My holiday here in the US was just in time for me to witness all the things that I’d really like to experience in this country. I witnessed the fall season which was just oh so lovely, I went to a haunted forest for Halloween and even witnessed a trick or treat event in Cumberland and I’ll be having my first Thanksgiving experience this weekend. I’m not very sure though if I’d still be here for Christmas since my visa to Qatar is now on the way so I got really excited when I saw an advertisement about Koziar’s Christmas village in Pennsylvania. I’d be able to at least experience Christmas there before I leave. I tell you what, it didn’t disappoint. 🙂
As a child, Christmas is my favorite holiday which I think is the normal case anyway. In the Philippines, as soon as the “ber” months start, Christmas decorations will be pulled out from the storage rooms and Christmas songs will be played repeatedly on the radio. The whole time up until Christmas itself, I’d be all excited and happier than normal. It definitely is the most wonderful time of the year for me. I will have to mention though that no matter how great the festive spirit is in the Philippines it just doesn’t come close to what the US is having. Christmas in the US is a lot more joyful and a lot more Christmassy, probably because of the extremely cold, bubble-jacket-required-weather which we do not have in the Philippines. 🙂
We left Frederick, Maryland at around 4pm to start our way to Bernville, Pennsylvania. The Koziar’s Christmas Village opens at 5:30pm until 9:30pm which gives us enough time for our 2 and a half hour travel. Yes, it was that far from us but my sister and I together with my 5-year old nephew were all determined to see it. It was my first time to drive for that long and by the time we reached the area of Bernville, my arms were aching. 🙂 Guided by my phone’s GPS, we took a right towards Christmas Village Road and there in the middle of the farm was a spectacle of lights and color which made the long drive totally worth it.
The huge parking lot was almost packed when we arrived. We paid the entrance fee of USD9 per adult and USD7 per child and let our eyes be dazzled by the millions of lights surrounding us. Some of them were shaped into reindeers or Christmas trees while most are to decorate the already fantastic props around the farm. The cold weather, the Christmas decorations and the Christmas songs being played thru the loudspeakers definitely puts you in the mood for the yuletide season.
The Koziar’s Christmas Village started out as a hobby of the owner of this dairy farm called Spring Lake Dairy Farm. William M. Kozar decorated the farm each year for the enjoyment of his family but because of its elaborate and intricate details of Christmas decorations, people passing by the farm would slow down to get a glimpse of his work. Eventually, they decided to allow visitors to visit the farm with a minimal fee and became one of the most renowned Christmas displays in the US. It has also been named Best Outdoor Christmas Display in the World by Display World magazine. This year was their 67th year of operation and has been receiving visitors from all over.
Apart from the elaborate props and displays around the farm, there were also some small huts which houses different Christmas scenes inside. The details paid into each displays was remarkable, I can’t believe that they are only charging such a minimal fee to enter this attraction which clearly shows how much hardwork was done for it to be up and running.
Of course, Christmas won’t be Christmas without a visit to Santa Claus. My nephew was afraid of Santa, how silly right? So I shamelessly fell in line to take a photo with him. Now don’t give me that judgmental look, I haven’t seen a realistic Santa ever. It was my moment and I rocked it like a real child. I didn’t sit on his lap in case you’re wondering. :p
The Koziar’s Christmas Village is open until January 1st. You should definitely visit it if you have the chance. Our 2 and a half hour drive was totally worth it.
What’s your favorite Christmas village?
All photos were taken with my iphone5.