Holiday Light Shows: Drive-Thru Christmas Lights Near NYC for 2021

Bethel Woods Peace, Love, and Lights display returns for another season of delightful, twinkling, drive-thru Christmas light displays.
Bethel Woods Peace, Love, and Lights display returns for another season of delightful, twinkling, drive-thru Christmas light displays.

Ready to add a little extra sparkle to the holiday season? The tristate area boasts some pretty spectacular drive-thru Christmas lights and holiday displays where your crew can enjoy twinkling scenes from the warmth, comfort, and safety of your car.

We've compiled a list of 16 must-see Christmas light displays to drive through in New Jersey, Westchester, Long Island, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut that are guaranteed to bring smiles to your family's faces. So, pack some snacks, cue the Christmas music, and get ready to make some priceless holiday memories.

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Be sure to click through to each listing for more details, including ticket prices and reservation requirements.

See decorated fire trucks and more at Diggerland's Holidig Light Show
Firetrucks, construction equipment, and more gets adorned with twinkling lights at the Holidig Light Show at Diggerland. Photo courtesy of the venue

Drive-Thru Christmas Lights in New Jersey

Holidig Light Show – Berlin

Select dates through Sunday, January 2, 2022
Diggerland's Holidig Light Show lets drivers traverse a mile-long course through the construction-themed theme park to see hundreds of thousands of lights spread over dozens of holiday displays. Synchronized music is streamed via your car's radio, and tasty treats are available for purchase.

Magic of Lights at the PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel

Daily through Sunday, January 2, 2022
Grab some cookies and cocoa, and head to Parkway Exit 116! This much-loved drive-thru holiday lights experience features scenes and characters of the season using the latest LED technology and digital animations. Drive through the Blizzard Tunnel, count the 12 Days of Christmas, journey through the Winter Wonderland, and marvel at the Toyota Mega Tree Spectacular, which features 240 feet of LED Christmas trees. See our full review for a sneak peek.

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Illuminated Christmas tree at Skylands Stadium's drive-through Christmas Light Show
Take a leisurely drive to see the lights at the Christmas Light Show and Village at Skylands Stadium. Photo courtesy of Skylands

Skylands Stadium Light Show and Christmas Village – Augusta

Through Sunday, January 9, 2022
This winter, the Skylands Stadium Light Show and Christmas Village are bigger than ever with a mile-long course to drive through featuring more than 1 million lights. It also features an expanded outdoor village and winter carnival. After you wind your way through the lights display, visit the village and carnival where (for an added fee) you can take a spin on the Ferris wheel, sip hot chocolate, snap some photos with Santa, and take a lap around the ice skating rink.

South Jersey Holiday Light Show – Swedesboro

Select dates through Thursday, December 30, 2021
The Bridgeport Speedway hosts a massive drive-thru Christmas lights display. Prepare to be dazzled! It takes 20-30 minutes to drive through this mile-long route, where guests pass by large frames covered in bright lights depicting scenes like Santa distributing presents, falling snowflakes, flickering candles, and other holiday favorites.

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Dragon Christmas Lights line the Riverhead Holiday Light Show drive through
See scenes magical and mystical at the Riverhead Holiday Light Show. Photo courtesy of Suffolk County

Christmas Light Displays to Drive Through on Long Island

Riverhead Holiday Light Show – Calverton

Select dates through Thursday, December 30, 2021
This is one of the largest drive-thru Christmas light shows in Suffolk County, with dozens of dazzling displays to delight the entire family. The drive takes about 20-30 minutes and features more displays than any year prior.

Girl Scouts of Suffolk County Holiday Light Show – Shirley

Daily from Saturday, November 27-Sunday, January 9, 2022 (closed holidays)
Support the Girl Scouts with a ticket to this spectacular 1 1/2 mile light display. It's an annual show, and each version brings new surprises (including new designs from the Girl Scouts themselves) and some old favorites.

Magic of Lights at Jones Beach – Wantagh

Daily through Sunday, January 2, 2022
Pile the kids into the car and journey through the twinkling holiday scenes and iconic tunnel of lights at Jones Beach State Park. This massive drive-thru light display is 2 1/2 miles of animated and twinkling light displays that captivate guests, both young and old.

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Bethel Woods hosts Peace, Love, and Lights as a drive-thru Christmas lights display
Celebrate the holiday season at Peace, Love, and Lights at Bethel Woods. Photo courtesy of Bethel Woods

Drive-Thru Holiday Lights in Westchester and the Hudson Valley

Peace, Love, and Lights – Bethel

Daily through Sunday, January 2, 2022
If you're up for a bit of a road trip, make a night of it and check out the beautiful 1.7-mile display located at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, home of Woodstock 1969. Travel through the 120-foot Twinkle Tunnel and enjoy themed areas like Groovy Way, an homage to the site, an Enchanted Forest, Snowflake Alley, Santa’s Workshop, Christmas Around the World, and more. Take note: The drive-thru Christmas lights display is closed on Mondays when guests can walk-through instead. You can add dinner with Santa on select nights.

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Westchester's Winter Wonderland.
Westchester's Winter Wonderland is an enchanting 1.2-mile display of Christmas lights. Photo by Susan Miele

Westchester's Winter Wonderland – Valhalla

Daily through Sunday, January 2, 2022
Kensico Dam Plaza is transformed into a 1.2-mile magical, twinkling drive-thru wonderland. You'll travel through the Elf Disco display, a whimsical display of jubilant children from around the world, a Peace on Earth LED display with animated trumpets and angels, and past 32-foot high snowflakes before encountering a larger-than-life Christmas tree. Keep your eyes open for Santa, too!

A Frosty Fest – Ulster Park

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through Sunday, December 19, 2021
From the creators of the Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses, this family-friendly holiday light spectacular has a lot to offer. Take a drive through Frosty’s Enchanted Forest, with its dazzling holiday lights, spectacular displays, and magical animations where you'll spy a Candy Cane Factory, a Snow Village, 12 Days of Christmas, Santa's Workshop, and more. Once you've covered the drive-thru course, park the car to explore more fun on foot, including an animated light show and an alfresco Santa visit.

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The Magic of Lights drive-thru display brings holiday cheer to all! Photo courtesy of Magic of Lights

Christmas Light Displays to Drive Through in Connecticut

Magic of Lights at Pratt & Whitney Stadium – East Hartford

Daily through Sunday, January 2, 2022
Spanning more than 1 1/2 miles, journey through a 200-foot light tunnel and see 40 scenes of holiday lights from the comfort of your car. Watch snowmen, snowflakes, elves, and candy canes dance and twinkle throughout this grand display.

Fantasy of Lights – New Haven

Daily through Friday, December 31, 2021
Presented by Goodwill of Southern New England, this event lights up Lighthouse Point Park every year with a nearly mile-long trail featuring more than 60 animated displays and 100,000 lights. Proceeds from the event benefit Easter Seals and Goodwill.

Holiday Light Fantasia – Hartford

Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through Sunday, January 2, 2022
This beloved Greater Hartford holiday light tradition involves a two-mile winding drive through Goodwin Park, where guests are awed by the collection of more than 1 million holiday lights. Lovely Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year's scenes shine bright in 200 individual displays. Proceeds benefit the Channel 3 Kids Camp.

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Herr's Factory hosts and annual Christmas lights display
Guests can experience Herr's Factory Christmas Drive-Thru. Photo courtesy of Herr's

Drive-Thru Christmas Light Displays in Pennsylvania

Herr's Factory – Nottingham

Daily through Sunday, January 2, 2022
Further west, about an hour outside of Philadelphia, you'll find this FREE display. Every year, the Herr's Factory treats visitors to a spectacular light display featuring more than 600,000 lights all around its complex.

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Lights in the Parkway drive-thru Christmas lights in Allentown, Pennsylvania
Lights in the Parkway transforms Lehigh Parkway into a twinkling annual display of holiday spirit.

Lights in the Parkway – Allentown

Daily through Sunday, December 31, 2021, except Christmas
Get ready for a spectacular mile-long drive-through Lehigh Parkway, which transforms into a cheerful, twinkling winter wonderland. Hundreds of thousands of brilliant lights illuminate whimsical animated displays and familiar characters. Santa visits select nights, so be sure to check his schedule.

Shady Brook Farm's Holiday Light Show – Yardley

Daily through Saturday, January 29, 2022
Shady Brook Farm’s huge holiday light show features more than 3 million lights spread over several acres of the farm. Encounter whimsical displays and familiar characters as you drive through in your car or enjoy an open-air wagon ride (weather permitting). Before you hit the road, check out the market for delectable holiday treats or take home a Christmas tree from the farm.

All photos courtesy of the respective venues. Originally published in 2020.

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