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!



Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival ~  Black Friday, November 25, 2022, 5:30-8pm


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 26, 2022 10am-1pm then every Friday and Saturday until December 17, 2022 when Santa flies back to the North Pole to get ready for Christmas.  Santa’s House is located at 16 E Main St, Ephrata Pa 17522 in the visitor’s center/train station.

Fridays 530-730pm

 Saturdays 10am-1pm


Ephrata Holiday Market ~ Saturday, November 26, 2022, 10am-2pm

Mainspring of Ephrata Christmas Committee is once again continuing our Christmas in Ephrata celebration the next day & is hosting our 2nd 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 as well as the Holiday Market at the Whistle Stop Plaza, located at 16 E Main St., Ephrata, PA 17522 Downtown Ephrata.


Jingle Bell Tour ~ Friday & Saturday, December 9 & 10

The Jingle Bell Tour is BACK this year for the ninth season! Mainspring of Ephrata cordially invites you to this special community event. The tour will launch on Friday, December 9th, with family night and December 10th 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!! Tickets go on sale on November 11, 2022.  Click here for additional information and tickets!


Candlelight Open House ~ Hosted by Historic Ephrata Cloister
  • 11/26/2022
  • 5:30 PM – 8:00 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: ​ephratacloister.org



Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, JR ~ Hosted by Ephrata Performing Arts Center
  • Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays starting December 2 – 18, 2022
  • Fri – 7:30pm, Sat – 2pm & 7:30pm, Sun – 2pm.
  • $25-35 – Standard ticket pricing.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer – The Musical, Jr. will be a charming walk down memory lane, as well as a heart-warming reminder to be kind to all – no matter the differences we may have. (from EPAC’s website)
Additional information & tickets : ​EPAC Tickets


Journey to Bethlehem ~ Hosted by Woodcrest Retreat
  • December 9 & 16 | 6:00 – 8:30 PM
  • December 10 & 17 |  5:00 – 8:30 PM
  • $10 Adults, $5 children 4-16, 3 and under: Free
  • Maximum Family Charge (must live at same address): $40
  • Cash and Check Only

225 Woodcrest Rd, Ephrata


Christmas at the Cloister ~ Hosted by the Ephrata Cloister
  • December 12 & 13  |  $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: ephratacloister.org


Lantern Tours ~ Hosted by the Ephrata Cloister
  • December 27-30 | 6:30-8:30 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.  ephratacloister.org


Ephrata Unexpected ~ New Year’s Celebration 2022


On Saturday, December 31, Mainspring of Ephrata is hosting its first-ever New Year’s Eve Celebration from 9:30pm ~ 12:00am! 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, and confetti falling around everyone like snow.

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