Holiday Lights in New Jersey: Dazzling Drive-thru and Walk-Through Christmas Lights Worth Seeing

Brookhollow Barnyard is filled with holiday lights for its walkable Christmas lights experience.
Brookhollow Barnyard is filled with holiday lights for its walkable Christmas lights experience.

Are you ready for a holiday adventure that pairs family time with some twinkle and glow? Make the most magical time of the year even more special with a visit to one of NJ's spectacular holiday light displays. At some sights, you'll stay toasty in your car as you drive-thru stunning displays and journey through a sparkling course, at others, you can stretch your legs as you wander past holiday lights and experience the magic up closel. Whichever you choose, pile the kids in the car with some snacks, crank up the holiday tunes, and journey out to see one of these impressive holiday light displays.

Find more ways to be merry in our Guide to Holiday and Christmas Events for NJ Families.

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Christmas Light Displays in NJ to Drive Through

Creamy Acres Night of Lights – Mullica Hills

Select dates through Friday, December 24
Fill your car with holiday cheer as you enjoy a scenic drive through the farm filled with holiday lights. You'll drive through a Christmas wonderland filled with huge sparkling light displays, see a musical dancing tree light show, and lights galore. Halfway through the tour, stop and enjoy the "Who" Village walk-through, with concessions and fire pits.

Dasher's Light Show – Newark

Tuesdays through Sundays through January 2, 2022
This immersive Christmas lights display, hosted by Newark Moonlight Cinema, is new for 2021 and boasts drive-thru tunnels and illustrated scenes spread over acres of land.

Demarest Farms Orchard of Lights – Hillsdale

Select dates through Sunday, January 9, 2022
The Orchard of Lights is a 32-acre drive-thru of brilliant holiday light displays. Treat the kids to hot cocoa and treats at the retail farm market, take pics with Santa through Friday, December 24, and don't miss Santa’s singing reindeer. Reservations are required.

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Holidig Drive-Thru Light Show
The Holidig Drive-Thru Light Show at Diggerland adorns construction equipment and more moving marvels with holiday lights.

Holidig Drive-Thru Light Show at Diggerland – West Berlin

Select dates through Sunday, January 2, 2022
Experience a light show like no other. Drive through this unique construction-themed amusement park and see beautiful lights, holiday displays, and tunnels.

Magic of Lights – Howell

Tuesdays through Sundays through Sunday, January 2, 2022
The Magic of Lights is a mile-long drive-thru exhibit located at the PNC Bank Arts Center. Travel through a tunnel of lights and see scenes like the 12 Days of Christmas, Winter Wonderland, the Night Before Christmas, and other scenes all from the safety of your vehicle. Read our full review for more details.

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Six Flags Great Adventure hosts a holiday lights spectacular
Six Flags Holiday in the Park has both drive-thru and walk-through components.

Six Flags Great Adventure – Jackson

Select dates through days through Sunday, January 9, 2022
Take a cozy cruise through 10 holiday-themed areas like Gingerbread Junction and the evergreens in the park. New for 2021, add to your magical evening at the Merry Market Place Walk-ThoughExperience, where you can see Santa, taste unique concessions (like peppermint funnel cake!), and enjoy a merry light show. A standard parking ticket gets you into Holiday in the Park, but reservations are needed for the drive-thru.

Skylands Stadium Christmas Light Show – Augusta

Select dates through Sunday, January 2, 2022
This 1-mile long, drive-thru show features breathtaking displays set to joyful holiday music. There are more than two million lights on display, including nativity scenes, twinkling snowflakes, skating penguins, and jolly snowmen. Check out the expanded outdoor village with activities like photos with Santa, hot chocolate, a Ferris wheel, and more (for an additional fee). Admission to the drive-thru is priced by the carload. Discounted tickets can be purchased in advance.

South Jersey Holiday Light Show – Swedesboro

Select dates through Thursday, December 30, 2021
Back for the 2021 season, Bridgeport Speedway transforms into a huge drive-thru Christmas lights display. Over its mile-long route, guests pass by large frames covered in bright lights depicting scenes like Santa distributing presents, falling snowflakes, flickering candles, and other holiday favorites.

Winter Wonderlights Spectacular Drive-Thru – East Brunswick

Daily through Sunday, January 2, 2022
This popular Old Bridge residential display by the Apruzzi family moved to the Middlesex County Fairgrounds in 2019 and is back again in 2021 as a drive-thru holiday light event. The Winter Wonderlights Spectacular features 1.5 million lights dancing to music along a half-mile route.

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NJ holiday lights DiDonato's Magical Holiday Express
DiDonato's Magical Holiday Express offers both a brilliantly lit train ride and a stroll through a Christmas village.

Walk-Through Holiday Light Experiences in NJ

DiDonato's Magical Holiday Express – Hammonton

Daily through Thursday, December 23
Take a train ride through millions of Christmas lights, meet Santa, watch a holiday movie outside, eat cookies, and a walk through the Holiday Village.

Brookhollow Barnyard – Boonton

Thursdays through Sundays through January; end date TBA
Brookhollow Barnyard is putting on a walkable evening light show all December long. Tickets are released daily at 10am for the following night's show, so set your alarm to snag one.

The Village at Anne-Ellen – Manalapan

Wednesdays through Sundays through Sunday, January 9
This lovely Christmas tree farm has transformed a parcel of its land into an enchanting Christmas Village nestled in a forest, where visitors can walk explore displays like a gingerbread house, the North Pole post office, a model train display, and more all while sipping hot cocoa and enjoying enchanting Christmas lights. Advance tickets are required. 

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nj holiday lights Johnson's Corner Farm
Even the barn gets decorated at Johnson's Corner Farm's holiday light event.

Johnson's Corner Farm – Medford

Daily through Thursday, December 23
As night falls, take a walk through "Fire and Lights" at the barn at Johnson's Corner Farm to see thousands of twinkling lights. Fire pits are lit nearby for s'more making (kits are $2.75). Then, enjoy the animated "Light Show on the Lake" featuring thousands of twinkling lights, and hop on a hayride around the farm to enjoy a light show set to your favorite Christmas tunes. Gingerbread man and cookie decorating kits are also available.

Jenkinson's Sea of Lights – Point Pleasant

Select dates through Tuesday, December 28
The aquarium gets bedazzled with festive holiday lights and decorations for the season. Walk through at your own pace to see different themed sections, then enjoy crafts, games, and photos with Santa. Don't miss the diving Santa (select times).

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Historic Smithville's Lights on the Lake is a stunning holiday lights display to see on foot.
Historic Smithville's Lights on the Lake sets the winter nights aglow with a stunning, reflective display.

Historic Smithville Lights on the Lake – Galloway Township

Daily through Thursday, January 6, 2022
This beautiful holiday light show, featuring an orchestrated display of lights and music, makes Historic Smithville feel magical. More than 120 Christmas trees made with over 100,000 lights float along Lake Meone, lit up in time with music after dark. Watch from either end of the village or on the bridge. In addition to the light show, you can enjoy the myriad shops and restaurants in the decorated village. FREE

Let It Glow: A Holiday Lantern Spectacular – Paramus

Thursdays through Sundays through Sunday, January 30
This enchanting walk through the Bergen County Zoo covers 30 scenes of larger-than-life lanterns that are hand-made artistic wonders. Admission includes a train ride. Online reservations are recommended.

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nj Christmas lights Storybook Land's Christmas Fantasy With Lights
Storybook Land's Christmas lights event illuminates the theme park with plenty of twinkling lights.

Storybook Land's Christmas Fantasy With Lights – Egg Harbor Township

Select dates through Thursday, December 30
Storybook Land hosts a fabulous holiday celebration, with Santa himself illuminating the park with more than 1 million lights. Children can visit Mr. and Mrs. Claus until Thursday, December 23, when it’s time for them to return to the North Pole. Bring a new toy to donate to Toys for Tots, and get a free small popcorn. All rides, attractions, and snack bars are also open during this time.

Turtle Back Zoo – West Orange

Select dates through Friday, December 31
Turtle Back's much-loved holiday light spectacular is back! Take a stroll through the zoo at night and see the exhibits decorated with animal-themed wireframe lights. Donations of coats, toys, and canned goods are accepted. FREE

Winter Walk in Taylor Park – Millburn

Daily through Monday, January 24, 2022
Taylor Park turns on its Winter Walk lights through January, offering plenty of time to take a scenic winter stroll. FREE

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