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12 Regional Holiday Light Shows to Enjoy in 2014

12/05/2014 03:57PM ● By Kevin

Photo courtesy of Longwood Gardens.

There's plenty to do in the Eastern Pennsylvania region this holiday season. From breakfast with Santa and all of the venues for local shopping to volunteer opportunities to help those who are less fortunate and Christmas tree farms - the bonding activities with friends, neighbors, and most importantly, family, are endless.

This year, we highlight some of the coolest light shows, parades and events in the area for you and yours to experience. Here are 12 picks, and bonus content at the end.

Berks County

Koziar's Christmas Village - Bernville, PA

Driving through the darkened countryside and coming over that last hill on the unlit country road is like driving into a fairyland. Suddenly you find yourself in a dazzling valley set agl... Read More » 

Individual tickets can be purchased upon arrival. Open first Saturday in November through Thanksgiving, Friday, 6 - 9 p.m., Saturday, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m., Sunday, 5:30 - 9 p.m., then Thanksgiving through Jan. 3, Monday - Friday, 6 - 9 p.m., Saturday, 5 - 9:30 p.m., and Sunday, 5 - 9 p.m. Children 3 and under are free, 4-10 are $7, 11-64 are $9, and seniors (65+) are $8. Payments accepted include cash, Visa, Mastercard and Discover.

For more information, click here.

Bucks County

Photo courtesy of Shady Brook Farms.

Shady Brook Farm - Yardley, PA


Experience the magic of more than 3 million lights illuminating acres of farmland at the Shady Brook Farm 2014 Holiday Light Show. Open every night now through Jan. 4, 5 to 10 p.m. Some things you can do, according to the website:

  • Encounter whimsical holiday displays and familiar characters.
  • Drive through in the comfort of your own car or enjoy the show on an open air wagon ride (weather permitting).
  • Warm up with a cup of hot cocoa and and cook up some s’mores at a toasty bonfire (cocoa, marshmallows, and more treats available for purchase in the Farm Market).
  • Santa is in the house! Visit and take photos with the Big Man in our greenhouse. Click HERE for photo packages. Santa Hours: Mon. – Thurs. 5 to 9 pm, Fri. 5 to 10 pm, Sat. noon to 10 pm, Sun. noon to 9 pm.
See below for a video featuring holiday lights at Shady Brook Farm

Photo courtesy of Peddler's Village.

Peddler's Village, Routes 202 & 263, Lahaska, PA.

Christmas Central takes over each year starting in November. Now through Christmas Eve, stop by Peddler's Village for holiday lights and special events. Santa is in the village every weekend starting at noon, and on Wednesdays starting at 5 p.m.

Chester County

Photo courtesy of Longwood Gardens.

Longwood Gardens - Kennett Square , PA


The outdoor light display at Longwood Gardens is open daily through Jan. 11, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. From its website: "From trees adorned with nests and feathered friends, to topiary swans in our Exhibition Hall, to birdhouses, owls, and bald eagles decorating our tree houses, this holiday season flies high. Our Music Room depicts a festive Peacock Masquerade Ball, featuring elegant table settings and an 18-foot rotating tree. Stroll outside where colorful fountains dance, glimmering snowflakes hang overhead, and a half- million lights illuminate more of our outdoor gardens than ever before."

See below for a video presentation on the holidays at Longwood Gardens!

Photo courtesy of Herrs Facebook page.

Herr Foods-Corporate - Nottingham, PA


Herrs Snack Factory hosts a plethora of holiday events each year. Christmas lights at the factory are on now through Jan. 2. Click here for the "Christmas Spectacular" events schedule.

Dauphin County

Hershey Sweet Lights - start Nov 14 2014 0500PM

Hershey Sweet Lights - start: Nov 14, 2014 - Jan 01, 2015 05:00PM

A winter wonderland awaits at Hershey Sweet Lights, A Holiday Drive-Thru Spectacular. Enjoy nearly 600 illuminated, animated displays from the comfort of your car as you drive through two... Read More » 

For a family's experience on video, see below.

Delaware County

Photo courtesy of Linvilla Orchards.

Linvilla Orchards - Media, PA


Christmas Around the Farm is an annual spectacular, featuring the renowned Christmasland display. Fun for the family, the farm features a 40-foot Elf (Santa’s giant helper) overlooking the Christmas tree yard, the giant Jack in the box greeting every visitor, and the Barnyard animals decked out in their winter coats. Generally, the farm is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lancaster County

Photo courtesy of Dutch Winter Wonderland

Dutch Winter Wonderland - start: Nov 22 - Dec 30, 2014 03:00PM

Make holiday memories at A Kingdom For Kids! as you enjoy rides and attractions, games, festive entertainment, cookie decorating, The Royal Light Show, and more! Read More » 

For a look at the holiday lights and activities, see below.

York County

Photo courtesy of yorkcountypagov

Christmas Magic 2014 - start: Nov 28, 2014 06:00PM

Christmas Magic is a 0.5 mile long walking trail (accessible to anyone) that meanders through 600,000 Christmas lights, holiday scenes and five enclosed heated pavilions. The spirit of th... Read More » 

City of Philadelphia

Also check out these hot spots to see holiday decor in the city.


Photo courtesy of Macy's.

Boathouse Row

Photo courtesy of xjohnpaulx on Flickr:

Jeweler's Row

Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia courtesy of GPTMC.

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St Nick Visits ABVM School in West Grove - start 12052014 1000AM

St. Nick Visits ABVM School in West Grove - start: 12/05/2014 10:00AM

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Dutch Winter Wonderland

Hershey's Sweet Lights - A Family Experience

The holidays at Longwood Gardens - A Longwood Christmas

Shady Brook Farm