Dec 9, 2021

Miracle In Pennsylvania Dutch Country

Miracle On 34th Street
Dutch Apple Dinner Theater - Lancaster, PA
Going to see the Christmas show at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theater has become an annual tradition in my family in the years since my grandparents passed away.  In previous years, we've seen their musical theater production of Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn, A Christmas Carol, Holly Jolly Christmas, A Christmas Story, It's A Wonderful Life and A Swingin' Christmas.

They had a holiday show last year, but this was before the vaccine was available to our age group, so we had to pass.  This year, we're all fully vaccinated with booster shots and ready for a fun night in Lancaster.

This is the lobby of the Dutch Apple.  There's a seating area, a small gift shop, and a box office window to buy tickets to future events.  In the first few years that we came here for holiday shows, the cast met up with the audience in the lobby after the show and everyone sang Christmas carols together.  That has understandably been put on hold as a result of the pandemic.

There's no photography allowed during the show, but this is the stage and some of the seating area for the audience.  There's a buffet to the left of the stage and dining room, but this show had a served dinner instead of the all-you-can-eat buffet that they usually have.

We had a choice of five different entrees for dinner.  I had the cream of broccoli soup with caesar salad, and the prime rib with red bliss potatoes and Prince Charles vegetables.  Before today, I hadn't heard of Price Charles vegetables, but I became very familiar with them tonight because neither my wife nor my dad wanted theirs, so I had three helpings of green beans, wax beans and carrots. 

For dessert, I had the rustic gingerbread cream cake with whipped cream and mint.  I'm not a huge fan of gingerbread, but it was the only option that felt Christmassy, so I gave it a shot.  It was pretty good - not terrible, but not something I'll order again.

The show was excellent, as always.  I especially enjoyed Jordan Ross Weinhold, who played Marvin Shellhammer.  His performance reminded me of Paul Lynde and Jim CarreyDale Given was also fantastic as Kris Kringle.