For many area families, driving around to check out all the holiday decorations is a tradition that adds to the magic of the season. While a number of area neighborhoods could give Clark Griswald a run for his money, there are a few professional holiday light displays around the Pittsburgh area that are sure to put some extra sparkle into your family’s celebration!

oglebay Guide To Area Holiday Light Displays

Photo Credit: Oglebay Resort and Conference Center

Oglebay Winter Festival of Lights

Oglebay Park
465 Lodge Drive
Wheeling, WV
304-243-400 or 1-800-624-6988
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Dates: November 11, 2011 – January 8, 2012
Hours: Sunday through Thursday until 10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday until 11 p.m.
Cost: A per car donation is requested and is valid for the entire festival season. Visitors making a $20 donation will receive a DVD of the Festival of Lights and Oglebay story.

It may be 60-miles from Pittsburgh, but the Oglebay Winter Festival of Lights in Wheeling, West Virginia is a must-see for those who love the twinkling lights of the season!  The Winter Festival of Lights covers more than 300-acres of the popular resort’s grounds. Even if you’ve seen it before, Oglebay is worth another trip. Each year, the crew adds something new “to keep the snow fresh!” Oglebay even offers special overnight packages where visitors can enjoy the Winter Festival of Lights and then give themselves a little holiday treat with unlimited use of the resort’s sauna, Jacuzzi and indoor swimming pool! Closer to Christmas, guests can even enjoy breakfast with Santa!

Overly’s Country Christmas

Westmoreland Fairgrounds
116 Blue Ribbon Lane
Greensburg, Pa. 15601
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Dates: November 18, 2011 – January 1, 2012
Hours: Hours by day
Cost: $10.00 per car or family van, Monday – Thursday. $12.00 per car or family van, Friday – Sunday. $15.00 per limousine, extended passenger van or minibus

For more than 50 years, Overly’s Country Christmas has been one of the area’s annual holiday traditions. Since its humble beginnings of just a few lights on a few trees, Overly’s now features more than 2 million lights across 15 acres and has gained national recognition. Good Housekeeping Magazine once named it one of “America’s Best Outdoor Light Displays!” The impressive display even comes complete with a 5-acre Christmas Village that visitors can actually walk through, a life-sized Nativity scene with live animals and even the largest G-gauge model train display. Santa also makes appearances leading up to Christmas for pictures and some last minute list-taking! In the holiday spirit of giving, proceeds from the event go to help charity.

Hartwood Celebration of Lights

200 Hartwood Acres
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15238
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Dates: November 18, 2011 – January 8, 2012
Hours: Sun – Thu: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri & Sat: 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Cost: Suggested donation: $12/car; Buses: $3/person for non-profit organizations, $5/person for profit organizations. Benefits local charities

Every year, the woods at Hartwood Acres in Indiana Township come alive with color during the annual Celebration of Lights. A tradition for area families for nearly 20 years, the display is sure to bring holiday cheer with more than 2-million lights along the 3-mile path. Weather-permitting, visitors can drive through the Celebration of Lights every evening – including holidays — starting at 6pm from November 19th through the New Year. Proceeds benefit local charities.

Comments (13)
  1. Laurel says:

    Also visit the light up celebration in Clinton, PA at the park off Rt 30. We have gone here many times over the last 10 years and found it to be beautiful. A bit smaller then the above mentioned ones, it is great for a last minute idea that is not too far away.

  2. Lacy says:

    My boyfriend, son, and I went to the Hartwood Celebration of Lights and it was OUTSTANDING. It was so beautiful there and there were so many decorations and lights. It was well worth the $12 donation and we are definitely going back this year.

  3. Sarah Morgan says:

    The Light Up Celebration is Clinton is absolutely wonderful but especially for younger children. It is not as long as the others mentioned above so there is no need to worry about kids losing interest. Although our daughter is getting older now and we may begin to go to bigger light displays we will always make our trip to Clinton.

  4. Bob says:

    You can check out that is for the house in baldwin with over 200,000 computer controlled lights on their house

  5. Barb says:

    The light display in Clinton Park is a lot more spectacular this year. It’s great for the young and young at heart. The cost is a $7 donation per car load. So come on down and check it out. It’s worth the trip.

  6. Shawn says:

    Lakemont Park in Altoona lets you drive through the amusement park to see the light displays. It is a different look to an amusment park.

  7. Bob says:

    There are also great light displays in Bethel Park on Smith Drive and also on Happy HIlls!

  8. Kelly says:

    There is also an awsome display in baldwin and it dances to misic you can see there video on

  9. Kelli says:

    visit lebanon manor dr in west mifflin they have the best disney display!

  10. mike says:

    there is a wonderful display on old 30 right off the Clinton exit of 376 by the airport. you take a left onto 30 from the 376 connector (runs between 30 and 376) there is a home on right with a huge display as well as a large display at the community park which is west on 30 about half mile.

  11. Stefanie says:

    I found the Hartwood Acres lights to be fantastic. It beat out other places because the wait wasn’t long and I thoroughly enjoyed the displays. Definitely worth the $12 and I will definitely be going back.

  12. Sheila says:

    For those of you that have loved ones in the military like us or far away relatives that can not attend, Hartwood Acres sells a quality video of the light display for $13.00. It includes a bonus tour of the mansion at the end.

  13. Wayne Baker says:

    Welcome to a Baker Family Christmas! When you come and visit us, you’ll find yourself traveling back to your childhood and feeling the excitement of Christmas lights dancing like visions of sugarplums in your head! Come check us out at “Baker Family Christmas” on Facebook. Light display at 524 Carolina Drive Oakdale, PA 15071. There is no charge to view the display, but we are accepting donations for Pace School in Churchill which specializes in the education and treatment of kids with Autism and other special needs. 100% of donations will go to fund extras at the school. Merry Christmas!

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