Presque Isle Lights

Fri. - Sun. in December


Thanks to everyone who donated in support of Presque Isle Partnership this December and congratulations to our lucky winner of the $1,000 Country Fair gift card, Denise C.!

time to take down the lights and we could use your help

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We are your host, Presque Isle Partnership, a non-profit organization comprised of volunteers who work to make your Presque Isle experience the most enjoyable throughout the seasons. We are entirely funded through public donations and everything we do is a direct result of the community's generous spirit toward the park. Simply put, we‘re here to augment the work already being done by DCNR to help ensure Presque Isle remains a cherished and inclusive haven for all. Gifts to the Partnership are 100% tax deductible and stay here for the betterment of your park.


    Presque Isle Lights is an evening drive-thru tour of seasonal lights at Presque Isle State Park. Keeping with the tradition, iconic park buildings and recreation areas will be adorned in seasonal lights, and we will be sprinkling in some new displays as well! Come drive though and enjoy Presque Isle’s enhanced holiday beauty this December and please consider a donation. Tune in to 99.9FM CLASSY 100 for your favorite Christmas hits while you enjoy Presque Isle after dark.


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    Please consider making a suggested $5 donation per vehicle that supports future park improvement projects and community events. When donate, you'll receive a Presque Isle Lights commemorative button. By registering the number on the back of your button, you become eligible for a $1,000 Country Fair gas card drawn on January 4, 2024.

    Buttons can also be purchased at Presque Isle Gallery & Gifts located in the Tom Ridge Environment Center Tues-Saturday; 10-4pm


    Lights are turned ON Friday - Sunday throughout December at 6pm and the park gates close at 9pm, weather dependent. Visitors must be through the entrance gates by 9pm to drive around the park. The chart below specifies dates & hours of operation, and when you can see ALL or MOST of the lights, donate, and get hot cocoa.

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    Iconic park areas featuring lights and displays will include the Stull Interpretive Center, Ranger Station, Waterworks picnic shelters, Presque Isle Lighthouse, and Lagoons to name a few. Our volunteers and friends at Penelec have worked hard to develop a tasteful display that highlights Presque Isle’s natural beauty and is respectful of the environment. Along the way you will encounter the following from the comfort and safety of your vehicle:

    1. the natural beauty of Presque Isle after dark
    2. illuminated areas where power is available
    3. a decorated historic Lighthouse
    4. the brightly shining Erie skyline seen from across Presque Isle Bay
    5. and plenty of darkness in between - the park is about 3,200 acres and there is only one power line running through it

    Thanks to our 2023 Sponsors!