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Want to add a little light to your life? Social distancing is made easy at these drive-thru light shows in and around NJ, which offer the chance to view thousands of dazzling lights, many from the comfort and safety of your car. Grab the kids, load up the car, and let the magic of the holidays fill your night with a little brightness at these top holiday light shows.
Take a guided drive through this local Bergen farm which set up twinkling light displays throughout its 32 acres. After the drive, enjoy hot cocoa and s’mores by the fire pit, pics with Santa and holiday songs.
(Open now through December 29, 244 Wierimus Rd., Hillsdale)
This mile-long drive is filled with colorful lights to guide you through, and ends in a spacious Christmas Village and carnival filled with fun for the whole family. Ride on the Ferris Wheel, enjoy s’mores and ice cream or take a skate around the ice rink.
(Open now through January 3, 94 Championship Place, Augusta)
After last year’s success, this year’s festival promises even more light art installations inspired by nature, history and magic. Go on an adventure through a land filled with animals, flowers, castles, dinosaurs and more, and grab a winter treat before you leave.
(Open now through January 10, Randall’s Island Park, NYC)
Have a wild time at the Bronx Zoo light display, which combines thousands of twinkling Christmas lights with animalistic lit lantern safaris. Ice carving, treats by the fire, costumed characters, stilt walkers and tons more entertainment is available for the whole family.
(Open now through January 10, 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx)
Experience the New York Botanical Gardens in a brand new way this winter. GLOW is a colorful light experience that lights up this New York garden. Thousands of lights surround the area plus ice sculptures, music and performances by The Hip Hop Nutcracker.
(Open now through January 9, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx)
Hop in the car for a drive through 10 acres of holiday lights. Twinkling displays of reindeer, trucks, trains, a Hanukkah display plus “dancing” lights set to music span a half-mile.
(Opens December 1 through January 3, Middlesex Country Fair Grounds Christmas Light Drive Thru, 655 Cranbury Rd., East Brunswick)
Get into the holiday spirit driving down a path of dazzling lights surrounding your car with holiday scenes and characters. New this year are the illuminating mega trees with lights set to music.
(Open now through December 31, 116 Garden State Pkwy., Holmdel)
Looking for a day trip to pass the time? Little ones will love visiting their fave monsters plus all of the Christmas attractions Sesame Place has in store. Millions of twinkling lights and holiday decorations illuminate the park as well as a 30-foot pixel-based tree. A Christmas show, train ride tour and character dance parties round out the experience.
(Open now through January 3, 100 Sesame Rd., Langhorne)
Holiday happiness comes in the form of millions of lights at Six Flags Great Adventure. Twelve unique holiday areas, including Gingerbread Junction, the North Pole and Snowman City are set up throughout the park, while Santa and Mrs. Claus make their rounds.
(Open now through December 17, 1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson Township)
Construction by day, holiday lights by night. For all-day fun, visit this construction-theme park for rides during the day, and stay for the nighttime holiday light show. The mile-long display features thousands of lights set to music (played from your car radio), plus tasty treats.
(Open now through January 3, 100 Pinedge Dr., West Berlin)
Travel through the colorfully-lit grounds filled with drive-through lights and multimedia shows. Stop along the way for fair food, like funnel cakes and zeppoles, while you watch. For extra fun, check their Facebook page for daily specials and contests.
(Open now through January 3, 239 Wisner Ave., Middletown)
Just over a mile-long, enjoy this new light display set to favorite holiday tunes. Elves, dancing trees, candy cane lane and a light tunnel are just some of the fun to see along the drive. With new characters showing up every night, you may want to keep coming back for more.
(Open now through January 3, Kensico Dam Plaza, Park Dr., E., Valhalla, NY)
The farm which creatively offered animal drive-throughs during quarantine is back with a drive-through holiday light show on the farm. See animal lights plus a 9-minute Christmas tree show. BYO carrots to feed the animals along the way.
(Open daily, reservations available one day in advance, 301 Rockaway Valley Rd., Boonton)
From the team that brought you Headless Horseman Hayrides for Halloween comes the holiday light show filled with plenty of magic. Part drive-through, part walk-through, some of the Christmas fun includes snowmen, polar bears, stage shows, enchanted forests, animated light shows and a 3-D walk-through with Frosty.
(Open now through December 27, 778 Broadway Route 9W, Ulster Park)
Want to add some sparkle to your own home? There are easy ways to light up your house for the holidays. Use metallic decorations and ornaments in silver, gold and bronze for instant shine inside and out. For outdoor decor, save time and money this year (and give yourself a break) by investing in a light show projection instead of traditional lights. Choose from a variety of displays including snowflakes, stars, trees and more. If you prefer traditional hung lights, opt for LED, which last longer than incandescent lights and use less energy.