One of the many delights of an exciting Christmas season that should never go overlooked, especially in the hustle and bustle of the festive season, is the traditional drive-thru light display. Luckily, there is no shortage of wonderful spectacles for you, your family and your loved ones to enjoy. All of the listed drive-thru Christmas light displays on this InfoBarrel article can be seen, visited, and enjoyed year after year. While opening and closing times may change slightly with each year, generally, you will find that most drive-thru Christmas light displays will open in late November or early December and remain open until the end of December or early January.
The following drive-thru Christmas light displays, in the United States, have been consistently open for the last few years straight.
#1. Allentown Lights in the Parkway
Allentown, PACredit: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/16994783
This drive-thru light display covers more than a mile of one of Allentown's most beautiful parks (Lehigh Parkway), featuring lighted trees, tunnels and animated displays. Admission to Lights in the Parkway is per vehicle rather than per person, and therefore a great deal! An entire family can enjoy the display for under ten dollars. As well as driving through, visitors can also bike, or take a horse-drawn carriage.
#2. Nature in Lights
Fort Hood, Texas
At Nature in Lights, visitors drive across a park 800 acres in size and enjoy a range of illuminated displays - from single strands of lights to arcs of twinkly colored lights and scenes spanning 40 feet high and 300 feet wide. There are also opportunities to take photographs with Santa, have delicious snacks at Santa’s Village, and shop for Christmas presents at the Nature in Lights gift store.
#3. Winter Lights
Seneca Creek State Park, MD
Just outside Gaithersburg, Maryland, Winter Lights is made up of more than 350 illuminated displays over 3.5 miles. A drive through this magical forest setting, with its sparkly tunnels, towering Christmas trees and illuminated reindeer, is a great way to celebrate the holidays. Admission costs between $10 and $15 dollars per car. Winter Lights donates a proportion of its revenue to local charities.
#4. Holiday Fantasy of Lights
Tradewinds Park, Coconut Creek, FLA
Tradewinds Park promises to be fantasy of color, light and design this Christmas. The display includes over 3 miles of giant animated holiday displays and illuminated trees, accepting visting cars, trucks, motor homes and buses. The Tradewinds drive-thru can also be enhanced by availing of the ‘3D Experience’. Just pick up a pair of 3D glasses on the way in to make your visit to the holiday lights really special. Holiday Fantasy of Lights is open from Friday, November 18th, 2011 through Sunday, January 2nd, 2012.
#5. Prairie Lights
Grand Prairie, TX
Open from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, Prairie Lights is one of the most popular and best-loved drive-thru lights displays in Texas. Over four million lights make up the captivating display, which features all of the traditional Christmas characters and themes, but also a one-of-a-kind holiday village halfway through the display, where visitors can get out and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa or apple cider, and even get a picture taken with Santa! Carousel and carnival rides are included in the ticket price.
There are exciting lights displays all over the country this Christmas, each with its own winter wonderland charm. Whether you’re wondering how to pass a Saturday evening in December, or looking for an outing that will capture the hearts of your children in the run-up to Christmas, these five awesome drive-thru lights displays are guaranteed to get you into the Christmas spirit.