Nothing shines like Pennsylvania during the holiday season! From lighted walking trails to glimmering shops, holiday spirit is bright across the Keystone State.
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1. Christmas Magic – A Festival of Lights
Warm up with some hot chocolate and enjoy a holiday stroll through Christmas lights, holiday scenes, train displays, and more during the 38th edition of Christmas Magic – A Festival of Lights at York County’s Rocky Ridge Park. The half-mile walking trail, accessible to anyone, meanders through a forest nestled on a quiet mountaintop. The annual holiday celebration has earned acclaim in The Philadelphia Inquirer and the Wall Street Journal. The event runs through Dec. 30th, and is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
2. Clinton Christmas Light Up Celebration
It may be cold outside, but now you can experience the joyous holidays in the comfort of your vehicle! The Christmas Light Up Celebration in Pittsburgh is a one-mile drive through holiday experience that takes you through the beauty of glistening lights and displays in a beautiful, enchanted woodland setting. Bring the family for a twinkling drive now through Jan. 2nd.
3. Gring’s Mill Holiday Lights
Berks County invites you to Gring's Mill to enjoy the holiday season with a walk through the illuminated park. Gaze at the light displays and decorations while sipping on hot chocolate from Beansie’s Mobile Expresso Café from December 4th to 23rd
4. Hershey Sweet Lights
Experience NOEL in Hersheypark, a breathtaking light show featuring more than 250,000 dancing lights synchronized to your favorite Christmas music. Nightly shows take place every night at The HollowSM in Hershey Park. For a warmer experience, stay in the car while driving through Hershey Sweet Lights. The two-mile wooded driving path provides a twinkling journey where visitors can view more than 600 animated displays.
5. Illuminaire Nights in Scenic Skippack Village
The annual Illuminaire Nights in scenic Skippack Village takes an already picturesque main street and dusts it with extra holiday magic. Hundreds of candles line the pathways and retail spaces of this alluring Montgomery County spot, where shoppers and carolers tap into the warm feeling of the holidays. See the spectacle Wednesdays and Fridays now until Dec. 24th
6. Koziar's Christmas Village
The night sky above Pennsylvania’s Americana Region is brightened each holiday season thanks to the beautiful light displays of Koziar’s Christmas Village in Bernville. Koziar’s is an extraordinary seasonal attraction filled with delightful displays, a train, a kissing bridge, and thousands of twinkling lights. Koziar’s is open seven nights a week through Jan. 1st.
7. A Longwood Christmas
A Longwood Christmas at Longwood Gardens is sure to bring the heat – and some snow – as opposites attract at the garden this holiday season. Wrap yourself in the warmth – and the chill – of their Fire, Ice, and Everything Nice themed displays filled with fiery towering trees, a “frozen” succulent fountain, flickering flames, and an inviting mountain retreat. Cozy up by the inviting fire pits or cool off with a walk through the half-a-million dazzling lights and gaze at the beauty of the season. Both Heat and Snow Miser are making their mark at Longwood Gardens for this spectacular display.
8. Overly’s Country Christmas
Make a new holiday memory at Overly’s Country Christmas! See their new light displays in an expanded driving route, wave to Santa and drop off your letter to him, listen to Christmas carols over your car radio, and catch a glimpse of the Grinch sneaking around, all in the comfort of your own car until Dec. 30th
9. Shadrack Christmas Wonderland
The Shadrack Christmas Wonderland returns at Big Butler Fairgrounds in Prospect as the world’s largest drive-through fully synchronized light and music show of its kind. Featuring hundreds of thousands of environmentally friendly LED Christmas lights, guests can sync their radio with the show and watch the lights dance in perfect harmony with the music. Plus don’t pass their brand new Santa’s Beach Party Display featuring Santa and his friends like you’ve never seen them before – on vacation! Shows will be nightly through Jan. 2nd.
10. Shady Brook Farm’s Holiday Light Show
Experience the glow of more than 3 million lights that illuminate acres of farmland at Shady Brook Farm’s Holiday Light Show! Encounter amusing displays and familiar characters as you drive through the two-mile trail in the comfort of your own car or enjoy the show on an open-air wagon ride. Warm up with a cup of hot cocoa and cook up s’mores at a toasty bonfire, have your photo taken with Santa at the Farm Market, or pick out the perfect Christmas tree, too – Shady Brook Farm has everything you need to make the holiday season jolly.
11. The Macy’s Christmas Light Show
The iconic Macy’s Christmas Light Show is back at the Macy’s Center City! From December 1st to 31st watch the half a century old tradition that features classic holiday songs and stories voiced by the one and only Julie Andrews, plus 100,000 illuminated lights backed by the sounds of the famous Wanamaker Organ
12. Winter Lights Spectacular
During the holiday season, the Lehigh Valley Zoo transforms into the Winter Lights Spectacular. The winter wonderland boasts 1.2 million lights and breathtaking holiday displays. The annual event will be open Wednesdays through Sundays, through Jan. 1st.
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