Local Treasures

5 Local Holiday Treasures - Part 5 of our series

Here are some places you don't want to miss this holiday season!

Lights In The Parkway

1700 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Allentown, PA 18104 (map it)

Allentown PA Holiday Light Display

This spectacular drive-through light display transforms more than a mile of one of Allentown's most beautiful parks, the Lehigh Parkway, into a winter wonderland. Featuring hundreds of thousands of brilliant lights - this attraction will brighten your holiday season. Visitors will experience tunnels, animated holiday scenes and more. "Lights" has become an annual tradition for many throughout the Lehigh Valley and beyond. Visit website >

Byers' Choice Holiday Display

4355 County Line Road, Chalfont, PA 18914 (map it)

Byers' Choice

Hundreds of Carolers and Kindles are on display in heartwarming vignettes. As you enter The Olde Curiosity Shoppe, Carolers can be seen completing their Christmas shopping, skating on a frozen mill pond and acting out holiday traditions from around the world. Another surprise is a trip to the North Pole, with the Kindles inhabiting every nook and cranny. From finishing last-minute toys to baking Christmas cookies to packing Santa's sleigh, the Kindles are always striking just the right balance between work and fun at the holidays. This vision of Santa's workshop is just what every child imagines, complete with gingerbread houses, lots of snow, and even some Kindles sneaking off to the ski slopes! The Byers' Choice Christmas Museum is a journey to Dickensian England with its life-sized London street scene and shop windows dressed for the holidays. Visit website >

Holiday Garden Railway at the Morris Arboretum

100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118 (map it)

Morris Arboretum Holiday Train

Thousands of sparkling lights adorn a miniature village surrounded by a quarter mile track with model trains zipping in and out of tunnels, over bridges, and through the woods... all outdoors in the winter garden. Visitors of all ages will be wowed by a quarter mile of track featuring seven loops and tunnels with fifteen different rail lines and two cable cars, nine bridges (including a trestle bridge you can walk under!), and bustling model trains, all set in the lovely winter garden of the Morris Arboretum. The display and buildings are all made of natural materials - bark, leaves, twigs, hollow logs, mosses, acorns, dried flowers, seeds and stones - to form a perfectly proportioned miniature landscape complete with miniature rivers. Visit website >

A Brandywine Christmas

Brandywine River Museum, U.S. Route 1, Chadds Ford, PA 19317 (map it)

Brandywine River Museum Christmas

Discover dozens of rare antique dolls, dressed in beautiful period clothing, some on view in rooms filled with exquisite hand-crafted furnishings and miniature paintings by members of the Wyeth family. Experience the extensive O-gauge model train display, one of the largest modular layouts in the country, with five trains running simultaneously on nearly 2,000 feet of track through a landscape inspired by southeastern Pennsylvania. Marvel at thousands of whimsical Critters, ornaments and decorations handcrafted from natural materials by Conservancy volunteers and displayed on towering trees soaring up through the museum's three-story rotunda Visit website >

Historic Downtown Bethlehem

Bethlehem, PA

Bethlehem Christmas

Experience the magic of Christmas in historic Bethlehem! From the holiday charm of the Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem™ to rockin' New Year's Eve celebrations, there are more than 50 different holiday events and attractions to explore in Christmas City USA! Visit website >

And a Couple of All-Time Favorites

Longwood Gardens Holiday Display

1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348 (map it)

Longwood Gardens

No holiday season is complete without a visit to Longwood Gardens. See extravagant, fruit-adorned trees in the Conservatory and red and green apples float in an artistic pattern in the Exhibition Hall. The Music Room display pays homage to the Green Room at the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington, featuring sugared, fruit-laden trees and a lavish holiday tea set for 18 special guests. Stroll the Outdoor Gardens and see more colorful lights on display than ever before in the expanded outdoor experience - featuring a floating tree display, hundreds of sparkling snowflakes, twinkling tree forms, a 12-foot fountain of lights, and so much more. Note that tickets must be purchased beforehand. Visit website >

Peddler's Village

Routes 202 & 263, Lahaska, PA (map it)

Peddler's Village Christmas Lights

This is truly an awe-inspiring display of holiday lights. Wander through the pathways and be sure to see the gingerbread house display in the Village Gazebo. Visit website >

Lehigh Valley Zoo Winter Wonderland

5150 Game Preserve Rd, Schnecksville, PA (map it)

Lehigh Valley Zoo Winter Light Display

Walk-through lighted winter wonderland at the zoo! Guests will experience amazing light displays, cozy fire pits, giant snow globes, a live reindeer and treat stations featuring seasonal favorites s’mores and hot chocolate, hotdog’s, sausage and more. All in all, Winter Light Spectacular features nearly one million energy conserving lights and surround sound music to deliver family fun all season long!. Visit website >

MORE LOCAL TREASURES:

Part 1
Carousel Village (Wrightstown)
Garden of Reflection (Yardley)
Raven Rock Bridge (Lumberville)
Ringing Rocks (Upper Black Eddy)
Grounds for Sculpture (Hamilton, NJ)
Part 2
Hortulus Farm (Wrightstown)
Red Mill Museum (Clinton, NJ)
America on Wheels (Allentown)
Hunterdon Arboretum (Lebanon)
Lost River Caverns (Hellertown)
Part 3
Northlandz (Flemington)
Black River RR (Flemington)
Elmwood Park Zoo (Norristown)
Howell Farm (Lambertville)
Audubon Center (Audubon)
Part 4
DaVinci Science Center (Allentown)
The Stoogeum (Ambler)
Washington Mem. Chapel (Valley Forge)
NJ State Museum (Trenton)
Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum (Horsham)
Part 5
Lights in the Parkway (Allentown)
Byers Choice Holiday (Chalfont)
Holiday Garden Railway (Philadelphia)
Brandywine Christmas (Chadds Ford)
Downtown Bethlehem (Bethlehem)
Longwood Gardens (Kennett Square)
Peddlers Village (Lahaska)
Part 6
Bucks County Playhouse (New Hope)
Trenton Fire Museum (Trenton)
Moravian Museum (Nazareth)
American Treasure Tour (Oaks)
Martin Guitar Factory (Nazareth)
Part 7
Barn Nature Center (Doylestown)
Greenshire Gardens (Quakertown)
Lockwood Gorge (Lebanon Twp, NJ)
Chanticleer Garden (Wayne)
Boyertown Museum (Boyertown)
Part 8
Canal Boat Ride (Easton)
Classic Car Museum (Pottsville)
Delaware Canal (Easton to Bristol)
Mack Trucks Museum (Allentown)
Sanderson Museum (Chadds Ford)
Part 9
Sculpture Park (Jenkintown)
Bowmans Hill Tower (New Hope)
Bowmans Hill Wildflowers (New Hope)
Delaware Valley Fire Museum (New Hope)
Morris Arboretum (Philadelphia)
Part 10
Halloween
Fall Season
Ghost Tours
Cemetery Tours
Apple Picking
Part 11
Lakota Wolf Preserve (Columbia, NJ)
Mt Airy Art Garage (Philadelphia)
The Highlands (Fort Washington)
LV Heritage Museum (Allentown)
Bucks Childrens Museum (New Hope)
Part 12
Insectarium (Philadelphia)
Magic Gardens (Philadelphia)
Edgar Allan Poe House (Philadelphia)
Eastern State Penitentiary (Philadelphia)
Mütter Museum (Philadelphia)
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