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Holiday Lights on the Main Line and Beyond

Get in the holiday spirit with these spectacular displays.

It’s the holiday season, so it’s time to light up the night with cheer! We’ve rounded up the classic city spots over at Philly Family, but here are some out standouts in the suburbs and beyond if you feel like taking a drive—and these are worth the trip.

Wild Lights at Elmwood Park Zoo

November 16—December 31, 6—9 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown


Millions of lights illuminate the zoo, including animated installations, interactive elements, and themed attractions. Follow the lighted path to visit Disco Ball Way and Candy Cane Lane, and stop by Santa’s Workshop for photos—you may even see some live reindeer! Be sure to visit Bubby’s Dessert Party and enjoy seasonal treats with Bubby the Bison. Tickets are available online.

Shady Brook Farm’s Holiday Light Show

November 17—January 6

931 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley


More than more than 3 million lights illuminate the farm with fantastic displays. You can drive through in the comfort of your own car, or enjoy the show on an open air wagon ride. After the show, sit by the bonfire, take in the sounds and sights of the Tree of Hope, and enjoy some s’mores and hot cocoa (available on site at the Farm Market). You can even visit with Santa at the market.

A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place

November 17—January 1

100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne


During the holidays, Sesame Place is transformed into a Christmas wonderland with millions of twinkling lights and festive decorations all around. New for this year, their 1-2-3 Christmas Tree show, has a brand-new illuminated pixel-based tree, that will project festive animated images while guests can sing and dance along to festive soundtrack. There are also three different holiday stage shows, an illuminated Christmas parade, and more.

A Longwood Christmas

November 22—January 6

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square


Stroll among a winter wonderland of a half million lights, and see Longwood’s Main Fountain Garden illuminated for the season. Plus, catch holiday concerts, carolers, sing-a-longs, and more throughout the holidays. Timed admission tickets are required.

West Chester Griswolds

November 22—January 1; Monday—Thursday 4:45—9:45 pm, Friday—Sunday 4:45—10:15 pm


304 Dutton Mill Rd., West Chester


The Plummer Family’s annual display features over 85,000 LED lights, and is gets bigger and better every year. They start working on their holiday spectacle each fall, and it runs from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. The Plummers suggest that if you visit, to tune your car radio to 87.9 for Christmas songs and information about the display.

Christmas at Colonial Gardens

Weekends through December 23, 5:30—8:30 pm

745 Schuylkill Road, Phoenixville


Take a stroll through the decorated landscape and enjoy the spectacular lights and displays throughout the grounds. And make sure to catch the light show synchronized to music. Admission includes a free hot chocolate, make your own ornament, meet-and-greet with Santa and a free candy cane.

Light Up a Life

November 23—December 31, 5:45—9 pm (until 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays)

1320 Butler Pike, Ambler


Every year, Jack Yoast and his company, Acteon Networks, turn his home into a dazzling outdoor light display featuring thousands of lights. There are elaborate installations ranging from storybook displays to Santa on a motorcycle! And it’s all for a good cause— donations made by visitors are distributed to local nonprofit and charitable organizations.

Light Shows and Displays in Philadelphia

If you’re looking for more festiveness, head over to Philly Family to see what’s lighting up the city.


Photograph courtesy of Visit Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Assistant Editor | Email tips to laura@familyfocus.org


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