The holiday season brings communities together. Friends bake cookies to give as gifts, neighbors gather around to sing Christmas carols, and families spend quality time admiring the Christmas lights, carefully hung up around their neighborhood and at local Christmas villages.
Tis the season to spend time with family and friends, and there is something extra special about coming home for the holidays to Pennsylvania’s Americana Region and taking a tour of the illuminated city together. Many people worked hard for hours, weeks, or even months planning and assembling light displays and decorating Christmas trees.
For some, taking a tour of the area’s Christmas lights is an annual family tradition, and for others, it may become one after this year. When mapping out your top sights to see this season in Berks County, be sure to include the popular attractions listed below:
Koziar's Christmas Village - 782 Christmas Village Rd | Bernville, PA 19506
Koziar’s Christmas Village has been warming the hearts of visitors and adding to the magic and wonder of the holiday season for over 72 years. Named as one of the “Top 10 Christmas Displays in the World,” the village amazes guests before they even step inside.
After driving through the unlit countryside and coming over a large hill, you’ll see a phenomenal scene that appears as if it was taken right out of a Christmas movie. Over one million Christmas lights decorate buildings, barns, and landscape in the village, shining and sparkling in the valley beside a reflective lake. It’s a view you won’t forget.
Gring's Mill - 2083 Tulpehocken Rd. Wyomissing, PA 19610
Gring’s Mill Recreation Area is a beautiful destination to visit year-round, with plenty of opportunities to enjoy the scenery while taking a nice stroll through the park along Tulpehocken Creek. But, it’s surely a spot you don’t want to miss this December.
During this festive season, the park is adorned with an array of lights and displays that highlight the historical buildings and landscape. Santa will even make an appearance and take photos with children. Parents can enjoy live entertainment while warming up by the barn’s fireplace. As a family, you’ll love watching model trains travel through the miniature town. There is something for everyone at Gring’s Mill this Christmas!
Christmas on the Mountain - 459 N 14th St, Reading, PA 19604
Explore the magic of Christmas on the Mountain at the Reading Hillside Playground. This free-to-enter Christmas Wonderland has undergone an expansion and now hosts over 1 million lights, inflatables, vintage, and modern decorations and a beautiful replica of Santa’s workshop where children can meet with Santa himself and take pictures.
Visitors are in for a real treat with an extended light show set to popular classic and modern holiday music, a “Frozen on the Mountain” area with visits from favorite children’s characters, plus a few more surprises in store.
Twas the Lights Before Christmas - 4891 Penn Ave. Sinking Spring, PA 19608
A synchronized Christmas light show with 80,000 lights set to music? Count us in! ‘Twas the Lights Before Christmas Light Show Extravaganza is a free event held from 5-10 pm at the Calvary Bible Fellowship Church from December 2-22, 2019.
On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, you can join for free hot chocolate, cookies, and a craft for children! Lights have been going up since October, and it’s a show you won’t want to miss.
While celebrating the holidays in Pennsylvania’s Americana Region, you’ll find a wide variety of family-friendly activities, light displays, and festivals to enjoy together while spreading Christmas cheer.