The holiday season is a special time here in Lancaster County, and at the Fulton Steamboat Inn, it is one of our favorite times to welcome you aboard. In and around Lancaster you’ll find a mix of cherished traditions and unique celebrations both rooted in a spirit of warmth and welcoming. From family-friendly activities to holiday shopping and special experiences, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

During the holidays, the Fulton Steamboat Inn property is decorated with festive displays and twinkling lights, and there’s always a fresh-baked cookie ready to sweeten your day. Whether you are planning a gals’ getaway or following a family tradition, our team has shared a few of their favorite ways to spend the holidays here in Lancaster County to help you plan. 

Lancaster County Holiday Activities

Christmas Shows

Get into the holiday spirit with a live stage performance. Enjoy a Broadway-style journey of music, dance, and dazzling costumes during “The First Noel” at American Music Theater. At the Bird-in-Hand Stage the musical, “Our Christmas Dinner” is a laugh-out-loud comedic take on family dynamics and holiday traditions with a Lancaster County twist. Be submerged in “The Miracle of Christmas” at the renowned Sight & Sound Theater as the Christmas story is told with an immersive set, celebrated actors, and live animals.

Family Fun

Little ones will delight in the magic of the holidays in Lancaster County. Take a ride aboard an authentic vintage steam train at Strasburg Rail Road. Special offerings include a visit with Santa, caroling aboard the train, and a nostalgic reading of the classic tale, “The Night Before Christmas.” Stroll through a spectacular display of twinkling lights during Dutch Winter Wonderland. The family-favorite amusement park features special holiday-themed experiences including a puppet show and opportunities to visit with Mr. Holly Jolly himself.

Holiday Shopping

With over 40 distinct shops and a working PA Dutch bakery and canning market, Kitchen Kettle Village is a favorite Lancaster County destination for shopping for handcrafted and unique gifts. Nearby Tanger Outlets features over 70 shops and restaurants including top brand names that are sure to please everyone on your list.

PA Dutch Favorites

Learn about the holiday traditions of the Plain Community on the Amish Farm & House Christmas Cookie Bus Tour. Travel through the backroads of Lancaster County and visit local Amish families who will offer a selection of traditional holiday treats. Enjoy the ultimate comfort food experience with a local Amish family at the Lapp Family Farm. Available for lunch or dinner, the menu features scratch-made PA Dutch dishes prepared from farm-fresh local ingredients.

 Plan Your Trip to Lancaster County

Plan your trip with us aboard the Fulton Steamboat Inn this holiday season! Our full-service hotel is located just minutes from Lancaster County’s top shopping destinations and holiday attractions. And you won’t want to miss all the special events happening on-site here with us! 

Enjoy a festive seasonal menu at our award-winning restaurant, Huckleberry’s including a truly scrumptious all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving feast. Or join us for a dazzling New Year celebration with deluxe accommodations, gourmet dining, and elegant entertainment. When you’re ready to plan your trip, our team is here to help you make your experience memorable! Let us know how we can help!