HOLIDAY LIGHT DISPLAYS

VALLEY FORGE AND MONTGOMERY COUNTY

The tradition of lighting the exterior of a home during holiday season goes back centuries, with various cultures using them as a symbol of welcome and warmth. These days, especially in Montgomery County, Pa., revelers have certainly kicked things up a notch.

So grab your family and friends, make sure your phone is well-charged (both for picture-taking and getting directions) and head out. Be respectful along the way - these are residential neighborhoods, after all - and be safe. But enjoy the color, lights and sounds of the season.

Note: With the passing of Christmas Day, we cannot guarantee that the light displays are still active.

Holiday Lights Ambler

1320 East Butler Pike

Ambler

East Butler Pike generally bustles with traffic, so park safely and walk cautiously, especially with children after dark. But the effort is worth it. The landscape slopes gently away from the roadside, meaning it's got to be seen on foot to be truly appreciated.

Erdenheim Holiday Lights

5 Whitemarsh Avenue

Erdenheim

This little cottage looks like it could be in a North Pole neighborhood, a few doors down from the Clause's place. The display is not extensive, but it is off the charts in terms of charm.

Willow Grove Holiday Lights

Terwood Avenue & Brendan Circle

Willow Grove

The drive to the Valenza family's Christmas cavalcade is half the fun; there are a number of well-decorated homes on Terwood Avenue. But once this spectacular corner property comes into view, you will have to fight the urge to gasp out loud.

Horsham Holiday Lights

207 Maple Avenue

Horsham

Across the street from this cute home is Hallowell Elementary School, which makes a safe and convenient pull-over spot after hours. The display may not be the monster proportions of others throughout the county, but it is full of holiday spirit nonetheless.

Lansdale Holiday Lights

631 Knoll Drive

Lansdale

For youngsters who love the giant blow-up decorations that appear on lawns this time of year, this house will certainly please. A Game of Thrones-style holiday dragon greets visitors, but don't let him (her) distract from the pair of runways with pilot Santas ready to take off.

Harleysville Holiday Lights

1800 Dutchman's Circle

Harleysville

The Drelik property blazes with 35,000 lights (connected by 3.5 miles of extension cords) that immediately cause a "Woah" moment upon first viewing. Kids can interact with the displays through a series of push-button boxes. Be aware, though, that one of the access routes, Green Lane Road, is closing December 12. Take Sumneytown Pike to Bustard Road to Liberty Bell Drive.

Lansdale Holiday Lights

1507 Saint Andrews Way

Lansdale

Lights are more enjoyable when you can cluster together a couple of visits. When you're done at the Drelik's on Dutchman's Way, this home is less than five minutes away. The Abominable Snowman is large enough to be actual size. And fans of A Christmas Story will love the mailbox decoration.

Schwenksville Holiday Lights

215 Stallion Lane

Schwenksville

Ever witnessed an animated Christmas tree singing Elvis? Well, thanks to the technological connection between this display and a broadcast soundtrack on FM radio, it's possible!

Collegeville Holiday Lights

15 Glen Farms Drive

Collegeville

These neighbors obviously share both their property lines and their love of the holidays. Two side-by-side homes feature just about every holiday icon possible, from gingerbread men to Wise men, highlighted in their electric glory.

Collegeville Holiday Lights

110 Ithan Lane

Collegeville

This home pulses with electric energy fueled by the steady beat of holiday music accessible from your car radio. The color palette glitters with white, silver and blue and the combined effect is stunning.

Pottstown Holiday Lights

911 South Street

Pottstown

These twin homes pack a lot of glitz into a contained footprint while keeping the presentation neat, trim and delightful. A forest of colorful Christmas trees in the foreground provides a setting that Santa would be proud to visit.

King of Prussia Holiday Lights

288 Valley Forge Road

King of Prussia

Most holiday light displays look terrific at night but when the sun is up, aren't that visually appealing. This one works both in daylight and moonlight, owing to the giant cutouts of cartoon characters that range from Olaf to Jesse the Yodelin' Cowgirl, from Toy Story 2.

 

Holiday Lights Hatboro

3708 Reninger Road

Hatboro

This dazzling front lawn requires a few moments to take it all in. The Santa seated in a giant chair at the sidewalk is startlingly lifelike. And yes, that’s a firetruck in lights on the roof!

Holiday Lights Limerick

128 Graterford Road

Limerick

We’ve seen tall inflatables during our tour of Montgomery County displays, but the airplane here may be the widest. It is huge! The archway of lights over the driveway is also impressive.

Holiday Lights Collegeville

78 Level Road

Collegeville

This property beckons on woody Level Road like a beacon. The homeowner estimates 30,000 lights, saying, “I was buying them in sets of 10,000 apiece, and before long, I realized that over the years, I had done that three times!”