1 Greek Food Bazaar | November 5-6
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
Enjoy authentic Greek cuisine at this 64th-annual fundraising event. The church will offer a traditional platter, which includes chicken in traditional Greek sauce, pastitsio, spanakopita, Greek salad and a roll. A variety of homemade Greek pastries and desserts and traditional frozen Greek food will also be available for purchase. To place your order, contact the church office or order online by 10 a.m. on November 5. A third of proceeds will be donated to various philanthropic organizations that benefit the Lancaster community. The event will be drive-thru only. Hours are Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Information: annunciation-greek-orthodox-church.square.site or 717-394-1735.
2 Home for the Holidays | November 8-December 30
American Music Theatre
Get in the holiday spirit with this live, original musical experience. Even before the show starts, immerse yourself in Christmas cheer as you enter the theatre’s festive lobby decorated with Christmas trees, garland, natural wreaths and more. Kids will also receive a special holiday gift. The show is inspired by warm, cherished memories of family Christmases spent with loved ones. From scenes set in Santa’s Candy Factory to a “midnight” candlelight service, enjoy fresh set designs and costumes while listening to holiday favorites accompanied by the theatre’s orchestra. The show is two hours and 15 minutes with a short intermission. Information: amtshows.com or 717-397-7700.
3 Taste! Lancaster Festival of Food, Wine & Spirits | November 11-12
Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square
Indulge in a day of award-winning wine, beer, spirits and cuisine from the best chefs and restaurants in the region. The festival showcases a variety of food-centric exhibits, hands-on seminars and celebrity personalities, including Chef Ben Robinson from Bravo’s Below Deck and singer G. Love. Three sessions are offered: 6-10 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased here. Information: phillytastefest.com or 609-398-4450.
4 Veterans Ceremony and Brick Dedication | November 13
Marietta Community House
The Marietta American Legion Post #466 and the Marietta Community House invite all to attend and honor those who served our country during a Veterans Day ceremony featuring local speakers, patriotic music and information regarding the Hometown Heroes banners around town as well as a recently unveiled mural of veterans. In conjunction with the Community House’s Buy-A-Brick program, the event will also feature a dedication of bricks that have been donated in honor of both living and departed loved ones. The ceremony starts at 2 p.m. and will be followed by a brief reception with refreshments and tours of the property. Information: mariettacommunityhouse.org or 717-426-4317.
5 Extraordinary Give | November 18
During this 24-hour fundraiser, join thousands of people across the community as they donate to more than 400 local organizations that directly impact the quality of life in Lancaster County. The Extraordinary Give is considered Lancaster County’s biggest day of giving, raising $15.8 million last year. Many participating organizations will host their own fundraisers and celebrations throughout the day (A list can be found here). From 8 p.m. to midnight, the Lancaster Marriott and Lancaster County Convention Center will host ExtraGive Fest, a free celebration featuring live music, photo opportunities and more. Information: extragive.org or 717-397-1629.
6 Pop-Up Ice Skating Rink | November 18-February 26, 2023
Park City Center
This winter, the former Bon-Ton parking lot at Park City Center will be transformed into a 60-by-100-foot ice skating rink, featuring festive music, food and beverages, free parking, affordable skate rentals, heated hospitality tents for private events and more. Special family-friendly events will also be offered, such as Free Movie Nights on Wednesdays and Saturday Night Socials for local school students. During peak holiday season (December 16-January 2), admission tickets are $12 and skate rentals are $10. During all other sessions, admission is $10 while rentals are $8. Tickets and rentals are available at the box office, but online reservations are recommended. The rink will be open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4-8 p.m., Fridays from 4-10 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Information: flightonice.com or 610-627-2100.
7 Root’s Christmas Show | November 19
Root’s Country Market
Peruse over 300 vendors and find unique holiday gifts including holiday décor, wreaths, hand-made toys, hand-knitted items, pottery, jewelry and more. Also enjoy food vendors, listen to live music and visit with Santa. This is a kid-friendly and dog-friendly event. The market will be open from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Information: Facebook or 717-898-7811.
8 Dutch Winter Wonderland | November 19-January 1, 2023
Decorated in thousands of lights and holiday ornaments, Dutch Winter Wonderland offers Christmas festivities for the whole family. Voted the #10 Best Theme Park Holiday Event last year by USA Today 10Best, the park features 20 rides, family shows, seasonal treats and more. Santa will also be available to listen to kid’s Christmas wishes. Information: dutchwonderland.com or 866-386-2839.
9 Candlelight Open House | November 26
Step back in time and explore the original buildings of Ephrata’s first settlement. Walk along the lantern-lit paths where the first residents of Ephrata walked hundreds of years ago. Inside, discover craftspeople, musicians and spinners at work, as well as a letterpress in operation. Also, find locally made treasures for those on your gift list in the Museum Store. Admission is $7 for everyone age 3 and above. 5-8:30 p.m. Information: ephratacloister.org or 717-733-6600.
10 Small Business Saturday | November 26
Towns and small businesses across the county are preparing fun promotions and events to get feet in the street this Small Business Saturday. In Columbia, receive a punch card and have it marked at participating locations for the chance to win a prize. In Mount Joy, explore the town and embark on the Downtown Elf Hunt (offered through December 17). In conjunction with Small Business Saturday, Mainspring of Ephrata will also support local crafters by hosting a Holiday Market from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Whistle Stop Plaza.
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