It’s that time of year again – when residents of Berks County, PA take these last days before Christmas to take in the festive delights. Some families head to the local Main Streets to enjoy the window dressings and look for unique and last-minute gifts. Others attend nearby holiday concerts and shows for memorable times with loved ones.
One of the most enduring local traditions is to tour the area’s Christmas light displays – in neighborhoods, parks, businesses, and all places that strive to present beautiful and vibrant displays. When planning holiday activities in Berks County, try to include visits to some of the best local light displays below that the whole family can experience before the new year.
2083 Tulpehocken Road, Wyomissing, PA 19610
Join the fun for a walkthrough of Grings’s Mill’s outdoor-only light display! The Berks County Parks and Recreation Department invites visitors to visit the park on designated nights in December and enjoy the light displays decorating the grounds and historic buildings of Gring’s Mill Park. A strolling Santa will make appearances throughout the month to visit with children, while the Belsnickel will try to determine which children have been naughty or nice. Following the light show, grab a warm beverage or a delicious snack from local food trucks. Parking is free, and you can check each day this month for the lineup of entertainment for each evening.
Centre Park Lights
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707 N 5th St, Reading, PA 19601
Reading, PA’s Centre Park Historic District neighborhood loves to show their holiday cheer. The District’s families worked together in early December to light the Christmas tree in Centre Park. The beautiful historic homes that line Centre Park’s streets dress for the season with festive greens, lights, swags and ribbons. A walk or drive through this lovely Reading neighborhood is sure to fill your heart with cheer.
Christmas on Lincoln
2031 Lincoln Court, Wyomissing, PA 19610
Christmas On Lincoln is a vibrant animated Christmas Light display tradition based in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. This incredible series of house light displays feature over 60,000 Christmas Lights that animate like dancing to music that can be heard from your car speakers. The light display event was started in 2008 by Tim Macrina and his wife Katie, and their hours for the 2021 season are 5pm-9pm daily through New Years Eve.
Koziar’s Christmas Village
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782 Christmas Village Rd | Bernville, PA 19506
What would the holiday season be without a trip to Koziar’s Christmas Village! The annual holiday attraction’s decorations and light displays are so prominent they light up the whole countryside. Over one million Christmas lights decorate buildings, barns, and landscape in the village, shining and sparkling in the valley beside a reflective lake. Koziar’s Christmas Village has been supporting festive cheer and warming the hearts of visitors for over 73 years, and it was named one of the “Top 10 Christmas Displays in the World,” impressing everyone local, touring, and beyond. The event is open all month, and Santa and his helpers have lots of winter wonderland treats in store for every special guest.
Christmas on the Mountain
459 N 14th St, Reading, PA 19604
Open since Dec. 3rd, experience holiday tiding and cheer at Christmas on the Mountain located at the Reading Hillside Playground. Now in its 30th year, the attraction is free to enter and free to park. Take in over 2 million led lights and fun inflatables, in addition to both vintage and modern decoration styles. The event’s extended light show is set to the best classic and modern holiday songs, and features a unique “Frozen on the Mountain Area”, a stunning replica of Santa’s workshop, and many real life and costumed characters with surprises for 2021.