Lakemont Park Holiday Lights on the Lake in Altoona

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Last season was our first revisit to Lakemont’s Holiday Lights on the Lake in a few years and it was as awesome as ever. 

Lakemont Park is a place that has gone through a lot of upheaval and reimagination over the last five years or so. Shifting from a general seasonal amusement park into more of a public gathering place with some amusement rides and coasters, and adding physically focused community gathering spots, like a set of top tier basketball courts for local basketball leagues, batting cages, mini golf, and more, Lakemont has reinvented itself into viability. While I wish they had kept a few more of their old rides, the changes have definitely helped the park continue to survive in the midst of regional economic upheaval over the last forty years. 

We would get to the park more during the summer season if they allowed dogs, but since dogs are allowed on the drive through, and the stars aligned for us to come and visit it, we were able to get to Lights on the Lake. This is a tremendously beautiful display. Since the park has a relatively small area to work with for the drive through, the sheer volume of lights that they continually add to over the years ensures a really high concentration of lights. 

The park’s train, Skyliner Roller Coaster, and the world’s oldest roller coaster, Leap the Dips, figure heavily into the light displays. What they accomplish with this lighting display is special, to the point that I even recommend it specifically for going out of your way on a trip, especially if you are coming from the Pittsburgh area or anywhere else within a 2 to 3 hour radius. Lakemont’s Holiday Lights on the Lake is well worth the effort to visit. 

Our 2023 Pennsylvania Calendar is available now through the drop down menu at the top of the page! The proceeds help to keep the lights on here.

Our 2023 Pennsylvania Wall Calendar features scenes from across the state, including views of:

-The Schuylkill River, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Fairmount Water Works 

-Knoebels Amusement Resort 

-Buckhorn Covered Bridge in Lycoming County 

-Campus of the University of Pittsburgh and Cathedral of Learning 

-PA’s Elk Herd 

-Strasburg Railroad 

-Twin Covered Bridges in Columbia County 

-Seven Tubs Natural Area Waterfall near Wilkes Barre 

-Bilger’s Rocks in Clearfield County 

-Rimrock above the Allegheny Reservoir 

-Fireworks in Downtown Pittsburgh 

-Lakemont Park in Altoona 

The calendars open up to be 17 inches tall by 11 inches wide (8.5 by 11 pages) and all photos have been taken by us, and the calendars are produced in the USA. The proceeds help us to continue what we do to highlight and bring attention to the many great adventures that this state has to offer. 

It makes for a great gift for someone or for yourself. It is available for purchase through the PayPal dropdown menus at the top of the page and the bottom of this article.

Also available is our book on Pennsylvania’s historic amusement parks, Great Pennsylvania Amusement Parks Road Trip. It features Knoebels, Kennywood Park, Hersheypark, Dorney Park, Waldameer, DelGrosso’s, Lakemont, Dutch Wonderland, Idlewild, and the sadly former, Conneaut Lake Park.

Thanks for your ongoing support over the years! 





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