Allentown celebrates 250th anniversary with lights

January 1, 2013 by  

For the past 17 years, Allentown as celebrated the holiday season with a light display throughout Lehigh Parkway. This year, ‘Lights in the Parkway’ has a reason to shine just a bit brighter.

The 2012-13 show is in honor of the city’s 250th year. Lighting displays include holiday scenes as well as scenes from popular stories, such as ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and ‘Cinderella’. To demonstrate the city’s commitment to going green, a large portion of this year’s lights are LED. All of the lights in the trees are LED and a number of large lighting pieces also feature LED instead of conventional incandescent lights.

Visitors to ‘Lights in the Parkway’ have several options for making their way through the show. They can tour the light display in a car or ride their way through the display on a bicycle. Those cycling must be over 18 and will need to use both a front and a rear light. While adults are not required to wear a helmet, Allentown authorities highly recommend doing so.

Another way to see the lights is by reserving a horse-drawn carriage. This year is the third year in which people have had the option to ride through the light show in a carriage. The carriages are available by reservation only and cost $10.

Lights in the Parkway runs until January 6 and Allentown printing companies can help spread the word of the anniversary light show with posters and flyers. The cost of admission is $6 per vehicle in advance or $10 per vehicle at the gate.