Christmas light shows are simply an amazing work of art to enjoy during the holiday season. Here are 10 Lancaster County and beyond Christmas light shows for you to enjoy with your family! (Some are large productions with a fee, others are free neighborhood houses or by donation.)
I have made a Google Map of all the locations. Click on this link to open a new window with the interactive Google map—or use the map below. There is a description of each location on the map. You can also read more and see pictures of each Christmas Light show throughout the rest of this post.
1. 61 Reagan Drive, Ephrata.
This home owner has been doing a light show for several years. We like it because they usually do the Transiberian Orchestra Carol of the Bells. When you pull in front of the house, there will be a sign telling you which call numbers to set your radio to, so you can hear the music. In addition to the lights there are seven elves hiding about the display to see if you can find them. Additionally there is a Nativity story that repeats through the show that is done to lights and sound.
2. Messick’s Farm and Tractor Light Show, Elizabethtown.
FREE (donations accepted to support local families). Show runs every 15-20 minutes. There is a nice map on the webpage so you know where you are going. There are also some nice videos on their website so you can see a little of what it will be like and get excited before you go!
3. Krasley Christmas Lights, 525 Woodland Dr., Manheim.
This will be their 10th year of having a Christmas light show! Opening night is Friday, December 2 at 5:30pm, and then will run every Sunday-Thursday night from 5:30pm to 10pm. Friday and Saturday nights it will run until 11pm. They will accept donations for the Ronald MacDonald House. Set your radio to 87.9FM. They have a pretty extensive website showing how its done, telling the story of how it started, and a gallery of photos and videos.
Downtown Kennett Square (near Longwood Gardens). This is held on November 25 at 6:15pm. Annual Holiday Light parade with all types of vehicles, music, dance performances and floats lit up creating a light filled holiday feel that includes the lighting of the Christmas tree and arrival of Mr and Mrs Claus!
5. Hershey Sweet Lights, Hershey.
Open nightly from November 11 to January 1. A winter wonderland awaits at Hershey Sweet Lights, A Holiday Drive-Thru Spectacular. Enjoy nearly 600 illuminated, animated displays from the comfort of your car as you drive through two miles of wooded trails. Tickets range from $19-24 per vehicle, or $34 if you are bringing a van of more than 8 people.
6. Dutch Winter Wonderland, Lancaster.
Celebrate the magic of the season at Dutch Winter Wonderland with rides, entertainment, and the Royal Light Show, a spectacular display of thousands of twinkling lights dancing to music. Get tickets for just $8.99 each!
7. Manheim Township Community Park
There are lights synchronized to music at Manheim Township Community Park, 209 Petersburg Rd., Manheim Township, PA. Monday thru Thursday, $18 per vehicle and Friday thru Sunday, $20 per vehicle. More info at www.christmasspiritlights.com.
The best way to see the show is driving down Fulton St slowly and dial your radio station to 88.7. Showtimes are daily from 5:30 – 11:00 and run continuously every 15 minuets. Here is a small sampling of the show. Located at 602 Fulton St, Akron, Pennsylvania 17501.
The next few light shows are in the Reading area.
We often make a night out of it and hit up all three Christmas light shows at the same time. It makes for a nice evening drive. I know some families who load up in their pajamas and eat Christmas cookies for the ride! Another idea is to consider dinner out, followed by a drive through the lights and then end the evening with a special frozen yogurt treat at Sweet Frog (save 50% by printing this before you go)!
8. Christmas on Lincoln. 2031 Lincoln Ct, Wyomissing.
Our lights will run every night until New Years eve from 5-9pm weather permitting. Their plan is to open by Saturday, November 26, but please check their website before you go, just to be sure they are open!
9. Holiday Lights at Gring’s Mill, 2083 Tulpehocken Road, Wyomissing.
Open December 2nd-30th, Wednesdays thru Sunday from 6:00 – 9:00pm. Closed on 12/24 and 12/25. Includes Walk through light display, nightly entertainment, Santa Claus, a model train display and light refreshments. There will be a FREE Kids Holiday Workshop Sunday, December 4th, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Learn more here.
10. Extreme Christmas Light Show, 218 North Sandy Lane, Sinking Spring.
The lights run nightly from the end of November through January 1st from approximately 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
11. Christmas Magic at Rocky Ridge County Park, 400 Deininger Rd, York.
Opens November 26. Runs from 6-9pm. Join the holiday tradition and come out to Rocky Ridge Park for Christmas Magic. While you’re there, drop off a new, unwrapped toy to us for a child in need! There is an admission fee, but there are a limited number of free tickets. See their event page to learn how to get them.
12. Koziar’s Christmas Village, 782 Christmas Village Road, Bernville.
This is their 69th season! Open from Thanksgiving through January 1, every night. M-F from 6-9pm, Sat 5-9:30pm, Sun 5-9pm. Koziar’s Christmas Village has won many awards, including Best Outdoor Display in the World (Display World Magazine).
13. Twas the Lights Before Christmas at Calvary Bible Church (Sinking Springs)
Every night from December 1-22. Lights run every 15 minutes from 5pm to 10pm. Free hot chocolate and cookies plus a fun kids’ activity on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights from 6 p.m.-9 p.m!
14. Herr’s Potato Chip Factory (Nottingham)
Their lights run nightly until January 1 from dusk til dawn. There is also a special FREE Christmas Snacktacular event on December 20th from 5-8pm. Hayrides, Santa, Starr the Reindeer.
Other Christmas Lights Info
In 2014, Lancaster Online put a list of local houses with lights. There is a nice map to go with it, if you want to drive by several of the houses. Some are to music, others are not. But keep in mind this list is from 2014, so it might not be up to date.
Also, Frugal Lancaster reader, Lele, shared this list of homes with neat displays in 2016. They may or may not be having them in 2017.
18 S. Fulton St., Strasburg
49 Longfellow Drive, Lancaster
1656 Clearview Ave, Lancaster
525 Woodland Drive, Manheim
181 Loghes Drive, Manheim
Julia lane and hamaker drive, manheim
202 W. Main St., Leola
2350 Columbia Ave., Lancaster
6429 Fairfax Circle, East Petersburg
387 Kelly Ave., Mount Joy
218 W. Donegal St., Mount Joy
323 Butler Ave., Lancaster
170 Richland Drive, Columbia
153 Crimson Lane, Elizabethtown
327 Crestline Dr
187 Merts Drive, Elizabethtown
37 Four Oaks Drive, Pequea
1608 Marietta Ave., Lancaster
564 S. Queen St., Lancaster
17 Four Oaks Drive, Pequea
1802 Millersville Pike, Lancaster
61 Reagan Drive, Ephrata
314 Reinholds Road, Denver
704 Marticville Road, Pequea
710 Marticville Rd
40 Sherman St., Lancaster
1930 Larch Ave., East Petersburg
42 Blue Rock Road, Millersville
659 laurel Ave lititz
700 block of west 6th street, lititz
Duffield drive, lititz
New haven drive, lititz
If you know of more Christmas Light Shows to add to the list, please add them in the comments below and I will be sure to add them to the post! For other holiday ideas read 32 Unique Ways to Celebrate Christmas in Lancaster County!