Thursday, November 19, 2009

Koziar's Christmas Village

From our home we traveled west on route I-78, we took Exit 19, route 183 south, and just a little south of the village of Bernville we made a right onto Robesonia Road, bearing right onto Christmas Village Road . Soon we found ourselves wondering if we were going in the right direction while driving through the darkened countryside. Then just as we came over the last hill, suddenly we found ourselves in a magical, sparkling valley aglow with more twinkling lights than we had ever seen before.

Koziar's Christmas Village began sixty-one years ago when William Koziar and his wife Grace began decorating their home and property in the rural area of northern Berks County, PA. Along with their four children, they did such a marvelous job in decorating that soon it became known to the locals as the "Christmas House".

Each year they added more, and more decorations, light displays, along the fences, walk ways, out buildings, barn, trees, and the lake. The word spread, and soon people were driving by, and eventually began to stop in to get a closer look.

This magnificent spectacle now attracts thousands of tourists each year from all over, to view the more than one-half million Christmas lights adorning the rural Berks countryside, and is now known as Koziar's Christmas Village.

My youngest daughter Jamiann, her husband Mike, and their three adorable children, along with my younger sister Ruth Ann, her husband Tom, my husband Roger, and myself visited Koziar's last Thanksgiving after stuffing ourselves with a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner at The Blue Mountain Family Restaurant in Shartlesville, PA, just about twelve miles north of Koziar's. The village is quite compact, and there are places to sit and rest along the way.

Here is a video slide of our trip:

Click here to check out their website, it is just as magical!

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