Most Spectacular Holiday and Christmas Lights Near Philadelphia in 2021

American Heritage's Grand Illumination lights up the night. Photo courtesy of the American Heritage Credit Union
American Heritage's Grand Illumination lights up the night. Photo courtesy of the American Heritage Credit Union

Get ready to flip the switch on the holiday season with awesome displays of holiday and Christmas lights in Philly and the surrounding suburbs. Amusement parks, farms, and winter villages are all decked out with stunning walk-thru displays, or families can enjoy drive-thru Christmas lights from the comfort of the car. Across the Delaware Valley, options abound for festive shows to get everyone into the holiday spirit.

Many of the best Christmas lights near Philly are free, and those that come at a cost generally offer additional kid-friendly entertainment like ice skating, s'more making, and visits with Santa. Some old favorites are back on our list this year, joined by brand new 2021 additions that are poised to become annual family traditions going forward.

Read on for our roundup of the best holiday and Christmas lights near Philadelphia, before heading out to celebrate the season in full glow. For more ways to feel merry and bright all season long, check out the Best Holiday and Christmas Events Near Philly in 2021.

Places featured in this article:


American Heritage Credit Union Campus

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
Wednesday Free Fishing
Bartram's Gardens - 9:00 AM Pick
Storytime at Smith
Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse - 10:30 AM Pick
Story Art: Parkway Pals Program
Sister Cities Park - 10:30 AM Pick
Wawa Hoagie Day
Independence Mall & National Constitution Center Lawn - 12:00 PM Pick
Free Outdoor Movie Nights at Cira Green
Sunset Social at Cira Green - 6:00 PM Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides