This is one of the conundrums of the holiday season: Most folks love looking at the shining, twinkling lights, but observing them often requires being outside in the cold.
Surely there has to be a way to feel some yuletide glee without the winter weather shivers?
Friends, it is indeed possible, thanks to drive-through holiday light displays.
Across New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, there are farms, theme parks and concert venues with lights hung by the driving path with care, ready for you and yours to observe from the comfort of your own motorized, well-heated sleigh.
Here are 11 such destinations, ready to help make things merry and bright. We'll see you out on the road.
Christmas in Color, Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom
Featuring millions of lights synchronized to holiday music playing on your car radio, a portion of the proceeds of the animated light show supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Christmas in Color at Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, 4000 Dorney Park Road in Allentown, Pennsylvania, operates Friday, Nov. 19, to Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, except for Nov. 25 and Dec. 25.
Admission is $35 to $60 per vehicle. For tickets and more information, visit christmasincolor.net/allentown.
Holiday in the Park, Six Flags Great Adventure
The thrill park in Jackson, New Jersey, not only brought back its long-running Holiday in the Park seasonal celebration this year, they're also welcoming back visitors for the Holiday in the Park Drive-Thru Experience.
The Six Flags Great Adventure experience, traveling through 10 areas of the park, operates select days from Nov. 15 to Jan. 9, 2022. Reservations are required and guests are allowed to attend in cars, SUVs and pick-up trucks.
For tickets, starting at $9.99 per person, reservations and a full operating schedule, visit sixflags.com/greatadventure/events/holiday-in-the-park-drive-thru.
Holiday Light Show, Diggerland
Construction-themed amusement park Diggerland, 100 Pinedge Drive in West Berlin, New Jersey, brings back its Holiday Light Show for the second year this winter, with the attraction running Wednesday, Nov. 27, to Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, on Wednesdays through Sundays, as well as select Mondays and Tuesdays.
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Admission is $29.95 per vehicle, with advance purchases strongly encouraged. For a full operating schedule and more information, visit diggerlandusa.com/holiday-light-show.
Holiday Light Show, Shady Brook Farm
The Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm, 931 Stony Hill Road in Lower Makefield, Pennsylvania, will shine with more than 3 million lights. Guests can ride through in their own car, starting at $40 per vehicle, or ride through in an open-air wagon ride starting at $18 per person, weather permitting.
The attraction runs Saturday, Nov. 20, to Jan. 29, 2022. For tickets and more information, visit shadybrookfarm.com/holiday-light-show.
Magic of Lights, PNC Bank Arts Center, Jones Beach State Park, Six Flags Darien Lake
This LED-illuminated spectacular is on display at the PNC Bank Arts Center, Exit 116 on the Garden State Parkway in Holmdel, New Jersey.
The 2.5-mile display will be up through Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, in the venue's parking lot. Times are Sundays through Thursdays from 5 until 10 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 11 p.m. (Magic of Lights will be closed on Friday, Dec. 31.)
Tickets, $25 in advance or $35 at the gate on weekdays, and $30 in advance or $40 at the gate on weekends through November, are on sale via ticketmaster.com. Prices will change in December.
Attendees can save $3 on weekday admission if they bring at least two nonperishable food items benefiting New Jersey food banks. Other charity nights will be announced in the coming weeks.
For tickets and more information, visit magicoflights.com/events/newjersey.
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Magic of Lights also is taking place at a pair of New York locations: Jones Beach State Park at 150 Bay Parkway in Jones Beach, and Six Flags Darien Lake, 9993 Alleghany Road in Corfu. For tickets, schedules and more information, head to magicoflights.com.
Orchard of Lights, Demarest Farms
Demarest Farms 244 Wierimus Road, Hillsdale, New Jersey, invites visitors to experience its 32-acre Orchard of Lights guided tour. There are also photo opportunities with Santa Claus, a fire pit, hot cocoa and s'mores.
Admission is $35 per vehicle, and the attraction runs Nov. 23 to Jan. 29, 2022, with the exception of Nov. 24 and 25, and Dec. 24 and 25. For tickets, a full operating schedule and more information, visit demarestfarms.com/orchard-of-lights.
Skylands Stadium Light Show and Christmas Village, Augusta
With more than 2 million lights, the mile-long show at 94 Championship Place in Augusta, New Jersey, takes guests on the field that's home to the Sussex County Miners baseball team.
The event runs Wednesday, Nov. 24, to Jan. 9, 2022. Admission starts at $29 per vehicle and tickets must be purchased in advance. For tickets and more information, visit https://skylandsstadium.com/lightshow/.
South Jersey Holiday Light Show, Bridgeport Speedway
The light Show returns to 83 Flood Gate Road, Swedesboro, running Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays as well as select other evenings from Friday, Nov. 19, to Thursday, Dec. 30. General admission is $23 per vehicle and requires attendees to select a specific day and time, but $35 per vehicle VIP passes allow guests to attend whenever the attraction is open. Advance ticket purchases are required for Friday and Saturday.
For tickets, a full schedule of operating hours and more information, visit https://holidaylightshow.com/southjerseyticketcard.
Winter Wonder Lights Spectacular, Middlesex County Fairgrounds
The Winter Wonder Lights Spectacular is back at the Middlesex County Fairgrounds, 655 Cranbury Road in East Brunswick, New Jersey, with more than 1½ million lights. It runs Friday, Nov. 26, to Jan. 2, 2022.
Tickets are $27 per car. For tickets and more information, visit winterwonderlightshows.com.
Alex Biese has been writing about art, entertainment, culture and news on a local and national level for more than 15 years
This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Drive-through Christmas lights in NJ, NY, Pa. for 2021