Holiday Light Shows: Drive-Thru and Drive-By Christmas Displays on Long Island in 2021

Magic of Lights at Jones Beach is sure to brighten your holiday season. Photo courtesy of Live Nation
Magic of Lights at Jones Beach is sure to brighten your holiday season. Photo courtesy of Live Nation

For a touch of holiday magic on Long Island, it's hard to beat the glow of a spectacular holiday light installation or drive-thru Christmas display.

We've rounded up four of our favorite holiday light shows and drive-thru Christmas lights displays on Long Island and another four immersive, walk-through winter wonderlands you won't want to miss.

For more seasonal fun, see our Holiday Guide for Long Island Families. Our events calendar is also packed with up-to-date holiday activities for kids of all ages, including holiday lights at private houses around Long Island.

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Enjoy the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County Holiday Lights Show. Photo courtesy of the venue

Drive-Thru and Drive-By Christmas Displays Across Long Island, 2021

Girl Scouts of Suffolk County Holiday Lights Show

Smith Point County Park, Shirley
Saturday, November 27 through Sunday, January 9, 2022; closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve and New Year's Day.
Enjoy almost 2 miles of dazzling light displays at the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County's 17th annual holiday display. Purchase tickets online in advance for a discount; if you choose to purchase on-site, only debit or credit cards are accepted.

Holiday Drive-Thru Experience at Babylon Town Hall 

Wednesday, December 1, Friday, December 3 and Saturday, December 4, 2021
Drive through Town Hall between 6pm and 9pm on December 1, 3 and 4 for a display of holiday lights, Santa, elves, and other attractions. You can even drop off your letter to Santa.

Tour the Christmas Lights in Babylon

Friday, December 17 through January 1, 2022
Enjoy a self-guided driving tour of the most-festive Babylon (and surrounding area) front yards! The app provides driving directions to each tour stop.

Drive-In Holiday Experience

Wednesday, December 8 through Sunday, December 12, 2021
Guests will enjoy festive lighting displays, The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol movie showing, special appearances from Arendelle and the North Pole and a walk-through holiday village. Bring your letters to Santa to mail to the North Pole. NOTE: this is for Town of Oyster Bay residents only and reservations are required.

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The amazing display at Magic of Lights at Jones Beach has become a Nassau County holiday tradition. Photo by Emily Maw Hood

Magic of Lights

Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh
Friday, Nov 19-Sunday, January 2, 2022; closed on New Year's Eve
This much-celebrated annual event returns with all of your favorite holiday characters and a spectacular tunnel of lights. Pile the family into the car and drive through 2½​ miles of light displays, which come to life with animation that captures the imaginations of visitors young and old. 

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Town of Riverhead Holiday Light Show's spectacular snowflake tunnel
The snowflake tunnel paints a spectacular sight at the Town of Riverhead's Holiday Light Show. Photo courtesy of the show

Town of Riverhead Holiday Light Show

Friday, November 19 through Thursday, December 30
The Riverhead Holiday Light Show has quickly become one of the East End's favorite holiday traditions. Visitors enjoy an incredible drive through more than 1½ miles of holiday light displays. The show is about 20-25 minutes long.

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Bayville Winter Wonderland characters smile for the camera
Holiday characters await at Bayville Winter Wonderland. Photo courtesy of Bayville Winter Wonderland

Bayville Winter Wonderland

Select dates from Friday, December 3 through Sunday, January 2, 2022
Bayville Winter Wonderland is a picture-perfect holiday destination overflowing with fun experiences for all ages. Explore the Christmas tree forest or Santa's Toy Factory Funhouse; hop aboard the Bayville Holiday Express train or glide across the on-site ice skating rink. Enjoy a socially distant visit with St. Nick and tons more seasonal photo-ops.

Christmas House Long Island 

Saturday, November 19  through Sunday, January 9, 2022
The attraction returns this year in a new location, inviting visitors to a magical journey through room after room of holiday charm. You can walk through a snowy Christmas tree forest, enjoy the intoxicating seasonal scents of the Gingerbread Room, see mountains of presents in the Christmas Eve room, plus explore seven more seasonal displays. Santa is taking requests and smiling for scrapbook-worthy pictures.

Shimmering Solstice at Old Westbury Gardens

Old Westbury
Saturday, November 20 through Sunday, January 9, 2022
Magic and enchantment await at Old Westbury Gardens as it is transformed by light displays this holiday season. The grand finale is a light and projection show on the Westbury House. Tickets are only sold in advance. 

Suffolk County Farm Winter Wonderland

Saturdays, November 27, December 4, 11, and 18
Thrill to the holiday lights that adorn the hay barn. Crafts are available as well as photo-opportunities throughout the area.

More Holiday Lights to Enjoy on Long Island

Holiday Boat Parade 

Saturday, December 4 
Boat owners go all out with lights and decorations in this parade along the Nautical Mile in Freeport. The route takes boats past Sea Breeze Park, down Randall Bay, the canal between South Long Beach Avenue and Westside Avenue, and back again. Homes along the parade route also join in with backyards adorned with lights. Rain date Sunday, December 5.

Christmas Boat Parade

Saturday, November 27
The Boat Parade starts at 6:30pm along the Connetquot River. It is viewable from The Snapper Inn.

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