Art Museum to bask in glow of City's holiday lights

September 2, 2015




Arts Park one of the locations for “Allentown Lights”

Allentown will welcome holiday-season visitors to the city with “Allentown Lights” events from November 28 through December 31, 2015, including a display in Arts Park, directly across from the Allentown Art Museum.

“Allentown Lights” will feature lighted decorations at key locations throughout the city, replacing the popular “Lights in the Parkway” event for the 2015 season. Repairs being made to a retaining wall in Lehigh Parkway will make it impossible for two-lane traffic to enter the parkway safely for viewing the annual light show.

At no charge, “Allentown Lights” will cover Hamilton Street from 10th to Sixth streets, the Arts Park, the Arts Walk, Cedar Beach Park, and Andre Reed Park. In addition to festive decorations, “Allentown Lights” will feature a myriad of family friendly events and programs throughout the holiday season, including beloved holiday movies, concerts, holiday vendors, youth activities, delicious food and beverage items and more.

The Art Museum is open on Thursday evenings till 8 p.m., with free entry after 4 p.m. Free parking is available in the Museum lot at Fifth and Linden Streets for those who want to visit the Museum galleries or Store before crossing Fifth Street to see the lights in Arts Park. The Museum Cafe is also a great place to see the display, with large windowns opening onto Arts Park.

The City of Allentown’s Parks Department is the creative talent behind “Lights in the Parkway” each year. Parks supervisor Jason Hertz and his crew are utilizing their lighting expertise to adapt the displays to alternative locations to truly make Allentown electric this holiday season.

“Many families make a visit to 'Lights in the Parkway' a must during the holidays,” said Mayor Ed Pawlowski. “I encourage all families to come out, park the car, and enjoy a walk along this exciting take-off on the traditional event. I know they’ll be thrilled by all that Allentown has to offer!”

Families will be able to come and ice skate for free at the city’s two synthetic ice skating rinks, which will be set-up at Cedar Beach Park and Andre Reed Park. On-site skate rentals will be available during peak hours.

The City of Allentown Department of Parks & Recreation seeks to partner with local organizations to showcase all of the holiday events happening throughout the city in 2015.

The City of Allentown continues to commit to using energy-efficient LED lights in all new displays, and will convert many of the existing displays to LED for the 2015 season. LED lights use 85% less energy than traditional bulbs and last about four times longer.

For more information on “Allentown Lights” or to become a sponsor for the 2015 season, please contact Christy Alvord, Recreation & Events Coordinator for the City of Allentown at 610-437-7757 or through e-mail at Christy [dot] Alvord [at] allentownpa [dot] gov.


For additional information contact

Mike Moore
Communications Manager
Office of the Mayor
610 437-7653 office
610 437-8730 fax
Mike [dot] Moore [at] allentownpa [dot] gov

Chris Potash
Manager of Marketing and Public Relations
Allentown Art Museum
610 432-4333 ext 125
cpotash [at] allentownartmuseum [dot] org