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Why stay home for the holidays? 2012 guide to holiday attractions

Day trip holiday destinations

Kitchen Kettle Village lights up for the holidays

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If you’re up for a day trip, try Lancaster County’s holiday attractions. Kitchen Kettle Village offers shopping, entertainment like carolers and musicians, hot cider and s’mores, candy-making and cooking demonstrations and visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus. Santa visits the National Christmas Center every day through Dec. 24, and exhibits include Toyland Train Mountain, Santa’s Workshop, and 1950’s Night Before Christmas. Don't forget Santa’s Paradise Express at Strasburg Rail Road, and the Choo Choo Barn Holiday Display.

The “Christmas City” of Bethlehem, PA, offers Christkindlmarkt, a marketplace experience including live music and glass ornament-making.

At Hersheypark in Hershey, PA, share a meal with Santa and visit Christmas Candylane for a giant light display, rides and live music. In Hershey, you can also drive through Hershey Sweet Lights, two miles of wooded trails with hundreds of lit holiday displays.

Elmo, elves and other Sesame Street and Christmas characters bring holiday cheer to Sesame Place’s A Very Furry Christmas in Langhorne, PA. Experience Christmas shows, visits with Santa and shopping, and a giant Christmas tree.

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