LIGHTS IN THE PARKWAY OPENS NOVEMBER 23

 

Allentown’s 22nd season of Lights in the Parkway opens Friday, November 23 at 5:30pm in Lehigh Parkway.

Drive through this spectacular holiday light show in the comfort of your own car.  Dazzling new animated displays are part of this glowing show. These larger-than-life light spectaculars join traditional favorites set to music, transforming more than a mile of one of Allentown’s most beautiful parks, Lehigh Parkway, into a winter wonderland.  Featuring hundreds of thousands of brilliant lights – this attraction will brighten your holiday season.  Visitors will experience tunnels, favorite holiday scenes and more.  “Lights” has become an annual tradition for many throughout the Lehigh Valley and beyond.  Lights in the Parkway is fun for all ages.

Lights in the Parkway can be viewed Wednesdays through Sundays from Friday, November 23 through Sunday, December 9 and nightly December 12 – 28 from 5:30pm – 10:00pm. Lights in the Parkway is closed on Christmas Day.

Admission on site is $15 per car, $25 per commercial van, minibus and limo, and $45 per bus. Tickets may be purchased in advance online at www.lightsintheparkway.com or lightsintheparkway18.eventbrite.com at a discounted rate of $12 per car and $22 per commercial van, minibus or limo. Credit card sales are accepted on site, but are only discounted if purchased in advance. Lights in the Parkway also accepts checks or cash.

Advance ticket sales at $10 and $20 are available at the following locations, beginning on Friday, November 9, 2018:

Another exciting feature for this year’s event: the 8th Annual Lights in the Parkway 5K and Walk!  The City of Allentown has again partnered with Run Lehigh Valley to provide this unique opportunity to enjoy the spectacular display. The event will take place on Wednesday, November 21 beginning at 7:00pm for runners with the walkers following.   Interested persons can register and see the course at www.runlehighvalley.com.  Space is limited.  No race day registration is accepted.

New for the 2018 season, the City of Allentown is partnering with Run Lehigh Valley to host a “Paws in the Parkway” dog-friendly night out at Lights in the Parkway!  Runners and walkers may register their dog(s) for a canine wonderland, featuring doggie food and treat samples, pictures with Santa, and a commemorative bandana to sport for the occasion. The event will be held on Tuesday, December 4, 2018. For more information, visit www.runlehighvalley.com or search “Paws in the Parkway” on Facebook.

At the end of the route, patrons are invited to visit the Gift Barn which features a large selection of one-of-a-kind decorations, ornaments and holiday collectibles for everyone on your holiday shopping list.  Hot chocolate, popcorn, cookies and other refreshments are also offered inside the Gift Barn. Credit cards are accepted in the Gift Barn. The Gift Barn is run by the Allentown Patriots for the 2018 season.

Lights in the Parkway is sponsored by Allentown Federal Credit Union, Alvin H. Butz, Inc., Lutron, Jaindl Enterprises, City Center Allentown, 100.7 WLEV and CAT Country 96, B104, WAEB 790, 95.1 WZZO, Run Lehigh Valley, La Mega Radio, Waste Management, Altronics Security and Jack’s Slice Pizza.

The City of Allentown’s Parks Department is the creative talent behind Lights in the Parkway.  Parks’ supervisors Jason Hertz and Michelle McGinniss and the Parks Department staff have provided the lighting expertise needed to produce just the right illumination, shadow and silhouetting effects for this imaginative wonderland. Hess’s iconic soldiers will be back to add to the magic and light up the night, and many of the beautiful trees in Lehigh Parkway are wrapped in lights and shining brightly!

Lights in the Parkway continues to show commitment to use energy-efficient LED lights in all new displays and to convert more existing displays each year to LED bulbs. LED lights use 85% less energy than traditional bulbs and last about four times longer.  As of the 2018 season, nearly 90% of all bulbs used in displays will be converted to LED.

For more information on Lights in the Parkway, contact Christy Alvord, Recreation & Events Coordinator for the City of Allentown by phone at 610-841-3506 or through e-mail at christy.alvord@allentownpa.gov.