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What's Open During Covid-19 This Holiday Season?

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In a year where we are used to disappointing news every day, we were happy to learn that several of Pennsylvania's amazing Christmas displays will be part of the Holiday season. For example, the famous Koziar Christmas Village at Berville (Berks County), PA, is open for the season. Yeah, despite this coronavirus pandemic, the organizers say the village will be available from Saturday, November 7, 2020, until January 2, 2021.

In years past, guests have managed to tour Santa's Post Office, A Toy Shop, an Old-Fashioned Bakery, and more in town. Yeah, it's a real life-sized Christmas village. It has been consistently named one of the greatest holiday attractions in the nation.

The precise plans for 2020's year are not clear, but you can expect changes there given the nature of crowd restrictions in place.  It may be nice to have some sense of normalcy for the 2020 season. You might want to bookmark their site for online reservations which may be necessary for entry this year. We've learned about insanely long lines in the village year's past, so it is very likely to sell out... fast.

There are quite a few other Christmas displays, which we will highlight below.

Maybe it's Pennsylvania's proximity to New York that has maintained the state under wraps among the most dazzling places to go to in the Northeast during the holiday season.

In Pennsylvania, you'll find not only the yearly shows, parades, and festivals that Pittsburgh and Philly are famous for, but you will also find spectacular light displays - apparently arising from nowhere in the countryside to take away your breath and create family memories for a lifetime.

Pennsylvania has rich traditions and heritage, which make it a perfect Christmas destination. Winter activities, beautiful parades, dazzling light displays, and holiday train rides make Christmas the most wonderful time of year in Pennsylvania.

Take the virtual tour of Christmas at the Keystone State and find out why Pennsylvania is so hot during the holidays?

Do You Know These Pennsylvania Christmas Fun Facts?

  • The centuries-old custom of hanging Christmas trees was taken to the US by Pennsylvania's German emigrants. The reason? To prevent the rodents from picking the dried apple garland and other good ornaments that adorned the tree. Now, the custom is creating a contemporary comeback amongst space-deprived apartment dwellers and homeowners.
  • The not-so-little city of Bethlehem, PA, has been dubbed "Christmas City" for a good reason. Each year, the postmaster gets tens of thousands of Christmas cards worldwide to be marked with a "Bethlehem" postmark for the holiday season. Meanwhile, stores are adorned for the holidays starting in November as people line up for special holiday carriage trips and Bethlehem By Night bus excursions.
  • The Pennsylvania Amish community honors Christmas not once but TWICE annually since December 25 is quietly mentioned in prayer, while "Second Christmas" is celebrated on December 26 with festive parties and gift exchanges.

Most Festive Christmas Light Displays in Pennsylvania

Christmas at Hershey (From November 6, 2020, to January 3, 2021)

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Christmas in Hersheypark is an excellent chance to spend quality time with friends and family throughout the holidays. Hersheypark Christmas Candylane shines with four thousand glowing lights, offers several rollercoasters, heaps of rides, lots of festive entertainment, and, of course, chocolate.

The festive season in the friendliest place on Earth highlights more than forty-five rides for all ages, such as Laff Trakk, SooperdooperLooper, Sidewinder, Wildcat, Cocoa Cruiser, and Wild Mouse. A choreographed light show is followed by festive music. Don't forget to see Santa and his reindeer. Additionally, on select days in December, Hershey Theatre manages Christmas shows.

Lehigh Valley Zoo's Winter Light Spectacular, Schnecksville (From November 13, 2020 To January 2, 2021)

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Lehigh Valley Zoo turns into a magical area with Winter Light Spectacular during the best time of the year. Each year, about 70,000 visitors come to the zoo to be enchanted by fantastic light displays and revel in festive entertainment. It is now the favorite family heritage of the Lehigh Valley.

Stroll through coastal paths lit up by over 1.2 million lightings and Cozy up by outside fire pits with a cup of hot cocoa and s' mores. Children can meet Santa, Radley, the Sea Turtle, The Grinch, Woody, Princess Belle, Buzz, Elsa, and Olaf. Cinderella's magical carriage sparkles with hundreds of glittering lights!

Overly's Country Christmas, Greensburg (From November 19 to December 30, 2020)

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Overly's Country Christmas in Greensburg is a famous vacation attraction in the Pittsburgh region. The old-fashioned Christmas village includes a light screen, a live nativity scene, along a talking Christmas tree. There's also a Christmas market, fire pits, and a model train exhibition.

Kids can visit Santa's workshop, ride the sleigh, train, or sing carols around the bonfire, Horse-drawn carriage, and enjoy different activities. Henny Hemlock, the Talking Christmas Tree, will inform his magical story and silly jokes to those who stop to talk with him.

A Longwood Christmas, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square (From November 20, 2020, to January 10, 2021)

Every winter Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania (around an hour drive from Philadelphia), put on a dazzling seasonal display of Christmas Lights. The magnificent illumination is inspired by traditional holiday favorites' shapes--ribbons, candy canes, and other vibrant confectionery. Additionally, there are figures inspired by nature, from pinecones to snowflakes. Take a stroll among colorful orbs, glistening trees, and glowing light tunnels. The major light display is synchronized to music in the Main Fountain Garden and from the Large Lake.

 

Christmas Magic "A Festival of Lights" at Rocky Ridge County Park (From November 27, 2020, to December 31, 2020)

Christmas in Rocky Ridge County Park is among the best family-friendly events in York County. A beautiful Christmas tree sparkles with thousands of glistening lights. There are gingerbread men, candy canes, and lanterns across the beautifully manicured trail. Entirely Christmas Magic "A Festival of Lights" includes about 600,000 lights along a half-mile route. Masks are required this year.

Kennywood Holiday Lights, West Mifflin (Holiday Lights will return in 2021)

Kennywood is among the best places to visit during the holiday season in Pittsburgh. One of America's finest traditional amusement parks provides great rides, amusement, and holiday decorations adorned with almost two million twinkling lights throughout the Holiday Lights occasion. The park highlights the tallest Christmas tree in Pennsylvania, holiday performances, and light displays. Children can visit Santa Claus and other famous characters.

Shady Brook Farm's Holiday Light Show, Yardley (From November 21, 2020- January 10, 2021)

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In Yardley, Pennsylvania, Shady Brook Farm has been organizing an annual Holiday Light Show for approximately 30 years. Many families visit the farm to enjoy the magic of over 3 million lights illuminating barns, farmland, and other buildings in the Shady Brook Farm. Children of all ages will delight in the whimsical displays and meet familiar characters. You may drive-through in your vehicle or opt for a secondhand noodle. The illuminated two-mile course takes approximately twenty minutes to complete. Do not forget to drop by the Farm Market to meet Santa, choose a Christmas tree, or unwind with a cup of hot cocoa by the bonfire.

Macy's Christmas Light Show, Philadelphia (From November 27, 2020, to December 24, 2020)

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Macy's Christmas Light Show is a favorite holiday tradition for many Philadelphia families for more than fifty years. It takes place in the Center City shop in the historic Wanamaker Building. The incredible light display features over 100,000 LEDs.

See shimmering ballerinas, snowflakes, reindeer, and other popular characters and symbols floating beyond the curtain of the Grand Court atrium. But for 2020, some changes are put in place for the protection of everyone based on Macy's press release.

Since 1861, generations of kids have enjoyed the magic of a trip together with the one-and-only Santa Claus at Macy's. That loved holiday tradition will remain this season in a new way via Macy's Santaland® in the home.

Starting Friday, November 27 through Thursday, December 24, for the first time, the magic of Macy's Santaland is going to be transformed into an interactive, virtual encounter. To safely bring the miracle of the cherished holiday tradition to households nationally, Macy's Santaland's in-store adventure will be accessible through an immersive and whimsical digital-only participation available at macys.com/Santaland.

Available at macys.com/Santaland, before the electronic journey begins, an Adult must offer the appropriate permissions to activate the program, such as approving access to the hardware to the interactive components and choosing the preferred diversity expertise. Up to three kids can get involved in the customized experience at once.

A proper greeting from Santaland elves in the North Pole-bound train Channel kicks off the interaction. From that point, the Elves will guide the way by Santa's Village and Workshop, holding to view the shows and play interactive games.

In the finale of this journey, children will meet Santa via a whimsical interactive video where they'll have the ability to talk about their holiday wish list followed by snapping a selfie with Santa. Families will have the ability to download their Santa selfie immediately after the picture opportunity. The magic of Macy's Santaland at Home will safely bring the joy of the season to visitors nationwide, from the comfort of home.

Along with Macy's Santaland at Home, two other beloved holiday experiences will be made accessible to the people for the first time digitally. The Macy's Santaland site will also feature interpretations of familiar holiday preferences from Macy's Center City in Philadelphia, such as the Christmas Light Show and Dickens' Village.

Dickens' village will take visitors by pick animated displays telling Charles Dickens' classic and a Christmas Carol's story. A unique version of the magnificent Macy's Christmas Light Show will also glow bright online as it takes audiences on a light-filled joyful journey through popular Christmas stories such as The Nutcracker and Frosty the Snowman. The annual light display will feature the sounds of the world-famous Wanamaker Organ.

 

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