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. Lights in the Parkway
Allentown is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its spectacular Lights in the Parkway in a big way Nov. 26-Dec. 31 (with the exception of Dec. 25). The mile-plus, drive-through light show features hundreds of thousands of brilliant lights and dazzling animated displays set to favorite music of the holidays. It’s easy to see why this holiday light show is a beloved holiday tradition throughout the Lehigh Valley and beyond!
Visit Wert’s Café for one of their signature burgers, iconic onion rings, delicious homemade soups, sandwiches, or other entrees. They have been serving their delicious burgers for over 45 years and been awarded best burgers in the Lehigh Valley year after year!
2. Shady Brook Farm Holiday Light Show
Get ready to be dazzled by Shady Brook Farm’s Holiday Light Show, Nov. 20-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 of American tavern fare “with a curiously modern accent,” a selection of craft beer, and the inviting atmosphere of The Continental Tavern, beautifully 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" throughout December, starting Dec. 3. The park’s 13-mile loop trail will be aglow with holiday lights, as well as some stand-alone displays, that complement the natural beauty offered by Presque Isle after dark.
Beforehand, stop in at one of the Erie’s unique boutiques 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 Christmas Candylane
More than 5 million twinkling lights will be all aglow at Hersheypark Christmas Candylane, select nights Nov. 12-Jan. 2! Enjoy family-friendly rides, thrilling roller coasters, Santa and his reindeer, shopping galore in the Hersheypark Supply Co. and HP Collections shops, signature hot chocolate and other sweet treats,
Enjoy a delicious meal at one of the park’s newest restaurant, The Chocolatier -- serving up family fare with a fun spin and hints of chocolate!
5. Knoebels Amusement Resort’s Joy Through the Grove
Enjoy the splendor of Knoebels Amusement Resort’s Joy Through the Grove drive-through Christmas light display, Nov. 26-Jan. 2 (except Christmas Eve and Day). With more than 400 light up pieces and miles of lights strung along the park’s main boulevard and throughout the campground; this 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’re in for a holiday light and music extravaganza unlike any other at Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland, Nov. 12-Jan. 2. Watch the magic unfold as you drive through a million brilliant lights dancing in synch to your favorite holiday tunes. New this year is a huge field of RGB lights (300’ x 150’) and a 50-foot tall RGB tree display!
Enjoy some “Old-World Style” sturdy fare and ales before the show at 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. 26-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, starting Nov. 19. 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. 26-Jan. 9. Drive through a half-mile of holiday lights (with 30% more lights this year!) and show your holiday spirit by donating (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. 19-Jan. 9. 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, and the Alto Model Train Display located right next door.
11. Linesville Lighted Tractor Parade
It’s a magical and mechanical night of holiday splendor at the Lighted Tractor Drive-Thru Display, Dec. 11. Everything from lawnmowers and compact tractors to antique tractors, farm tractors, and floats will be decked out, each in its best holiday attire of sparkling lights and decorations that showcase each participant’s creativity and imagination.
Complete your visit to Linesville by visiting 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.
12. Miracle on South 13th Street
For more than 15 years, neighbors on the 1600 block of South 13th Street in Philadelphia have worked to create the elaborate holiday display, fondly known as Miracle on South 13th Street. This year visitors have the option to drive or stroll down the city block from Nov. 27, 2021 - January 1, 2022, while taking in each home’s fabulous décor. Located in one of Philadelphia’s foodie hubs, visitors can also explore nearby E Passyunk Ave prior to or following the light show for a bite to eat at neighborhood favorites Fond and Bing Bing Dim Sum, or a snag a sweet treat at the newly opened Insomnia Cookie Lab.
Insider Tip: If you’re driving, expect traffic slowdowns.
13. 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. 26-Dec. 31 (closed Nov. 29-30, Dec. 6-7, 24). 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.
14. 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. 26-Dec. 31 (closed Dec. 24). 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.
15. 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. 26-Dec. 30. Wending 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, thousands of lights, and the 30 new displays added for this year that transform the zoo into an unforgettable winter wonderland. Be sure to reserve your spot for this fun holiday adventure!
Don’t forget to stop by the Strip District, one of Pittsburgh’s iconic and unique neighborhoods. A foodie heaven, you’ll find a tremendous selection of eateries and shops to enjoy.
16. 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, starting Nov. 26. 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.
17. Christmas in Color
Dorney Park is kicking off the holiday season this year with its brand new, Christmas in Color animated, drive-through holiday light show, Nov. 19–Jan. 2. Get ready to be dazzled as millions of lights blink on and off in perfect synchronization to accompanying holiday tunes heard through your vehicle’s radio. There will be giant candy canes, stylish snowmen, and stunning arched pathways throughout the drive. You can book your ticket ahead of time online and a portion of your sale will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
For a sweet treat, stop in to Ice Cream World. With dozens of fresh handmade hard ice cream flavors, soft ice cream and yogurt, and water ice, it will be hard to choose!
18. Christmas Magic
For nearly four decades York County Parks has been delighting generations of holiday revelers with its annual light show, Christmas Magic. Now in its 38th year, stroll through Christmas Magic 2021 at Rocky Ridge County Park, Nov. 26-Dec. 30 (closed Dec. 24-25)– a festive half-mile, ADA accessible woodland trail brimming with sparkling Christmas lights and holiday scenes. You must book a reservation online, but get to stay as long as you like until closing
Before or afterwards, visit The First Post Public House in downtown York in its newly renovated building that dates back to the mid 1850’s for some traditional fare with an innovative twist.
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