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Girl Scouts holiday light drive-thru returns with extended dates 

The Girl Scouts' 18th annual drive-thru holiday lights

The Girl Scouts' 18th annual drive-thru holiday lights show will be extended for an additional 10 days this year at Smith Point County Park in Shirley. Credit: Girl Scouts of Suffolk County

The Girl Scouts' 18th annual drive-thru holiday lights show will be extended for an additional 10 days this year at Smith Point County Park in Shirley.

The Smith Point Light Show will launch on Nov. 27 and run through Jan. 9 (closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day), says Tammy Severino, interim president and CEO of the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County. Last year, it began Dec. 1 and ended Jan. 3.

Five new displays will showcase designs created by local Girl Scouts, and the more than 100 displays will also include favorites such as the tiki Santa in a Hawaiian shirt relaxing after wrapping up his Christmas deliveries.

One of the new displays features a girl with her hands above her head holding up the planet Earth along with the word "lead." It was designed by Celia Gaeta, 8, of Wading River, a Brownie-level Girl Scout. "We had this day in school where you can dress up. Everyone was dressing up as Abraham Lincoln and the Founding Fathers," she says. That inspired her to want to showcase a girl leading and holding up the world, she adds.

Layla Chudyk, 7, of Rocky Point, designed a display that looks like a gingerbread house. "It has a snowman and a Christmas tree. I really like stuff about Christmas," she says.

The light show, co-sponsored by Suffolk County, outgrew its space at the Girl Scouts’ Camp Edey in Bayport in 2016 and has since been held at Smith Point County Park, drawing upward of 50,000 people. The mile-long route takes nearly 30 minutes to drive through, Severino says.

Tickets go on sale Oct. 19 at smithpointlightshow.com. Cost for tickets purchased before Nov. 26 is $20 per car, sedan, minivan, SUV or limo, $40 for minibus or RV and $70 per school or coach bus, and tickets can be used on any night. Price increases $2 online beginning Nov. 27, when the light show launches. Tickets at the gate go up $5 per category and can only be purchased using a credit card. New this year is the opportunity to order snack packs for $3 per person. Each pack includes a water bottle and a bagged snack or cookie.

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