Pennsylvania has quite a few dazzling light displays turning our beautiful state into a twinkling paradise with millions of glimmering Christmas lights. Nothing puts me in the mood for Christmas like a beautiful, shimmering light display. I have always loved Christmas lights. When I was a child, I remember enjoying evenings out with my parents as we drove around our small town looking at everyone’s Christmas lights. We would ooh and aah at the sparkling lights glowing in the night, and that was long before LED lights hit the streets! My love for Christmas lights has never waned. I still enjoy seeing them. Not only do I visit the lights in our small community, but I also go to Christmas light displays across the Keystone state every chance I get.
Here are a few of the dazzling light displays in Pennsylvania that are my favorites. In selecting these brilliant illuminations, we looked at the number of lights, theme, use of lights, other decorations, activities, and events in conjunction with the lights.
1. Koziar’s Christmas Village
Walk through a magical winter wonderland, illuminated by over a million lights. The twinkling journey through the village will include stops at quaint shops, a kissing bridge, and some delicious food. Koziar’s Christmas Village will welcome guests through January 2. You can find Koziar’s about 15 miles northwest of Reading. Koziar’s is a seasonal attraction.
Koziar’s Christmas Village was awarded the Best Outdoor Display in the World by Display World Magazine. Recently it was nominated as one of USA Today’s Best Public Holiday Lights Display in 2020.
Pro Tip: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights are the busiest, and you must purchase timed tickets in advance online. Check out their website for more details.
2. Festival Of Lights At Stone Hedge Golf Course
The Festival of Lights at Stone Hedge Golf Course presents a dazzling drive-through display covering approximately 2.5 miles. They estimate that over four million bulbs are used in their light show. The best part about the Festival of Lights is that every display is made here in the U.S. This year they made some of their own displays by drawing up the designs and having their welders make the frames, and then they added the wires and bulbs. If you go, be sure to check out the new rainbow display in the Wizard of Oz section. This particular display has over 3,202 bulbs on it. It is 30 feet high and 30 feet wide. It takes between 30 and 45 minutes to go through the displays.
The Festival of Lights at Stone Hedge Golf Course is open every evening till January 1, except they are closed on Christmas Eve.
Fun Fact: Creating the 2020 light displays, they used over 60,000 zip ties, and the cords for the wires stretch over 60,000 feet equaling over 11 miles of cords.
3. Longwood Gardens
Take a walking journey through half a million glimmering Christmas lights, 50 spectacular Christmas trees, thousands of poinsettias, and dancing fountains at A Longwood Christmas. Enjoy carolers strolling about the twinkling gardens and join in a Christmas carol sing-a-long in the twinkling wonderland. A Longwood Christmas is sure to raise your holiday spirits.
A Longwood Christmas is nominated as one of USA Today’s Best Botanical Garden Holiday Light Displays in 2020. It runs through January 10, 2021.
Travel Tip: Longwood Gardens has timed entrance tickets. Be sure to order your tickets online for the time you want to visit.
4. Overly’s Country Christmas
Overly’s Country Christmas is a drive-through country Christmas light display in Greensburg. It is about 40 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. During 2020, they have an expanded driving route with new, mesmerizing light displays to capture even more holiday magic. Listen to Christmas carols over your car radio as you drive through the winter wonderland of lights. Keep a close watch for the Grinch. He may be hiding behind a light display.
During non-Covid years, enjoy their old-fashioned walk-through Christmas Village, including live animals, horse-drawn sleigh and wagon rides, food vendors, and more. Overly’s Country Christmas runs Thursdays through Sundays till December 30. (Closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.)
5. Phipps Conservatory Winter Flower Show
The Winter Flower Show at Phipps Conservatory is sure to put you in a holiday mood! Take a magical stroll through the vibrant holiday light displays inside the Conservatory. The illuminated outdoor gardens create a spellbinding display, and you feel like you are in a magical paradise. Unfortunately, due to COVID and controlling crowds, the outdoor gardens are closed for 2020.
This glimmering celebration of the winter season will be open until January 3, 2021.
Pro Tip: The number of people within the building is limited, and timed reservations are required.
6. Hershey Sweet Lights
The sweetest place on earth hosts Hershey Sweet Lights. The whole town smells like chocolate with their chocolate kiss street lamps, and to top it off, they have a magical wonderland of lights while you stay warm in your car as your drive through Hershey Sweet Lights. With over 600 lighted animation displays as you drive the 2-mile wooded path, you will find it is a spellbinding experience of glimmering lights.
Nominated as one of USA Today’s Best Public Holiday Lights Display in 2020, Hershey Sweet Lights is open each evening until January 1. Check their website for details.
7. Tall Pines Forest Of Lights
If you need to capture a bit more Christmas spirit, visit the Tall Pines Forest of Lights, located about 15 minutes south of the New York/Pennsylvania state border. It captures the beauty of the season as you drive through a mile-long show of lights and pine trees. It is an enchanting magical trail of lights that all ages will enjoy.
The display of lights is open till December 30 but closed on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
8. Holiday Lights On The Lake
An old fashioned amusement park is transformed into a twinkling wonderland at Holiday Lights on the Lake. The drive-through Christmas lights display boasts over one million lights. Listen on your radio to 88.5 FM and enjoy synchronized Christmas carols and lights. When you come to the end of the spellbinding display, visit the gift shop for unique ornaments, decorations, and that special holiday gift. Local crafters also have handmade holiday decorations and delicious baked goods available. Check out the miniature railroad display before you leave.
Holiday Lights On The Lake will run through January 3, 2021.
9. Christmas Magic At Rocky Ridge Park
Christmas Magic – A Festival of Lights at York County’s Rocky Ridge Park is a half-mile glimmering walking path winds through a forest nestled on an enchanted mountaintop. With 600,000 plus Christmas lights, train displays, holiday scenes, and more.
The annual Christmas Magic celebration has earned acclaim in The Wall Street Journal and The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The event runs through December 31 and is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. All guests must have a timed ticket to enter the attraction; walk-ins are not permitted.
10. Kennywood Lights
An amusement park all decked out for the holidays! Kennywood Park becomes a twinkling wonderland with over two million Christmas lights. Kennywood Lights deck the halls to the max, and you will marvel at the tallest Christmas tree in the Keystone state. It’s 100 feet tall. End the evening with a spectacular twinkling light show over the lagoon choreographed to your favorite Christmas melodies. There are two different shows, and each show lasts 10 minutes, so time your visit to take in both shows.
11. Shady Brook Farm Annual Holiday Light Show
Acres and acres of shimmering Christmas lights sparkle as you drive through the light displays at Shady Brook Farm’s Annual Holiday Light Show. Over three million vibrant lights make up this spectacular drive-through display. If you don’t feel like driving, take the scenic open-air wagon ride through the lights. Shady Brook Farm has lots of extras for the 50+ traveler to enjoy, a farm market serving hot cocoa and private bonfires to make s’mores, plus a gift shop and farmer’s market. The Annual Holiday Light Show runs through January 10.
12. Christmas Light-Up Celebration
Drive through an enchanted forest of twinkling lights at the Christmas Light-Up Celebration in Clinton. It is often referred to as Pittsburgh’s best-kept secret! The mile-long spectacular light display is enjoyed in the warm comfort of your vehicle. The neat thing about this magical display is it is created by volunteers every year. This is its 27th year, and all proceeds are donated to charities, those with financial needs, and students in the form of scholarships. How wonderful is that? The community of volunteers not only brings the Christmas Spirit to life but shares the Christmas cheer with you, the visitor.
Drive through one mile of stunning Christmas light displays at Christmas Light-Up Celebration, which runs through January 3.
13. Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland
Considered the most immersive drive-through Christmas light experience on Earth, Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland is the world’s largest drive-through fully synchronized light and music show. A fairly new light extravaganza at the Big Butler Fairgrounds, it features thousands of vibrant LED Christmas lights and custom-built displays.
Just turn your radio on and sync up the light and music show to watch the twinkling lights dance with the holiday music during the 2-mile drive. Mature travelers will enjoy the 300-foot tunnel and the 50-foot light tree! Be sure to check out the 12 Days of Christmas light display.
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland runs through January 3.
14. Presque Isle Lights
This glimmering display showcases the Presque Isle State Park and its natural beauty. PI Lights features sparkling holiday lights displayed at various places throughout the park, such as the Waterworks beach area, Presque Isle Lighthouse, and various other sites.
Tune into 95.9 on your radio while driving through the 13-mile park loop and enjoy the Christmas music along with interesting facts about the Isle.
Interesting Fact: Solar generators are utilized to power the park entrance lights and other areas without electrical utilities.
You have a number of dazzling light displays to choose from in Pennsylvania, Take your pick, and whichever you visit, I’m sure you will find the spirit of Christmas grows as you enjoy the winter wonderland of Christmas lights glowing in the darkness.