17 Festive Drive-Through Christmas Light Displays in Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania is home to many incredible things to do at Christmastime, and, some of the best are the drive-through Christmas light displays scattered throughout the state.

These displays are great because you can see these lights from the comfort, safety, and warmth of your car while listening to festive Christmas music.

Here are some of the best drive-through Christmas displays in Pennsylvania to enjoy this holiday season.

(Note: These displays can get quite crowded, especially on weekends and close to Christmas. I recommend either visiting as soon as they open in the evening or visiting on a weeknight early in the season, if possible. Many are also open for a few days after Christmas.)

Hershey Sweet Lights in Hershey

Visiting Hershey Sweet Lights in Hershey, PA
There are more than two million lights at Hershey Sweet Lights.

Located in Hershey, PA, Hershey Sweet Lights is a festive drive-through Christmas display that you won’t want to miss.

Open to the public since 2003, Hershey Sweet Lights features a two-mile driving path behind the Hotel Hershey and is close to other holiday attractions in Hershey, including Hersheypark’s Christmas Candylane. It is said that the display contains over two million lights, making it one of the largest Christmas light displays in Pennsylvania.

Hershey Sweet Lights will be open from November 19, 2021, through January 2, 2022.

Holiday Lights on the Lake in Altoona

Holiday Lights on the Lake is a festive tradition in Altoona, Pennsylvania
Holiday Lights on the Lake is a festive tradition in Altoona.

Holiday Lights on the Lake in Altoona’s Lakemont Park has been delighting Central PA residents for more than two decades.

This 50-acre display features an incredible number of lights scattered around fields and on some of the park’s most popular rides. Here, you can see festive holiday scenes that are sure to delight the entire family.

Even better, nearly every bit of space is filled with lights, but it’s done in such a way that it isn’t overwhelming.

Holiday Lights on the Lake is open from November 19, 2021 through January 9, 2022.

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland in Butler

Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland in Butler County, PA
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland is a festive drive-through display in Butler County. (Photo used courtesy of Discover the Burgh)

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland is located on the Butler Fairgrounds in western Pennsylvania.

This light display is actually one of seven Shadrack displays in the United States. However, even though this isn’t a locally-owned Christmas attraction, it’s still a great display to visit if you are looking for drive-through Christmas lights near Pittsburgh.

Shadrack’s display is more than two miles long, half of which is choreographed to music you can listen to through your radio. One highlight is the 300-foot light tunnel that you can drive through along the course.

In 2021, Shadrack’s is open from November 12 through January 2.

Joy Through the Grove at Knoebel’s

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Knoebel’s Amusement Park is opening a brand-new drive-through display this year.

New in 2020, Knoebel’s Amusement Park has opened their park to a drive-through attraction known as Joy Through the Grove.

While the park’s rides aren’t open, visitors can drive through the park and the adjacent campground to see more than 400 festive light displays.

In addition to the drive-through display, there will also be a Christmas Village where you can get out and visit Santa’s workshop, buy a Christmas tree, or try a selection of Knoebel’s famous food.

Joy Through the Grove is open from that day after Thanksgiving through January 2.

Overly’s Country Christmas in Greensburg

Overly's Country Christmas Drive Through display in Pennsylvania
Overly’s Country Christmas will be featuring a new drive-through display in 2020. (Photo used courtesy of Overly’s Country Christmas)

Overly’s Country Christmas at the Westmoreland County Fairgrounds near Greensburg, one of the most festive towns in Pennsylvania, has been a popular local attraction since the 1960s. And, while it’s normally a walk-through attraction, it was changed to a drive-through attraction for 2020 and you appear to have the option of driving or walking through for 2021.

They have expanded and changed the layout for this year to accommodate cars and to provide a beautiful display for those that love Christmas lights in PA. Along the way, you can wave to Santa, try to spot the Grinch, and listen to beautiful Christmas Carols.

Overly’s Country Christmas is open on Thursdays-Sundays from November 18 through December 30 in 2021.

Shadybrook Farm’s Holiday Light Show in Yardly

Located in Bucks County, Shadybrook Farm’s Holiday Light Show is a popular Christmas attraction near Philadelphia.

Their light show features more than three million lights, making it among the largest light displays in the state. Visitors can either drive through the display or take a wagon ride through it.

In addition to the drive-through display, there is also a walk-through area, visits with Santa, campfires for smores, and more.

The Holiday Light Show is open from November 20, 2021 through late January.

Zoo Lights in Pittsburgh

Zoo Lights in Pittsburgh PA
Zoo Lights at the Pittsburgh Zoo is a unique holiday display. (Photo used courtesy of Discover the Burgh)

Returning in 2021, Zoo Lights will be filling the Pittsburgh Zoo with a lot of festive cheer.

Visitors are led around the display with a self-guided audio tour, which you can listen to here if you want to get a taste of the experience before you go. While you are driving around, you won’t just see many beautiful lights, but you’ll also see special guests, like Daniel Tiger, and might even see some of the zoo’s real animals.

Zoo Lights is open from November 26-December 30, 2021.

Holiday Light Spectacular in Scranton

Every holiday season, Scranton’s Nay Aug Park comes to life with their Holiday Light Spectacular.

This is one of the few free admission drive-through Christmas light shows in Pennsylvania (though donations are accepted).

In the park, there are more than 100 light displays and tens of thousands of lights set up to go along with Christmas music you can listen to on your radio. You can also drop off letters for Santa at his mailbox or visit with him on select nights.

In addition to the free light display, there are also a few paid activities including horse-drawn carriages, tractor-pulled hayrides, and concessions.

The Holiday Light Spectacular is open from November 19, 2021, through January 9, 2022. 

The Miracle on South 13th Street in Philadelphia

Miracle on South 13th Street in Philly
The Miracle on South 13th Street is one of the best free light shows in Pennsylvania.

Another great free holiday display is the Miracle on South 13th Street in Philadelphia.

While this display is the shortest drive-through display (it’s only a block long) there are tens of thousands of lights decorating nearly every house on the block. There are also interactive elements, window displays, and more.

Without a doubt, this is one of the best things to do at Christmastime in Philadelphia.

These lights here are typically on every evening in December.

Holiday at Burgess in Titusville

The largest park in the northwestern PA community of Titusville comes alive every year with the Holiday at Burgess display.

This drive-through display features many fun and whimsical displays including reindeer, toys, and more scattered throughout the park. Lights are placed around both the park’s pond and playground ensuring a lot of beauty for those in this corner of Pennsylvania.

In 2021, the Holiday at Burgess Lights will be open from November 26 through December 31.

Christmas Spirit Light Show in Lancaster

Drive Through Christmas Spirit Light Show in Lancaster PA
Drive through and around a baseball stadium in Lancaster at the Christmas Spirit Light Show.

Located around Clipper Magazine Stadium near downtown Lancaster, the Christmas Spirit Light Show is one of the best things to do at Christmas in Lancaster.

Drive through a holiday wonderland that’s a mile long, past many festive scenes, and through several tunnels. Even better, many of the lights are synchronized with the display’s music, which adds a lot of fun to the show.

The Christmas Spirit Light Show is open from November 27, 2021 through January 1, 2022.

Presque Isle Lights in Erie

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Nighttime is always beautiful on Presque Isle and will be more beautiful this December.

Presque Isle State Park in Erie is one of Pennsylvania’s best parks, and in 2021, they are lighting up the park for a free drive-through Christmas light display for the second consecutive year.

Known as Presque Isle Lights, this event features light displays scattered all along the 13-mile road through this park in northwestern PA. Lights and scenes will be set up throughout much of the park so you are sure to enjoy many beautiful displays in a unique setting.

Also, keep an eye out for the beautiful nighttime skyline of downtown Erie while driving through the park after dark.

Presque Isle Lights opens to the public on December 3, 2021 and runs throughout the month.

Herr’s Christmas Light Display in Nottingham

Beautiful tree at the Herr's Christmas lights display in Nottingham PA
There is a free drive-through light display at the Herr’s Snack Factory in Nottingham, PA.

Located in Chester County at the Herr’s snack food factory, you’ll find the Herr’s Christmas Light Display. This display has no admission cost, so is a great option for those looking to save a bit of money.

The lights at Herr’s are scattered around the corporate campus and feature many festive sights to enjoy. In fact, it is said that there are more than 600,000 lights on display here every year.

Festival of Lights in Tunkhannock

Located at the Stone Hedge Golf Course a few miles east of Tunkhannock you’ll find the Festival of Lights.

Here, cars drive a 2.5-mile path through a beautiful light display along the golf course. Drive past many lit scenes ranging from the festive to the whimsical, all of which are sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

After your drive, you can get out and explore activities like s’mores, a marketplace, and food vendors.

Herr’s Christmas Lights are on from dusk to dawn from November 24 through January 2.

Christmas Light-Up in Clinton

Clinton Christmas Light Up near Pittsburgh, PA
Christmas Light Up in Clinton offers a festive woodland experience. (Photo used courtesy of Discover the Burgh)

Christmas Light-Up is one of the lesser-known drive-through Christmas light displays near Pittsburgh. However, that makes it a great choice if you are looking to see something new or are looking to avoid the crowds at some other displays!

Christmas Light-Up has been bringing festive cheer for nearly three decades and has a great one-mile driving path through a wooded setting. 

As you drive through the display, you’ll see many festive scenes and figures, as well as many beautiful Christmas trees that have been decorated for the holidays.

Christmas Light-Up is open from November 5 through January 2.

Forest of Lights in Friendsville

Located in northeastern PA, Forest of Lights is held at the Tall Pines Players Club in Friendsville.

At the Festival of Light, lit displays are spread out over a mile-long road through this golf club and offer the chance to get holiday cheer in a safe entertainment. While visiting, you’ll drive past many fun and festive sights.

They have recently announced that the popular Santa’s Village will reopen in 2021. 

Forest of Lights is open to the public from November 26 to December 31, 2021.

Lights in the Parkway in Allentown

Now in its 25th year, Lights in the Parkway is a beautiful holiday light display in the Lehigh Valley.

During the Christmas season, Allentown’s Lehigh Parkway (which is a park, not a road) comes to life with hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights, festive displays, and beautiful music.

Don’t miss this great Lehigh Valley tradition.

Lights on the Parkway will be open open from November 26 through New Year’s Eve.

Do you have a favorite drive-through Christmas light display in Pennsylvania? Let us know in the comments below.

Want to see even more incredible spots during the holiday season? Check out Koziar’s Christmas Village, Kraynack’s Christmas display, and the best Christmas lights in Pittsburgh.


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