With a holiday light tour in PA
Pennsylvania’s towns and cities come alive with thousands of twinkling lights during the holiday season. Trees, shrubs, businesses and lamp posts are covered in them, creating a brilliant sparkling effect that has come to define the holiday season and spirit. Don a knit hat and scarf; grab a cup of hot cocoa and head to one of Pennsylvania’s many light shows.
Take a scenic drive through Lehigh Parkway, one of Allentown’s many parks, to view Lights in the Parkway. This driving tour covers more than a mile of the park; you’ll pass animated displays, lit trees and go through lit tunnels. The tour takes about 25 minutes and admission is charged per car.
Koziar’s Christmas Village is a sight to see — nestled in the hills of the Pennsylvania countryside, the surrounding area is noticeably dark without the usual streetlamps, making the village of buildings decorated with lights and other Christmas decorations stand out, like something out a child’s North Pole daydream. This winter wonderland includes Christmas displays and bakery, refreshment and gift shops for the whole family to enjoy.
For a slightly smaller feel, go to the annual tree lighting at the Stroudsmoor Country Inn. What started as a lighting ceremony for the Inn’s single 15-foot tree has turned into a day of festivities (held December 8) featuring a lighting display with thousands of lights and a 70-foot tree as the centerpiece. Guests can also enjoy an art show, a gingerbread village, carriage rides and a live nativity scene.
Walk through the illuminated park of Gring’s Mill then enjoy the sights from above in the top level of the barn, while sitting by a warm fire, warming up and enjoying live entertainment.
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