‘Tis the Season of Light
Every year in December my thoughts turn to light and the special meanings associated with the many lights of this month. I think of waning daylight as we countdown to the winter solstice
marking the shortest day of the year (December 21, 2020). I think of the Maccabees victory and the reclamation of their Temple and the celebration of Hanukkah
(December 10-19, 2020) which commemorates the miracle of the 8 days of light provided by a scant quantity of oil. One of my favorite December days is Santa Lucia Day
In my house I celebrate Christmas. There are colored lights on the tree (children’s pick) and white lights outside (Mom & Dad’s pick) In fact, the house is ablaze with light as I am prone to string up a strand of lights every place imaginable. I have a shining star lit to honor the reason for the season in my home and of course help Santa navigate his way to our rooftop. A favorite holiday light tradition that can still be observed outside the house in 2020 is a drive through light show. Here’s a few of my favorites.
Peace & Love,
Drive-thru Holiday Lights: Pandemic Approved
Author: Olivia Bello
After the rollercoaster of 2020, this Holiday Season is a welcome opportunity to bring the joys of a few traditions back into our lives. What better way to get into the spirit than a good old fashioned tradition - holiday lights?!
I have compiled my Top 3, pandemic approved, holiday light shows and spectacular installations local to Philadelphia and the neighboring suburbs. They include massive displays and one a lovely tradition of a small city block that has gone on for decades. They all center around the theme of bringing you and your families a little bit of joy and light during this Holiday Season.
Since 1913, Shady Brook Farm in Yardley, PA has been a working farm with pumpkins, strawberries and a handmade goods shop to enjoy, back in 1994 they began the tradition of a drive thru light show for patrons to enjoy. Over the years, it has grown into a massive display that visitors come to see from miles away. This year includes drive up hot cocoa, sweet treats and a radio station to enjoy holiday music as you drive your way through the farm. Local businesses all join in the fun to create the display, and it seems to get more magical every year. Click above for more info!
$30 per car; $15 for a wagon ride, through January 5, 2021 931 Stony Hill Rd, Yardley, PA.
Beginning the Saturday after Thanksgiving and lasting until after the Mummers Parade on January 1st, the residents on the 1600 Block of South 13th St. transform their street into something straight out of Santa’s workshop. Boasting nearly 300,000 lights and tons of blow ups, statues and displays, visitors of The Miracle on South 13th say that this locally funded event seems to get more macial every year. Drive down the street, or walk (with masks and practicing #socialdistancing) and feel the love and connection that this street has for its neighbors. Click above to like them on Facebook for updates and great shots of the display! (I saw this display last year for the first time and I was just mesmerized!)
Through January 1, 2021 South 13th Street between Tasker & Morris streets.
Deck the Hall Light Show
The tradition continues in Dilworth Park, with gorgeous light displays and activities for the family to safely enjoy. The Deck The Hall Light Show is one not to be missed this season. Presented by Independence Blue Cross, City Hall will be adorned with thousands of lights for a choreographed light show that everyone will enjoy. Drive through this gorgeous display and stay safe in your vehicle with a cup of hot cocoa and holiday music on the radio. You can also put on a mask and enjoy a socially distant walk through the park that seems to be transformed for the Holiday Season.
Through January 1, 2021 Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St.
I highly recommend visiting some of these gorgeous displays and making some wonderful memories to end 2020.