Create Christmas magic and lifelong memories as you embark on a unique adventure this holiday season. Pack your bags with comfy shoes, warm clothes, and plenty of goodies. Fill up the gas tank then get behind the wheel for a magical Christmas lights road trip through Pennsylvania.
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Pennsylvania turns into a magical winter wonderland during the holiday season and you'll find no better way to celebrate than with a Christmas Lights Road Trip through Pennsylvania.
1. Longwood Gardens – 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348
Stroll through Philadelphia's very own Winter Wonderland at the magical Longwood Gardens. Start your journey through the outdoor gardens where Christmas carolers will serenade you, lit fountains will dance for you, and nearly half a million Christmas lights will illuminate your path. Join in sing-a-longs with other visitors before heading indoors to continue the Christmas magic. A Longwood Christmas kicks off on November 24 and runs through January 8, 2017.
2. Lights in the Parkway – 1700 Martin Luther King Jr Drive, Allentown, PA 18104
Embrace the childhood wonder of Christmas at your next stop: Lights in the Parkway at Lehigh Parkway. Drive slowly along the more than one mile path illuminated by hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights and jaw-dropping Christmas displays. After you've finished your drive, stop for a steaming cup of hot chocolate, browse the Gift Barn to buy Christmas gifts, or go ice skating.
3. Lehigh Valley Zoo Winter Light Spectacular – 5150 Game Preserve Road, Schnecksville, PA 18078
Next stop: You're heading to the Lehigh Valley Zoo for a spectacular outdoor adventure with a sea of more than a million twinkling Christmas lights and the furry, scaled, and feathered residents of the zoo. Bundle up to ensure a comfortable visit but, if you do get too cold, stop by one of the fire pits to warm up before you continue your Christmas adventure. The Winter Light Spectacular features numerous special spots to stop for photos, visits from Elsa of Frozen fame, the Grinch's Who Ville, Santa's reindeer, and plenty of food stations, where you can grab a hot snack or a drink. The Winter Light Spectacular goes through January 1, 2017.
4. Candy Cane Lane – 200 Block Summer Street, Williamsport, Pennsylvania 17702
Create a new family tradition, if you haven't already, with a visit to Candy Cane Lane, also known as the 200 block of Summer Street. The lights and decorations along Candy Cane Lane have been a tradition for more than half a century. Drive down Candy Cane Lane (but be prepared for the traffic congestion). Or, view the stunning Christmas display from aboard an old-fashioned trolley. The Tour of Lights, run by the Williamsport Trolleys, is scheduled for December 8 through the 11, starting each evening at 6 p.m. Climb aboard a trolley at the Peter Herdic Transportation Museum. Visit Candy Cane Lane from Thanksgiving through January 6, 2017.
5. Holiday Lights on the Lake – 700 Park Avenue, Altoona, PA 16602
Santa eagerly awaits your visit at Lakemont Park in Altoona. Snap pictures with Jolly Ole Saint Nick after, of course, you've enjoyed a leisurely drive through the shimmering light display. Add even more ambiance to your holiday drive by tuning your car radio to 88.5 FM, which plays the soundtrack to Holiday Lights on the Lake. Make sure you plan your road trip in time to visit Holiday Lights on the Lake, ending on January 8, 2017.
6. Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens – 1 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Indulge in a truly enchanting experience at Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Winter Flower Garden and Light Show. Meander leisurely through the indoor and outdoor gardens for the full Days of Snow and Lights Aglow experience. You'll pass intricately decorated Christmas trees, topiary gardens in the form of penguins and reindeer, a miniature railroad display, and Christmas's most popular flowers, all illuminated by twinkling LED lights. Kids who visit Phipps Conservatory on the weekends can snap a picture with Santa after sharing their Christmas wishes. Days of Snow Nights Aglow debuts on November 25 when the outdoor gardens will open at night, weather permitting, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
7. Hershey Sweet Lights – 100 Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, PA 17033
Enjoy Hershey Sweet Lights from the warmth of your car. Drive past more than 600 animated displays illuminated by over two million lights. Hershey welcomes holiday revelers to enjoy Hershey Sweet Lights, a two mile magical journey, every evening through January 1, 2017. After you've visited the Sweet Lights, head into the park itself for Christmas Candylane and climb aboard the open rides. Enjoy snacks and meet the man of the hour, Santa, and all nine of his beloved reindeer, including Rudolph. Candylane is open on select days through January 1, 2017.
8. Koziar's Christmas Village – 782 Christmas Village Road, Bernville, PA 19506
Christmas just wouldn't be the same without a stop at Koziar's Christmas Village. Dress warm and wear comfy shoes for your journey around the sprawling Christmas Village awash in more than one million Christmas lights. Stroll leisurely, stopping to take in all of the sights along the way, including Santa's workshop and a cozy country bakery. Share your Christmas wish list with Santa, snap photos, and stop for a delicious snack. Koziar's Christmas Village, with free parking, will light up every night through January 1, 2017.
9. Dutch Winter Wonderland – 2249 Lincoln Highway, Lancaster, PA 17602
Nothing is quite as magical as a visit to a summer favorite - Dutch Wonderland - shimmering with Christmas lights in the middle of winter. Dutch Winter Wonderland welcomes kids of all ages to climb aboard the open rides, enjoy the glowing decorations, and catch live entertainment, including the Royal Light Show. Visit Dutch Winter Wonderland on your magical Christmas road trip every weekend and in the evenings from December 26 to December 30.
10. Herr's Christmas Lights – 271 Old Baltimore Pike, Nottingham, PA 19362
End your magical Christmas adventure at Herr's Christmas Lights in Nottingham. Visit the Herr's Factory earlier in the day for a tour of the factory where you'll watch your favorite snack foods being made, learn more about the history of Herr's, and perhaps enjoy lunch at the Tasty Snack Bar. Then, when the sun sets, drive around the Herr's campus, illuminated by more than a million Christmas lights. Herr's Christmas Lights traditionally kicks off in mid-December.
Are you ready for a truly spectacular Christmas adventure as you embark on this Christmas lights road trip through Pennsylvania? Of course, you may want to tailor your itinerary to your own particular interests, perhaps including stops in these
magical Christmas towns, or climb aboard the North Pole Express.