Lumagica Transforms Harvest Moon Orchards Into a Dazzling Winter Wonderland

If you’ve ever gone apple picking at Harvest Moon Orchards in North Salem, New York, it's worth revisiting this holiday season. You'll be astonished by the orchard's transformation into the region's newest holiday attraction, Lumagica. The orchard’s winding trails and slopes have been repurposed to provide a pastoral setting for a twinkling holiday lights display. In fact, with apples still clinging to some trees, the combination of fall harvest and winter wonderland converge almost surreally.

Read on to learn more about the magic of Lumagica and find more attractions to get your glow on at these drive-thru holiday light shows. We've got more magical picks to carry you through the season in our Guide to Holiday and Christmas Events.

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Boasting 500,000 LED lights along a 3/4-mile path, Lumagica is a dazzler. Sections of the orchard are parceled off to create distinct settings, artistically combining colorful lights, sculpture, and music. The displays offer universal appeal regardless of age, whether you have wee ones or teenagers. You’ll find polar bears, candy canes, and a rainbow of trees.

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Lumagica Opens at Harvest Moon Orchards
The orchard's trees are transformed into a rainbow of colors.

The pinnacle of the exhibit—with a large, illuminated Christmas tree at its center—features an area to purchase drinks and assorted gifts. Among these are holiday-themed, light-up accessories like candy cane necklaces, woolen Christmas hats, and reindeer antlers. Other options include light-up wands designed in Christmasy imagery. Souvenir prices range from $10-40. Surrounding this are several backdrops for charming photo-ops. Both you and your kids will adore the teddy bear, gingerbread girl, and other selfie-worthy holiday icons.

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Lumagica oozes with classic holiday cheer and novelty.

Upon exiting the exhibition, visitors arrive at a refreshment area, where everything from wood-fired pizza to hot dogs, mac-n-cheese bites, curly fries, chicken noodle soup, hot pretzels, chicken tenders, sausage on a stick, and cookies can be bought. Of course, Harvest Moon's legendary apple-cider doughnuts are also sold by the dozen and half-dozen, freshly made and tender. A separate window offers drinks, like Hardscrabble Cider for the adults, plus hot cocoa and coffee. Picnic tables, Adirondack chairs, fire pits, and string lights create a cozy, beer-garden-like setting that encourages lingering.

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Holiday displays stretch out in all directions at Lumagica.

Because the setting is an orchard, the ground at Lumagica is mostly unpaved, hilly, rocky, and uneven. Some portions are poorly lit, so watch your step and consider bringing a flashlight. Sneakers or boots are a good choice. Despite the terrain, strollers that can handle rugged hills can be used. However, visitors with mobility limitations might consider a drive-thru holiday light show instead.

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Lumagica Opens at Harvest Moon Orchards
Harvest Moon Orchard is transformed into a winter wonderland at Lumagica.

Know Before You Go To Lumagica

  • Lumagica is open Fridays through Sundays through Sunday, December 12; then daily from Friday, December 17-Thursday, December 30 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).
  • Timed-entry tickets are required and must be purchased in advance online.
  • Admission is $28 for children ages 3-12; $31 for ages 13 and older.
  • Expect to spend 60-90 minutes enjoying the experience, depending on how long you choose to linger in each area.

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