Every Christmas season, the Philadelphia area comes alive with stunning holiday lights and decorative displays. Festive light shows can be found everywhere, including on the Delaware River, at parks, farms, gardens, and even theme parks. We've picked some of the best events in the city and the suburbs for families, many professionally choreographed to Christmas music. While most of these events are free, others are so spectacular that they are well worth the price of admission!
Franklin Square's Holiday Festival—Philadelphia
November 9–December 31, 2017
See Franklin Square's Holiday Festival sparkle each evening for the Electrical Spectacle. More than 50,000 lights make up this impressive holiday light show, which is timed to winter-themed music by Philly Pops. Two different shows alternate every 30 minutes. Get there early and a lucky member of your family might be selected to "ignite" the lights at 4:30 PM.
Christmas Candylane at Hershey Park—Hershey
November 10, 2017–January 1, 2018
With more than four million lights, Santa and Reindeer on site, and more than 50 rides to enjoy. There is also a holiday drive through with another two million lights and nearly 600 animated displays.
Photo courtesy of Hershey Park
Holiday Light Display at Peddler's Village—Lahaska
November 17, 2017–January 6, 2018
All season long, visitors are dazzled by one 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. Be sure to walk through the light tunnel and admire the Gingerbread House display inside the gazebo. Don't miss the Christmas Festival on December 2–3.
Shady Brook Farm's Holiday Light Show—Yardley
November 18, 2017–January 7, 2018
Drive your car or take a wagon ride through Shady Brook Farm's Holiday Light Show. More than three 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 their website for weekdays.
Photo courtesy of Shady Brook Farm
A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place—Langhorne
Weekends, November 18–December 29, 2017
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. New this year, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer is heading "south" to join in on the fun!
Winter Wonderland at Dutch Wonderland—Lancaster
Select dates, November 18–December 30, 2017
Enjoy all the fun and rides of Dutch Wonderland and a royal light show. Hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights dance to your favorite tunes.
Deck the Halls Light Show at Dilworth Park—Philadelphia
November 20, 2017–January 1, 2018
This new, nightly light show is projected onto City Hall and is set to festive music. An excellent addition to the festivities as you ice skate around City Hall during the holidays
Comcast Center Holiday Spectacular—Philadelphia
November 23, 2017–January 1, 2018
The Comcast Center Holiday Spectacular has become a must-see tradition for Philly families. With 12 animatronic snowmen and a new Carol of the Bells theme. This 15-minute high-tech video includes scenes from the Pennsylvania Ballet production of the Nutcracker, as well as a sleigh ride through snow-covered PA. New this year, visitors with hearing and vision impairments can experience the magic of the show through assistive technology.
Photo courtesy of Herr's
Herr's Snack Factory—Nottingham
November 23, 2017–January 1, 2018
Take a drive through the Herr's Snack Factory property in Chester County to see their "Snacktacular" light display from your own car from Thanksgiving Night until New Year's Day.
Longwood Gardens—Kennett Square
November 24, 2016- January 8, 2017
Wander through Longwood Gardens and view a half-million lights decorating the grounds, making this a light show you absolutely must see to believe. 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. Inspired by the palace of Versailles, make sure to check out the Hall of Mirrors in the Music Room.
Johnson's Corner Farm—Medford, NJ
November 24–December 30, 2017
Load up the car and take a ride to Johnson's Corner Farm in Medford, NJ to see displays with thousands of twinkling lights in the Discovery Barnyard, a musical "light show" hayride, and horse-drawn hayrides throughout the farm. New this year is a light show on the lake.
Macy's Christmas Light Show—Philadelphia
November 24–December 31, 2017
Experience this decades-old tradition of Macy's Christmas Light Show on the four-story wall of the Grand Court, which is accompanied by the music of the historic Wanamaker Organ. Plus, visitors won't want to miss a walk through the Dickens Village ending with a visit with Santa. Please note that the store is closed on Christmas Day.
Festival of Lights at Rose Tree Park—Media
December 1, 2017–January 1, 2018
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.
Photo courtesy of Koziar's
Koziar's Christmas Village—Bernville
November 4, 2017–January 1, 2018
Celebrating 70 years of Christmas joy, Koziar's will delight 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!
Holiday Lights Festival—Lansdale
December 2, 2017
Reserve a horse drawn surrey ride through Fischer's Park in Lansdale for the annual Holiday Lights Festival. The local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts troops help create the festivity with decorations and entertainment. The tree lighting ceremony begins at 6 PM.
Holiday Luminaria—Mont Clare
December 9, 2017
Free; however, donations are appreciated
Over 1,000 luminaries 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.
Independence Seaport Parade of Lights—Philadelphia
December 9, 2017
Watch dozens of illuminated boats sail down the Delaware River in the Independence Seaport Parade of Lights on December 10. Families can watch the display for free from the riverfront or enjoy prime seating and a day full of activities with museum admission.
Be sure to browse our calendar for plenty more holiday fun events!