The Christmas Tree Ship
One family’s unsinkable mission to save Christmas
A ship. A storm. And a Christmas tale of heroic proportions. This heart-warming inspirational new musical is based on the true story of Herman Schuenemann, known as Captain Santa, who goes down with his ship on a storm in Lake Michigan – leaving his widow to raise their daughters, run the family shipping business and continue her husband’s mission of giving away thousands of Christmas trees to the less fortunate of Chicago. Can she take on the doubters and naysayers, or will she break under the pressures of widowhood, judgmental people and the restrictive customs of the day? What Barbara Schuenemann and her daughter Elsie do to resurrect Captain Santa’s legacy is nothing short of a holiday miracle.
Presented in partnership with Blue Gate Musicals, this dramatic new musical is brought to life by a talented cast of professionals – including several audience favorites and veterans of the Bird-in-Hand Stage.
Don’t miss this epic tale that will remind us all of the importance of tradition, kindness and the joy of Christmas.Buy Tickets Online »
We are excited to present high-quality live entertainment on our stage once again. So everyone has plenty of room to spread out, we are limiting attendance at each show to less than 50 percent of capacity – well within recommended guidelines.
Seating is by general admission. If you purchased tickets prior to July 2020, or if you note your preference when purchasing tickets, we will do our best to honor your seat selections while seating your household members at least 6 feet from other parties. We ask guests to arrive early so that we may get everyone comfortably seated before the show begins.
We have enhanced our cleaning schedule, thoroughly cleaning the theatre after each show and frequently sanitizing high-touch surfaces. Hand-sanitizing stations are available throughout the theater. Our ventilation system brings in fresh outside air.
For the safety of all our guests and employees, masks are required in the theatre and in common indoor areas, including restrooms and our restaurant dining room, and we ask everyone to practice physical distancing of at least 6 feet from non-household members.
If you are not feeling well, kindly call to reschedule your reservation.
Although we are taking precautions to help prevent the spread of disease, these measures do not guarantee that you will not be exposed to the novel coronavirus while visiting the premises.
Lunch & Show
Monday – Saturday: Adult, $53; Child, $27
Breakfast & Show
Monday – Saturday: Adult, $48; Child, $24
Monday – Saturday: Adult, $38; Child, $17
Guests dining with us before the performance should arrive at least 90 minutes prior to allow for time to enjoy their meal. If you arrive later than that time, we are not able to guarantee you will be finished dining in time to be seated for the live musical. Stage doors open 30 minutes prior to show time.
“I loved it and so did my husband who said beforehand he does not like musicals.”
— lscolvin, Union City, MI
Our Bird-in-Hand Stage makes it easy to relax and enjoy high-quality live entertainment, including Broadway-style musical theatre with a positive message, in a unique Lancaster County setting.
Escape your everyday world for a little while and enjoy our live stage shows. You’ll find yourself laughing, holding your breath, gasping, tapping your toes – uplifted and fully entertained.
Our Bird-in-Hand Stage adds new flexibility to the concept of a dinner theatre in Lancaster, PA. To enhance your Lancaster County theatre experience, come early or stay after the show to enjoy a meal at our Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant & Smorgasbord, where you can order from the menu or select from our mouthwatering all-you-can-eat buffet. If you’re looking for lighter fare, enjoy the farm-fresh choices at our nearby Bird-in-Hand Bakery & Cafe. Be sure to ask about dining discounts when you make your reservations.Restaurant & Smorgasbord
Our on-site dining options are a delicious way to round out your visit to our Bird-in-Hand Stage. For an even more memorable theatre experience, ask about discounted packages that include meals or lodging at our one of our conveniently located properties, which provide easy access to all the most popular Lancaster County attractions.