The glow from annual outdoor light shows provides a dazzling holiday decoration geared to warm your heart and make your season light. Here are some that are expected to return this year:
FLASHING SUNSHIP The walk-thru event features seasonal lights and sounds along the paths of Old Westbury Gardens that take you through Walled Garden, Rose Garden, South Lawn and Allée, November 20 to January 9, 2022, $ 32.95, $ 17.95 aged 3-17 years; $ 29.95, $ 16.95 aged 3-17 years low; shimmeringsolstice.com. The finale features a light and projection show shown on the south side of Westbury House, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury, 516-333-0048.
THE MAGIC OF LIGHT ON JONES BEACH Wrap everyone in the car and experience “Magic of Lights” a holiday trip that takes you down winding paths filled with twinkling lights, holiday-themed exhibitions and well-known holiday characters. The display fills the night sky from dusk on November 13 and runs through January 10. Featured light displays with LED technology and digital animations include the “Blizzard Tunnel” as well as other recurring areas. See also Toyota Mega Tree Spectacular. 25 USD pr. vehicle in advance and 30 USD at the entrance: 17.00-22.00 Monday-Thursday; $ 35 at the entrance: 5pm-11pm Friday-Sunday, closed New Year’s Eve. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance for a contactless experience. Print a letter for Santa and drop it off at Santa’s mailbox. Jones Beach State Park, 1 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh. More info visit magicoflights.com.
BAYVILLE WINTER WONDERLAND Walk around an outdoor holiday park surrounded by decorations and lights. Attractions include: ice skating, Toy Factory Fun House walk-through photos with Santa and a letter sent to your child from Santa. Santa is behind a plexiglass barrier for safety. “Holiday Express” train ride, the Christmas tree forest and holiday character meet and greet as well as holiday arts and crafts. Opens November 26 through January. Opens at 18:00 Friday, at 15.00 on the weekend, December 26 and January 1. For the adults, there is Haunted Christmas. $ 23.75, $ 20.75 for ages 8 and under, extra charge for Santa’s visit. Reserved time access, buy tickets in advance. 8 Bayville Ave., Bayville. More info: 516-628-8697, bayvillewinterwonderland.com
LONG BEACH HOLIDAY LIST ON BOARDWALK Take a walk by the ocean and experience a nautical-themed holiday light show along the Long Beach boardwalk, dusk until 11pm daily December 3rd to mid-January, from Long Beach to National Boulevards, Long Beach. You can also check out the shops along Park Avenue for more holiday lights. More info: 516-431-1000, longbeachlife.com
THE CITY OF BABYLON HOLIDAYS DRIVE THROUGH Holiday drive-thru experience. All residents are invited to see a life-size gingerbread house, Santa’s workshop and drive-thru light tunnel, at December 18-21, Town Hall Park, 200 E. Sunrise Hwy., Lindenhurst, townofbabylon.com, free, 631-957-3000.
GIRL SCOUT HOLIDAY LIST SHOW Girl Scouts of Suffolk County’s drive-thru screen has 2 miles of holiday-themed lights; opens at 5 pm 27 Nov.-Jan. 9. Closed 24-25. December and 31 December. Check website for access. Tickets are sold at the entrance or online (no cash at the entrance) $ 25 per. car at the entrance; 20 USD pr. car online in advance until December 27; then it’s $ 22 online, Smith Point County Park Campground, Shirley. More info: 631-543-6622, smithpointlightshow.com
RIVERHEAD HOLIDAY LIST SHOW The Drive-thru Riverhead Holiday Light Show is at Splish Splash, 2549 Splish Splash Dr. on 19-21. November, 25-28. November, 2-5., 9-12, 16-30. The hours are from 5 pm and closing times vary. $ 23 entrance fee for standard car at the gate, boldmedia.ticketspice.com.
STRENGTH OF LIGHT AT THE VANDERBILT MUSEUM Holiday lights, theme exhibitions, festive food, music and Santa Claus, at 17.00-21.00, which opens on Saturday 27 November and runs Friday-Sunday until 19 December and also on 22-23. December, $ 25, $ 15 under 12, Vanderbilt Museum, 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport, vanderbiltmuseum.org
AND BUG’S NAT DRIVE-THRU Run through more than 20 acres of lanterns and festival lights, projection mapping and handmade lanterns in the form of flowers, insects, runs Friday-Sunday through Jan. 9, 2022, Nassau County Museum of Art, One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor, $ 34.99 and $ 49.99, nycwinterlanternfestival, 516-484-9338.
ISLIP AT HOLIDAY LIST SHOW Bring the family to see the lights of the comfort and safety of personal vehicles from December 7th. The holiday light is open to the public at 17.30-20. Tuesdays and Thursdays through December 22, free, Brookwood Hall Park, 50th Irish Lane, East Islip, Islipny.gov.