Nothing puts me in the Christmas spirit more than walking through a winter wonderland. I just love holiday decor, Christmas music and all the sparkly lights so seeing a Christmas village is always high on my holiday bucket list. So how could I not see what Display World Magazine has dubbed, the “best outdoor Christmas Display IN THE WORLD.” I know… what an amazing title, huh? Here’s the initial view of Koziar’s Christmas Village that you get upon driving up.
Our jaws dropped! It was so extensive, so elaborate, so mind-blowing that even our car full of jaded New Yorkers were impressed!
What a happy place it was!
So the story goes that what originally started as a decorated house and dairy farm soon became a sensation when Mr. Koziar’s Christmas display grew year-by-year into a massive holiday spectacle. Now you can see everything from a giant train display to a lit-up lake! There were so many delightful sights along the trail including this supersized Santa!
Every turn showcased such a charming display of nostalgic Christmas tales, characters and scenes.
Cute costumed characters greeted us, and as we winded down each trail we enjoyed a game of “I Spy” with fun – to -find items like the Snoopy cast, a land of santas, Grinch storybook pages, more! Check out this adorable, vintage tea party scene found when we peeked into a playhouse! Who else loved Raggedy Ann and Andy as a child?
Some criticized online that the displays were dated. But I kind of enjoyed the old-world charm of seeing classic characters line the paths and feeling like I was going back in time to a magical and charming Christmas world. It helped that we went in November when the Christmas crowds had not yet come out in full force of course.
About a 2.5 hour drive from downtown, Manhattan, this destination was totally worth it! But know before you go.
Here are our top tips for your next trip to Koziar’s Christmas Village:
- cash! The cash line is 3 x faster than the regular line. And trust me, you want to minimize your time waiting around in the cold outdoors
- warm weather accessories. Do NOT forget that scarf, mittens, hat and/or earmuffs. Consider bringing an extra blanket especially if you have kids with strollers. There are few indoor stops along the way, many of which have lines to get in so bundle up to really be able to enjoy the night out.
- tissues. We saw many people sniffling without access to tissues. Bring your own.
- There’s one main bathroom near the entrance and porta potties scattered throughout. Go before you go..
- It will take you around 1-1.5hours to get through the place depending on how long you take at each shop along the way, how many photos you stop to take etc.
- Avoid Saturdays because I hear the traffic into the place alone could take you up to 45 minutes per mile.
- Get there before it opens to avoid wasting time in lines.
Thanksgiving thru January 1st:Mon. – Fri. 6 – 9 pm | Sat. 5 – 9:30 pm | Sun. 5 – 9 pmOpen EVERY night to Jan. 1st
- You can take a picture with Santa here..just have to find him in one of the miniature houses.
- BUY the cookie! OMG these chocolate chip cookies (which are warmed up for you) are SO good and only a dollar I think?
3 & Under – FREE | 4 to 10 – $10.0011 to 64 – $12.00 | Seniors (65+) – $11.00 and guess what… Parking is FREE. I know… you NY-ers just fainted on me…
To navigate the parking lot and remember where you left your car, drop a pin on your phone or text someone in your party directions
If you are using a camera, know which settings to use during the night.
Work out a plan if a member of your party becomes separated.
782 Christmas Village Rd, Bernville, PA 19506-8810 (It’s near Lancaster PA where we toured through and sightsaw the next day)
Have you been to a Christmas village before? If so, where and would you recommend it?