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The coolest drive-thru Christmas events near NYC

Tunnels of twinkling lights await at these drive-thru Christmas events in New York, New Jersey and the surrounding area!

By Danielle Valente
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Rock around the Christmas tree and through tunnels of twinkling lights thanks to these drive-thru Christmas events! 

Although the holiday season is looking a little different this year, New Yorkers can celebrate safely with their loved ones, and these attractions make it simple. Hop in the car—with a thermos of hot chocolate, of course—make a playlist of your favorite Christmas songs for kids and venture to these great attractions with miles of light displays that'll give Dyker Heights a run for its money. 

For other holiday happenings, check out Christmas events for kids in NYC and see what's taking place (safely and at a distance) and what's being held virtually. Happy holidays, all!

Drive-thru Christmas events

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1. Magic of Lights

Things to do Festivals Jones Beach, Long Island

Location: Wantagh, New York

The Season of Lights is certainly living up to its title. This Christmas, the 2.5-mile drive-thru Magic of Lights will bring breathtaking scenes to Jones Beach State Park thanks to LED technology and digital animations. This includes the Blizzard Tunnel, 240 feet of LED Christmas trees and displays based on themes like "The Night Before Christmas" and "Winter Wonderland." 

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2. A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place

Things to do Festivals Sesame Place,

Location: Langhorne, Pennsylvania

Sesame Street is going all out this holiday season. Your favorite place will be decked out in gorgeous twinkling lights and host a variety of things to do, including the 1-2-3 Christmas Tree Show, a music and light attraction with a 30-foot fully-illuminated tree at its center and an all-new Christmas Drive-Thru (Tuesdays and Wednesdays from Nov 10 to Dec 23) that allows you to enjoy a beautiful winter wonderland all from the comfort of your car. Plus, kiddos can hop aboard the Sesame Place Furry Express sit in for Elmo's Christmas Wish Show and more.

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3. Peace, Love & Lights

Location: Bethel, New York 

The Woodstock site is getting a yuletide makeover. From Nov 23–Jan 3, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts will host the drive-thru Peace, Love & Lights Festival, a one mile-long display of holiday lights with homage to the grounds' iconic past. Naturally, there are eye-catching Christmas displays—a 120-foot Twinkle Tunnel, an Enchanted Forest—but where else will you find Groovy Way, a lights attraction takin' you all the way back to 1969? It's a must for music lovers and the whole family! 

holiday lights tunnel
holiday lights tunnel
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4. South Jersey Holiday Light Show

Location: Swedesboro, New Jersey

Dozens of illuminated attractions are waiting for you in Jersey! This mile-long Christmas celebration has a little bit of everything—a jumbo dragon in a Santa hat, a snowflake tunnel and so much more. From Nov 19–Dec 30, guests are invited to hit the road and pull up to the experience. Tune in to the radio for a synched performance. 

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6. Holiday Light Spectacular

Location: Middletown, New York 

The site of this year's popular drive-thru fair food festival is extending the fun to the winter with its Holiday Light Spectacular. Venture to the Orange County Fairgrounds for a multimedia lights show, displays and, naturally, delicious sweets that you can order directly from your car. (Yes, funnel cakes are on the list.) The event will run from Nov 27–Jan 3. 

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