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Holiday light displays in the Hudson Valley
Even though Christmas is over, there’s still time to take part in a seasonal tradition: viewing sparkling, often synchronized, holiday light displays. Here are seven Hudson Valley attractions where you can experience the holiday splendor.
ERDAJT holiday light display in LaGrangeville
Named after the children of creators Tim and Grace Gay, this holiday light display is not to be missed. The numbers are impressive: more than 346,000 lights synchronized to 154 songs, and each year it gets bigger and better. As you drive up to 8 Patrick Dr. in LaGrangeville, tune your car radio to 95.3 FM to get the full effect. While the display — lit up daily starting at 4:50 p.m. through Dec. 29 — is free, donations for the Union Vale Fire Department are accepted. On Saturday, Dec. 22, K104.7 and the Union Vale Fire Department will be on hand accepting donations for Newtown, Conn., shooting victims instead. Find more details and the full schedule on the website: www.erdajt.com.
Holiday Lights in Bloom in Montgomery
The Orange County Arboretum offers free garden-themed light displays throughout their grounds annually (Thomas Bull Memorial Park, Route 416, Montgomery; orangecountyarboretum.org). Volunteers are available to answer questions about the arboretum, sell handmade goods and serve free hot cocoa. The arboretum is open from 5-8 p.m. on weekends through Dec. 23 and daily from Dec. 24 to Dec. 30 (closed Christmas Day).
Watt Christmas Wonderland in Goshen
Stay warm and toasty in your car as you drive through the mile-long illuminated display in Goshen, which includes hundreds of inflatables, lighted arches and more (310 Scotchtown Rd., Goshen; www.wattchristmaswonderland.com). Tune your radio to 107.9 FM for music that will add to the festive mood. The $5 per car drive is open daily from 6-9 p.m. through Dec. 29.
Christmas on Colden Hill and Lights on Frozen Ridge in Newburgh
If you live near Newburgh or are willing to take the drive, you’re in for a treat! There are two free animated house displays synchronized to music broadcast on 102.5FM.
Lights on Frozen Ridge runs daily from 5-10 p.m. (10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday) through Dec. 31 (52 Frozen Ridge Rd., Newburgh; www.facebook.com/LightsOnFrozenRidge). It’s best to pull your car off across the street while watching.
Christmas on Colden Hill, which starts on every half hour daily from 5-11 p.m. and lasts 26 minutes, collects donations for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (125 Colden Hill Rd., Newburgh; www.christmasoncoldenhill.com).
A Frosty Fest in Ulster Park
With Frosty’s Enchanted Forest light display, Santa’s Magical Mansion and North Pole, live holiday characters, kid-friendly shows and more, A Frosty Fest offers a full family holiday adventure (Headless Horseman Hayrides, 778 Broadway, Ulster Park; www.afrostyfest.com). Visitors can choose to drive through the Enchanted Forest on their own or bundle up and take an old-fashioned hayride. The fest is open weekends through Dec. 29: 6-8 p.m. Friday, 4:30-8 p.m. Saturday and 4:30-7 p.m. Sunday.
Kevin McCurdy's Holiday Spirit Festival in Wappingers Falls
Kevin McCurdy’s Holiday Spirit Festival, which offers plenty of Christmas fun, is another all-inclusive family holiday destination (38 Sheafe Rd., Wappingers Falls; holidayspiritfestival.com). Take a stroll through the Enchanted Forest of Lights and gaze upon the animated display including snowmen, penguins, Santa and more, or check out the ongoing Holly Dazzle Light Show set to music in the Jingle Bell Square. Stick around to experience the rest of the attractions, including the Magical Christmas Village and Train Display, Dingle and Barry Holiday Stage Show, Santa’s Workshop Meet & Greet and others. The fest is open weekends through Dec. 30: 6-9 p.m. Friday and 5-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
About the author: Sarah Coppola is the founder and head blogger at www.FamilyFriendlyHudsonValley.com, an online guide designed by and for Hudson Valley parents.