Whether carrying on a diehard family tradition or looking to start a new one, seeing light displays is a terrific holiday excursion for everyone, young and old. You should grab a thermos of hot cocoa and pile it in the car. Use our guide to find the best and most brilliant Christmas scenes around York, Pennsylvania, this year.

2022 Light Up York


Three White Snowman Decorations by Barry Plott is licensed with Pexels

Join your friends and neighbors in Continental Square and kick off the holiday season with an extravagant annual affair. The holiday season officially begins when the City of York's Public Works Department officials unveil the park's dazzling Christmas tree.

The 2022 Light, Up York event offers you much more than just the lighting ceremony. Everyone in the family will enjoy the free activities, including live music, a kid's carnival space, photos with Santa, cookies, and hot cocoa. Don’t forget to stroll through the Artists Village after you gaze at the tree. You might find every gift on your list, even something for those hard-to-buy-for people in the family.

  • Location: Continental Square, 1 E. Market St., York.

  • Save the Date: Friday, December 2, 2022, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Kim Krypt's Winter Wonderland Trail

Everyone in York knows Kim Krypt's is the place to go for Halloween, but did you know it offers Christmas festivities too? The scene goes from scary to merry just in time for Old Saint Nick. Kim and her crew invite your family to walk down the sparkling winter wonderland trail, featuring a wide array of music, lights, and charming animated displays.

Of course, Santa will be on-site to greet the kids every weekend through December 19, 2022. This joyous activity is perfect for all ages, and you'll find plenty of yummy treats to satisfy your holiday cravings. There's even a crackling fire where you can warm your hands. Stop by the gift shop or Holiday Bizarre for unique gift ideas. Admission is just $8 per person, and kids aged three and under get in free.

  • Location: 5932 Colonial Valley Road, Spring Grove.

  • Dates: Open weekends are between November 25 and December 23, 2022, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Weinrich Family Christmas Lights

The Weinrich family puts on quite a holiday spectacle each year. This captivating local Christmas light display is the real deal. Santa always makes an appearance at this home in York; they have delicious homemade cookies and warm cocoa for the guests.

Take the professional quality lighting display and share your wishlist with the big guy in the red suit. While you're enjoying the show, consider donating. All the money the Weinrich family raises during the event goes directly to Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen in downtown York. This wonderful non-profit community organization serves wholesome meals to locals in need.

  • Location: 2835 Forrest Lane, York.

  • Dates: Saturdays in December from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Christmas in the Park

Take a drive out to Brookside Park to experience Christmas in the Park. Park and recreation staff decorate the space with Christmas lights and more. This outstanding local event has everything you need to get into the holiday spirit, including crafts, karaoke for singing carols, a hot chocolate bar, and pictures with Santa, who arrives by fire truck, so don't miss it.

Brookside Park is the perfect place to spend a few hours any time of year. You can wander over the wooden bridge, take a spin on the carousel, or get lost in the woods. There's something for everyone at the park, whether it's special events or nature that draws you in.

  • Location: Brookside Park, 4054 Fox Run Road, Dover.

  • Save the Date: December 3, 2022, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Light Up the Night

Light Up the Night on Silver Spur is another private home you can't miss this holiday season. This family does it suitable for all the big occasions, including Halloween, Christmas, and New Year's. Last year, the group collected donations to help Mr. Sandy's Homeless Veterans Center in York, so consider leaving a dollar or two behind to help former military members in need.

They started the show with a star atop a tree and a set of pixels that changed color and blinked. Thanks to the overwhelming encouragement from friends, family, and neighbors, the presentation has grown each year to become a simply breathtaking display. Each year, you can spot something new, like the 2021 display's eve and icicle lights, which encompass over 30,000 lights and counting. Remember to tune your radio to 107.1 as you drive by so you can listen in.

  • Location: 3891 Silver Spur Drive, York.

  • Show Dates: Sundays through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and weekends from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

A Festival of Lights

Experience the magic of Christmas at this year's Festival of Lights in Rocky Ridge Park. You'll discover a half-mile handicap-accessible walking trail that York County park staff adorned with nearly 600,000 twinkling LEDs in every color. Meander along the candy cane-lined walkway to the wooded hilltop and see whether you can catch sight of the lovely animated scenes through the many towering oak trees.

Stop by the Friends of the Park's stand for hot chocolate and cookies. You can browse the display of trains from the Susquehanna Valley Garden Railway Society while you're there. This festive event runs for an entire month, so it's easy to get your fill of holiday cheer between shopping and parties. Online reservations are required, and tickets go on sale on November 15, 2022.

  • Location: Rocky Ridge Park, 3699 Deininger Road, York.

  • Dates: November 25 through December 30, 2022, except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

  • Times: Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 5 p.m. to p.m.

So, there you have it. The Apple - Your Auto Source team has put together this list of festive Christmas light displays around the city. Did we miss your family's favorite spot to take in a dazzling display? Let us know if we did. We want to share your idea, as we want to brighten up every York local's holiday spirit this year.


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