The holiday season has begun, and that means it’s time to start thinking about Christmas shopping. If you’ve got a long list of people you need to buy for, consider Lancaster, PA. as a destination where you can find an abundance of bargains. Get an early jump on your shopping, soak in some Amish culture, and start whittling down your list while whistling a Christmas carol or two. Here are some of the best places to find early Christmas bargains in Lancaster:

Good’s Store, 333 West 4th Street, Quarryville, PA 17566, 717-786-9028

At Good’s store in the charming town of Quarryville, you’ll find extremely affordable housewares, kitchen appliances, handmade crafts and dime-store items. They also sell clothes, accessories, toys and hardware. It’s an all-purpose store with extremely low prices. Sewers: they have an extensive selection of bolts fabrics from which to choose. You can spend a whole afternoon browsing here, so do set aside extra time to shop.

Rockvale Outlets, 35 South Willowdale Drive, Lancaster, PA 17602, 717-293-9595

These famous outlets are famous for a reason: rock bottom prices on designer items ranging from clothing to furniture. The outlets are just moments away from downtown Lancaster. They hold a variety of special events throughout the year from tent events to sidewalk sales. The best time to go is weekday mornings, when the stores are less crowded.

Goodwill, 2353 Lincoln Hwy E, Lancaster, PA 17602, 717-509-4015

Do you love “thrifting?” Well, the Goodwill in Lancaster is a mecca for the serious thrifter. It’s very large and the merchandise is divided into separate sections for your convenience. You’ll find tons of clothes, household goods, appliances and more at this deep-discount paradise. It’s not unusual to find brand new items with the tags still on, either.

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, 880 Plaza Blvd., Parkview Plaza Rt. 30, Lancaster, PA 17601, 717-399-9081

When a place’s tagline is “good stuff cheap,” you can pretty well guess you’re going to find amazing deals and steals on their merchandise. They promise up to 70% off designer items and you’ll find a hodgepodge of goodies from clothing to name brand kitchen appliances. Don’t miss the “kiss it goodbye” sale, where items are offered for 80% off retail prices.

After all of that shopping, your list will be a lot shorter and you’ll be ready for a comfortable stay in one of Lancaster’s top two hotels: The Sleep Inn Lancaster or the Mainstay Suites Lancaster. Both offer affordable and very clean accommodations for an overnight or extended stay.