10 Most Instagrammable Holiday Displays

Where to capture the best photos while seeing all the bright lights in Montco

Tis' the season to fill your camera roll with festive holiday light displays for your Instagram. From Wild Lights at the Elmwood Park zoo to the iconic Santa's Polar Bear Express at the Colebrookdale Railroad, these spots in Montgomery County, Pa. are an Instagram dream.

Wild Lights at Elmwood Park Zoo
 

The Elmwood Park Zoo celebrates the season with its Wild Lights winter holiday festival, featuring over one million lights — including animated light installations — that cover the entire zoo (November 22, 2019 – January 5, 2020, select dates). All-new installations join some of last year’s favorites, and guests can also expect holiday music, photos with Santa, chances to meet animals and more.

King of Prussia Mall
 
 
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Love to shop? Stop at King of Prussia Mall, the East Coast’s largest shopping mall featuring upscale items and trendsetting fashion at Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and more. Plus, there’s no sales tax on clothing! Take pictures in front the infamous carousel or get your picture taken with Santa Claus!

Happy Place
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Founded by Jared Paul and opened originally on November 20, 2017, this massive pop-up experience is filled with larger than life size installations, multi-sensory immersive rooms, and dozens of moments curated to Capture Your Happy. Highlights include: dancing in the middle of world’s largest indoor Confetti Dome, jumping off of a larger than life rainbow into a pot of happiness, and posing inside HAPPY PLACE's signature rubber ducky bathtub of fun! And let’s not forget 7-foot stilettos made of a million candies and 6-foot-tall X and O letters made out of thousands of tiny mirrors, surrounded by a wall of one thousand red lips. Happy Place is now open at the King of Prussia Mall and will remain open through Sunday, January 5th 2020.

Pottsgrove Manor by Candlelight
 

Tour the mansion by candlelight as costumed interpreters portray its colonial residents as they celebrate Twelfth Night. For some English colonists, the final day of the Twelve Days of Christmas was the time to attend parties, balls, and dinners. From music and dancing in the parlor to hearth cooking in the kitchen, take in the sights and sounds of the season. The self-guided tour includes rooms on all three floors of the manor house (those with mobility issues can opt to take a tour of the first floor only).  Afterward, enjoy free refreshments while the kids make seasonal crafts to take home.

Historic Pennypacker Mills
 

Schwenksville


Even though phones were not invented in the 1900s, capture photos on your phone as you take a tour through historic Pennypacker Mills for an unforgettable Victorian Christmas experience! Using vintage inspired ornaments, the Christmas traditions of the early 1900’s, and how the Pennypackers spent their holiday, the site creates a magical experience for visitors. All tours include a stop at the Museum Shop, which is stocked with unique Victorian inspired ornaments, gift items, books, children’s toys, and holiday sweets.

 

Christmas in the Castle at Glencairn Museum
 

Bryn Athyn

From 1940 to 1970, Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn and their family celebrated Christmas at Glencairn — their 20th-century castle in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania — with a concert, a massive decorated tree that reached beyond the second-floor balcony and a Christmas day meal. This 45-minute guided tour stops on five different floors and highlights the Pitcairn family’s holiday traditions, along with significant examples of nativity art from the Museum’s collections (November 29, 2019 – January 5, 2020, select dates). At the end of the tour, visitors are invited to freely explore the World Nativities exhibition on the first floor.

 

Valley Forge National Historical Park
 

Valley Forge

On December 19, 1777, General George Washington led the Continental Army into Valley Forge for what would become a six-month encampment. This "march in" marked what ultimately became the turning point of the Revolutionary War. Valley Forge National Historical Park commemorates this date each year with candle-lit tours, musical performances, and an appearance by the Commander-in-Chief himself. Learn more about this year's celebration here. Grab your phone on December 19 and capture pictures of this historic celebration. 

 

Legoland Discovery Center
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Legoland Fun!

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Plymouth Meeting

Take pictures as you celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with their Holiday Bricktacular Weekends, taking place every weekend this holiday season now through December 31st! Get in the spirit with seasonal build activities, holiday theming and meet & greets with our LEGO Santa. 

 

Illuminaire Nights
 
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Skippack

Skippack Village is one big slice of eye candy year-round, but in December, it gains a special sparkly overlay. It's walkable paths and sidewalks shimmer with candlelight, guiding visitors from one unique shop to another. Illuminare Nights takes place every Friday from November 29, 2019 to December 20, 2019, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM and every Wednesday from December 4, 2019 to December 18, 2019, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM.

 

American Treasure Tour
 
American Treasure Tour Christmas
 
Oaks

The American Treasure Tour is a unique museum experience that takes visitors on a tram ride through a collection of Americana artifacts. During the holiday season, tours highlight the hundreds of Santa's on display and the collection of nickelodeons and organs will play holiday favorites like "Jingle Bells" and "Frosty the Snowman."