Duration: Two days and two nights
Pack up the family and drive through the Lancaster, Hershey and Harrisburg area for all your shopping needs. Stops along the way include familiar favorites in Lancaster, outlet stores at Tanger Outlets, and specialty stores in Harrisburg and Cumberland Valley with holiday detours along the way.
We’ll start and end each day of this road trip at Tanger Outlets, first in Lancaster’s location on Route 30. Visitors can stock up on more than 60 name brand outlets including Polo, Gap, Banana Republic, Nike and Coach.Read More >
Forget buggies — downtown Lancaster has more than 300 boutiques, restaurants, art galleries, and entertainment venues ready to explore. In addition to various museums, be sure to mix shopping with culture and explore stores like Ditto Couture and Ream Jewelers.Read More >
After you get your fill downtown, head over to Ten Thousand Villages in Ephrata. A fair trade retailer, you can find artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items from across the globe. Featuring products from more than 130 artisan groups in 38 countries, the store is part of a network of more than 390 retail outlets throughout the United States. As one of the world’s oldest and largest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages has spent more than 60 years... Read More >
Our last stop for the day is a visit to the National Christmas Center in Paradise. Featured on Travel Channel’s “Most Christmasy Places in America,” this family attraction and museum takes you on a journey through wonderful memories of Christmases past and present, near and far. There are 14 main galleries and numerous, ever-changing smaller exhibits. The 20,000 square-foot building of life-sized, walk-through indoor exhibits brings the holiday to life for all ages. Be sure to visit the... Read More >
Nestled in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Kitchen Kettle Village in Intercourse is filled with a world-famous canning kitchen, the Kling House Restaurant, unique specialty shops, scrumptious food, and beautiful views. Shops include the Deerskin Leather Shop, the Gift House, Cloverfields Bags and Accessories, and many more.Read More >
Located in the heart of the Amish farmlands within walking distance to shops and eateries, Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant offers delicious Pennsylvania Dutch staples for the entire family.Read More >
This beautiful landmark hotel in Downtown Lancaster positions guests within walking distance to Gallery Row and the Arts District where you can experience first-hand the city’s flourishing arts scene. And right across the square is Central Market, the oldest continuously-operated farmers market in the United States and a perfect place to grab breakfast before starting another day of your shopping journey.Read More >
The Hotel Hershey is a Forbes Four-Star and AAA Four-Diamond hotel offering 276 rooms of classic elegance, including 10 luxury cottages. The Hotel features indoor and outdoor swimming options, Chocolate Spa, recreation complex, unique dining experiences, and The Shops At The Hotel Hershey.Read More >
For women who love to shop, our next location is the perfect destination! The Plum offers high-end retail including clothes, shoes, accessories and handbags. The shop is filled with exquisite lines like Sarah Pacinni and Emmelle, as well as staple lines like Zanella and Diane Von Furstenburg.Read More >
The next destination on the trip is perfect for avid readers. Named one of “America’s Great Independent Bookstores” and voted “Simply the Best” Independent Bookstore in the region for ten years running, the bookstore holds more than 200,000 sale-priced books on six floors in two connected buildings. You won’t want to miss out on this experience to find something for every book-lover on your list with used general interest and rare, hard-to-find and out-of-print books.Read More >
The last stop on our two-day road trip is a visit to the Cumberland Valley’s historic downtown Mechanicsburg, with galleries, casual dining, and specialty gift shops. Begin exploring Main Street with a stop at the Potomac Bead Company and let yourself be tempted by the vast inventory of jewelry - you can even make your own piece of jewelry for a special memento! If your feet are in need of some TLC from shopping until you drop, make an appointment at Heel your Sole.Read More >
The West Shore Farmers Market is a unique shopping (and eating!) experience. Upstairs is filled with unique shoppes full of fine gifts, jewelry, antiques, art work, and bath and body products. Downstairs offers all kinds of fresh fruit, vegetables, seafood, meat, prepared foods, gourmet coffees and soft pretzels. There are more than 50 different vendors in the building to satisfy all of your cravings and shopping needs.Read More >
Bricco’s unique partnership with the Olewine School of Culinary Arts at Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) and the Harrisburg Hotel Corporation make it a must-taste restaurant. By perfecting meals with Mediterranean and Italian flavors, primarily utilizing local Pennsylvania produce and Tuscan-style inspirations, Bricco has earned the title of Harrisburg's only DiRoNA, Wine Spectator and SantÃ© magazine award-winning restaurant.
Christmas Magic is a spectacular half mile trail winding through Rocky Ridge Park in York displaying more than 600,000 lights and animation. This magical holiday happening has become a traditional visit for many families far and wide. Christmas Magic has been named one of the top 13 events in the country by the Wall Street Journal, the very best special event in Pennsylvania by the Pennsylvania Recreation and Parks Society and one of the top ten holiday events in Pennsylvania by The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Christmas in Hershey
Get into the holiday spirit by experiencing Christmas in Hershey. Start off the evening by exploring Christmas Candylane where guests can enjoy all the wonders of the holiday at Hersheypark. Visit with Santa and his reindeer, enjoy ice skating, sing along to some holiday tunes, turn up the thrills on the Wildcat, Laff Trakk and the sooperdooperLooper or enjoy some hot roasted nuts while strolling through the amusement park. For those who want to stay warm in the car, check out Hershey Sweet Lights. This two-mile wooded driving path provides a twinkling journey where visitors can view more than 600 illuminated, animated displays. With so many holiday happenings and family friendly entertainment, Christmas in Hershey is sure to be The Sweetest Place On Earth to celebrate the holiday season.
A short drive from tourist destinations like Hershey and Gettysburg, Roundtop Mountain Resort, formerly Ski Roundtop, is a four-season resort with plenty of snow sports to keep visitors busy. Roundtop and nearby ski resorts — Liberty and Whitetail — are under the same management, so skier discount cards and season passes are transferable among the three resorts.