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Sights of the Season Festivities: To keep your calendar cheerful, here's a roundup of the many merry celebrations planned throughout the region.

November 15, 1998|By Randi Kest | Randi Kest,Contributing Writer

* Three historic coal-baron mansions and the old drugstore will be decorated for holiday tours Dec. 13 in Bramwell. The tour begins at 5 p.m. and is followed by a reception at Margaret's Catering on Main Street. Admission: $8 per person. Call 304-248-7252.


* Koziar's Christmas Village in Bernville marks its 50th anniversary with a holiday fairyland of lights, decorations, food and gifts. Decorated buildings offer tree-trimming ideas, the smell of fresh cookies wafts through the air, trains cross trestles in a miniature town and Santa waits for visitors on Santa Claus Lane. Until Thanksgiving, the village (located off state Route 183) is open Friday through Sunday 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; from Thanksgiving to Jan. 1, it will be open Monday through Friday 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Admission: $5.50 adults, $4.50 seniors, $4 children 6 to 12, children 5 and younger free. Call 610-488-1110.

* Lancaster County has already begun celebrating the season and is chock-full of holiday festivities lasting until year's end. A holiday heritage story about the international celebrations of Christmas as seen through the eyes of a child is onstage now through Dec. 30 at the American Music Theatre, on U.S. Route 30 in downtown Lancaster. Admission to "Holiday Treasures": $28 for adults, $14 for children 3 to 17, under 3 free. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday at 3 p.m.; Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday and Saturday 10:30 a.m. Call 717-397-7700 for reservations.

The Lancaster Museum of Art's annual Trees Galore exhibit features two- and three-dimensional original art by regional artists now through Dec. 13. The museum, 135 N. Lime St. in Lancaster, is open noon to 4 p.m. Sundays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. other days. Admission: Free. Call 717-394-3497.

Historic Rock Ford Plantation will be decked in authentic trimmings during its Yuletide at Rock Ford, Nov. 27-29. An 18th-century meal will be cooked in the fireplace, music and dancing from the era will be presented, and candlelight tours will be given in the evenings. The plantation is located at 881 Rock Ford Road, in West Lampeter's Lancaster County Central Park. Hours: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 27-28 and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 29. Admission: $7 for those 13 and older, $3 for children 6 to 12, under 6 free. Call 717-392-7223.

Village Greens Miniature Golf in Strasburg will transform its 10 acres into a winter wonderland complete with Santa, festive illuminations, ice sculptures, live music and a live Nativity scene. Festivities take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 3-6, Dec. 10-13 and Dec. 17-23. The golf course is located on state Route 741. Admission: $5 for adults, $2 for children 4 to 12, children 3 and younger free. Call 717-687-6933.

Lancaster County's oldest building, the Hans Herr House and Museum, opens its doors for candlelight tours Dec. 4-5. Ox and wagon will take visitors from the Visitor's Center to the house for an hourlong tour of the holiday-bedecked rooms. The Hans Herr House is located in Willow Street at 1749 Hans Herr Drive, five miles south of Lancaster between U.S. Route 222 and state Route 741 and Penn Grant Road. Hours: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 5. Admission: $5 for adults, $1 for children 7 to 12, under 7 free. Call 717-464-4438.

During walking tours of eight historic and decorated homes in Marietta, visitors can see a Civil War encampment, an actor dressed as President Lincoln and Victorian carolers. Tours will be given Dec. 6 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Houses are located throughout the town, which is three miles north of the Marietta exit from U.S. Route 30. Free shuttle-bus service is offered between sites. Admission: $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Call 717-426-1229.

Pennsylvania German homes at the Landis Valley Museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Road in Manheim, will be decorated in holiday style for a free Dec. 18 tour. Visitors are invited to tour several buildings and join the Lititz Moravian Trombone Choir in carols. Hours: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Call 717-569-0401.

* Hersheypark is dressed for its 16th annual Christmas Candylane, now through Jan. 2. More than 1 million lights illuminate the park, where 20 rides are open, and seasonal entertainment sets the mood. Horse-drawn carriage rides are given through the park, and nine live reindeer keep Santa company. The Candylane Twilight Express, a steam-driven locomotive, offers rides through Santa's Magical Forest. The park is located in Hershey at 100 W. Hersheypark Drive, off Pennsylvania Route 743. Holiday park hours vary, so call before going. Admission: free, but rides are on a pay-as-you-go basis. Call 800-HERSHEY.

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