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Light shows, drive-through events on Long Island for 2021 holiday season

The Bayville Winter Wonderland, Magic of Lights at

The Bayville Winter Wonderland, Magic of Lights at Jones Beach and more holiday attractions to see this year.  Credit: Fran Berkman

The glow of annual outdoor light shows make for a dazzling holiday decorations geared to warm your heart and make your season bright. Here are some slated to return this year:

SHIMMERING SOLSTICE Walk-thru event features seasonal lights and sounds set along Old Westbury Garden’s paths leading you through the Walled Garden, Rose Garden, South Lawn and Allée, Nov. 20 through Jan. 9, 2022, $32.95, $17.95 ages 3-17; $29.95, $16.95 ages 3-17 off peak; shimmeringsolstice.com. The finale features a light and projection show displayed onto the south face of Westbury House, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury, 516-333-0048.

MAGIC OF LIGHTS AT JONES BEACH Pack everyone into the car and experience "Magic of Lights" a holiday drive-thru that takes you down winding paths filled with sparkling lights, holiday themed displays and familiar holiday characters. The display fills the night sky starting at dusk Nov. 13 and runs through Jan. 10. Featured themed light displays using LED technology and digital animations include the "Blizzard Tunnel" as well as other returning areas. Also see the Toyota Mega Tree Spectacular. $25 per vehicle in advance and $30 at the gate: 5-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; $35 at the gate: 5-11 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, closed New Year's Eve. Guests are encouraged to buy tickets in advance for a contactless experience. Print out a letter to Santa and drop it off at the Santa mailbox. Jones Beach State Park, 1 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh. More info visit magicoflights.com.

BAYVILLE WINTER WONDERLAND Walk around an outdoor holiday Winter Wonderland park, 8 Bayville Ave., surrounded by decorations and lights. Attractions include ice skating, Toy Factory Fun House walk-thru, 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 Dec. 3 through January 2. Opens 6 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. weekends, Dec. 26 and Jan. 1. For the adults, there’s Haunted Christmas, Dec. 10-12, 17-18, 29, $24.75, $20.75 ages 8 and younger; Haunted Christmas $38.75; extra fee for Santa visit. Reserved time entry, buy tickets in advance, bayvillewinterwonderland.com

LONG BEACH HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON THE BOARDWALK Take a walk by the ocean and experience a nautical-themed holiday light display along the Long Beach boardwalk, dusk to 11 p.m. daily Dec. 3 through mid-January, from Long Beach to National boulevards, Long Beach. You can also check the stores along Park Avenue for more holiday lights. More info: 516-431-1000, longbeachlife.com

LUMINOCITY FESTIVAL "Shine Again," is a lit up winter wonderland walk-thru featuring displays in the Town of North Hempstead with illuminated works of art, including one-of-a-kind handmade sculptures, 4:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 12 through Jan. 9; 4:30-8:30 p.m. Thur.-Sun. and Dec. 22-23, closed Nov. 25 and Jan. 6, Whitney Pond Park, 7 Community Drive East, Manhasset, tickets will be sold for timed admission entry. All attendees ages 3 and older must have a ticket, tickets start at $27, free parking will be available at the Manhasset Macy’s. For more information and to purchase tickets logon to luminocityfestival.com

TOWN OF BABYLON HOLIDAY DRIVE THRU Holiday drive-thru experience. All residents are invited to see a life-size gingerbread house, Santa's workshop and drive-thru light tunnel, 6-9 p.m. Dec. 1, Town Hall Park, 200 E. Sunrise Hwy., Lindenhurst, townofbabylon.com, free, 631-957-3000.

GIRL SCOUTS HOLIDAY LIGHTS SHOW The Girl Scouts of Suffolk County’s drive-thru display features 2-miles of holiday-themed lights; opens at 5 p.m. Nov. 27-Jan. 9. Closed Dec. 24-25 and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Check website for admission. Tickets will be sold at the gate or online (no cash at the gate) $25 per car at the gates; $20 per car online in advance until Nov. 26; after that it's $22 online, Smith Point County Park campground, Shirley. More info: 631-543-6622, smithpointlightshow.com

RIVERHEAD HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW The drive-thru Riverhead Holiday Light Show is at Splish Splash, 2549 Splish Splash Dr. on Nov. 19-21, Nov. 25-28, Dec. 2-5, 9-12, 16-30. Hours are from 5 p.m. and closing hours vary. $23 admission for standard car at the gate, $35 VIP admission, There are no gate sales for tickets on Friday and Saturday nights. Those nights are advance purchase because of demand, boldmedia.ticketspice.com.

BRIGHT LIGHTS AT THE VANDERBILT MUSEUM Holiday lights, themed displays, festive food, music and Santa, 5-9 p.m. opening Saturday Nov. 27 and running Friday-Sunday through Dec. 19 and also Dec. 22-23, $25, $15 younger than 12, Vanderbilt Museum, 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport, vanderbiltmuseum.org

A BUG’S NIGHT DRIVE-THRU Drive-thru more than 20 acres of lanterns and festival holiday lights, projection mapping and handmade lanterns in the shapes of flowers, bugs, runs Fridays-Sundays through Jan. 9, 2022, Nassau County Museum of Art, One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor, $34.99 and $49.99, nycwinterlanternfestival, 516-484-9338.

TOWN OF ISLIP HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW Bring the family to see the lights from the comfort and safety of personal vehicles beginning Dec. 7. The holiday light display is open to the public, 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Dec. 22, free, Brookwood Hall Park, 50 Irish Lane, East Islip, Islipny.gov.

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