Best Local Drive-Thru Holiday Light Shows for Christmas 2020

Christmas 2020 Drive-Through Holiday Light Shows

The way this whole year’s been going, I’m hesitant to make plans for Christmas 2020 just yet. But I know now that Halloween’s behind us, the rest of the time flies by until Christmas is here and what a whirlwind that always is! So I’ve started early by compiling this list of fun Christmas 2020 events and holiday light show attractions to enjoy.

You’ll find social distancing Christmas plans like drive-through holiday light shows as well as more hands-on social events planning to be open for those feeling a little more daring. Whatever your preference, I hope you find some fun holiday happenings ahead for your family!

Some of these Christmas attractions are longtime favorites of mine while others are on my bucket list to try soon! With so many great options for holiday light shows, I see us filling up our calendar a bit this holiday season. I hope you find the perfect holiday events and attractions to celebrate safely with your family this year.

Lights in the Village Christmas Celebration - Fairview Church, Eagleville, PA - Candy Cane Lane Setting with Blue Lights on Tree
Lights in the Village Christmas Celebration – Fairview Church, Eagleville, PA 

Popular Christmas Attractions

For Christmas 2020, I’m determined to find lots of safe fun we can enjoy during the holidays despite Covid. These holiday hotspots have found ways to delight loyal fans and new friends alike. Most of these events fully comply with the CDC guidelines for social distancing. Christmas activities are a necessary part of the holiday season for sure. We hope you can find at least one to enjoy with your loved ones!

Diggerland USA Holidig Light Show - Photo courtesy of Diggerland USA
Diggerland USA Holidig Light Show | Photo courtesy of Diggerland USA

Social Distancing Christmas Events – Drive-Through Light Shows

Safety comes first to keep your family and loved ones healthy! Consider these amazing and memorable social distancing Christmas drive-through light shows for your holiday plans.

FREE Holiday Light Shows

Check out these free drive-through holiday light shows this winter!

Lights in the Village – Fairview Village Church, Eagleville, PA

When: December 11, 12 & 13, 2020 | 6 – 9 PM

Where: 3044 W. Germantown Pike, Eagleville PA 19403

Cost: FREE

Covid Safety: Remain in your car for complete safety and social distancing!

Lights in the Village is one of our family’s annual traditions we love to enjoy each holiday season. We are SO excited to hear that they’ve decided to roll with the tide and switch to a drive-through light show! You can expect myriad lights, synchronized displays, and music to set the holiday spirit abuzz. Lights at the Village is a perfect holiday attraction for visitors of all ages, from little ones to great-grandparents.

Lights in the Village Holiday Drive-Through Light Show

Fairview Village Church encourages guests to decorate their cars and enjoy the sights. You’ll see the live characters along with laser lights and their Bethlehem adventure, to name a few. A mobile app makes it easy to tune into the music and narration synchronized to the displays at each parade route scene stop.

At a price of FREE and from the comfort and safety of your car, I cannot recommend this event enough! It’s definitely on our list this holiday 2020 season.

Christmas at the Village - Eagleville / Oaks

More Information: https://fairviewvillagechurch.com/events/lights-in-the-village/

The Miracle on South 13th Street

When: Saturday after Thanksgiving through New Years Day from 5pm-10pm
Where: South 13th Street between Tasker and Morris streets (1600 S. 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19148) 
Cost: Free to enjoy! God Bless all the families!
Covid Safety: It’s up to you to stay in your car for safety or socially distance if you choose to walk and enjoy the beautiful views. No stopping or honking, please. (For those planning to walk – Public transportation is encouraged due to extremely limited parking. Use precautions as appropriate.)
 
 
This great Philadelphia community continues to delight with holiday lights year after year. Philadelphia’s favorite community holiday display sets the street aglow with 300 thousand lights to spread warm greetings and cheer. Kids will have fun looking for favorite holiday characters and images of Santa, his reindeer, and more. If you’ll be near the city of brotherly love this winter, be sure to check out this heartwarming community lights display.
 

 

HERR’s FREE Holiday Lights Display

When: November 25th, 2020 – January 2nd, 2020, from dusk to dawn

Where: Herr Foods Inc., 20 Herr Drive, P.O. Box 300, Nottingham, PA 19362

Cost: FREE

Covid Safety: By request, please stay in your car for everyone’s safety.

Herr's Drive-Through Free Holiday Light Show | Photo Courtesy of Herr's
Herr’s Drive-Through Free Holiday Light Show | Photo Courtesy of Herr’s

Beloved for many of the region’s most celebrated snack foods, Herr’s follows 30+ years of tradition and lights up its factory in Nottingham with this annual (and free) Christmas Lights Display. More than 600,000 holiday lights dazzle the snack giant’s corporate campus, all there for festive guests to enjoy! Shining brightly, 90% of the lights are LEDs. Come and go at your own pace but please stay inside your vehicle for the safety of all. 

More Information: https://www.herrs.com/visit-us/community-events/

Fun Idea: Decorating the Car

Some of these light shows are closer than others, so the commute may seem long for just a drive-through holiday light display. That’s why I think we might decorate the windows of our car to make it more fun for our kids!

Using washable chalk markers or car window paint, I think we can make this a bigger memory than a simple drive-through. Our kids can help us decorate the windows of our SUV aka “Team Grocery Getter” with the washable window markers and some fun holiday stencils! I just ordered my stencils on Amazon and they have so many varieties and themes to consider – snowflakes, trees, reindeer, old trucks, and many more. 

My kids are going to flip if we let them decorate the car! We’ve done a bunch of birthday parades but this would be exciting new territory for them, and new supplies to boot. I’ll have to run it by their daddy, since he’s so meticulous with the cars, but I think the memories alone will be worth it!


 

Holiday Light Show Caravan – Safe Fun with Friends

Even if you’re straight-up social distancing, you can still share experiences with a little creativity. 4

For even more fun, plan a “caravan” with your close family members or your kids’ BFFs. Simply go through the light show the same night, following each other if you like. You can even call to chat over Bluetooth before of after the experience.

Capture the memories any way you can! Everyone can decorate their cars and take photos and then catch up on FaceTime later in the weekend to share the moment in a uniquely 2020 way.

More Drive-Thru Holiday Light Show Attractions

At a nominal charge, these drive-through light shows are well worth your investment to make beautiful memories with those you love.

Shady Brook Farm Holiday Light Show

When: November 21, 2020 to January 10, 2021

Where: 931 Stony Hill Rd, Yardley, PA 19067

Cost: Timed Tickets Coming Soon

Covid Safety: Stay in your car for the drive-through holiday light show! Or, take a ride in the open-air wagon ride, weather permitting.

Shady Brook Farm Drive-Through Light Show

Magical and very festive, the Shady Brook Farm Holiday Light Show features more than 3 million lights! Our family packed into my parents’ minivan and went through the drive-through light show at Shady Brook Farm a year or so ago. Dazzling acres of farmland, the light displays were breathtaking and we loved the entire experience. I expect this holiday attraction may sell out this year so be sure to get your timed tickets early!

Shady Brook Farm Drive-Through Light Show

Another attraction there is Candy Cane Lane, where your family can meander through musical, dancing lights. I don’t recall this part of the experience but it sounds lovely if you’re open to the more immersive experience than just the drive-through Christmas lights. Likewise, you can also find goodies in the holiday market or even take home a Christmas tree.

More Information: https://shadybrookfarm.com/holiday-light-show

DiggerLand Holidig Drive-Thru Light Show

When: Begins November 18 and runs most evenings through January 3, 2021, from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Where: 100 Pinedge Drive, West Berlin, NJ 08091

Cost: $29.95 per vehicle

Covid Safety: Enjoy the Diggerland Holidig Drive-Thru Light Show from the comforts of your vehicle! Order your tickets online to gain priority entrance compared to vehicles not already registered.

Diggerland Holidig Drive-Thru Light Show | Photo courtesy of Diggerland USA
Diggerland Holidig Drive-Thru Light Show | Photo courtesy of Diggerland USA
Diggerland USA Holidig Light Show - Photo courtesy of Diggerland USA
Diggerland USA Holidig Light Show – Photo courtesy of Diggerland USA

We’ve never been to Diggerland but it sounds like a blast! Take in the views along a mile-long course meandering through America’s only construction theme attraction & water park where you’ll enjoy hundreds of thousands of lights. Also on tap are holiday displays and Diggerland’s own radio station ready to spread holiday spirit to the entire car parade. I am definitely keeping this one on my radar for the holiday drive-through light show!

This show is great as a social distancing holiday activity, allowing your family to enjoy the fun safely inside your car. Meanwhile, the bathrooms will be open as well as the Fork Lift Cafe, which offers treats and refreshments for purchase.

More Information: https://www.diggerlandusa.com/holiday-light-show

Fun Things to Enhance Your Light Show Experience!


 

Lights in the Parkway

When: November 27- December 27, Closed Christmas Day; 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Where: Lehigh Parkway East and Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Allentown, PA 18103

Cost: Cars and SUVs up to 8 passengers – $15; Commercial Van, Mini Bus, Limo (9 – 24 passengers) – $25

Tickets are valid on any day Lights in the Parkway is open during the season.

Covid Safety: Tickets are on sale Online ONLY this season. Enjoy the drive-through light show from the comforts of your car.

This is one of the more well known holiday light shows in our area as it’s been around more than 20 years. Enjoy more than a mile of the Lehigh Valley’s stunning parks bedecked in hundreds of thousands of twinkling Christmas lights. This spectacular and safe drive-through light show is a favorite in the area. Lights in the Parkway features beloved characters, animated holiday scenes, light tunnels, and beautiful light displays to the tune of favorite holiday music. This attraction is affordable and a safe event to bring joy even during these crazy times. 

 
 

2020 Joy Through The Grove at Knoebels

Joy through the Grove at Knoebels - Holiday Lights and Woodland CharactersWhen: November 27 through January 3, 2021 (Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) Monday – Thursday (5:30PM-9PM), Friday – Sunday (5:30PM-10PM)

Where: 391 Knoebels Blvd, Route 487, Elysburg, PA 17824

Cost: $15 per vehicle, Monday – Thursday (5:30PM-9PM); $20 per vehicle, Friday – Sunday (5:30PM-10PM); $30 per FULL SIZED vehicle (9-12 passengers) nightly. (No full-sized buses or motor coaches, please.)

Covid Safety: Enjoy the light show from your vehicle! Check out Knoebels’ covid safety policies online.

What excitement! Knoebels launches its latest offering – Joy Through the Grove – on November 27 this year. This drive-through Christmas light show starts near the Impulse rollercoaster and meanders down the main boulevard of the park and throughout some of the Knoebels campground. Enjoy appearances by Santa, Kozmo and friends, and take in the wonder of over 15 miles of Christmas string lights and more than 400 light up pieces!

If you wish, you can also get favorite Knoebels treats at the drive-through admission window.

More Information: https://www.knoebels.com/events/knoebels-amusement-park/joy-through-the-grove

 

Hershey Sweet Lights®

When: Beginning Friday, November 13 from 5-10 p.m.; November 20 – January 3 (check as hours may vary 5-9 p.m. or 5-10 p.m.)
Where: Hershey Sweet Lights, Boat House Rd, Hershey, PA 17033
Cost: Starting at $22.15 for cars (up to 8 people), $30.15 for vans (seats 9-15 people); Two pairs of Holospec glasses included
Covid Safety: Hershey Sweet Lights is enjoyable from your personal vehicle. Check out Hershey Park’s Covid Safety Protocols.

Hershey Park Hershey Sweet Lights Drive-through holiday lights show - Image Courtesy of Hershey Park
Hershey Park Hershey Sweet Lights Drive-through holiday lights show – Image Courtesy of Hershey Park

When searching for drive-through holiday light shows, you can’t miss what Hershey Park has to offer. Featuring almost 600 animated displays amid two miles of wooded trails, your family can enjoy the Hershey Sweet Lights® attraction at Hershey Park from the comforts of your vehicle. Reviews published online indicate that the attraction is still open even if it rains. 

If you’re feeling more daring, you might enjoy Hersheypark Christmas Candylane®, boasting more than 5 million lights. Explore many opportunities to ride your favorite rollercoasters and other rides. They also have a visit with Santa, character experiences, and even a chance to check out Hershey’s Chocolatetown during the winter months.

More Information: https://www.hersheypark.com/explore-the-park/christmas.php#sweetlights

 

Sesame Place Drive-Thru Holiday Light Show

When: Tuesdays and Wednesdays from November 10, 2020 to December 23, 2020

Where: Sesame Place Preferred Parking lot – the address for the entire park is 100 Sesame Road Langhorne, PA 19047.

Cost: $45 for non-Season Pass Members and $36 for Season Pass Members

Covid Safety: Stay in your car for the drive-through holiday light show! Learn more about park safety measures here – https://sesameplace.com/philadelphia/park-info/park-safety/faq

Sesame Place Drive-Thru Light Parade with Abby on the Float and a Car in Front - Courtesy of Sesame Place

From the comfort of your car, enjoy the sights of holiday decor paired with millions of twinkling lights, ringing in the holiday season with all your favorite Sesame Street characters dressed for the occasion. A fun and festive soundtrack sets the mood to full blast fun for little ones and loved ones of all ages. Must-see attractions include Candy Cane Lane with six-foot candy canes and the 50-foot illuminated tunnel dressed up like the night sky. Snowflake Way has a special surprise to dazzle and delight guests! There’s also a menorah to celebrate Hanukkah. Your family will love seeing all the favorite Sesame Street characters bundled up in their winter best and for the grand finale, Santa Claus himself! 

More Information: https://sesameplace.com/philadelphia/events/christmas-drive-thru

Walking Holiday Light Tours 

Holiday light shows by car are a great Christmastime activity during 2020 due to the current health climate, but they aren’t the only options. For families looking for more of a hands-on experience, those still exist, too! (Please take precautions to maintain the health of yourselves and those around you!) Here are some additional Christmas attractions in our area besides the holiday light shows above.

Koziar's Christmas Village

Koziar’s Christmas Village

When: Nov. 7 to Thanksgiving (Weekends Only); Fri. 6 PM – 9 PM | *Sat. 5 PM – 10 PM | Sun. 5 PM – 9 PM; Thanksgiving Thru Jan. 2 (Every Night): Including All Holidays! Mon. – Fri. 6 PM – 9 PM | *Sat. 5 PM – 10 PM | Sun. 5 PM – 9 PM

Where: 782 Christmas Village Rd. Bernville, PA 19506

Cost: 3 & Under – Free; 4 to 10 – $10; 11 to 64 – $12; SENIORS (65+) – $11 (additional $5 per ticket on Prime Nights – All Saturdays, Black Friday (11/27), Sundays after Thanksgiving)

Covid Safety: Timed Reservations on Prime Nights; https://koziarschristmasvillage.com/covid

Popular Walk-through Christmas Attraction - Koziar's Christmas Village |Photos Courtesy of Koziar's Christmas Village
Popular Walk-through Christmas Attraction – Koziar’s Christmas Village | Photos Courtesy of Koziar’s Christmas Village

This place is on my Holiday Bucket List! (Just maybe not this year due to Covid.) I’ve heard amazing things and have seen incredible pictures. The entire experience sounds as magical as you can get without actually going to the North Pole with Santa himself!

Voted the #1 Christmas Display in the USA, Koziar’s Christmas Village sets aglow 1 million Christmas lights amid a timeless winter wonderland for all to enjoy. Open since 1948, this Christmastime attraction is fit to delight generations for decades to come. The winter wonderland tour brings you the magic of glass building displays across many themes. Enjoy Santa’s Post Office, The Night Before Christmas, Christmas Beneath the Sea, a Beautiful Manger Scene, the Old-Fashioned Bakery Shop, the Kissing Bridge, the Toy Maker and His Toy Shop, and Christmas in Other Lands.

Popular Walk-through Christmas Attraction - Koziar's Christmas Village |Photos Courtesy of Koziar's Christmas Village

You can also enjoy the many train displays and have a photo taken with Santa in all the social distancing glory. The gift shop and snack shop complete the experience!

More Information: https://koziarschristmasvillage.com

Christmas Village in Philadelphia 

When: Thanksgiving Day (November 26) through Christmas Eve (December 24) with a Preview Weekend on Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22 (hours vary)

Where: Love Park & City Hall

Cost: TBD based on your plans

Covid Safety: Find out about safety precautions here – https://www.philachristmas.com/covid-safety.html. Masks are required and social distancing is enforced. Social Distancing Ambassadors will help everyone stay safe. 

Christmas Village in Philadelphia - little vendor booths under William Penn Statue at City Hall - Photo Courtesy of Christmas Village

If you’re up to a little walking tour, Philadelphia’s Christmas Village offers European delicacies in the food court (designed to maintain social distance). You and your family can enjoy the German Christmas market and all the unique wares for sale. It’s a great place to finish up your Christmas shopping for those last-minute gifts. And don’t forget the beautiful, historic Christmas Village Carousel in the City Hall Courtyard.

 

Shoppers at Christmas Village in Philadelphia with vendor booths - Photo Courtesy of Christmas Village

More information: https://www.philachristmas.com 

Walk-Thru Holiday Lights at Gring’s Mill

When: December 4-20 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and December 21-23 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday) from 6 – 9 p.m.
Where: 2083 Tulpehocken Road, Wyomissing, PA
Cost: Free Parking
Covid Safety: Social distancing and face masks encouraged. 

Gring's Mill Holiday Lights Poster with info shared in this article - courtesy of Gring's Mill

More Information: http://www.countyofberks.com/parks

Carnival of Lights

When: Beginning November 27, 2020, through select dates in December 30, 2020, 6 – 9 p.m. / 6 – 10 p.m.

Where: 91 Jackson Road, Gilbertsville, PA 19525

Cost: Adults $12.00 per person, Children $ 8.00 per child 4 – 12 years of age, Age 3 & Under FREE!

Covid Safety: Please observe social distancing, wear a mask, and use sanitizer. Rides are spaced out along the walk-through. Trained staff will clean the rides between each rider. Full covid safety information: http://www.carnival-of-lights.com/covid19.html.

Enjoy more than 200,000 lights, carnival food, rides, and games. Proceeds from Carnival of Lights benefit the Gilbertsville Community Ambulance.

Carnival of Lights Gilbertsville Poster - opens Nov 27, 2020

More Information: http://www.carnival-of-lights.com 

A Longwood Christmas

When: November 20, 2020–January 10, 2021, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Where: 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348

Cost: Different price points reflect age and special criteria (such as military, college student, etc.) $25 or less.

Covid Safety: Please review Longwood Gardens safety policies: https://longwoodgardens.org/visit/visiting-guidelines.

Longwood Gardens - A Longwood Christmas - Photo of Illuminated Christmas Trees with Green Lit tree in center - Photo Courtesy of Longwood Gardens / Photographer Davis Harold Hank

Years ago before we had kids, my husband (then-boyfriend?) and I enjoyed Longwood Gardens during the holidays. It was dazzling! The lights all throughout all of the gardens and the indoor attractions all made the day so magical. We loved taking photos throughout the many picturesque displays and I’d love to do this again sometime soon.

Longwood Gardens - A Longwood Christmas - Photo of red and white round light spheres and red trees - Photo Courtesy of Longwood Gardens / Photographer Davis Harold Hank

You can expect the celebration here to be memorable and full of timeless charm, such as live outdoor musicians, garden railroad displays, and open air fountain shows, to name a few. Longwood Gardens received stellar recognition as winner of the Best Botanical Garden Holiday Lights by USA TODAY’s 2019 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards, the best of a list of top 20 botanical gardens across the U.S.

More Information: https://longwoodgardens.org/events-performances/longwood-christmas

Winter Light Spectacular at Lehigh Valley Zoo

When: Wednesday through Sunday evenings beginning November 13, 2020 until January 2, 2021, with bonus days of December 21 & 22 (Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve.)

Where: 5150 Game Preserve Road, P.O. Box 519, Schnecksville, PA 18078

Cost: Children 0-1 are free, kids 2-11 are $10, adults are $15, members are $8. Revenue from the Winter Light Spectacular supports animal conservation projects and programs at the Lehigh Valley Zoo.

Covid Safety: Safety is a top priority. All federal, state, and local COVID-19 guidelines apply, including but not limited to face coverings, social distancing, and limited capacity.

Winter Light Spectacular at the Lehigh Valley Zoo - Gorgeous Rainbow Light Tunnel with Logo

More than 1.2 million brilliant, twinkling lights brighten the zoo’s holiday experience! The two-hour experience features a pair of reindeer, timeless holiday scenes, and many photo opportunities throughout the zoo. Nightly live performances, several fire pits, and a selection of holiday treats sweeten the deal.

More Information: https://www.lvzoo.org/event/winter-light-spectacular/ or www.winterlightspectacular.com

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We hope you enjoy these drive-through holiday light shows and other attractions. Be sure to consider all available health and safety information before you embark on your holiday visits. You can find some really cute Christmas face masks to make it more fun! Please avoid visiting if you have tested positive, are exhibiting symptoms, or are awaiting results on a Covid-19 test.

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