Lights in the Parkway, a treasured Christmas tradition for Lehigh Valley families since 1996, is being replaced by a new event this year. Ongoing construction to repair a retaining wall in the parkway will make it impossible for two lanes of traffic to safely view the annual light show. Allentown plans to resume Lights in the Parkway once the construction is finished, but in the meantime, an exciting spin-off event called Allentown Lights is available for guests to continue to celebrate the holiday season. When attending this year’s event, be sure to book your stay at The Sayre Mansion and give your family a new holiday tradition that they will absolutely love.
The Beloved Lights in Parkway
Lights in the Parkway is a cherished event that has drawn over 2 million visitors in its 19-year run, with more than 19,000 vehicles in 2013 alone. The drive-through light display covers more than a mile of one of Allentown’s most beautiful parks and features lighted trees, light tunnels, and animated displays. Since its start, the annual event has been symbolic of the holiday season because of its collaborative nature. Hundreds of people work together to make this special event possible including volunteer organizations, city employees, bus tour and hotel operators, and many local business owners who are generous sponsors. The city’s comradery is obvious to all who visit and gives guests the warm, fuzzy feeling that makes the holidays so special.
A New Twist on an Old Classic
This year, instead of vehicles paying $12 to drive through the winter wonderland, Allentown Lights will offer multiple locations for drive-through or walkable viewing (including Hamilton Street, the Arts Park, Arts Walk, Cedar Beach Park, and Andre Reed Park) and admission will be free! The new show will have the same displays used for Lights in the Parkway, including animated displays and hundreds of thousands of LED lights, but will be relocated to different areas. In addition to the festive decorations, Allentown Lights will feature family-friendly events and programs including classic holiday movies, concerts, vendors, and more.
Also new for 2015 is an expansion of the synthetic ice rink that the city offered last year along Hamilton Street. Instead of a single rink, the city is opening two rinks at Cedar Beach and Andre Reed parks. Skating is free and skate rentals will be available during peak hours. The rinks are scheduled to open on November 28th and will offer skating as late as February for locals and guests to enjoy. Participating in this classic seasonal activity is the perfect way to spread holiday cheer!
Stay at The Sayre Mansion!
From November 28th through December 31st, the city of Allentown encourages families to see the new display that will continue to bring the joy of the holidays to thousands of locals and visitors alike. Plus, your cozy room at the Sayre Mansion is just a short drive away from Allentown and is the perfect place to celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem PA! For more information on things to do in our area during the holiday season, download our free vacation guide.
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