Picture Perfect Holiday Locations in Pennsylvania
As the song declares, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year.” This couldn’t be further from the truth in Pennsylvania. When it comes to the magic of the holidays, many of our local towns and cities celebrate on a large scale.
Select dates November 19 – December 19, 2021
Nicknamed “Christmas City, USA,” in 1937, Bethlehem celebrates the holidays with many festivals and attractions—among them: Christkindlmarkt, a popular marketplace where artisans showcase handmade works and you can enjoy live Christmas music and delicious food. Be sure to stop by the glassblowing booth, where ornaments and decorations are made, and ice carving demonstration.
Overly’s Country Christmas
Select dates November 18 – December 30, 2021
Take a stroll through an illuminated village at Overly’s Country Christmas. This unique, old-fashioned walk-through holiday presentation features traditional sights and sounds, and things that are reminiscent of Christmases past.
Christmas Candylane at Hersheypark
Select dates November 12, 2021 – January 2, 2022
Oh, what fun it is to ride…your favorite rides and coasters, including Candymonium®, sooperdooperLooper®, Wild MouseSM, WildcatSM, and Cocoa CruiserSM, at Hersheypark® Christmas Candylane. You’ll enjoy more than 5 million twinkling lights that decorate Hersheypark®, light shows, live entertainment, and a visit with Santa and his nine reindeer – including Rudolph – sure to put you in the holiday spirit! Plus, a winter wonderland awaits at Hershey Sweet Lights, a two-mile drive through wooded trails featuring 600 illuminated and animated displays, all set to the tune of holiday favorites.
Christmas Village in Philadelphia
Select dates November 25 – December 24, 2021
From smells of bratwurst, waffles, and mulled wine to the beautiful festive lights, this open-air German-style Christmas market is sure to delight the entire family. Christmas Village is located at LOVE Park in Center City and will feature a wide variety of international holiday gifts, traditional food and drinks, rides including the Christmas Village Carousel, Christmas Village Express, and the Ferris Wheel at North Broad, and so much more magic.
Koziar’s Christmas Village
Select dates November 6, 2021 - January 1, 2022
For over 70 years, Koziar’s Christmas Village has been one of Pennsylvania's best holiday celebrations. This massive display of festive attractions and lights adorning buildings, barns, and the village's landscape, began in 1948 when William M. Koziar started decorating his home and property. Each year, Mr. Koziar added new displays to the original decorations and quickly became a popular destination for visitors. This holiday spectacle has even garnered national media attention and has been featured on the “Today Show.”
A Longwood Christmas
Select dates November 19, 2021 – January 9, 2022
Opposites attract this holiday at the Longwood Gardens. Wrap yourself in the warmth – and chill – of A Longwood Christmas, an exhibit dramaticatically showcasing the contrast of fire and ice. Your spirits will be ablaze with towering trees adorned in amber to fiery red tons, flickering flame lanterns, and an inviting mountain retreat, complimented by icy-hued plantings, a “frozen” succulent fountain, and a refreshing alpine waterway that is the ultimate winter wonderland. Outdoors, cozy up to inviting fire pits, cool off on a stroll through half-a-million dazzling lights, and relish in the splendor of the season.
Christmas Magic – Festival of Lights
Select dates November 26 - December 30, 2021
The spirit of the holiday season is on full display at Christmas Magic – Festival of Lights, a half-mile (ADA-accessible) woodland trail winding through Rocky Ridge Park. Christmas Magic showcases more than 600,000 Christmas lights and a variety of holiday scenes and themes. You may even get a visit with Santa himself! Admission to Christmas Magic is by online reservation only.
Dickens of a Christmas Celebration
December 4, 2021
If you’re looking for an old-fashioned Christmas, travel back in time when you visit the 37th annual Dickens of a Christmas – an event not to miss! A Victorian marketplace takes over Wellsboro’s Main Street and surrounding streets that highlight craft and food vendors, musicians, dancers, street performers, and more. Plus, don’t miss the theatrical presentation of “A Christmas Carol.”
Shady Brook Farm’s Holiday Light Show
Select dates November 20, 2021 – January 30, 2022
Experience the magic of the 3 million dancing lights at Shady Brook Farm’s Holiday Light Show. Enjoy the display from the comfort of your own car or enjoy the show in an open-air wagon ride (weather permitting). Private campfires to toast s’mores are available by reservation; public campfires are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
While many holiday events that were postponed or limited in 2020 are open once again, please check each location’s health and safety policies pri