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Visiting Koziar's Christmas Village in Berks County, Pennsylvania

Getting in the Christmas Spirit at Koziar’s Christmas Village

One of my fondest memories of the two years I spent living and working in South Korea was a weekend away with some friends. Hidden deep into the mountains near the North Korean border was a winter festival. This wasn’t just any winter festival mind you; it had thousands of lights the glowed just brightly enough to give me a feeling of magic and contentment, almost like I was in a dream.

Fast forward a few years to 2013, and I was excited to find Koziar’s Christmas Village, as it reminded me so much of this great memory. I was fortunate enough to visit for the second time in 2016, this time accompanied by my two-year-old son and wife.

Koziar's Christmas Village Review

The old Koziar family farmhouse is the center of the Christmas village.

In 1948, William Koziar began decorating his farm, then known as Spring Lake Dairy Farm, for the enjoyment of his family. However, despite being located for from town along a dirt road, his display began to become very well known in the local area and people would drive out into the countryside of Berks County to see it. Eventually, people began knocking on the farmhouse door asking to get a closer look.

As the display began to grow from the house and barn to the surrounding fields, Koziar decided to open it up to visitors for a small fee. Since then, Koziar’s Christmas Village has grown to become one the best holiday attractions in Pennsylvania, attracting tens of thousands of visitors every year from all over the world. However, despite this growth, the village is still run by the Koziar family and the attraction still centers around their old farmhouse and dairy barn in Bernville, PA.

The Kissing Bridge at Koziar's Christmas Village.

The Kissing Bridge at Koziar’s Christmas Village.

Koziar’s opens shortly after sunset from early November through early January. Driving up to Koziar’s after dark is a magical experience in itself and very much reminded me of my fond memories of that festival in South Korea.

Located down a curvy, dark road, Koziar’s is an oasis of multi-colored lights in a sea of darkness. It’s truly breathtaking to look out over the village from a distance and listen to the faint sounds of Christmas music playing in the valley below. Of course, while seeing Koziar’s from a distance is great, going in is even better.

View of Koziar's Christmas Village near Reading, Pennsylvania

The view approaching Koziar’s Christmas Village on Christmas Village Road.

Walking through the entrance gate, I was simply awestruck by the beauty of the area. Koziar’s Christmas Village is home to more than one million lights, making this the ultimate holiday display in the state. It’s hard to believe that this village is located on the grounds of a working farm and largely dismantled and reassembled each year.

Visitors are guided through this walking-through attraction by arrows on the ground. As I walked, I marveled at the lights which were set up in a variety of displays including an outdoor model train, a retelling of several different Christmas stories, and even a giant Santa Claus. Don’t miss the beautiful Kissing Bridge, a covered bridge over a small pond and a model railroad.

Model Railroad at Koziar's Christmas Village

The old dairy barn sits behind the large, outdoor model railroad.

Along the way, there were several buildings. Some featured scenes from the past (like an early 20th century schoolhouse, for example) and some were very whimsically set up to display scenes such as a reindeer barn, giant nutcrackers, or Christmas under the sea.

Santa Claus even sets up shop at Koziar’s Christmas Village to make sure that children have a chance to tell him what they want for Christmas. Despite the extra cost, the line to see Santa can be quite long when Koziar’s is busy.

Holiday lights at Koziar's Christmas Village

Holiday lights at Koziar’s Christmas Village

Interspersed throughout the village are several buildings full of beautiful Christmas decorations and tasty treats. The snack shoppe sells hot chocolates and cookies that are not only delicious, but are quite reasonably priced, in my opinion.

Overall, I would highly recommend a visit to Koziar’s Christmas Village in Bernville, Pennsylvania I can’t imagine a better place to get in the Christmas spirit!

Food at Koziar's Christmas Village in Bernville, Pennsylvania

One of the snack shoppes at Koziar’s.

Visiting Koziar’s Christmas Village

Koziar’s Christmas Village is located in Berks County within a short driving distance of Reading. It’s conveniently located only an hour from Harrisburg, Lancaster, or Allentown, and 1.5 hours from Philadelphia.

Visiting Koziar's Christmas Village in Berks County, Pennsylvania

Whimsical displays at Koziar’s Christmas Village.

Kozaiar’s Christmas Village is open weekend evenings (Fridays: 6-9p, Saturdays; 5:30-9:30p, Sundays: 5:30-9p) starting the first Saturday in November until Thanksgiving. From Thanksgiving to January 1, 2017, Koziar’s Christmas Village is open 6-9pm Monday-Friday, 5-9:30pm on Saturdays, and 5-9pm on Sundays.

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    If you can, visit Koziar’s on a Monday-Thursday evening in the few weeks after Thanksgiving. The crowds during these times tend to be much smaller, giving visitors the chance to better appreciate the peacefulness and magic of the village.

    Christmas lights at Koziar's Christmas Village near Reading, Pennsylvania

    A small portion of the million lights at Koziar’s.

    When visiting, plan on spending at least an hour at Koziar’s.

    Note: I was hosted by Koziar’s Christmas Village during my visit. However, the opinions expressed in the article are my own.

    Visiting Koziar's Christmas Village in Bernville, PA

    A panoramic view of Koziar’s Christmas Village.


    Koziar’s Christmas Village

    Hours: Vary, See notes above or website

    Cost: Adults: $10, Children: $8

    Website: KoziarsChristmasVillage.com

    Address: 782 Christmas Village Rd.
    Bernville, PA 19506

     

    See map below for other area attractions.


    Getting in the holiday spirit at Koziar's Christmas Village in Pennsylvania

    AUTHOR - Jim Cheney

    Jim Cheney is the creator of UncoveringPA.com. Based in the state capital of Harrisburg, Jim frequently travels around Pennsylvania and has visited all 67 counties in the state. Jim has also traveled to more than 30 different countries around the world.

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