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Sunday, September 18
Sunday, October 16
Sunday, November 20
Sunday Conversations
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Enjoy a visit with scholars as they present research about local history and culture. Tours of the historic site require regular admission, but Sunday Conversations are free.  Details about specific programs will be announced in August.


Friday, October 14
Community Days School Program
9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Students are welcome to explore the activities that made the community of Ephrata a thriving center of life in colonial days.  This open-house day features stations with 12-15 minute presentations throughout the historic site.  Travel at your own pace from station to station in any order.  This is a great experience for students of all backgrounds.  Tuition:  $6.00 for students, one adult admitted free with every ten students, additional adults pay $9.00 each.  Reservations strongly encouraged.


Friday, November 11
The historic site is CLOSED for Veteran’s Day


Thursday and Friday, November 24 and 25
The historic site is CLOSED for Thanksgiving


Saturday, November 26
Candlelight Open House
5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Now that everyone has come “over the river and through the woods,” why not take a leisurely stroll through the candlelit grounds of the Historic Ephrata Cloister?  Visit with friends and family to discover the sights, sounds, and crafts of the past and present in a relaxed evening under the stars.  Meet local craftsmen keeping the tradition of handmade art alive.  Enjoy music by the Ephrata Cloister Chorus.  Get a sneak peek at the popular Lantern Tours.  Enjoy light refreshments as a simple evening unfolds away from the rush of the coming holiday season.  Admission is $5.00 for everyone age 3 and above.


Chourus in the Sall Balcony

Christmas at the Cloister
December 12 and 13, 2016
Performances at 6:30 and 8:00 pm each night

Spend a few moments in quiet reflection with holiday music and seasonal readings in the 1741 Meetinghouse at the Ephrata Cloister. Seating is limited and advance tickets are required.

Call 717-733-6600 after November 8th to order your tickets.

Special Admission rate of $6/person.


Preparing Love FestLantern Tours
December 27 through 30, 2016
6:30—8:00 pm, Tours depart every half hour

These special theatrical tours take you back in time to visit Ephrata Cloister as it may have appeared in the 1700s. Each year we offer a new story with a cast of junior and senior high school students playing the roles that bring to life.

Reservations are required and can be made after December 1st by calling 717-733-6600.

Adults $10, Seniors $9, Students $7, Children $5


Ephrata Cloister
632 West Main Street, Ephrata, PA 17522
Telephone (717) 733-6600