Grab your Thermos and get your hot cocoa prepped, because your friends at Santa.com have handpicked five can’t-miss holiday light events you have to experience. We scoured the best-of-the-best from around the country—and here’s our short list. Make it this year if you can, and if you can’t, there’s plenty of time to plan a holiday getaway for next year!
Luminosity Festival | New York
This breathtaking light show is a Long Island holiday tradition. Featuring massive displays of whimsical light scenes, it fuses fantasy and nature with the magic of the holidays. If you’re on Long Island this Christmas, this is an experience you won’t want to miss.
Check out the Luminosity Festival
Koziar’s Christmas Village | Pennsylvania
Imagine the feeling of driving through darkness, only to emerge to see the glow of a million lights (literally!) nestled in the valley. This is Koziar’s Christmas Village. Filled with a fairytale feel, yummy treats, and—of course—Santa Claus, this village is sure to make your spirits bright.
Enchant | 9 U.S. Locations
As the world’s largest Christmas village and light maze, Enchant is an awe-inspiring journey into the heart of the holidays. With nine destinations between Washington DC and California, there’s always a magical experience waiting. You’ll not only find lights, but ice skating, dinner options, chances to meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and so much more.
Let it Shine | Illinois
Enjoy the lights and stay toasty in your car! This drive-through holiday light show is huge—and we can safely guarantee everyone in the vehicle will be glued to their window. Crank up the volume on a holiday playlist of cheerful tunes and you’ll be all set!
Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade | California
Swap the snow for the sand and head to Cali for this oceanside celebration. A mainstay of the holiday season for six decades and counting, this event draws crowds from near and far to indulge in festive food and drink, entertainment, and the truly spectacular sight of boats set ablaze with twinkling lights.