New Year’s Events & Traditions in Lancaster

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If you have spent any amount of time in Lancaster, I’m sure you have heard about the New Year’s Day tradition of eating pork and sauerkraut. Most of the country eats black-eyed peas for good luck. When I moved here from New Jersey after getting married, I was a little puzzled about this tradition, but it’s one I’ve grown accustomed to and now love to feast on every January 1st. It stems from a German tradition which states that this meal brings good luck in the upcoming year … and hey, I will take anything that brings good luck!

Whether you will be spending your New Year’s Eve outside or huddled at home, here is a list of fun Lancaster County events and traditions that you might want to partake in!

You know how the infamous ball drops in NYC? Well, Lancaster doesn’t drop a ball, but towns in the county (and surrounding areas) do drop a few quirky things:

  • AKRON, PA: PURPLE-AND-GOLD SHOE, TO COMMEMORATE THE SHOE FACTORIES THAT ONCE STOOD HERE
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  • EAST PETERSBURG: A LARGE “HADYN’S JUG” IS DROPPED
  • ELIZABETHTOWN: A GIANT M&M, WHICH CHANGED TO A DOVE BAR IN 2012. BOTH DOVE AND M&MS ARE MANUFACTURED HERE
  • LANCASTER DOWNTOWN: A RED ROSE IS DROPPED
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  • HARRISBURG: A STRAWBERRY
  • HERSHEY: A HERSHEY KISS
  • LEBANON: A 100 POUND STICK OF BOLOGNA
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  • LITITZ: A MORAVIAN STAR IS RAISED
  • MANHEIM: A BALL IS RAISED
  • YORK: A WHITE ROSE
  • STRASBURG: PING PONG BALLS

Did you know each city had these fun NYE traditions?! If you had to pick, which would you like to attend?


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Christmas Light Tour of Lancaster, PA

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Like many others, one of our family favorite traditions is driving around and admiring Christmas lights! We put on Christmas pajamas, heat up our hot cocoa, and jump in the car (which needs to be blaring Christmas carols) and drive around the area in search of the biggest and brightest light display. Sometimes we will pay to drive through professionally done displays, but honestly, we love driving through different neighborhoods and seeing their Christmas lights too!

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Neighborhood Displays

Over the years we have discovered countless amazing light displays. But the hard part can be trying to remember where all those amazing displays were from years prior!

Since we’re all friends around here, we want to share this amazing website with you…  The Original Christmas Light Finder is a website that has you enter your zip code, and it populates the best and biggest Christmas lights and holiday displays in your area. No more driving around aimlessly looking for light shows!

Insider tip: Head over to 6429 Fairfax Circle, East Petersburg for the most unforgettable – and bright – display! This is a great place to start!

Christmas Spirit Light Show

Returning to Clipper Magazine Stadium in downtown Lancaster is the Christmas Spirit Light Show – you won’t want to miss this stop. Not only will the lights fascinate you, but also you can enjoy the show from the comfort (and warmth) of your own car! Driving through the mile-long track, you’ll be surrounded by thousands of flashing colored lights. One of the best parts? They’re in sync with everyone’s favorite Christmas songs! Just tune into their radio station and get ready to be amazed.

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Christmas Light Drive-Thru

Taking place at Stone Gables Estate, this 3-mile drive-thru includes a display of over 600,000 LED lights. The experience also features new storyboards, such as the 12 Days of Christmas and three new light displays with a light motion train, wreaths, 18-foot trees and more. There’s plenty of other activities as well, such as the Harrisburg, Lincoln & Lancaster Railroad steam train decorated for the holidays and the Star Barn Village, Herr’s Mill Covered Bridge, and other structures covered in lights.

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Here’s an insider’s tip: if you go on a Friday or Saturday, you might get a visit from Santa and his elves and animals!

While you’re visiting neighborhoods for their light display or on your way to a light show, remember to keep Wolf and Webb in mind, especially if you’re in the market for a new home and see something you like. As the top Realtors in Lancaster, PA and the surrounding areas, we’ll help you find the house of your dreams just in time for the perfect Christmas present!

‘Lancaster Local Secrets’ Featured on Lancaster Connects’ Youtube Channel


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Hey everyone, this is Derek! We wanted to drop a quick post: we were recently featured on Lancaster Connects’ show and guess what we talked about?

Lancaster Local Secrets!

It seems we have the same passion driving our small businesses here in Lancaster County, PA: to connect our neighbors to the other great neighbors around the county and share all the great little things that make Lancaster such a great place to live. Enjoy the interview, we were honored to be a part of it. Thanks again Ben and Jeff!


How do we know all of these great Lancaster Local Secrets? We are local real estate agents and residents of Lancaster for more than 30 years!

For more information on the wonderful homes in Lancaster County,
call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 (WOLF) or visit our real estate website at www.WolfandWebb.com.

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It’s Christmas Time in the {Lancaster} City…

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Happy Holidays!!! We have two full weekends before Christmas – WHAT?! If there are holiday activities you still want to do, now is the time to make a plan and make it happen!

We like to squeeze the most out of the holiday season! It’s the best time of year!!!

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If you are looking for a list of the best holiday activities in Lancaster, PA, you have come to the right place… read below for the 10 BEST HOLIDAY ADVENTURES IN LANCASTER.

  • Give back! Water Street Ministeries is always appreciative of volunteers this time of year. many homeless men, women, and children will be spending their Christmas at Water Street Mission. Help spread the Christmas cheer when you gift someone at the Mission with a gift off of their wish list. Visit www.wsm.org/volunteer to learn how to give a gift to someone in need this holiday season.
  • Cut your own Christmas treeElizabeth Farms is the best place to do it! Horse drawn carriages and cocoa included!
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  • Santa in the City – Santa will be flying in from the North Pole on December 10-11 & 17-18 to travel through the neighborhoods of Lancaster City, with the help of the city’s fire and police department. Visit lanc.news/santainthecity for Santa’s route and times!
  • Christmas at the sweetest place on Earth – Hersheypark! Christmas Candylane has over 5 million lights and all your favorite rides and coasters. You have to make a stop at Harvest, located at the Hotel Hershey, for dinner and dessert!
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  • Have a little one? Take them to Lancaster Cupcake to hear a holiday story and decorate their own themed cupcake! Sign up ahead of time on their website.
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  • Lancaster Central Market – we love it hear any time of the year, but it is extra magical at Christmas! All of the local vendors and Christmas cheer make it easy to say you need to go!
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  • Kitchen Kettle Christmas – enjoy the flavors of Kitchen Kettle with the Holiday Flavors Tasting Tour! This runs through December 17. Food lovers of all ages will love their samples and bites of history about the Village.
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  • Lancaster Shops Late – each year there is a night where retailers are encourages to stay open late for Christmas shoppers. This year it is on December 9th. Go for the shopping or go for a few of the warm beverages and treats offered at select locations.
  • Perhaps the most Lancaster thing on the list – Santa and Goats. Grab the change to take pictures with Santa and his “elves” on December 11th.  There will also be hot cocoa and the chance to play on the farm. It is free and open to the public!
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  • Visit the Fulton Theater – wow!!! This is an annual tradition in our family. The Fulton always puts on an amazing show! This season’s show is Cinderella. We can’t wait to see it in a few weeks!

Of course, another favorite thing is driving around and looking at holiday lights. Stay tuned for next week’s post highlighting the best Christmas light displays in our area!

It’s undoubtedly the busiest time of year. Remembering to pause and spend time with loved ones if one of the best things you will do for yourself this month. Even if you do one (or none) of the things listed above, the best item on this list is to take time for yourself to enjoy the season and all its hustle and bustle!


How do we know all of these great Lancaster Local Secrets? We are local real estate agents and residents of Lancaster for more than 30 years!

For more information on the wonderful homes in Lancaster County,
call Mary Sue at 717-333-9653 (WOLF) or visit our real estate website at www.WolfandWebb.com.

No home is too big or too small for our team. We can’t wait to hear from you!


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