Local parks are a beauty to behold every season. However, there’s something extra special about a stroll through a park during the holiday season – especially if there’s a dazzling display of lights!
While many of the area’s amusement parks and attractions are known for their holiday presentations, your local parks are treating residents and visitors to equally impressive holiday light displays. In addition to decorating trees with lights of all colors and shapes, these local parks are also adding extra perks to give all who enter a memorable holiday experience.
If you’re ready to get in the holiday mood, we’ve highlighted a few of the many Pennsylvania parks that are treating their communities to sensational holiday light events!
Allentown Lights in the Parkway
Perhaps the most well-known of the local park holiday displays, Allentown’s Lights in the Parkway is a wonder to behold! Stretching more than a mile through the Lehigh Parkway, this drive-through exhibit turns the park into a winter wonderland. Complete with sparkling lights, festive music and animatronic puppets creating serene holiday scenes, it’s a feast of sight and sound. To commemorate its 25th Anniversary, this year’s Lights in the Parkway promises to be a truly spectacular display!
Delaware County Holiday Festival of Lights
Held annually at Upper Providence Township’s Rose Tree Park, the Holiday Festival of Lights is a free event that everyone can enjoy! Showcasing dazzling arrays of multi-color lights and displays starring such holiday favorites as Snoopy and the Grinch, the Holiday Festival of Lights draws visitors from all over the state and our neighbors in Delaware and New Jersey. This year’s display promises to be the biggest one yet, thanks to the addition of a Holiday Village featuring lots of local vendors and food trucks!
Christmas Magic in York
When it comes to holiday light displays in York, Rocky Ridge Park is the place to be! That’s where you can enjoy the town’s annual Christmas Magic attraction! Guests can marvel at over 600,000 twinkling lights along a candy-cane lined half-mile ADA-accessible walking trail. Once in a while, they’ll spot their favorite holiday characters celebrating the season in their serene wildlife surroundings. After a stroll through the park, festive folks can enjoy cookies and hot chocolate at the Friends of the Park holiday stand and witness the wonders of the Susquehanna Valley Garden Railway Society’s model train exhibit.
Holiday Lights at Gring’s Mill
Historic Gring’s Mill Recreation Area in Berks County is home to one of the area’s best seasonal displays. Each year, the Holiday Lights at Gring’s Mill invites visitors to enjoy the illuminated park grounds, live music and entertainment in the barn, a model train exhibit and festive refreshments. And we’ve even heard that Santa likes to visit the holiday lights, too!
These displays and all of the other great holiday shows in your local PA parks are sure to elevate your seasonal spirits. In the event of inclement weather, be sure to confirm any cancelations before heading out your door.
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