It’s the most wonderful (and sparkling) time of the year! There's no better way to celebrate the holiday season than by visiting one of the many spectacular holiday light shows in Pennsylvania. Buckle up and explore these spectacular drive-through light shows in the comfort of your own car – guaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit.
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1. Herr's Snack Factory Christmas
Enjoy more than 600,000 sparkling lights, decorated trees, and even some reindeer at the Christmas Lights Display of Herr's Snack Factory, Nov. 25-Jan. 2. This free event (yes, free!) has been delighting families for more than 30 years and 2020 is no different. Best yet, the show is displayed from dusk to dawn so there’s no time limit for you to experience the holiday splendor.
Before heading out, treat the family to a delicious dinner and some homemade ice cream at the Nottingham Inn Kitchen and Creamery. Here you’ll find farm-fresh fare served up in a warm and inviting atmosphere. After all, old-fashioned ice cream treats are wonderful no matter the season!
2. Shady Brook Farm Holiday Light Show
Get ready to be dazzled by Shady Brook Farm’s Holiday Light Show, Nov. 21-Jan. 10. Featuring more than 3 million lights in whimsical displays, see how many familiar characters you can spot from the comfort of your car or enjoy the show with an open-air wagon ride. Afterwards, enjoy hot cocoa and s’mores around a bonfire or stop in the market to shop for holiday treats.
Before venturing to the light show, enjoy a warm meal, a selection of craft beer, and the inviting atmosphere of The Continental Tavern, recently restored with the look and feel of its 1877 origins in the heart of Yardley’s Historic District.
3. Presque Isle Lights at Presque Isle State Park
Enjoy Presque Isle State Park's natural beauty in a whole new light at "Presque Isle Lights," Dec. 5-Jan.3. The Presque Isle Lighthouse, Stull Center, Public Safety building, Perry Monument, Waterworks beach area, and various pavilions will be all aglow with holiday lights, as well as some stand-alone displays.
Beforehand, stop in The Shops at the Colony Plaza for some holiday shopping, then grab some tasty sustenance at The Colony Pub & Grille and the Original Popcorn House for some handcrafted gourmet snacks.
4. Hersheypark’s Hershey Sweet Lights
Sweet on seeing some holiday lights? Hersheypark‘s Hershey Sweet Lights, Nov. 13-15, Nov. 20-Jan. 3 is the place to go. Travel through two miles of fields and wooded trails resplendent with nearly 600 illuminated, animated displays crafted from 2 million lights and with themes that include the 12 Days of Christmas, favorite fairy tales, a Victorian village, and even Hersheypark rides.
Add on a visit to Hersheypark Christmas Candylane where you’ll be greeted by more than 5 million twinkling lights – the most ever! Be sure to book your reservation to enjoy the family-friendly rides, thrilling coasters including the all-new Candymonium, Santa and all nine of his reindeer, shopping galore in the brand new Hersheypark Supply Co. and HP Collections shops, and signature hot chocolate and other sweet treats.
5. Knoebels Amusement Resort’s Joy Through the Grove
Enjoy the splendor of Knoebels Amusement Resort’s first ever "Joy Through the Grove" drive-through Christmas light display, Nov. 27-Jan. 3 (except Christmas Eve and Day). With more than 400 light up pieces and miles of lights strung along the park’s main boulevard and campground; this brand-new holiday experience will have you brimming with holiday joy.
Combine your Joy Through the Grove experience with some holiday shopping in nearby Danville’s quaint downtown, then relax with a festive holiday brew at Old Forge Brewing Company or Rock God Brewing Company.
6. Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland at Big Butler Fairgrounds
You are in for a holiday light and music extravaganza unlike any other at Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland, Nov. 13-Jan. 3. Watch the magic unfold as you drive through this award-winning holiday show with its nearly 1 million brilliant lights dancing in synchronization to your favorite holiday tunes.
Enjoy some “Old-World Style” sturdy fare and ales before the show at the The Harmony Inn. Here you’ll find seasonal, locally sourced, fresh and unique menu items and a wide variety of their handcrafted, delicious brews in their tavern and taproom.
7. Christmas in the Park at Grove City Memorial Park
Grove City’s holiday spirit is on full display with businesses, organizations, families, and individuals all getting in on the action and contributing lighted displays for the city’s annual Christmas in the Park at Grove City Memorial Park, Nov. 27-Jan. 2. Be sure to keep track of your favorites as you drive through the park, then cast your vote for the People’s Choice and Kid’s Choice awards.
Just a short drive from the park is the charming downtown of Grove City. Here, in Olde Town Grove City you’ll find a variety of unique boutiques, antique stores, and one-of-a-kind shops, as well as wonderful, varied dining options and all in a delightful, walkable, art-filled atmosphere.
8. Holiday Light Spectacular at
Nay Aug Park
Immerse yourself in an illuminated winter wonderland at Nay Aug Park‘s annual Holiday Light Spectacular, late Nov.-Jan. 7. Drive through the park and enjoy festive music and classic holiday scenes with more than 100 light displays, including the iconic Electric City sign and reindeer leaping over the Everhart Museum. Nearby, residents open their yards for scenic holiday walkthroughs and interactive displays at the Christmas Lights, Holiday House, and the Peckville Christmas House. On weekends, enjoy visits from Santa and horse-drawn carriage rides.
Before or after the Holiday Light Spectacular, visit one of the 63 local pizzerias on the Lackawanna County Pizza Trail. The county is known for its phenomenal pizza and you don’t want to leave without tasting a slice!
9. A Christmas Light Winter Wonderland at Refreshing Mountain Retreat
Be sure to reserve your spot in advance for A Christmas Light Winter Wonderland at Refreshing Mountain Retreat where you’ll find three fun ways to experience their holiday lights, Nov. 27-Jan. 10. Drive-through eight miles of holiday lights and show your holiday spirit by making a donation (optional) to the weekend’s featured non-profit. Get the adrenaline-pumping ziplining through 400+ feet and thousands of holiday lights, followed by a ride on their 35-foot swing, and finished off with the obstacle course. Option 3: Book a restful stay in one of their cabins festooned with holiday lights.
Before heading to the lights, spend an enjoyable day seeking out unique finds in nearby Adamstown, known as Antiques Capital USA, with more than 5,000 dealers in a seven-mile stretch of Rt. 272, including mom-and-pop shops, co-op dealer malls, and outdoor markets.
10. Holiday Lights on the Lake at Lakemont Park
Prepare to be mesmerized by holiday magic as you drive through a dazzling array of more than a million lights at Holiday Lights on the Lake at Lakemont Park, Nov. 13-Jan. 3. Complete with animated displays and a holiday tradition dating back more than 20 years, the holiday lights continue to delight generations of families. Be sure to stop in and see Santa at his gift shop where you’ll also find unique holiday gifts and ornaments, delicious baked goods, and decorations from local crafters.
11. Holiday at Burgess Drive-Thru
Open nightly from Black Friday to New Year’s Eve, the Holiday at Burgess Drive-Thru Light Display is filled with festive lights that create displays of reindeer, polar bears, penguins, and toys that come to life. Surrounding the pond and playground of Burgess Park, this light show is best viewed with snow on the ground, but a wonderful winter tradition no matter the weather.
Drive into downtown Titusville and grab a delicious, locally brewed beer or PA wine at Orr's Brewery or knock out some holiday shopping on the weekends at Stonehouse Jack, a unique collection of home decor, antiques, and art.
12. Linesville Lighted Tractor Parade
It’s a magical and mechanical night of holiday splendor at the Lighted Tractor Drive-Thru Display, Dec. 5. Everything from lawnmowers and compact tractors to antique tractors, farm tractors, and floats will be decked out in its holiday best attire of sparkling lights and decorations that showcase each participant’s creativity and imagination.
Complete your visit to Linesville by stopping in Twin Pies for a taste of their traditional homemade pies crafted from old and new family recipes. The café features daily selections of sessional fruit and classic flavors such as chocolate silk, lemon meringue, and key lime pie.
13. PHestivaL of Trees at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
You’ll be brimming with holiday joy at the PHestivaL of Trees on the fairgrounds of the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Nov. 27-29. The festive drive-through event features 200 uniquely decorated holiday trees, a live nativity scene, Hanukkah menorah, Kwanzaa display, 30-foot decorated live tree, light show, and Santa himself! The event benefits local animal shelters & rescues!
After all that holiday excitement, stretch your legs with a quiet stroll through Valley Forge National Historical Park, one of the most famous sites of the Revolutionary War. For another “drive-through” experience, the park offers a streamable, 60-minute audio tour of the park for a small fee.
14. Tall Pines Forest of Lights at Tall Pines Players Club
A spellbinding and magical holiday light experience awaits at the Tall Pines Forest of Lights, Nov. 27-Dec. 30. Enjoy a more than mile long, enchanting light trail with fanciful displays and trees glowing with holiday lights in the warmth and comfort of your own car. You’re sure to come away filled with the beauty of the season.
Be sure to stop by Chocolates by Leopold for some sweet treats. You’ll find some of the finest gourmet, artisan chocolates and candies on the market today, crafted from fourth generation chocolate recipes and ranging from truffles to creams and caramels to nuts.
15. Festival of Lights at Stone Hedge Golf Club
There’s no shortage of holiday fun and cheer at the Stone Hedge Festival of Lights, Nov. 20-Dec. 31. Enjoy a 2.5-mile journey through a spectacular display of holiday lights strung in fanciful displays and an amazing tunnel of glowing lights. Then enjoy s’mores roasted over a fire pit and a visit to the vendor marketplace for some unique gifts. The kids will definitely be filled with the spirit and fun of the season as they board the Christmas train and meet Santa.
Don’t leave town before stopping by the very quaint Twigs Café for a delicious meal and warm cup of one of their house-made soups.
16. F.N.B. Corporation Presents Zoo Lights Drive-Thru at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Make your holiday spirits bright journeying through the Zoo Lights Drive-Thru, select nights Nov. 27-Jan. 3. Winding your way through the zoo’s grounds guided by the holiday-themed audio tour, you’re sure to delight in their light displays, classic frosted characters, carols, and the thousands of lights that transform the zoo into an unforgettable winter wonderland. Be sure to reserve your spot for this fun holiday adventure!
And, don’t forget to stop by the Strip District, one of Pittsburgh’s 90 unique neighborhoods. A foodie heaven, you’ll find a tremendous selection of eateries and shops to enjoy.
17. Conneaut Lake Trees of Light
The shores of Conneaut Lake are all aglow spreading joy during the holiday season at the annual Conneaut Lake Trees of Light, Nov. 26-late Dec. Hundreds of “flagpole trees” surround the lake with their colorful lights illuminating the night sky and reflecting off the lake. The official “Light Up” of holiday lights is Thanksgiving evening.
Don’t forget to drop by Al's Melons Farm Market and Greenhouse , the light show’s official sponsor, with its great selection of produce as well as fresh cut trees and wreaths for the holidays.
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