For many, there is true magic in the decorations that come along with the holiday season. From festive wreaths to animated yard decor, there are few holiday decorations that get as much praise as Christmas lights. In Philadelphia, there is no shortage of holiday lights, and some venues are upping the ante with entertaining light shows this year that are sure to delight spectators both young and old. Here's a look at three amazing Christmas light shows in the Philadelphia area for 2012.
Macy's Grand Court Light Show
Featuring a beautiful, festive display of color, the Macy's Grand Court Light Show has been a Philadelphia Christmas tradition since 1956, and its popularity shows no signs of wavering. The light show features some highly recognizable characters, including sugar plum fairies, snowmen, Santa Claus and his reindeer, and many others. The Macy's Grand Court Light Show can be found at the Center City Macy's at 1300 Market St., and light shows begin every hour on the hour.
Comcast Holiday Spectacular
Another fantastic option for holiday entertainment is the Comcast Holiday Spectacular. Hosted at the Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd. in Center City, the Comcast Holiday Spectacular features a larger-than-life screen with performances by the Pennsylvania Ballet this year. The show's theme for 2012 is "Snowman Symphony." The Comcast Holiday Spectacular runs every hour and is about 15 minutes long.
Located at 1001 Longwood Road in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, Longwood Gardens is hosting "A Longwood Christmas," featuring beautiful lighting, festive decor, and plenty of horticultural gems. Tickets can be purchased online, and price varies depending on age range. Tickets for adults 18 and older cost $18, children ages 5 and up can gain admission for $5, and children ages 4 and under are admitted free of charge.