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Things to Do in Lancaster in March

Tulip Flower Garden - Things to do in Lancaster in March

Lancaster, Pennsylvania, always has something fun going on, there’s something new for you to do every day in March! We’ve put together some of the things we’re most excited to do in Lancaster in March 2018, but you can check out the events calendar for even more great ideas!

One thing that’s going on all month is the Murder at Mount Hope Mystery Dinner Theater. There you can play a character in the story and investigate the fictional murder at Mount Hope while eating a delicious four-course dinner. Dutch Apple Dinner Theater will also host a few shows throughout March, including a tribute to Johnny Cash and a performance of Cat in the Hat.

You also won’t want to miss the local events happening every Friday, like First Friday in Lancaster and Mt. Gretna, Music Friday in Lancaster City on March 16, and Fourth Friday in Mount Joy. These events let you enjoy local artisans and shops through special events.

If you have kids, you won’t want to miss kid-friendly events like special jumps at Sky Zone, the Easter Bunny Breakfast at Kitchen Kettle Village the last weekend of the month, and much more. The Lancaster area is one of the most family-friendly places around!

St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids

St. Patrick's Day Crafts for Kids - Lancaster, PA

St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching, and if you have kids or spend a lot of time with them, this is the perfect holiday for fun, family-friendly crafts! Check out some of our favorite St. Patrick’s Day Crafts your kids will love, or find more at Woman’s Day.

Rainbow Paper Plate

Since St. Patrick’s Day and leprechauns go hand in hand, there are lots of fun leprechaun-themed crafts to have your kids do. One is a rainbow paper plate craft, where you glue cotton and strips of colored paper to a paper plate to look like a rainbow. This one is great for younger tots!

Shamrock T-Shirt

If your munchkins are a little older, they’ll enjoy a shamrock stamped t-shirt, where you cut a shamrock shape and tape it to the front of the shirt, then use an eraser to stamp fabric paint around it. You can also make St. Patrick’s Day garlands to hang up around the house with sparkly shamrocks.

Homemade Play Dough

Some of the cool craft ideas include projects you can make for your kids to play with even after the holiday is over. For example, St. Patrick’s Day play dough uses a regular play dough recipe plus green food coloring and sparkles. Or, if they prefer candy, decorate a pot of gold and fill it with candies covered with gold foil like chocolate coins.

For more ideas or to shop for your next Nissan, visit us at Lancaster Nissan!

Christmas in Lancaster

Christmas in Lancaster is about bringing the community to celebrate as one happy family. A variety of Christmas events offer plenty of opportunities for everyone to take part in the holiday season. Here are a few of our favorites Lancaster Christmas events!

Christmas in Lancaster

Mayor’s Tree Lighting and Tuba Christmas

There are few better ways to kick off the Christmas season than by attending the Mayor’s Tree Lighting and “Tuba Christmas.” The event takes place in Penn Square, the perfect location for all Lancaster residents to see the spectacle in person.

Kitchen Kettle Village

Of all the areas in Lancaster that celebrate the Christmas season, few do it better than Kitchen Kettle Village. Dubbed Kitchen Kettle Christmas, the village is a winter wonderland designed to give families a Christmas they’ll never forget. Visitors can have breakfast with Santa Claus and a gingerbread man mascot, or dine in the evening with Mrs. Claus.

Christmas Tree Train

There’s nothing quite like traveling on the Christmas Tree Train to Leaman Place Grove to find your family tree! Once families have chosen their tree, it’s cut and shipped back to the station where children will be entertained by holiday classics and rides on the Tinsel Trolley.

We here at Lancaster Nissan hope to see you out and about taking part in the festivities this holiday season!

Unique Things to Do in Pennsylvania

Finding something unique to do in a city you’ve lived in your entire life isn’t all that easy. You’ve likely seen all the popular attractions as well as some of the area’s hidden gems. Fortunately, Pennsylvania has a few surprises in store, even for lifelong residents. Check out some of these unique things to do in Pennsylvania recommended by us here at Lancaster Nissan.

Things to Do in Pennsylvania

Grab at Bite at Pennsylvania’s Oldest Restaurant

Founded in 1860, McGillin’s Old Ale House is the oldest operating restaurant in the state of Pennsylvania. Featuring cuisine that ranges from Shepherd’s Pie to an authentic Philadelphia cheese steak, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The rich history is emphasized by the décor and antiques that create a rustic look in Pennsylvania’s oldest restaurant.

Take a Covered Wagon Tour

Ole Covered Wagon Tours takes visitors on scenic treks throughout the Pennsylvania wilderness. Some of the most popular spots include waterfalls and the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania. The fall foliage is pretty impressive as well!

Learn How to Twist Pretzels

Pretzels are a great treat for kids and adults alike, and now you can learn how to twist them yourself. The Julius Sturgis Pretzel Company offers tours of the facility and teaches visitors how to twist the pretzels. Those who take part will receive an “Official Pretzel Twister” certificate as well as free pretzels.

Fall Day Trips

Fall Day Trips - East Petersburg, PA

Traveling throughout Pennsylvania is a great way to make this fall memorable. From taking in the scenery to experiencing fall in entirely new ways, there’s plenty of ways to take in the season. Check out these fall day trips recommended by us here at Lancaster Nissan.

Hellerick’s Family Farm

Located near Doylestown, Hellerick’s Family Farm is home to a family-friendly fall experience no one will soon forget. Explore a five-acre corn maze, take a scenic hayride, or pick your own pumpkins for carving once you return home. As though those activities are reason enough to visit, the farm also holds the Fall Harvest Festival from September 16th through October 31st.

Whistle Pig Pumpkin Patch

The Whistle Pig Pumpkin Patch is located in Noxen and features a number of classic fall activities. Visitors can explore a massive corn maze, take a hayride, and visit the pumpkin patch from which the attraction draws its name.

Ole Covered Wagon Tours

There’s nothing quite like exploring Pine Creek Gorge in a covered wagon! Located in Wellsboro, the gorge features some of the most scenic fall foliage wagon tours in the entire country, let alone the state of Pennsylvania. Visitors can also take a Fall Foliage Waterfalls Tour that will surely take their breath away.

The Great Taco Trek: Pennsylvania’s Tastiest Taco Spots in One Easy Taco Road Trip

Taco Road Trip - Lancaster, PA
You can find a Taco Bell a few miles off almost every highway exit in America, but that’s hardly a good reason to hit the road. So we’ve decided to make it easy for friends of Lancaster Nissan to think outside the Bell and take to the freeway with one easy taco road trip across Pennsylvania.

  1. Taqueria la Veracruzana — Philadelphia (Passyunk Square)
    If authenticity means anything to you, you better find your way to Taqueria la Veracruzana for an honest Mexican taco. Pro tip: order the carnitas tacos; you won’t be sorry!
  2. Pipeline Taco — Wayne
    Pipeline Taco takes the cake (or pastel) for unique menu options. Hawaiian-inspired in decor and flavor, Pipeline offers the best fish tacos in PA, like the Tatonka buffalo shrimp. Not a fan of fish? Go for the Bonsai BBQ slow-roasted pork taco.
  3. Taco King — Harrisburg
    Some titles can be deceiving, but not when it comes to Taco King. Simple, no-frills tacos that are a guaranteed yum every time. For those of you feeling extra-hungry, get the taco platter with refried beans and rice.
  4. Let’s Taco Bout It — Reading
    A college-kid favorite, Let’s Taco Bout It’s fare is as charming as its quirky name. This luchador-themed restaurant offers tasty tacos for just $2.50. Explorers should try the esqueleto cactus taco (and we know you’re explorers — you’re on a taco road trip!).

Common and Unusual Thanksgiving Traditions in the US

Enjoy these Thanksgiving traditions with your friends and family.

Enjoy these Thanksgiving traditions with your friends and family.

If you’re looking for inspiration for your Thanksgiving celebration, we’ve put together a list of some of the biggest Thanksgiving traditions practiced across the country every year, as well as some not so common ones you might want to try out.

Everyone has a big Thanksgiving feast every year, and it’s almost always centered around the Thanksgiving turkey. The way Americans eat is always evolving, so if you have vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, or allergic relatives, use Thanksgiving as a way to stretch your cooking skills.

Many people use Thanksgiving as a chance to volunteer at homeless shelters and foodbanks. If you’re looking for something to do as a family on Thanksgiving that will enrich your children, or just yourself, try it out!

Don’t forget the ceremonial breaking of the wishbone. Two people pull on opposite ends of the wishbone from the turkey and whoever gets the bigger half makes a wish. This is especially fun for kids. Before dessert, try taking a walk around the block or tossing a ball around to digest a little before digging in. This gives you a chance to spend quality time with family.

If you have relatives who live far away, you can still include them in the Thanksgiving conversation and games by setting up a Skype session or Google Hangout. If you’ve never done this before, this year is a great time to enlist the technological skills of younger relatives.

Thanksgiving is all about traditions, but it’s never too late to start a new one!

How to Test Drive a Car

Tips for your next test drive.

Tips for your next test drive.

Taking a car on a test drive seems like a pretty simple thing, but there are things you can do to get as much information about the car as you can from your short spin around the block. Here are some tips on how to test drive a car.

You should always schedule your test drive in advance so you know they’ll have the car you want to test drive, or one close to it. This also gives you a chance to get in and out more quickly and gives you more time to drive a few different cars for comparison.

If you have family or someone you drive regularly, bring them with you to see how they like the ride. The vehicle you choose needs to work for everyone who rides in it. Check the amount of cargo space, seat comfort, how easily accessible the controls are, and test out any other features that are especially important to you.

Actually driving the car is a chance to find out a lot about the vehicle. Pay attention to the ride quality, and try out the navigation system if there is one, connect your mobile device through Bluetooth or Apple CarPlay/Android Auto if they’re available, and listen to how noisy the cabin is.

Make sure visibility is ideal for you. If you have trouble seeing or you’re not comfortable with how much you can see, try another vehicle. Make sure you have enough power to quickly merge into traffic, can turn easily, and won’t have trouble parking it.

It’s a lot to think about, so if you need to, ask your salesperson if you can extend the drive a little, and never be afraid to ask questions about features you aren’t familiar with.

2017 Nissan Titan

2017 Nissan Titan

2017 Nissan Titan

The market for full-size trucks is crowded, which makes it difficult for specific models to stand out from the rest. However, Nissan has been able to do just that with this year’s Nissan Titan. Here is what makes the 2017 Nissan Titan such a unique vehicle.
The first thing that many people notice about the new Titan is that the comfort of the interior of the vehicle rivals that of many luxury sedans. With leather seats and plenty of space, drivers can carry passengers around with no concern about comfort.


As for the technology in the truck, one of the most unique features is the remote-start button that also allows you to control the climate of your vehicle from a distance so that you never have to get into a truck that’s too hot or too cold. Drivers are also treated to an intuitively designed console that features a touchscreen that allows you to sync your smartphone.


With the new Titan, you will also never be in danger. Featuring the Nissan Intelligent Safety Shield Technologies, blind spot warnings, and six airbags, the driver and passengers are always safe.


Explore the powerful new Nissan Titan today to see what makes it the perfect truck for you.

2017 Nissan Armada

2017 Nissan Armada

2017 Nissan Armada

In the market for full-size SUVs, there aren’t many options that are able to match the style and luxury of the 2017 Nissan Armada. If you want a vehicle that can be taken on long road trips and daily outings, explore the new Nissan Armada today.


The first thing that most people notice when they get into the new Armada is the luxurious interior. Plastic has been outlawed inside of the Armada, and there is available leather seating. For audio lovers, there is a 13-speaker Bose® sound system that captures the nuances of all types of music. There are still three rows of seating in the cabin, which allows for plenty of leg and headroom.


The exterior of the car is sleek and stylish, complimented by 20-inch wheels and a sunroof for those nice days. Under the hood, there is plenty of power. The Armada’s 5.6-liter V8 engine is capable of hauling up to 8,500 pounds, and it features 390 horsepower, which allows it to reach 60 mph in just 6.2 seconds. Not bad for a vehicle that weighs three tons.


The new Nissan Armada is available in three trims: the SV, the SL, and Platinum.