Earlier this evening, we headed out to see the light display at Knoebels in Elysburg. The display is titled "Joy Through The Grove." The display is open nightly from Friday, November 27th through Sunday, January 3rd. Enjoy over 15 miles of string lights and over 400 light up pieces.
Monday through Thursday, cars are just $15 and passenger vans (9-12 passenger vans) are $30. The lights are on from 5:30pm - 9:00pm ET each night except for December 14th, December 24th, and December 30th where tickets are no longer available.
Friday through Sunday, cars are $20 and passenger vans are $30. The lights are on from 5:30pm - 10:00pm ET each night except for December 25th and January 1st.
When you first enter the main entrance, you'll notice that the line weaves through the parking lot. If you make it all the way into the lot and into the last row (there are 3 rows in the lot), it will take about 1 hour from that point to make it to the entrance. Part of the problem is that Knoebels does not appear to cap the online ticket sales except for preventing same day online purchases. You can, however, arrive in line the day of and purchase a ticket at the entrance to the light display near the Impulse roller coaster.
At the main entrance, you can also purchase snacks from Knoebels. You can pre-purchase one of three snack bundles starting at just $15. If one of the bundles does not appeal to your liking or you are unsure at the time of your ticket purchase, you could purchase at the main entrance for the same price or purchase individual snacks ala cart.
From the main entrance you'll travel down Knoebels Main Street past the Impulse and Ferris Wheel, through the candy cane lane by the swimming pool and over the covered bridge where you'll proceed to the campground for the majority of the display. From start to finish, expect to be in the display for around 30 minutes.
Overall on a scale of 1-10 (10 - highest), we'd give the display, originality, use of technology, and value a 7 out of 10. That's not bad considering Knoebels is new to this.
Some of the things we'd like to see include: limiting ticket sales and/or setting expectations for queue lines, synchronizing lights with the music that is played on 89.3 FM, offering hot cocoa, coffee, and other treats early and perhaps at the mid way trip of the journey, and having some sort of restroom option at the end.
They do have restrooms and photos with Santa at the Christmas Village from 6pm-6pm ET Friday through Sunday lasting through December 31st. Christmas trees are also for sale through December 27th. You can even have Knoebel Lumber deliver your tagged tree each Friday through the end of the season.
We won't spoil the entire trip for you, however, hear are a few of the images we captured along our trip:
And, our personal favorite, the RGB mesh wall draped on one of the sides of the Twister roller coaster:
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