The Best Christmas Village To Visit Near NY

The Best Christmas Village To Visit Near NY

As we approach the holiday season, most will start exploring the attractions decorated with Christmas lights. Beautiful home and street decorations are enough to feel that holiday spirit. While there are many places to see Christmas lights locally, visiting Koziar’s Christmas Village offers an unforgettable experience for the entire family.

We visited this place twice and had a fantastic time both times. Below I am sharing a complete guide on visiting Koziar’s Christmas Village.

Little About Koziar’s Christmas Village

Can you picture over a million Christmas lights in a small town? That is what Koziar’s Village looks like during the holiday season. The buildings, gift barns, and the entire landscape are covered with lights. The camera cannot justify the beauty of this place. It is simply a fairytale!

The Village is located in Berks Country, Pennsylvania. It is nearly a 3-hour drive away from NYC. I am forever grateful that my husband found this place back in 2015 and took me out there on Christmas night. We knew that it would not be a one-time visit place when we entered the Village. In December 2019, we returned to the wonderland, bringing our six-month-old son with us.

Koziar's Christmas Village : couple kissing
Koziar’s Christmas Village. December 25, 2015
Koziar's Christmas Village with Christmas lights. Mommy strolling a baby
Koziar’s Christmas Village. December 2019

When to Visit?

It is worth noting that Koziar’s Christmas Village is open only during the holiday season and only for a few evening hours each day. We recommend visiting on a weekday if you can take a day off. However, if you plan on a weekend trip, we advise you to get there early as lines pile up very quickly. Make sure to check their website for any new updates or safety regulations.

Where to Stay?

To make the experience more enjoyable and accommodate yourself and the little ones if you are traveling with kids, we recommend staying at the local hotel. We stayed at the Doubletree by Hilton in Reading, PA. This hotel was more welcoming than any other hotel we have been to. Everyone was super lovely and radiated warmth and positivity. The welcoming attitude at the hotel made our overall experience even more enjoyable. Not to mention that hotel is famous for its warm chocolate chip cookies! They are simply delicious and will be handed to you during check-in time. Also, throughout your stay there. So Yummy!

Beyond the welcoming staff, the hotel offers plenty to keep you busy for a few hours: Pool, on-site restaurant, fitness center, and in-room service.

Soon after we checked in, we visited the pool. Matthew was overwhelmed with joy and enjoyed his afternoon swim before visiting the best Christmas village!

mom and baby at the pool at the hotel
baby at the pool with a robe smiling

The Night at the Christmas Village

Koziar’s Village is located in Pennsylvania’s countryside. To get there, one needs to drive through the darkened roads. The stunning view of the Christmas lights you get from your car is indescribable. As you find your way through curvy roads, the final turn immediately opens a view to millions of sparkling lights, all shining at once! On top, there is a lake that reflects all the lights, and it kind of doubles the number of lights.

If you plan to visit, make sure you have extra layers. Since we are speaking about the dates in December, the weather can get pretty uncomfortable. However, warm layers can keep you warm and cozy.

We strolled around the tiny and bright streets surrounded by beautiful Christmas lights, visited Santa’s shops, and drank hot chocolate. Pictures and videos cannot justify the magical vibes of this place—lights everywhere, kids everywhere, toys everywhere. If you believe in Santa’s World, this is the place for you to visit.

Koziars Christmas Village
Christmas lights in Koziar's Christmas Village
Christmas lights in Koziar's Christmas Village

Meet Santa

There is no better way to end the evening at Koziar’s than visiting Santa in his tiny home. Expect long lines during weekends, but it moves pretty fast. (2020 safety regulations may affect visiting Santa. Check with the Village for new updates).

We were so excited to have Matthew meet with Santa for the first time. My heart was about to explode with happiness.

baby and santa picture at Koziars Christmas Village
Matthew’s first picture with Santa. December 18, 2019

If you are looking for the best Christmas village near NY, I highly recommend anyone with kids or no kids visit Koziar’s and enjoy some holiday magic. You may also want to check out other family-friendly weekend trips.

We are wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year. Have you ever been to Koziar’s? Share your experience below in the comment section.


1 Comment

  1. Emma
    May 14, 2020 / 1:14 am

    Such a beautiful place! Definitely visiting next Christmas.

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