Top 10 To-Dos for December 2019

1 Through December 30
The 2019 Christmas Show: Joy to the World

American Music Theatre

The ringing of church bells in a quaint town square sets the scene for AMT’s newest holiday spectacular. Evoking the revered holiday nostalgia of hometowns all across the U.S., the AMT stage is transformed into a small-town winter carnival brimming with family and friends, scenes filled with entertaining elves, dramatic dancing, sensational singing and grand moments galore.

The AMT singers and orchestra perform favorites such as Away in a Manger, Jingle Bells, Hark, The Herald Angels Sing, Let it Snow, and Carol of the Bells live on stage. Awe-inspiring music and dance, phenomenal voices and light-hearted holiday humor are the ingredients for this season’s all-new extravaganza. 2425 Lincoln Hwy. East. Information: 717-397-7700 or amtshows.com.

2 December 6
The Queen of the Night

Lancaster Public Library

Indulge your senses at this signature benefit in support of the library. The event takes its theme from the best-selling, historical drama of the same name written by Alexander Chee. Guests will be transported to 19th-century Paris in an event like no other! The evening will include themed cuisine, cocktails, entertainment, many fun surprises and an exclusive silent auction to raise critical funds for the library. Registration ends November 29. Cost of event is $80. 125 N. Duke St. 7-11 p.m. Information: 717-394-2651 or lancasterpubliclibrary.org/queen.

3 Through January 5
A Longwood Christmas

Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens celebrates the many shapes of the season with a display that is both nostalgic and inventive, as it is inspired by the contours of traditional holiday favorites from poinsettias to pinecones to snowflakes, as well as the unique forms found in the grand Conservatory. The Outdoor Light Display will have half a million lights, and don’t miss the spectacular 15-foot Wildlife Tree, made of more than 200 illuminated birdhouses. 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square. Information: 610-388-1000 or longwoodgardens.org.

4 November 29-December 22
Trees Galore Holiday Feasts

Lancaster Museum of Art

Celebrate the holidays with Trees Galore, a beloved museum tradition. This year’s theme is Holiday Feasts. Highlights include holiday-themed original artwork by Lancaster-area artists available through a silent art auction, mini-trees decorated by local companies and artists available for bidding, and a Holiday Gift Shop featuring handmade and locally sourced items for all of your gift-giving needs. Plus, the museum will be decorated for the Holiday Feasts theme! 135 N. Lime St. Opening reception is November 29, 2-5 p.m., and a Closing Party will be held December 19, 6 p.m. Information: 717-299-9940 or lmapa.org.

5 December 6-7, 13-14, and 20-21
Motown Legends

Prima Theatre

The Temptations. The Jackson 5. The Supremes. Motown shattered barriers and continues to inspire every generation to move to the same beat. Don’t miss this exciting concert celebration of the most beloved songs from Hitsville USA. 941 Wheatland Ave., Suite A. 7:30 p.m. Information: 717-327-5124 or primalancaster.org.

6 December 11-22
Christmas at Clipper Magazine Stadium

Clipper Magazine Stadium

Experience holiday magic inside the ballpark! Each night, guests will take in hundreds of breathtaking decorated trees while strolling around the stadium’s Christmas Tree Lane. Vote for your favorite trees and help area nonprofit organizations receive helpful donations. Other festive activities include pictures with Santa, story time with Mrs. Claus, family-friendly holiday movies inside the suite level, roasting s’mores, a visit with the characters of the animated film Frozen, meeting live reindeer (December 21 only) and making fun crafts (some activities may have a small additional cost). Also, don’t forget to take a spin through the drive-through Christmas Spirit Light Show. 650 N. Prince St. 5-9 p.m. Admission by donation only. Information: 717-509-4487 or lancasterbarnstormers.com.

Photo courtesy of KBE.

7 December 6-7
Holiday Homes on Parade

Various Locations

The Building Industry Association of Lancaster County is once again hosting a holiday home tour. Newly built and remodeled homes, as well as several commercial spaces, will feature the latest trends in design and products. All will be decorated to reflect the holiday season. Presenting companies include Custom Home Group, EGStoltzfus, KBE (Kitchens by Eileen), Berks Homes, Dutch Quality Inc., and TK Building & Design. Penn Stone will also welcome ticket holders. Enjoy lite holiday fare throughout the self-guided tour! Door prizes will be featured in the homes. Proceeds benefit the Salvation Army Coats for Kids program. Tickets are $15 per person and must be purchased in advance via the website. December 6, 5-8 p.m. December 7, 2-8 p.m. Information: holidayhomesonparade.com.

8 December 7
Santa Paws is Coming to Town

Humane League of Lancaster County

Santa Paws will be visiting the Humane League of Lancaster County to take photos with all the good boy and girl fur babies! Professional photos with Santa are $5 each. Regina Gutierrez Photography will be volunteering their time and talents for the event. Your pet’s professional photo will be uploaded and available for download following the event. Raffles, sweet treats and more await your arrival. All pets that are adopted during the festivities will go home with a special gift, too. 2195 Lincoln Hwy East. 1-5 p.m. Information: 610-750-6100, ext. 211, humanepa.org or lhenderson@humanepa.org.

9 December 12
Community Christmas Carol Sing

Moravian Church Square

Join the Lititz Historical Foundation, in conjunction with the Lititz Moravian Archives, for the annual Community Christmas Carol Sing. This free event will take place at Moravian Church Square. The Moravian Trombone Choir will be on hand, and free song sheets will be handed out as you, your friends, neighbors and family sing holiday classics. Afterwards, all are welcome to warm up inside the Fellowship Hall where light refreshments will be served. The Putz will also be available for various showings throughout the evening in the church’s social hall. 7 p.m. Information: facebook.

10 December 7

Mount Joy

Kick off the holiday season by celebrating in downtown Mount Joy. Main Street will be closed, from Market to Barbara streets, and the entire street will be lined with vendors, restaurants and fun things to do! Santa will be downtown to visit, and there will be live music all night on the stage by the borough office. Tree lighting will be at 7 p.m. 4-7 p.m. Information: 717-653-4227 or mainstreetmountjoy.com.

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