Join your Sesame Street pals for A Very Furry Christmas display and show. Photo courtesy of Sesame Place
Join your Sesame Street pals for A Very Furry Christmas display and show. Photo courtesy of Sesame Place

Holiday Light Shows: Drive-Thru and Drive-By Christmas Displays in Philly for 2020

Every Christmas season the Philadelphia area comes alive with stunning holiday lights and decorative displays. Festive light shows can be found everywhere, including farms, gardens, and even theme parks.

We've picked some of the best Christmas lights events in Philly and the suburbs for families, many professionally choreographed to Christmas music. While most of these events are FREE, some are so spectacular they are worth the price of admission.

Looking for more seasonal ideas? Our Philadelphia Holiday Guide includes details on cut-your-own tree farmsChristmas season day trips, and more.

In the COVID era, many venues are offering timed ticketing, and tickets must be purchased in advance. Be sure to check websites for updated details. Don't forget to wear masks, bring along extra hand sanitizer, and follow all safety protocols. If a location seems too crowded, use the "nearby" feature of our events calendar to find another seasonal event.

Holiday Light Shows in Philly to Drive or Walk Through

Thrill to the Christmas Village scene at Koziar's. Photo courtesy of Koziar's

Koziar's Christmas Village—Bernville

November 7, 2020–January 2, 2021
Admission fees apply.
Celebrating more than 70 years of Christmas joy, Koziar's delights you with spectacular views of all the lights as you drive up the hill to enter Christmas Village. Bundle up and walk through this winter wonderland, featuring tons of holiday light displays, deliciously warm hot cocoa, toy and ornament shops, and Santa himself.

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Take an antique car drive at Hershey Park
Four million lights adorn Christmas Candylane at Hershey Park. Photo courtesy of the park

Christmas Candylane at Hershey Park—Hershey

November 13, 2020–January 3, 2021
Admission fees apply, but children 2 and younger are FREE.
With more than 4 million lights and Santa and reindeer on site, there are more than 50 rides to enjoy here. There is also a holiday drive-thru called Hershey Sweet Lights that features nearly 600 animated displays along a two-mile lighted journey.

Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show—Philadelphia

November 19- December 31, 2020
Visit Franklin Square to see the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO. More than 100,000 lights make up this impressive holiday display, which is timed to winter-themed music by Philly Pops. Two alternating shows run every 30 minutes from 5 to 9pm daily.

Holidays in the Village—Lahaska

November 19, 2020-January 10, 2021
All season long, visitors are dazzled by 1 million lights illuminating the village. The village is decked out Victorian-style so you can admire the greenery as well as the lights as you stroll around. Walk through the light tunnel and admire the Gingerbread House display inside the gazebo. Kids can also participate in an elf-themed mystery walking tour for an fee.

Longwood Gardens—Kennett Square

November 20, 2020–January 10, 2021
Admission fees apply.
Wander through Longwood Gardens and view a half-million lights decorating the grounds. Visitors can't help but get in the holiday spirit with the Illuminated Fountain show in the Open Air Theatre, the festive trains in the Garden Railway, and the Organ Sing-Alongs.  Make sure to check out the Hall of Mirrors, inspired by the palace of Versailles, in the Music Room.

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Wild Lights at Elmwood Park Zoo
It's lights, camera ... reindeer at Elmwood Park Zoo. Photo courtesy of the zoo

Wild Lights at Elmwood Park Zoo—Norristown

Select dates from November 20–December 30, 2020
Admission fees apply.
Wild Lights transforms Elmwood Park Zoo into a spectacular winter wonderland. With millions of illuminations across the 16-acre zoo, your kids will love the animated installations, interactive elements, and themed attractions, plus live reindeer.

A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place—Langhorne

Weekends, November 21, 2020–January 3, 2021
Admission fees apply.
This festive celebration features your favorite characters from Sesame Street, millions of twinkling lights and decorations, and the fun of an amusement park all rolled into one. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is heading "south" to join in on the fun along with other fun holiday guests to create wonderful photo-op memories for you and your little one(s). On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, families can experience the new Furry & Bright Christmas Drive Thru featuring the gang from Sesame Street.

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.Shady Brook Farm holiday christmas lights
Take your time driving through Shady Brook Farm's show; you won't want to miss a thing. Photo courtesy of the farm

Shady Brook Farm's Holiday Light Show—Yardley

November 21, 2020–January 10, 2021
Admission fees apply.
Drive your car or take a wagon ride through Shady Brook Farm's Holiday Light Show. More than 3 million lights make up this dazzling show. Take your time driving through the two-mile trail as there is so much to see. Pay by the carload—coupons are available on the farm's website for weekdays.

American Heritage's Drive Through Grand Illumination—Philadelphia

November 23-January 3, 2021
Get into the spirit of the holiday season with a visit to American Heritage's campus, where approximately 400,000 lights decorate the buildings and trees. Families can view the festive decorations safely from their car and also take photos while observing social distancing guidelines. 

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Herr's Christmas
It's a "Snacktacular" display at the home of the snack king in Nottingham. Photo courtesy of Herr's

Herr's Snack Factory—Nottingham

November 25-January 2, 2021
Take a drive through the Herr's Snack Factory property in Chester County to see its "Snacktacular" light display from your own car.

West Chester Griswolds—West Chester

November 26–January 3, 2021
Take a ride to see this family home in West Chester. The lights go on every evening at 4:45pm, and kids can bring along their wish lists to drop in the mailbox for Santa.

Johnson's Corner Farm—Medford, NJ

November 27–December 23, 2020
Admission fees apply.
Load up the car and take a ride to Johnson's Corner Farm in Medford, New Jersey to see displays of thousands of twinkling lights in the Discovery Barnyard, a musical "light show" hayride, light show on the lake, and horse-drawn hayrides throughout the farm.

Winter on Broad Street: A Holiday Light Spectacular!—Philadelphia

November 27- January 3, 2021
Admission fees apply.
Put the whole family in the spirit of the season with a visit to the light extravaganza at Wells Fargo Center. Visitors can expect to view illuminated trees, reindeer, life-sized toys, and pathways aglow. Mistletoe Market is open for shopping and holiday photo sessions with Gritty Claus are available. Be sure to get your timed tickets in advance because a sell-out is expected.

PHestival of Trees—Oaks

November 27-29, 2020
Admission fees apply.
Fill up mugs with hot cocoa and take a ride to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center for this drive-thru experience. Families can view the holiday lights and displays from the comfort of their vehicle. Displays are created by local designers, florists, artists, individuals, schools, and community groups. Vehicles should have no more than eight people. This event lasts only one weekend so be sure to get tickets in advance. Proceeds support nonprofit animal rescues and shelters.

Christmas Spirit Light Show—Lancaster

Select dates from November 28- December 31, 2020
Admission fees apply.
About 90 minutes from Philadelphia, downtown Lancaster hosts this festive light show at Clipper Magazine Stadium. The decorated scenery is sure to put the family in the spirit of the season. Tickets must be purchased in advance and QR codes can be shown through the window for contactless entry.

Fashion District—Philadelphia

This retail and entertainment space is celebrating the holiday season in style, with a 45-foot-tall floating tree and a light show timed to music by The Philly POPS. Each five-minute show runs every 30 minutes from 4pm to close.

Festival of Lights at Rose Tree Park—Media

December 4-January 3, 2021
Stroll through Rose Tree Park to see Media's beautiful display of lights, wooden cutouts of a nativity scene, a Victorian Christmas village, gingerbread men, and toy soldiers. Who knows—there might even be a chance to see Santa walking through the park, talking to visitors.

Holiday Lights Festival—Lansdale

December 5, 2020
Reserve a horse-drawn surrey ride through Fischer's Park in Lansdale for the annual Holiday Lights Festival. The local Girl Scouts troop helps create the festivity with decorations and entertainment, and the local Boy Scouts troop provides free refreshments. The tree lighting ceremony begins at 6pm.

Holiday Luminaria—Mont Clare

December 12, 2020
FREE; however, donations are appreciated
As of midNovember, details for 2020 are still being confirmed for this event. In the past, more than 1,000 illuminations lined along Lock 60 at Schuylkill Canal Park set the canal bank aglow. The Holiday Luminaria takes you back to the Victorian era with a Dickens theme. This festive experience also includes music and a visit from Santa.

This post was updated in November 2020. Be sure to browse our calendar for plenty more holiday and Christmas events.

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