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Holiday Light Displays Worthy of a Road Trip

Last updated on October 15, 2019 at 12:21 pm

The East Coast shines this time of year with spellbinding spectacles, visits from Santa and family-friendly festivities. From New Hampshire to Pennsylvania, we’ve compiled some of the season’s most Instagram-worthy destinations. Leave the hustle and bustle behind and begin your holiday road trip tradition today!

New Hampshire

  • Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth – Portsmouth: This historic seacoast city transforms into a magical winter wonderland, featuring ice skating, an Annual Gingerbread House Contest and The Strawbery Banke Museum’s Candlelight Stroll.
  • Gift of Lights at New Hampshire Motor Speedway – Loudon: Every year, the speedway hosts a 2.5 mile-long drive-through illumination show complete with two million brilliant LED lights, 400 displays, 60 scenes, a s’mores pit, pictures with Santa, and infield Tunnel of Lights.


  • Nantucket Noel – Nantucket: The picture-perfect island comes to life the first weekend in December with its Christmas Stroll, and the festivities continue all month with a holiday house tour, Festival of Trees and more.
  • The Bright Nights at Forest Park – Springfield: Add New England’s largest light display to your yuletide bucket list. Celebrate the holidays with themed displays including Jurassic World, Peter Pan and Dr. Seuss.


  • Festival of Silver Lights – Meriden: Featuring over 350,000 simply elegant white lights shaped mostly like animals nestled in their natural habitat, this drive-through display is pure magic. After your drive, walk to Santa’s Workshop with its miniature Christmas village.
  • Mystic’s Holiday Festivities – Mystic: This quaint coastal town converts into a charming holiday village with live music, ice sculptures and a visit from Santa during Winterfest. Check out the outdoor theatrical performance, Lantern Light Tours, or stroll through beautifully adorned Olde Mistick Village.

New York

New Jersey

  • Magic of Lights – PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel: Bask in over a mile of magical light displays and animations from the comfort of your car. Twinkling luminaries bring multiple holiday themes to life at every turn.
  • Storybook Land’s Christmas Fantasy – Egg Harbor Township: and Mrs. Claus spread holiday sparkle, illuminating the park with over a million lights. Kids and kids at heart can enjoy the year-round rides and attractions as they stroll through the settings of their favorite stories.


  • Philly Holiday Attractions — Philadelphia: Getting into the holiday spirit is easy with loads of family festivities including the Wintergarden, light show, ice rink, carousel and the city’s official tree at Dilworth Park. Peddler’s Village dazzles with a million twinkling lights.
  • Koziar’s Christmas Village — Bernville: What began 70 years ago as one man’s love of decorating his country estate for the holidays turned into a beloved seasonal destination including a toy shop, old-time bakery, visits from Santa and elaborate displays.

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6 thoughts on “Holiday Light Displays Worthy of a Road Trip

  1. Also worth the trip to see is the Leicester Christmas Display, 25 Waite St, Leicester, MA. Starting Friday Dec. 7, they will be open every night, weather permitting. With bad weather, including high winds, they post on their Facebook page if they will be open or not. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 5-10, Sunday through Thursday, 5-9. It is free of charge. You can get out and walk, at your leisure, through the more than 50,000 lights, more than 200 inflatables, blow molds and various other decorations. Santa will be there most every night. Once again this year, they are teaming up with the Leicester Food Pantry as well as other charities. The snack shack across the street will be open and they will be selling hot chocolate, popcorn, and other light snacks. See the Leicester Christmas Display Facebook page for more information.

  2. LaSalet Shrine in Attleboro, MA . Nov. 22, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019
    Illuminations 5:00 – 9:00pm Daily
    Featuring: 300,000 Lights illuminating over 10 acres

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