HATBORO-HORSHAM, PA — There’s plenty to do in or near the Hatboro-Horsham area to get the winter holiday season off to a hilarious good start.
Christmas and Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish festival of lights, overlap this year, with Hanukkah occurring December 18-26. Christmas, of course, falls on December 25, but you don’t have to wait to enjoy all the sights and sounds of the holiday season.
Tree and menorah lighting are just a few ways to welcome the holiday season, and some of these events take place right here in Montgomery County:
Wild lights at Elmwood Park Zoo, now through December 30, Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown. During the tour, guests can watch animal-inspired light shows and live entertainment.
Tinseltown Holiday Spectacular by Dietz & Watson, now through December 31, The Fairgrounds at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks. The event features giant light sculptures and displays powered by more than 1.2 million lights. An ice skating rink will be a new feature of the celebrations this year.
Miracle of Lights: Hanukkah Laser Show with Old York Road Kehillah, December 17 at the Beth Sholom Congregation synagogue in Elkins Park. The laser show presented is intended to ring in the Christmas season and is aimed at visitors of all ages.
Carnival of Lights, now through January 1st in Pottstown. The Western County of Montgomery County will have more than 250,000 lights synchronized to your favorite Christmas carols, as well as holiday amusement rights, Santa pictures and more.
Lansdale Tree Lights, December 2, Railroad Plaza, 200 E. Main Street, Lansdale. The annual event includes a tree lighting ceremony, Christmas music performed by the North Penn High School Choir and a performance by St. Nick himself.
Menorah lighting, December 18, Railroad Plaza, 200 E. Main Street, Lansdale. The Horns of Hanukkah will be played during this year’s event.
Christmas parades – often complete with Santa Claus, festively decorated floats and marching bands – are a holiday tradition both nationally and locally.
Several major parades are taking place this year, including the annual Mayor’s Christmas parade in Baltimore City, Maryland; the Target Holiday Parade in Minneapolis; and the Christmas Boat Parade in Newport Beach, California.
Montgomery County parades may not be able to match those in size, but the heart behind them is just as big.
While there aren’t that many parades in Montgomery County, one parade you might want to check out is this Ambler Holiday Paraderuns on December 3rd from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The parade route begins at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church, 411 Susquehanna Road, Ambler.