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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.

PHestivaL of Trees

November 12–14

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks


This festive holiday 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 hundreds of decorated holiday trees and gingerbread houses, live entertainment, a holiday shopping village, and Santa himself.

LuLu Shriner’s FEZtival of Trees and Lights

November 18-21

5140 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting


Walk through a beautiful inside forest of uniquely decorated trees, enjoy refreshments, attend children’s activities, shop the Marketplace, purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a tree display, and take a photo with Santa! Tickets available online. Proceeds benefit the LuLu Shrine Center and its efforts in helping kids.

Wild Lights at Elmwood Park Zoo

November 19—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. Tickets are available online.

A Longwood Christmas

November 19—January 9

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, 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 20—January 5

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, sit by the bonfire, take in the sounds and sights of the Candy Cane Lane, and enjoy some s’mores and hot cocoa (available on site at the Farm Market). Tickets available online.

A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place

November 20—January 2

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 holiday stage shows, an illuminated Christmas parade, photos with Santa, the all-new Christmas Family Fun Zone, and so much more.

West Chester Griswolds

November 25—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 it 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.

Tinseltown Holiday Spectacular

November 26-January 2

The Fairgrounds at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Oaks


This brand-new, dazzling outdoor holiday light experience features light sculptures and displays powered by more than 1.2 million light bulbs. Walk amongst larger-than-life sculptures, including a 60-foot light tunnel, glowing baubles, and, of course, Santa’s sleigh! You can also shop for gifts in the marketplace, dine on festive treats and beverages (including adult beverages like Spiked Warm Cider and Christmapolitans), skate on a synthetic ice surface, and take photos with Santa. Tip: come on Thursdays for photos with Gritty (dressed in his holiday finest) for an additional ticket cost. Reservations required for the event, as well as add-on tickets for skating and photo ops.

Christmas at Colonial Gardens

Weekends from November 27 through December 26, 5—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, commemorative ornament, meet-and-greet with characters, and a free candy cane.

Rose Tree Park’s Festival of Lights

December 3–January 2, 5–10 pm daily

1671 N. Providence Road, Media


Dozens of decorated lit trees and festive displays draw visitors back each year to stroll the glimmering walkways and grounds, and linger in the festive atmosphere. The 2021 Festival of Lights opens with a brief Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, December 3 at 5 pm.

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.

Contributing Writer


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