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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.

 

LuLu Shriner’s FEZtival of Trees and Lights

November 17 – 20

5140 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting

 

Walk through a beautiful inside forest of uniquely decorated trees, view an amazing model train layout, enjoy refreshments, attend children’s activities, shop the Marketplace, purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a tree display and snap 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

Select nights, November 18—December 30, 5 – 9 pm

1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown

 

Elmwood Park Zoo’s favorite family tradition, Wild Lights, returns this November, with more lights and decorative attractions than ever before! During this walk-through experience, guests will be surrounded by dazzling light displays, illuminated animals and live entertainment. Don’t miss our discount code!

 

A Longwood Christmas

November 18, 2022 – January 8, 2023

Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square

 

This holiday season, Longwood showcases botanical splendor at its finest. Their horticulture artists use plants as their palette to create an extraordinary display of floating floral designs, festive trees draped in gilded garland, gardens of bold blooms, an extravagant floral shop dressed for the holidays, and so much more. Outside, gaze upon botanically inspired light displays, explore enchanting treehouses, savor the sounds of the season, and find new imaginative surprises that are sure to delight.

 

Shady Brook Farm’s Holiday Light Show

November 19, 2022 – January 6, 2023

931 Stony Hill Rd., Yardley

 

Shady Brook Farm’s spectacular Holiday Light Show features more than three million lights illuminating acres of farmland. Encounter whimsical displays and familiar characters as you drive through in the comfort of your own car or enjoy the show on an open-air wagon ride. Enjoy the show from the comfort of your own vehicle. Tune your radio to 90.7 FM to listen to holiday faves as you drive through.

 

West Chester Griswolds

November 24 – 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 25 – December 31

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

 

This dazzling outdoor holiday light experience features light sculptures and displays powered by more than 1.2 million light bulbs returns for 2022! NEW this year: a two lane 160 foot ice slide, ice skating rink with real ice, weekly carolers, and more! 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. Gritty Claus returns on select nights (insider info: 11/30, 12/8, 12/15, and 12/22!).  Reservations required for the event, as well as add-on tickets for skating and photo ops.

 

Christmas at Colonial Gardens

Weekends from November 26 through December 30, 5 – 8:00 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. Buy tickets in advance!

 

PHestivaL of Trees

December 3 & 4

Level 3 of the Pavilion, King of Prussia Mall

 

PHestivaL of Trees is a two day holiday event benefitting local animal shelters and rescues. Hundreds of uniquely decorated trees created by local designers, artists, florists, individuals, schools, and community groups are on display.

 

Rose Tree Park’s Festival of Lights

December 2–January 1, 5 – 10 pm daily

1671 N. Providence Road, Media

 

During the daylight-deprived month of December, Rose Tree Park sparkles at night with its annual Festival of Lights display. Dozens of illuminated trees and lit displays draw visitors back every year to walk in the winter wonderland and linger in the festive atmosphere. A treasured Delco tradition for more than four decades, The Festival of Lights provides a perfect opportunity to get in the holiday spirit with friends and family or take a sweetheart stroll after dinner.

The 2022 Festival of Lights in Rose Tree Park opens on Friday, December 2nd and runs through Sunday, January 1st. The popular annual tradition begins with a Tree Lighting Ceremony, hosted by Delaware County Council, featuring seasonal choral music, local vendors, and a visit from Santa.

The Festival of Lights is a walk-through display with free admission and parking.

 

 

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

 

Photograph courtesy of Tinseltown.

Contributing Writer

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