Your Guide to Holiday Light Displays

Macy’s Annual Light Display, Philadelphia
The Macy’s 2010 Christmas Light Show runs hourly from the day after Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve day 10am to 8pm. The Dickens Village (Floor 3) is open continuously during the same period from 10am to 7pm. The Wanamaker Organ concerts begin at the end of a Light Show. Click here for more information.

Longwood Gardens -Let your imagination embark on a magical journey through a Christmas wonderland at Longwood. Twenty indoor “rooms” and acres of outdoor gardens feature dazzling floral displays.make the holidays shine like never before. Imagine half a million brilliant lights strung with over 39 miles of cord. Lit trees the soar 75 feet, and dancing fountains that reach the sky. A 4.5-acre heated indoor Conservatory, featuring a giant Art Nouveau tapestry made from pink poinsettias and ferns, and the richest floral displays imaginable. A Longwood Christmas is a celebration months in the making—with hundreds of amaryllis, cyclamen, narcissus and literally thousands of poinsettias. And if all of the must-sees aren’t enough, they’ ve got plenty of must-hears, too—with special performances throughout the holidays. For more information and event schedules click here.

Koziar’s Christmas Village, Berks County – my husband is from Berks County and grew up visitng Koziar’s Christmas Village. The first time we took my daughter there my husband ran around the property trying to recreate all of his childhood memories and photos. He had me take pictures of him where his mom took pictures of him at 2 years old and now him at 30 with a baby. I have seriously never seen so many lights in one place. Clark Griswold would give Koziar’s and A++ for effort of the light display. This is a walk thru display so bundle up. There is a consession stand that sells delicious hot chocolate. When you are driving to Koziar’s on Christmas Village Road and come to the top of the hill and look down on the light display you will smile feel like a little kid again. It truly is a sight to see!
Prices: 5 and under FREE! Kids 6-12 – $6, Adults – $8
Hours: M-F 6:00-9:00, Sat & Sun. 5:00-9:30PM
Dates of Operation: 11/26- 1/2/2011

Christmas on Candy Lane, Hershey – This is one of my very favorite holiday traditions. My family has made the trip to Hershey for this drive thru the Sweet Lights display for the past few years. We love it! We bundle up and go to the park too. Some of the rides in the park are open, there are live reindeer to visit with and there is a great show at the Chevy Music Box Theatre, great for all ages –Home Sweet Home for Christmas. There are great over night stay and spa (I love a spa – and I am a big fan of the Spa at The Hotel Hershey) deals throughout December at Hershey Lodge and The Hotel Hershey.

Dutch Wonderland, Lancaster County -Celebrate the holidays at Dutch Winter Wonderland! Rides, games, food and special entertainment. Don”t miss the Dutch Winter Wonderland Royal Light Show! The Royal Light Show features thousands of twinkling lights dancing to your favorite holiday tunes.
Event Dates: 11/20/2010 – 12/30/2010
Event Time(s): Saturdays: 3-9 p.m. Sundays: 3-8 p.m. Plus, Friday, November 26 & Monday, December 27-Thursday, December 30: 5-9 p.m.

Holiday Hayride at Arasapha FarmsThis heartwarming attraction includes a delightful ride on a sound equipped hay wagon, through the rolling hills of Arasapha Farm, which has been transformed into a winter wonderland filled with huge light displays, decorated trees and buildings, bridges and brooks. Come face to face with real, live Reindeer and see a beautifully animated Santa’s workshop. The hayride last about 20 minutes and is choreographed with all the favorite songs of the season. After the hay ride, relax by the bonfire or warm up with a cup of cocoa. This all new holiday hayride is perfect for all ages. Have your picture taken with Santa, and get an up close look at the famous live nativity scene that features real animals and actors. Choose from hundreds of beautiful, fresh cut Christmas Trees that include Douglas Fir, Concolor, and the ever favorite Fraser Fir. Deliveries available. There are also wreaths and trimmings available for purchase.

Dates of Operation:
Nov 26,27,28, Dec 3-4, 10-12, 17-23
Times: 6:00pm-9:00pm
weather permitting.

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