New York November 26, 2016
The Christmas Lights Road Trip Through New York That’s Nothing Short Of Magical
Thanksgiving has come and go, now it’s time to officially start getting excited for Christmas! Some of our eager residents have already put up their lights and decorations for the season, while others will follow through with annual traditions of hanging up the holiday cheer right after our favorite turkey day. If you were wondering what displays were worth seeing this year, then worry not! We’ve planned a Christmas lights road trip through New York that’s absolutely magical.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
Taking you across New York, you can use
Google Maps to see our most magical Christmas lights.
1. Fairground Festival of Lights - Hamburg
Start your trip off at the Hamburg-Erie County Fairgrounds where you'll take a one mile long drive through an incredible light display. Beginning on November 25th, Western New York's
largest holiday festival
will begin and run through until December 27th. Open only on weekends, you can visit from 5PM to 9PM to experience fun activities like a ten thousand square foot walk through that leads visitors to the North Pole and much, much more. To find out more information about the festival,
2. Canalside - Buffalo
Visiting Buffalo's Canalside during the winter is always a great way to spend the day outside. All year long you can find the Connecting Terminal Grain Elevator lit up at night until 11PM, putting on a light display that's unlike any other that you'll find out in this area of New York. But, during the holidays the light display is filled with Christmas cheer and puts on a holiday themed show that's magical to check out. If you want to keep yourself busy until nightfall, you can enjoy open
that will begin this month or take this road trip the weekend of December 4th, when
Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting
is taking place!
3. Lights on the Lake - Liverpool
The greatest holiday attraction you'll find in Central New York,
Lights on the Lake
is something our residents have been enjoying for nearly thirty years now! Running this year from November 16th through January 8th, the drive-thru display is open every night from 5PM to 10PM.
4. Capital Holiday Lights - Albany
A Capital Region favorite, right in Albany's Washington Park you can drive through the park to take in the sight of over one hundred light displays! Running this year from November 24th through January 2nd, visitors can also enjoy stopping in at the Lake House where you can find refreshments, crafts and other holiday activities. To find out more information about this wonderful event,
5. A Frosty Fest - Ulster Park
You'll be able to find more than just wonderful Christmas lights here at A Frosty Fest! Located at the Headless Horseman Hayrides, the holiday festival features an Enchanted Forest you can drive through, a magical 3-D walk-through adventure, Santa's North Pole and
much more. Open only on the weekends, you can start visiting from November 25th through December 23rd! To find out more information about the frosty event,
6. Winter Wonderland - Westchester
Celebrating its third year, the Westchester Winter Wonderland has quickly won over our residents with its enchanting light displays. Open this year from November 25th through January 2nd, you can purchase tickets either online or at the Kensico Dam Plaza. Open all week long with longer hours on Fridays and Saturdays, the event kicks off at 5PM every day. To find out more information and buy your tickets online,
7. North Kensico Christmas Light Show - White Plains
Just a quick drive from the Westchester Winter Wonderland, it'd be easy to enjoy both of these holiday attractions in one night. The only part of this road trip that won't cost you a dime to enjoy, visitors can drive by the North Kensico Christmas Light Show in White Plains every day of the week from 5:30PM to 11PM to see an unbelievable display of lights. Synchronized to music, over ten thousand lights will remain up from November 27th through January 1st. To find out more information,
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