Nothing shines like Pennsylvania during the holiday season! From lighted walking trails to glimmering shops, holiday spirit is bright across the Keystone State.
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 39th edition of Christmas Magic — A Festival of Lights at York County’s Rocky Ridge Park. The half-mile walking trail, accessible to everyone, 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 Nov. 25-Dec. 30, and is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Purchase your tickets and reserve your spot online, because you won’t want to miss this wonder-filled holiday tradition!
2. Clinton Christmas Light Up Celebration
While it may be cold outside, experience the joyous holidays in the comfort of your vehicle! The Christmas Light Up Celebration 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, Nov. 19-Jan. 1.
3. Holiday Lights at Gring’s Mill
Berks County invites you to enjoy the holiday season at the annual Holiday Lights at Gring's Mill with a walk through the illuminated park highlighting the historic buildings and landscaping around the park on Fridays through Sundays, Dec. 2-18, and then daily from Dec. 19-23. Gaze at the light displays and decorations enjoying some tasty treats from local food trucks, visits from Santa on select nights, and live music in the heated outdoor pavilion each evening!
4. Hershey Sweet Lights
Experience Hersheypark Christmas Candylane with 5 million twinkling lights and its breathtaking light show, Noel, featuring more than 250,000 dancing lights synchronized to your favorite Christmas music, select dates Nov. 11-Jan. 1. 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 enjoy more than 600 animated displays, Nov. 18-Jan. 1.
5. A Christmas Light Winter Wonderland
Be sure to reserve your spot for A Christmas Light Winter Wonderland at Refreshing Mountain Retreat where you’ll find a variety of fun ways to experience their holiday lights, Nov. 25-Jan. 15. New this year is their greatly expanded walk-thru donation area with tens of thousands more lights. Show your holiday spirit by donating (optional) to the weekend’s featured non-profit. Get your adrenaline-pumping ziplining through thousands of holiday lights, or a more sedate experience viewing the twinkling scenes from their Observation Deck, Wildlife Center, and Christmas Light Walking Path.
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. 1.
7. A Longwood Christmas
This holiday season A Longwood Christmas at Longwood Gardens is showcasing botanical splendor at its finest with an extraordinary display of floating floral designs, festive trees draped in gilded garland, gardens of bold blooms, and an extravagant floral shop dressed for the holidays! Gaze upon botanically inspired light displays, explore enchanting treehouses, savor the sounds of the season, and find new imaginative surprises that are sure to delight, Nov. 18-Jan. 8.
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, select dates Nov. 17-Dec. 30.
9. Shadrack Christmas Wonderland
The Shadrack Christmas Wonderland is on display at Cooper’s Lake Campground in Butler County 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. 2.
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 Macy’s Center City, Nov. 25-Dec. 31! Delighting generations of children and adults alike for close to seven decades, twinkling snowflakes, dancing snowmen, and 100,000 holiday lights fill Macy’s Grand Court with holiday cheer. Be sure to stop by to listen to a variety of classic holiday songs played on the famed Wannamaker Organ, the largest playing pipe organ in the world.
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, select dates Nov. 11-Jan 1.
13. Holiday Magic! Winter Flower Show and Light Garden
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens invites you to take a fantastical and magical frozen journey through the enchanted arctic during the Holiday Magic! Winter Flower Show and Light Garden, Nov. 18-Jan. 8. Dripping icicle lights, hanging snowflakes, glistening snowfall lights, a silly abominable snowman, snowflake lanterns polar bear topiaries, and a dazzling scene at Victoria Pond where a massive arctic whale sprays water from beneath a glowing iceberg all alit from below — a true winter wonderland you won’t want to miss this holiday season!
14. Kennywood Holiday Lights
Make your season sparkle this holiday season during Kennywood’s Holiday Lights, Nov. 18-Jan. 1. A dazzling display of more than two million twinkling lights, the tallest Christmas tree in the state, a visit with Santa, rides for the kids, and festive foods and special entertainment for all are sure to fill you and your family with the holiday spirit.
Experience a magical journey celebrating the wonder of wildlife at LumiNature, the Philadelphia’s Zoo’s biggest and brightest holiday light show ever. As the animals go to sleep, the Zoo transforms into a dazzling winter wonderland filled with more than a million sparkling lights, sounds, and surprises. Journey through a canopy of dazzling lights and uniquely themed light displays; enjoy visually stunning performance artists; and warm up with some delicious hot cocoa, adult beverages, s'mores, and other seasonal treats during this fun holiday adventure!
16. 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 warmth and joy of the holidays. See the spectacle Wednesdays and Fridays now until Dec. 24.
17. Shining Through the Darkness
For the 15th year in a row Kish Park will be lit up with thousands of lights and holiday displays for you and your family to enjoy. Get into the holiday spirit as you surround yourself with free entertainment, food, and even a horse carriage ride, Dec. 3- Jan. 6.
18. Rose Tree Park Festival of Lights & Holiday Village
Rose Tree Park returns this year with its annual Festival of Light & Holiday Village. Stroll through the winter wonderland decorated with dozens of illuminated trees and lit displays. A treasured Delco tradition for more than four decades, The Festival of Lights provides a perfect opportunity to get in the holiday spirit with friends and family. The hugely popular Holiday Village returns with unique, local vendors of all kinds, Dec. 2-Jan. 1.
19. Zoo Lights Drive-Thru at Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
Get cozy in your car take a drive through the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium and marvel at the shimmering lights! Thousands of environmentally friendly LED lights transform the park into an unforgettable winter wonderland, featuring more than one hundred animal lights, new displays, festive music, and holiday treats! Experience the holiday magic at this beloved destination, Now-Dec. 30.
20. Elmwood Park Zoo's Wild Lights
Light up the night celebrating Elmwood Park Zoo’s favorite holiday tradition, Wild Lights throughout the entire month of December. Experience the magic of festive attractions that warm your spirits and cherish the ones around you. Featuring live entertainment, holiday music, animals and even the spectacular Saint Nick himself!
21. Holiday Laser Show
Experience the fluorescent, holiday spirit without having to leave your car! Allegheny County hosts a one-of-a-kind Holiday Laser Show in North Park, Dec. 9-22. You’ll be in awe watching the beautiful 45-minute light show paired with holiday music all from the comfort of your own vehicle.
22. Lights in the Parkway
Each year during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, thousands of people make time to come out and experience Allentown's Lights in The Parkway. Get cozy in your car as you drive through scenic tunnels and peek out your window at beautiful lighted trees and animated characters amongst the backdrop of a winter wonderland, Now-Dec. 31. It is a show your whole family will enjoy!
23.Presque Isle Lights
Experience a self-guided evening with a driving tour of seasonal lights throughout Presque Isle State Park from the warmth and familiarity of your own vehicle. Follow the park’s 13-mile loop road to spy a variety of holiday lights and displays coupled with the natural beauty offered by Presque Isle after dark. Decorated areas include the Presque Isle Lighthouse, Perry Monument, Stull Interpretive Center, and Beach 8. Buckle up and discover the twinkling magic of this iconic state park this December.
24. Peckville Christmas House
Join in the celebration and enjoy the spectacular lights at The Peckville Christmas House this holiday season, Nov. 25-Jan. 7. It’s holiday light show you won’t want to miss and simply have to see for yourself why this annual dazzling display of holiday and community spirit by the Harhut family earned them a spot on ABC’s hit holiday decorating competition, The Great Christmas Light Fight in season 5. Whether you choose to bundle up and walk the path or drive around the house in the warmth of your own car, grab your family and friends for a fun evening of holiday magic.
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