PENNSYLVANIA (WHTM) — The Midstate is decking the halls for the holidays. From luminous trees to flying reindeer to dancing elves, here are several Midstate places to check out holiday light displays that absolutely “sleigh.”
Christmas in Lights, Marysville
This residence in Marysville goes all-out for Christmas each year with a drive-by and walk-thru light display open from Thanksgiving night through New Year’s. It’s free to check out, but donations are accepted. This year, donations will go to the local Oakley Twins. Learn more here.
Christmas in the Park, Terre Hill
Stroll along a walking trail and check out 100+ handmade light displays at Christmas in the Park in Terre Hill, Lancaster County. Additionally, the event includes a live nativity scene, food, Santa visits, carriage rides, children’s crafts, vendors, and more. The event takes place Dec. 2-4, 2022. The lights and trail will also be open from 6-9 p.m. on Dec. 8 and 9 in a “just the lights” extension announced on Dec. 6. More information can be found here.
Christmas Lights on Clouser, Mechanicsburg
Starting Nov. 25, check out this drive-thru light display set up in Mechanicsburg. Donations are being collected for charities at the display. Learn more online here.
Christmas Magic, York
This holiday light festival at Rocky Ridge County Park in York is back for its 39th year. Visit the displays between Nov. 25 and Dec. 30 (closed Dec. 24, 25, and 31). There is also a cookie and hot chocolate stand as well as a train display. Online advance reservations are required, and they can be made here.
Christmas Spirit Light Show, Lancaster
Enjoy a mile-long drive-through light display with hundreds of thousands of lights at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster. The display flashes in sync with Christmas music. Plus check out Christmas Tree Lane, which supports local nonprofits. Visitors can see the lights on the evenings of Nov. 25-27 and Dec. 1-31 (with the exception of Dec. 5 and 12). Learn more and purchase tickets online here.
Drexel Hills Community Annual Christmas Decorating Contest, New Cumberland
This Christmas light competition creates a driving tour of lights in New Cumberland on Dec. 17 from 5-8 p.m. A Cedar Cliff High School student, now a senior, has organized the competition each of the last four years, her parent explained. This year the event will include two food trucks and a dessert vendor, and kids can also stop by to visit Santa. The streets included can be found in this flyer.
Dutch Winter Wonderland, Lancaster
Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster gets a holiday makeover for this winter favorite, which won an award for “The Best Theme Park Holiday Event” in 2021. Take in thousands of lights, plus enjoy over 20 rides and attractions and visit Santa. Learn more and get tickets here. Dutch Winter Wonderland is open on select dates from Nov. 19 to Jan. 1, 2022.
Hershey Sweet Lights, Hershey
Hershey Sweet Lights, which is open from Nov. 30 to Jan. 1, features almost 600 animated light displays along a 2-mile drive-thru trail. Hop in your vehicle and bring your hot chocolate to check out the lights. Tickets can be purchased here.
Hersheypark Christmas Candylane, Hershey
Hersheypark’s Christmas Candylane opened Nov. 12 and continues until Jan. 1. Enjoy select rides, meet Santa’s reindeer, and be immersed in more than 5 million twinkling lights throughout the amusement park, including displays that flash along to classic holiday music. Tickets can be purchased here.
Krasley Christmas, Manheim
Check out this Christmas light display on Woodland Drive in Manheim from Dec. 2 to Jan. 1. This is the 16th year for the computer-programmed light display, which includes more than 80,000 lights. Tune your radio to 87.9 to listen along. Donations are collected for Ronald McDonald House Charities. Learn more here.
Light Up New Oxford, New Oxford
Light Up New Oxford is back for its third year. Residents and businesses in the 17350 zip code compete to have the best holiday decorations, creating a fun holiday light driving tour. From Dec. 10 to Dec. 25, visitors can follow a driving tour to see the displays and vote for their favorites. (The deadline to register to participate in the decorating competition is Dec. 5) More information can be found at the New Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook event.
Light Up the Night, York
Tune your radio to 106.1 FM and watch the lights dance at this home on Silver Spur Drive in York. Light shows run from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Donations are collected for the Children’s Home of York. Learn more here.
Linglestown Lights, Harrisburg
This home in Harrisburg sets up one impressive light display with over 50,000 lights flashing along to holiday music. Starting Nov. 25, tune your radio to 98.1 FM and sit back to watch the dancing lights. Learn more here or here.
Messick’s 2022 Christmas Light Show, Mount Joy
Think drive-in movie, but for Christmas lights. The light shows run in batches every 15-20 minutes and feature holiday lights synchronized to music. Donations collected at the end of the show support local charities. The light shows happen from Dec. 2-28. Learn more here.
Parade of Lights, Camp Hill
Camp Hill’s drive-thru Parade of Lights for Toys for Tots runs Dec. 1-3 in Siebert Park. Visitors are asked to bring a new unwrapped toy to donate. More information can be found here.
Refreshing Mountain, Stevens
Open Thursday through Sunday evenings from Nov. 25 through Jan. 8, Refreshing Mountain in Stevens, Lancaster County, will be decorated with lights for the holidays. Guests can drive through the property to check out hundreds of illuminated trees and other structures, or they can park and walk around the site to see more lights and huddle by a campfire with a warm drink.
This experience is donation-based, with proceeds going to local nonprofits, or guests can choose to reserve other experiences including ziplining or tackling an elevated obstacle course above the lights. More information can be found online here, where reservations can also be made for the ticketed experiences.
Stone Gables Estate Christmas Light Drive-Thru, Elizabethtown
The 3-mile drive-thru Christmas light display at Stone Gables Estate in Elizabethtown features more than 800,000 lights. It’s open Tuesday through Saturday from Nov. 25 through Dec. 30. Learn more and purchase tickets online here.
White’s Light Shows, Lebanon
This light show uses pixel technology and traditional lights to create a display set to music. Turn the radio to 88.3 FM to listen along. Shows run nightly from 5 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. until Jan. 1. Learn more here.
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