Holiday lights – they’re beautiful, magical, and can really help get us in the spirit. This year, numerous places throughout New Jersey and beyond are hosting drive through holiday light displays and other social distancing-friendly events. Get ready for holiday cheer at some of these events, in order based on proximity to Montclair!
Montclair’s own Lights on Myrtle is back — bigger and better than ever. Created by Matt Carino, this holiday light spectacle returns for 2020 and when you visit, leave a donation in the box for the Montclair Township Animal Shelter. We first discovered Lights on Myrtle back in 2017. This year, Carino has created an all new display that includes a 30 foot digital Christmas tree featuring nearly 10,000 lights! 54 Myrtle Ave., Montclair.
Christmas Drive Through Light Show at Brookhollow’s Barnyard
301 Rockaway Valley Road, Boonton
Now through December 31, 2020
Thursday through Sunday, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Drive through the small farm as many times as you like during your 30-minute window. You can enjoy the tree and the Christmas songs as well. Visitors may bring carrots to throw to animals. Tickets become available the day before you wish to arrive and must be purchased in advance. Cost is $20 per car.
Orchard of Lights at Demarest Farms
244 Wierimus Road, Hillsdale
Now through December 29. Closed December 24 and 25.
Some nights already sold out.
Take your vehicle on a guided tour through 32 acres of brilliant holiday light displays, warm up by the fire pit, and enjoy hot cocoa and treats from the retail market. You can also take pictures with Santa, make your own s’mores, and listen to Santa’s singing reindeer. Tickets must be purchased online in advance. Cost is $35 plus $4.02 fees per car.
Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights
2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY
December 17-18; 20-23; 26-31
Holiday Lights begins at 4:30 PM. Zoo is open prior.
Enjoy a magical night this holiday season at the Bronx Zoo. Enjoy five animal lantern safaris, ice-carving demonstrations, holiday treats, costumed characters, wildlife theater, stilt walkers, and more! Advanced tickets are required. Cost is $34.95 per adult age 13-64, $22.95 per child age 3-12, and $31.95 per senior age 65 and up.
Winter Wonder Lights Spectacular at Middlesex County Fair Grounds
655 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick
Now through January 3, 2021
5:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Enjoy a half-mile journey of Winter Wonder Lights across 10 acres. There are more displays than in previous years including 1.5 million lights animated to some of your favorite holiday tunes. Cost is $27 per car. Tickets can be purchased online and may be used any night.
Christmas Light Show & Village at Skylands Stadium
94 Championship Place, Augusta
Now through January 3, 2021 (Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, New Years Day)
Hours vary nightly
Christmas Joy is coming back to Sussex County. Skylands Stadium will be dazzled with lights on a mile-long drive through course on the field. There’s also a new and expanded Outdoor Village & Winter Carnival. Christmas Light Show tickets are $29 per car. Admission to Christmas Village and Winter Carnival is free. Rides, food and drink are additional costs.
Magic of Lights New Jersey at PNC Bank Arts Center
116 Garden State Parkway, Holmdel
Now through January 2, 2021 (Closed December 31)
Sunday – Thursday, 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM; Friday – Saturday 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM
Magic of Lights is a dazzling, drive-through holiday lights experience featuring favorite holiday scenes and characters of the season using the latest LED technology and digital animations. Tickets are $30 for standard vehicles $25 if purchased online in advance. There’s an in-car photo opportunity halfway through the route.
Six Flags Holiday in the Park Drive-Thru Experience
1 Six Flags Blvd, Jackson Township
December 11-13; 18-23; 26-31 and January 1-10
Hours vary nightly.
Experience millions of dazzling lights and holiday cheer from the safety of your own car. The Experience will include a dozen themed areas along the route. Enjoy the park audio with your car windows down or stream the Holiday in the Park Drive-Thru Experience Soundtrack. Cost is $14.99 per person.
Diggerland Holiday Lights Show
100 Pinedge Drive, West Berlin
Now through January 3, 2021 except December 14 and 15.
Most nights 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM.
Drive a mile-length course through America’s only construction theme and water park to witness hundreds of thousands of lights, tour the holiday displays, enjoy tasty treats, and listen to Diggerland’s very own radio station to fill your car with the holiday spirit. The park is open some days, so check the schedule before arriving. Cost is $29.95 per vehicle. Note that admission to the park is separate from the Holiday Lights Show.