Festive Fun For All Ages
From light displays to theatrical performances set to entertain audiences of all ages, holiday fun for the family comes at no shortage in Lehigh Valley. Explore these must-see happenings that are sure to add an extra dose of smiles to last the whole season long.
Take in millions of twinkling lights. Lehigh Valley is home to three outstanding light displays, all fit for a perfect multi-generational excursion. For walk-through displays, make your way to Koziar’s Christmas Village (November 7–January 1) in Bernville where this family-run display has been wowing visitors for 70 years. Or, head to the Lehigh Valley Zoo for their annual Winter Light Spectacular (November 13, 2020–January 2, 2021). Be sure to stop and say hello to the reindeer!
If you prefer to stick together inside the warmth of your vehicle, consider adding a trip to Allentown’s Lights in the Parkway (November 27–December 27, 2020 – Closed Christmas Day) to your holiday itinerary. This local must-see winds through over a mile of Lehigh Parkway, one of the region’s most treasured parks. No visit to these festive displays is complete without a stop to see Santa & the chance to warm up with some hot cocoa!
For a shopping trip that the kids will also be into, head to Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem (Thursdays–Sundays, October 8–November 29, closed on Thanksgiving). Here, you’ll be able to find unique gift items under the warmth of heated tents. Little ones will love watching craftsmen at work creating hand-carved wooden tops, seeing ornaments come to life with live glass blowing demonstrations, and witnessing ice carvers at work. Be sure to visit the traditional St. Nicholas for an unforgettable photo opportunity.
Choo choo! The holidays are the perfect time to take in some of the region’s most impressive model train displays including the ever-popular Merchants Square Mall Model Train. If you want to experience a real-life train ride, look no further than the Colebrookdale Railroad (various dates in November and December) or the Allentown & Auburn Railroad both offering rides on historic train cars featuring guest appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Perhaps your family is in the mood for a show? Check local theatres for a variety of performances, many of them virtual this year, from Miller Symphony Hall, Touchstone Theatre, and the State Theatre for the Performing Arts. For a unique local experience, make your way to the Liberty Bell Museum in Allentown for Christmas with Pip the Mouse, dates to be determined. If you're looking to end this year in a sweet, family-friendly way, check out PEEPSFEST, virtually or in-person with limited seating.