lancaster area during the holiday season, you can enjoy special holiday attractions and activities to add to your experience.

The popular Sight and Sound Millennium Theatre is known for its grand productions. During the holiday season, the theater hosts the Miracle of Christmas, an amazing sensory experience that features spectacular costumes and set design on a 300-foot stage, as well as a brilliant cast and even live animals. The story tells the story of Christmas with kings, angels, Jesus the Messiah in human form, and even a 30-foot tall Christmas tree. This family friendly show is suited for all ages, and allows you and your family to interact with the animals and characters in the nativity scene for an unforgettable experience.

The National Christmas Center Family Attraction and Museum is open year-round, and brings you exhibits and displays covering Christmases of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Through the fifteen permanent exhibits as well as a number of temporary exhibits throughout the museum, you can learn about what Christmas was like long ago through the current times, and you can even glimpse what many think Christmas will look like far into the future. The 20,000 square foot museum features life-sized exhibits including Virginia's letter to Santa Claus, Christmases around the world, the first Christmas, a train toy land Christmas, a Woolworth's Five and Dime Christmas, and others. There is also a gift shop and snack shop on-hand.

The Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre is a popular theater known for its Broadway-style shows as well as its classic American cuisine. Menu options here include roasted pork loin with garlic sauce, honey baked chicken, linguine with baby shrimp, and other entrees, as well as plenty of sides an desserts. While you dine this holiday season, you can enjoy the fabulous production of Holly Jolly Christmas. This energetic and high-caliber production tells the tale of Mr. and Mrs. Claus on a journey to find holiday cheer, and includes plenty of your favorite Christmas carols.

The American Music Theatre's Christmas Show is not to be missed on your holiday trip to Lancaster. With a long history of entertaining locals and visitors to the Lancaster area, the American Music Theatre knows how to put on a good show. The theater's annual Christmas Show is suited for all ages and includes both traditional and secular Christmas tunes with a capella and orchestral renditions. The show also features comedic skits, dancers, and an appearance by Old Saint Nick himself.

Add some magic to your holiday getaway to the Lancaster area by including some of these special events and activities to your vacation plans.

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