Lancaster Swing Dance Club dance. Sat. lesson from 7-8 p.m.; dance from 8-11 p.m. $5 adults, $4 students. Living Hope Community Church gymnasium, 2823 Columbia Ave.
WORLD DANCE/INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCE
Traditional ethnic dances from many cultures for all ages and abilities. Second and fourth Mon. (all instruction, beginners welcome) 7-8:30 p.m. $10 adults, $7 students. Open/request dancing, Thurs. 7-9 p.m. $7 adults, $5 students. New venue: Union Meeting House, 60 N. Waterford Ave., Marietta. (Parking available at Susquehanna Waldorf School, 15 W. Walnut St., Marietta.) worlddancelancaster.com, 717-951-5152 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOLIDAYS - CHRISTMAS
12 SHOPS OF CHRISTMAS TOUR
Set up like a home or garden tour, ticket holders will discover 12 ‘hidden gems’ for holiday consumers, with decorations and good cheer. Cont. through Sat. Tickets are $10. For details, visit bestkeptsecretstour.godaddysites.com.
ALL ABOARD RAILROAD
42nd annual showcase of this 800-plus-square-foot display of American Flyer trains featuring animation, several levels and up to 20 trains on more than 2,010 feet of track. Also, half-hourly night-time light displays. Continues through Dec. 31. Sat. and Sun. (and daily from Dec. 26-31.) 1-4 p.m. $6 ages 12 and up, $4 children 3-11, free children under 3. All Aboard Rail Road, 1952 Landis Valley Road, 717-392-1568. bartspneumatics.com.
ALTERNATIVE GIFT FAIR
Gifts That Give Hope, Lancaster’s annual gift fair featuring 30 local, national and international nonprofits. Also family fun, food and tangible gift items available — social enterprise and/or fair trade. Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. Lancaster Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road. giftsthatgivehope.org/lancaster/.
A BRANDYWINE CHRISTMAS
Annual holiday display and celebration features an O-gauge model train display, antique dolls, thousands of whimsical critter ornaments on towering trees, live music, special events and more. Cont. through Jan. 6. Daily from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $18 adults; $15 seniors, $6 students with ID and children 6-18, free children under 6. Brandywine River Museum of Art, 1 Hoffmans Mill Road, U.S. Route 1 in Chadds Ford, 610-388-2700. brandywinemuseum.org.
CHOO CHOO BARN CHRISTMAS
The 1,700-square-foot model train extravaganza gets decorated for the holidays and features 57 hidden Santas for visitors to find. Cont. through Dec. 31. Daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $8.50 adults, $5 children 3-11. Choo Choo Barn, Route 741 East, 226 Gap Road, Strasburg, 717-687-7911. choochoobarn.com.
CHRISTMAS AT THE CLOISTER
Spend a few moments in quiet reflection with holiday music and seasonal readings in the 1741 Meetinghouse. Mon. and Tues. 6:30 and 8 p.m. Advance tickets required. $6. Historic Ephrata Cloister, 632 W. Main St., Ephrata, 717-733-6000. ephratacloister.org.
CHRISTMAS AT THE IRONMASTER’S
Tour historic buildings decorated for the holidays. Also a Saturday night bonfire, Christmas cookies, pictures with Santa (Sundays), hot chocolate and fun. Cont. throuogh Dec. 9. Fri. 4-8 p.m.; Sat. noon-8 p.m.; Sun. noon-5 p.m. $5 adults, free for children 12 and under. Historic Poole Forge, 1940 Main St, Narvon. 445-0472. historicpooleforge.org.
CHRISTMAS SPIRIT LIGHT SHOW AND CHRISTMAS AT CLIPPER MAGAZINE STADIUM
One-mile, drive-thru holiday light show, plus a walk-thru area with Santa, decorated trees, entertainment and holiday cheer. Cont. through Dec. 31. Times and days vary. Check website for details. Drive-thru light show tickets: $18 Mon.-Thurs.; $25 Fri.-Sun. ($25 tickets include the walk-thru area.); walk-thru tickets are $5 adults, $3 children 5-12. Clipper Magazine Stadium, 650 N. Prince St., 717-509-4487. lancasterbarnstormers.com.
COLUMBIA MODEL TRAIN DISPLAY
Columbia Historic Preservation Society HO model and Lower Susquehanna Valley O-scale railroad modular layout modeled after Columbia from the ’20s to the ’50s. Cont. through Jan. 6. Sat. and Sun. 1-4 p.m. Free, donations appreciated. Columbia Historic Preservation Society, 19-21 N. Second Street Columbia. columbiahistory.net.
DICKENS INTERACTIVE DINNER THEATER
Traditional Christmas tales and caroling will blend with a four-course dining experience. Cont. through Dec. 23. Various days and times. (Call or visit for details.) $54.95. Mount Hope Estate, Route 72, north of Manheim. 717-665-7021. parenfaire.com.
DUTCH WINTER WONDERLAND
Annual seasonal celebration features themed rides, games, visits with Santa and holiday entertainment under thousands of twinkling lights. Cont. through Dec. 30. Sat. 3-9 p.m.; Sun. 3-8 p.m. (Also Dec. 26-28 from 5-9 p.m.) $14.99 for ages 3 and up, free for ages 2 and under. Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park, 2249 Route 30 East, (866) FUNatDW. dutchwonderland.com.
EARLY AMERICAN CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS
Self-guided tours through this historic complex with period decorations, blacksmithing and open hearth cooking demonstrations and more. Sat. 5-9 p.m. Free, donations appreciated. Conestoga Area Historical Society, 51 E. Kendig Road, (Ehrlich Park) Conestoga, 872-1699. pennmanorhistory.org.
ELIZABETHTOWN LIBRARY TRAIN DISPLAY
The “Train Guys’’ large, interactive train display running up to 20 trains simultaneously. Cont. through Dec. 29. Tues. (except Dec. 25) and Thurs. 6-8 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Also Fri., Dec. 14, from 6-8 p.m.) $2 benefits library. Elizabethown Public Library, 10 S. Market St., Elizabethtown. 717-367-7467. etownpubliclibrary.org/trains.
ELIZABETHTOWN MODEL RAILROAD DISPLAY
Layouts featuring O-gauge, HO-gauge, N-gauge, Z-gauge and standard-gauge trains and trolleys laid on more than 1,200 feet of track, presented by the Masonic Village and Elizabethtown Model Railroad Club. Cont. through Dec. 15. This weekend: Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m Free. Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown. mvemodelrrclub.com.
GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE TRAIN DISPLAY
Annual holiday train open house features both an O-gauge and HO gauge layout with more than 600 feet of track, featuring a drive-in movie theater, waterfalls, a Ford dealership showroom and more. Cont. through Dec. 30. Sat. 1:30-4 p.m.; Also Dec. 27 from 1:30-4 p.m. Free, donations welcome. Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland. 717-355-6000. gardenspotvillage.org/events/.
HANS HERR CHRISTMAS CANDLELIGHT TOURS
Tour this 18th century German-style homestead and Native American longhouse, and learn the traditions of the time and finish with caroling around a fire. This year’s focus is printing. Tours every 20 minutes. Tonight and Fri. 6-8 p.m.; Sat. 5-8:30 p.m. Reservations required; may be sold out. $15 adults, $7 children 7-12, free for children 6 and under. Hans Herr House, 1849 Hans Herr Drive, Willow Street, 717-464-4438. hansherr.org.
HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Meet costumed railroaders and railroad passengers from days gone by as they get ready for holiday travel during this annual event featuring festive decorations, holiday music, hands-on activities and more. Cont. Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $10 adults, $9 seniors, $8 children 3-11, free for children 2 and under. Railroad Museum of Pa., Route 741, Strasburg; GPS: 300 Gap Road, Ronks, 717-687-8628. rrmuseumpa.org.
HERSHEY GARDENS CHRISTMAS
The conservatory is decorated for the season and will host a Christmas Tree Showcase, six 8-foot trees decorated by local floral designers, plus a 14-foot red and white poinsettia tree. Even the butterfly atrium will be glittering with holiday cheer. Cont. through Dec. 31. Daily 9 a.m-5 p.m. Included with regular gardens admission of $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $9 children 3-12, free for children 2 and under. Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Road, Hershey, 717-508-5970 or 717-534-3492. hersheygardens.org.
HERSHEY SWEET LIGHTS
A holiday drive-thru spectacular, more than 2 miles of nearly 600 illuminated, animated displays. Cont. nightly through Jan. 1. Opens at 5 p.m., closing varies from 9 to 11 p.m. $19.15 per car Mon.-Thurs.; $26.15 Fri. and Sat.; $34.15 per van seating 9-15 people. From Hersheypark Drive, go north on Sand Beach Road for approximately 1/2 mile. Follow the signs to Boathouse Road to the Sweet Lights entrance. Hersheypark.com.
HERSHEYPARK CHRISTMAS CANDYLANE
The park is transformed into a holiday village with Santa Claus and his reindeer, live entertainment and more than 30 rides decked out for the season. Cont. select dates through Jan. 1. This week: Fri. 5-10 p.m.; Sat. noon-10 p.m.; Sun. noon-9 p.m. Open daily beginning Mon. $26.95 for ages 3 and up. Hersheypark, 800-HERSHEY. hersheypark.com.
LANCASTER CITY FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Holiday weekends downtown continue through Dec. 21 with visits with Santa, carriage rides, special events and more. Reg. Santa hours: Fri. 6-9 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (Lancaster Marriott); Carriage rides: Fri. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $5 adults, $2 children 12 and under, from corner of King and Queen sts. Downtown Lancaster. 717-291-4758 For full schedule, go to visitlancastercity.com.
LONGWOOD GARDENS CHRISTMAS DISPLAY
“A Longwood Christmas,’’ pays homage to the Christmas tree this year, with imaginative displays taking center stage. Cont. through Jan. 6. Admission is by advance reservation only for this display. Timed tickets are needed. Daily 9 a.m.-10 p.m. $30 adults; $27 seniors and college students with ID; $16 children 5-18; and free for children 4 and under (prices depend on day). Longwood Gardens, US Route 1, Kennett Square, 610-388-1000. longwoodgardens.org.
SANTA’S PARADISE EXPRESS
Strolling musicians, holiday storytimes and a visit with Santa himself highlight these annual train rides with Santa. Cont. through Dec. 22. Sat. and Sun. Multiple departure times beginning at 11 a.m. Call or visit for details. $19.50-$33 adults; $13.50-$33 children 2-11; $4-$33 children under 2. (Prices depend upon car chosen.) Strasburg Rail Road, Route 741, Strasburg, 717-687-7522. 866-725-9666. strasburgrailroad.com.
STAR BARN VILLAGE CHRISTMAS DRIVE-THRU LIGHT SHOW
Enjoy the village adorned for the holidays on a 2-mile drive through the lights. Cont. through Dec. 29. Fri. and Sat. 5-8 p.m. $20 per car for up to 8 passengers. Star Barn Village, 1 Hollinger Lane, Elizabethtown, thestarbarn.com.
TERRE HILL CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK
First-time event includes a holiday decorated walking trail with a live nativity, live music, food, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus and more. Fri.-Sun. 5-9 p.m. Admission to the park is free; the lighted trail and some activities require a small fee. Terre Hill Park, 210 Lancaster Ave., Terre Hill. terrehilldays.com/christmas-in-the-park.
YULETIDE AT WHEATLAND
Tour the presidential mansion, learn its history and how Christmas celebrations changed between 1860 and 1920. Cont. through Dec. 29. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $17 adults, $8 children 6-13, free for children 5 and under. President James Buchanan’s Wheatland, 1120 Marietta Ave. 717-392-4633. lancasterhistory.org/yuletide.