Experience Fall at Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum

Check out what's happening at Landis Valley Museum this Fall!

Fall is officially here! As you plan your local adventures for this season, be sure to keep Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum top of mind—the 100-acre living history museum has a full lineup of family-friendly festive Fall events to enjoy right here in Lancaster. With plenty of beautiful foliage and seasonal celebrations, Landis Valley Museum is a delightful destination to visit during the final months of the year.

Check out the calendar for Landis Valley Museum’s Fall events below!

Harvest Days 

Saturday, October 12th & Sunday, October 13th | 11 AM – 5 PM 

Enjoy fun for the whole family at Landis Valley Museum’s oldest and largest annual event. Celebrate the Fall harvest Pennsylvania-German traditional style with wagon rides, apple butter making, blacksmith demonstrations, candle making, and more. Harvest days include music, food, and a pick-your-own pumpkin patch.

A culmination of a year’s worth of hard work, Harvest Days is Landis Valley’s oldest and largest family event.

Halloween Lunch & Dinner Tours

Lunch tour on Saturday, October 26th | 11 AM – 3 PM

Dinner tour on Thursday, October 31st | 5:30 – 9 PM

To celebrate Halloween,  head to Landis Valley Museum for spooky traditional stories and a delicious meal at the Landis Valley House Hotel. Afterward, learn about Pennsylvania-German funeral customs and enjoy a special tour, a wagon ride, and a healthy dose of old German superstitions. Reservations required.

Dinner is served… with a “frightful” side order of spooky stories

Lunch with the Landis Brothers 

Saturday, November 16th | 11 AM – 3 PM

Learn about Pennsylvania-German culture while dining with in-person reenactors playing Henry and George Landis, the museum founders, at the Landis Valley House Hotel. Ask questions, hear first hand about the Landis brothers’ lives, and experience a VIP tour of the brothers’ prized collection pieces. The menu features “mile-high” sandwiches and snapper soup. Reservations required.

Reenactors playing Henry and George Landis, the museum founders.

Museum Store Open House – Free Entry

Saturday, November 30th & Sunday, December 1st | 9 AM – 5 PM

Shop local artwork and unusual gifts right here in Lancaster at the Museum Store Open House on Small Business Saturday and Museum Store Sunday. The open house will feature in-store demonstrations, craft classes, and a wide selection of unique goods. Don’t miss this great opportunity to purchase locally handmade gifts for the holidays! 

A few of the unique goods that will be available.

Belsnickel Lunch & Dinner Tours

Dinner tour on Tuesday, December 10th | 5:30 PM – 9 PM

Lunch tour on Saturday, December 14th | 10:00 AM – 2 PM

Don’t know what a Belsnickel is? Think a German fur-clad form of a Santa whose humor and character resembles Dwight from The Office! Adults and children alike are sure to enjoy this festive event. The entertaining lunch starts with a wine and cheese reception at the museum store before a visit with Belsnickel, a wagon ride, tour features, and delicious food at the Landis Valley House Hotel. Reservations required.

Meet the one and only Belsnickel!

Holiday Bonfire – Free Entry

Friday, December 13th | 6 PM – 8:30 PM 

Enjoy free admission to Landis Valley Museum’s huge holiday bonfire with a donation of canned goods that goes to the Lancaster County Food Hub. Stay warm around a huge bonfire, take wagon rides across the 100-acre village, tour decorated historic buildings, sip hot cider, and munch on cookies during this fun, community event.

Stay warm around our holiday bonfire!

Country Christmas Village 

Saturday, December 7th | 10 AM – 4 PM

Sunday, December 8th | 12 PM – 4 PM

With the entire village and museum decked out with traditional nature-based holiday decorations, the first weekend in December is a prime time to discover time-honored traditions at Landis Valley Museum. Check out what Pennsylvania-German farms of the past would have looked like! 

Visit Landis Valley Museum this Fall! From Harvest Days to the Country Christmas Village, there’s something fun for the kids, the history buffs, and everyone in between. 

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