WANTAGH, NY — The annual "Magic of Lights" display returns to Long Island this week where families will drive through and past iconic holiday scenes made up of millions of brightly illuminated lights.
As Patch previously reported, organizers said the drive-through experience will look pretty much the same as every other year.
Here are five things to know about the show.
1. The light show opens Friday and runs through Jan. 2 at Jones Beach State Park. On Fridays and Saturdays, the show ends at 11 p.m. The show also opens Sunday through Thursday beginning at dusk and running through 10 p.m.
2. The show lends itself well to coronavirus regulations. While many concerts and movie experiences drastically changed to accommodate drive-in experiences, the Magic of Lights show has been that way from the beginning. Families travel in carloads and remain a safe distance from others. Guests are asked to stay in their vehicles throughout the display.
3. The show features 2.5 miles of themed displays that use LED lights and digital animations. This year's displays include a "Blizzard Tunnel," as well as exhibits themed on the 12 Days of Christmas, Winter Wonderland and The Night Before Christmas. The Toyota Mega Tree Spectacular also returns with familiar holiday scenes displayed across 240 feet of LED Christmas trees.
4. Families can drive through the exhibit for $25 per vehicle if tickets are bought in advance and $30 at the gate Monday through Thursday. The price increases to $35 Friday through Sunday. Guests are encouraged to buy tickets in advance to avoid contact on-site. Visitors can receive $3 off the weekday fee if they bring two non-perishable food items benefiting Long Island food banks.
5. Last year, Magic of Lights' raised more than $150,000 for local organizations, as well as non-perishable food, toys, books and coats.