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 (weekends through November 2-28, nightly November 29 - 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 (Wednesdays - Sundays, November 9 - December 29. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day). 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 (Wednesdays - Sundays, November 29 - December 10; daily, December 11-28. 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 (weekends, November 22 - December 22). 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. During the season, families can also find a layout at Allentown’s America On Wheels Museum (November 29 - December 29) that is included with regular admission. 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 (various dates in November and December) - 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 the schedules of local theatres for a variety of traditional performances including Christmas Carole 1944, a show adapted from Charles Dickens by William Ross Sanders and Sharon Lee Glassman, at the Civic Theatre of Allentown (December 6-21) or performances of The Nutcracker featuring local dancers at Miller Symphony Hall (December 7-8) in Allentown or Zoellner Arts Center (December 14-15) in Bethlehem. For a unique local experience, make your way to the Liberty Bell Museum in Allentown for Christmas with Pip the Mouse, a classic holiday puppet show that has been delighting audiences for generations.