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Holiday Lights on the Main Line and Beyond

Mask up, and 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 some 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. Please be sure to wear a mask and practice social distancing at all these events to stay merry and safe!

Furry & Bright Christmas Drive-Thru at Sesame Place

Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5—8 pm, now through December 23

100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

 

If you’re looking to kick off the holiday season as soon as possible, head to Sesame Place! From the comfort of your own car, journey through a winter wonderland with millions of twinkling lights, holiday décor, a festive Christmas soundtrack, and everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends dressed in their warm winter best. To cap off the trail, guests can wave to Santa Claus as he wishes everyone a happy holiday season! Tickets are required in advance. And later in the season, they kick off their traditional Very Furry Christmas…

A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place

November 21—January 3

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. Their 1-2-3 Christmas Tree show features an illuminated pixel-based tree, that will project festive animated images while guests can sing and dance along to the festive soundtrack. There are also three different holiday stage shows, an illuminated Christmas parade, and more.

Wild Lights at Elmwood Park Zoo

November 20—December 30, 5—9 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

With new lights and decorative attractions, and with more animals on exhibit, this year’s Wild Lights is sure to be brighter than ever! Take a stroll through a glistening forest, or visit with big cats in Trail of the Jumping Jaguar. Each night of Wild Lights features live entertainment, unique animal encounters, performances, holiday music, and a chance to see Santa himself (this year, Santa will appear at the window of his workshop to greet guests and pose for photos). Advance tickets and masks required.

A Longwood Christmas

November 20—January 10

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square

 

Stroll among a winter wonderland of half-a-million lights, and see Longwood’s Main Fountain Garden illuminated for the season. Plus, enjoy live holiday music on select dates, and visit the whimsical Garden Railway for some added magic throughout the season. Timed admission tickets are required.

Shady Brook Farm’s Holiday Light Show

November 21—January 10

931 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley

 

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, take a stroll through musical, dancing lights of Candy Cane Lane. And be sure to visit the farmer’s market for treats, too! Tickets available online.

West Chester Griswolds

November 26—January 3; 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 it gets bigger and better every year. They start working on their holiday spectacle each fall, and it runs from Thanksgiving just past 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 from November 28 through December 27, 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 take-home make your own ornament kit for kids. Santa will be there for select nights (make a reservation when you arrive)—for his safety, the number of visits with Santa will be limited and all interactions will be masked and socially distanced. All children are also welcome to submit a letter to Santa in his special new mailbox in lieu of a visit. Masks are required both indoors and outdoors at Colonial Gardens. Tickets available online.

PHestivaL of Trees

November 27–29

The Fairgrounds at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks

 

This festive holiday drive-thru family event benefits local animal shelters and rescues, and only lasts for three days, so be sure to get your tickets in advance! The PHestivaL features 200 decorated holiday trees, a live nativity scene, Hanukkah menorah, Kwanzaa imagery, a light show, and Santa himself.

 

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.

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