Christmas may be over, but the fun hasn’t ended at Koziar’s Christmas Village in Bernville, PA. If you’re looking for a fun family activity within a 2-hour drive of the Poconos, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and so on, this amazing holiday attraction is definitely worth the trip! FYI, they’re open until the New Year, so there’s still time to go!
First, let me say that this review is NOT sponsored in any way. My friend and I decided we wanted to do something Christmassy with the kids. She goes to Koziar’s almost every year. I hadn’t been there since Jake was little. We were planning to go to Hershey, but finances didn’t quite work out for that. She suggested we take the kids to see the lights. We went on December 22 (Friday night). My pictures aren’t perfect because I took my “cheaper” camera with me and, to be honest, I don’t really know how to photograph lights. 😀 I took over 300 pictures, and had a hard time narrowing down which to include!
What is Koziar’s Christmas Village?
Koziar’s Christmas Village is a must-visit for anyone who loves holiday light displays. It started in 1948 as one man decorating his house for his wife and kids. People were so impressed with his display that he just kept adding to it. He decorated the barn, the lake, and pretty much everything else on his property. People asked permission to walk through it, so Christmas Village was born. Now, 70 years later, it’s an incredibly diverse and detailed display that was even awarded Best Outdoor Christmas Display in the World one year!
Koziar’s Christmas Village: What to Expect
After reading the reviews, I was expecting a ton of traffic and craziness, especially so close to the holiday. We got there about 7-ish. No traffic, and we were able to park super close to the entrance. The Village was busy, yes, but not wall-to-wall people. We skipped a visit to Santa, the Kissing Bridge, and the very first concession stand, as those were the places with the longest lines.
I went with my 12-year-old son, my friend, and her toddler, so a wide range of ages. I was worried that Jake would find it a bit boring now that he’s older, but we all loved it. Jake kept pointing out all “the attention to detail” in all the little window scenes (you can’t go inside, but you can peek in the windows for some amazing holiday decorations!
I promised Jake I wouldn’t post his head-on pictures, he’s at that age where he doesn’t want his picture splashed all over unless he approves it first, but since this is a side view I think it’s okay!
My friend and I loved the nostalgic old-fashioned decorations. I’ve read some people complain about these, but honestly, they’re what made the displays so fun for us. We were able to point out to our kids all our favorites- the Flintstones, the Peanuts, etc.
The lights are absolutely incredible, and the course is long enough that you really feel like you got your money’s worth. It took us about two hours to go through the whole thing. Of course, it depends on how fast you look or how long you spend checking out the displays.
The price of admission is fair ($10 per person, discounts for kids, and babies/toddlers are free), especially when you consider how much work goes into maintaining the displays and how much their electric bill has to be each season. I’ve seen much smaller light displays that charge $15+ per car for a 10-minute drive-thru experience, so I have zero problem with the admission fee.
Inside the attraction, you’ll still find decent prices on food and souvenirs. Food is surprisingly insanely cheap. Like $2 for hot cocoa, $0.75 for a hot pretzel, and so on. I don’t think anything on the food menu was over $5, except the souvenir mug.
Some of the gift shops do have some expensive specialty items, but you can get plenty of cute stuff to remember your trip for very fair prices. The hat shop, for example, has darling winter hats for around $12 (many are cheaper, a few are a bit more).
If you’re looking for a fun Christmas activity within a 2 hour drive of the Poconos, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, etc, this is absolutely worth it! For directions, hours, etc, visit the Christmas Village website.
I live in Harrisburg but still have yet to go here. The crowd is a turn off for me so I think one year I’m going to go during a week day.
XO Ellen from Ask Away
We went on the Friday night before Christmas. It wasn’t as crowded as I thought it would be, but it was definitely busy. My friend goes every year, and she says that Friday nights earlier in the season aren’t too bad. Week nights are also pretty quiet, so that’s definitely a good idea!
This looks super fun!! Will deff be going to this!