Holidays in Ephrata

Spend Your Holidays with Us!

Escape to Ephrata! Surprising, Unexpected, Ephrata...


Want to get in on the Tree-mendous beauty of Ephrata for the holidays? Adopt a Lighted Tree or a wreath and help us shine!


A holiday card to the Ephrata Community

Join Downtown Ephrata in wishing the community a Happy Holiday Season! Share your favorite family photo or office photo along Main Street and help to keep the Tree Lighting Event and Santa visits possible in Ephrata. Click here for additional details


Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival ~  Black Friday, November 24, 2023, 5-8 pm

Our Ephrata tradition of Santa’s arrival and tree lighting continues. Many families look forward to this special evening and making precious memories each year. We will also welcome the Belsnickel. You won’t want to miss it! Downtown Ephrata right on Main St at 31 E Main St.  Click here for additional details.


Visit with SANTA

Starting November 25, 2023, 10 am-1 pm every Friday and Saturday until December 23, 2023, when Santa flies back to the North Pole to prepare for Christmas.  Santa’s House is located at 16 E Main St, Ephrata PA 17522 in the visitor’s center/train station.

  • Fridays, 5:30 ~ 7:30 pm
  • Saturdays, 10 am ~ 1 pm
Ephrata Holiday Market ~ Saturday, November 25, 2023, 10am-2pm

Mainspring of Ephrata Christmas Committee is once again continuing our Christmas in Ephrata celebration the next day & is hosting our 3rd Holiday Crafters Market! We want to support LOCAL crafters & businesses to get their holiday selling season off to a great start!! This event coincides with Small Business Saturday.

Please join us for Small Business Saturday & take advantage of some downtown shopping and the Holiday Market at the Whistle Stop Plaza, located at 16 E Main St., Ephrata, PA 17522 Downtown Ephrata. (click the link to see a list of vendors)


Jingle Bell Tour ~ Friday & Saturday, December 8 & 9


The Jingle Bell Trolley Tour is BACK this year for the 10th season! Mainspring of Ephrata cordially invites you to this special community event. The tour will launch on Friday, December 8th, with family night and December 9th will be an adult night with a guided tour of Ephrata homes & businesses (outside only) that will be decorated for the holiday season.

Tickets for the event are as follows ~

  • Family night ~ $15 each  •  Adult night ~ $18 each

​We hope you will join us for this year’s tour!! Stay Tuned for when tickets will go on sale!  Click here for additional information and tickets! (link will be updated when details are confirmed)


Candlelight Open House ~ Hosted by Historic Ephrata Cloister
  • 11/25/2023
  • 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM
  • $7.00 per person age 3 and above

Walk the candlelit paths of the historic site and tour the buildings, listen to the music, and visit with craftsmen. Admission is $7.00 for everyone age 3 and above.

Additional information at ​



THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Young Performers Production) ~ Hosted by Ephrata Performing Arts Center
  • Fridays & Saturdays starting December 8 – 30, 2023
  • Fri – 7:30 pm, Sat – 2 pm & 7:30 pm
  • Sunday Performance – December 17th @ 2 pm
  • $37-$56 – Standard ticket pricing.(including fees)

As a follow-up to our wildly popular 2021 production of Les Miserables: School Edition, EPAC has decided to up the ante and present Andrew Lloyd Weber’s world-famous and iconic, The Phantom of the Opera.  Love, passion, and horror all descend on an 1800s Parisian opera house as Christine, a young soprano, becomes the obsession of an enigmatic and phantasmic musical genius, who seeks to make her his protege. Filled with widely acclaimed music that has defined the musical theatre genre for nearly 40 years, The Phantom of the Opera will serve as yet another showcase for the extraordinary local youth talent in our community. (from EPAC’s website)
Additional information & tickets: ​EPAC Tickets


Journey to Bethlehem ~ Hosted by Woodcrest Retreat
  • December 8 & 15 | 6:00 – 8:40 PM
  • December 9 & 16 |  5:00 – 8:40 PM
  • $10 Adults, $5 children 4-16, 3 and under: Free
  • Maximum Family Charge (must live at the same address): $40
  • Cash and Check Only

225 Woodcrest Rd, Ephrata

For additional information and to reserve a timeslot, visit


Christmas at the Cloister ~ Hosted by the Ephrata Cloister
  • December 11 & 12  |  $7 per person
  • 6:30 & 8:00 PM each night
  • 632 W Main St, Ephrata

Spend a few moments in quiet reflection with seasonal readings and holiday music in the historic Saal. Two programs are offered each night, one starting at 6:30 p.m. and the other at 8:00 p.m. Seating is limited and advance tickets are required for this event. Tickets are available to members starting November 1 and to the General Public on November 8.

Additional information at


Lantern Tours ~ Hosted by the Ephrata Cloister
  • December 27-30 | 6:00-8:30 PM
  • All Day
  • Adults $10, Seniors $9,
  • Students $7, Children $5
  • 632 W Main St, Ephrata

These special tours don’t tell the full Ephrata story but take you back in time to visit with a special story. Each year offers a new story with a cast of junior and senior high school students playing the roles that bring history to life. The one-hour tours start every half-hour each night and reservations are required and can be made by calling the Visitor Center at 717-733-6600 beginning December 1.  Admission charged.

Additional information at


Ephrata Unexpected ~ New Year’s Celebration 2023


On Sunday, December 31, Mainspring of Ephrata is hosting its 2nd Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration from 9:30 pm ~ 12:00 am! The Square in downtown Ephrata will come alive to ring in the New Year! We’ll have dancing in the streets to live music, cheer to fireworks bursting on the hour, food trucks, adult beverages, and more!

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