Map out your day with trolleys, Santa train rides, and specials from Downtown businesses!

Downtown business specials and festive fun!

Magical Trolley Ride route

Santa Train route

Get ready to kick off the holiday season with a burst of festive spirit at the annual “Christmas in the City” event! Join us on Saturday, December 2, 2023, for a day of enchanting activities, shopping, and joyous celebrations in downtown Lancaster. This holiday extravaganza promises to be bigger and better than ever, featuring a dazzling bazaar, free trolley rides, craft activities, Santa pictures, and a spectacular Christmas parade.

Check out the order of events for Saturday, December 2nd below.

Christmas in the City – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Christmas Bazaar – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Lancaster Christmas Parade – Begins at 5:00 p.m.

Start your day with a visit to the Christmas Bazaar, where local vendors will offer an array of unique gifts and holiday treats. Enjoy the festive ambiance as you stroll along the decorated streets and explore the participating downtown businesses, which will be open for all your Christmas shopping needs. Don’t forget to bring the family to meet Santa Claus for pictures that will capture the season’s magic.

As the sun sets, gather with your loved ones along the parade route and prepare to be dazzled by the illuminated floats, marching bands, and holiday-themed performances. The Christmas Parade is sure to fill your heart with the warmth and wonder of the season.

Before the main event, mark your calendar for the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Saturday, November 25, 2023, at 6:00 p.m. in downtown Lancaster at the corner of Gay and Main Streets. Join us for a magical evening filled with holiday cheer and performances by Clinton Elementary School and Zamar Church. Witness as the town’s beautiful Christmas tree is lit, officially launching the holiday season.

If you’re interested in participating as a vendor in the Christmas Bazaar or joining the Christmas Parade, don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the magic. Sign up today by visiting our official event website at (can be found below) and secure your spot in this cherished community tradition.

Join us for “Christmas in the City” and create lasting memories with your friends and family. This event is open to all, and we look forward to celebrating the joy and togetherness of the holiday season with you.

For more information, please get in touch with Lisa Roddey, Events and Promotions Manager, at