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Where to See the Brightest Holiday Lights in the Hudson Valley

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ERDAJT Holiday Light Display | Photo by Caylena Cahill

Socially distant Christmas fun awaits at these dazzling home light displays, community events, and brand-new takes on Hudson Valley holiday traditions.

Everyone could use some good cheer this holiday season.

The Hudson Valley is home to a number of gorgeous seasonal light displays and even boasts the world record-holding house for most Christmas lights. Time-honored local traditions have transformed into events that are both safe and inventive. Grab a cup of hot cocoa, don your hat and scarf, and crank up your radios while visiting these illuminated festive displays.

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A Frosty Fest

778 Broadway, Ulster Park
Through December 27 

Just for the holiday season, Headless Horseman Hayrides transforms into a glowing, seasonal spectacular. The hit happening includes attractions like Candy Cane Lane, Frosty’s Enchanted Forest, Glistening Gardens, Magical Mansion, and more. After adventuring through the wonderland attractions, families can swing into the gift shop and pick up a few tasty wintertime treats, too. It’s even possible to get a photo with Santa Claus himself while there.

 

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Arboretum Holiday Lights in Bloom

Thomas Bull Memorial Park, Montgomery
Through December 27

The Orange County Arboretum hosts a free lights display every year titled “Holiday Lights in Bloom.” Few things compare to strolling along themed walking paths lined with luscious gardens, decorated trees, and even some “critters.” Handmade ornaments, hats, scarves, wreaths, and other decorations are available at the Arboretum Holiday Boutique.

 

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Bruschi Family Christmas

5 Madre DeCristo Rd, Wallkill
Through December 29

The Bruschi family home has become a local classic. After years of enjoying a static display, the family was gifted a Light-O-Rama in 2012. Since then, the display — animated via cutting-edge software — has grown to more than 15,000 lights and other elements.

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Capital Holiday Lights in the Park

Washington Park, Albany
Throughout December

Albany gets the ultimate glow-up when Washington Park comes alive with more than 125 festive displays. Drive through the park with family and friends all December long, bumping to music curated by B95.5. This year’s special theme is hope to keep Hudson Valley nights merry and bright.

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ERDAJT Holiday Light Display

8 Patrick Dr, Lagrangeville
Through December 27

This family-run light display will give any other a run for its money, literally. The ERDAJT display has held the Guinness World Record for most lights, currently at over 670,000. The vast array of colorful lights sparkle to the rhythm of more than 200 different songs. Look at the schedule to plan exactly which songs you want to hear during your visit. Donations are collected for the Union Vale Fire Department throughout the season.

 

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Fortis Family Lights For a Cause

47 Fairfax Rd, Fishkill
Through January 3, 5-10 p.m.

An incredible spectacle, the Fortis Family Lights For a Cause won best display in 2018. Lights dance to the beat as visitors far and wide gather to support women with breast cancer. Donations benefit the Brielle Grace Breast Cancer Foundation, an organization founded by Dawn Fortis after her own battle with the disease. Through the foundation and display, Fortis inspires hope.

GARNER Arts Center: LET THERE BE LIGHT!

Wilcox Park, Stanfordville
December 12 and 13, 18 — 20

The socially distant art show at the GARNER Arts Center is an incredibly unique experience. Drive along a bright, inspiring and elegantly decorated art path within one of the region’s most unique historic sites, a repurposed 19th century mill complex known as the GARNER Historic District. Elaborate window art, installations based on sight, and all types of immersive light displays make up LET THERE BE LIGHT! The massive outdoor video projections are especially impressive.

Holiday Illumination Weekend at Wilcox Park

Garner Arts Center, Garnerville
December 5 and 6

Drive through Wilcox Park during the Go Light Your World Holiday Illumination Weekend for some of the most dazzling displays in the Hudson Valley. Local businesses, non-profit organizations, fire departments, and town representatives get creative setting up their own light displays.

 

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Kevin McCurdy’s Holiday Spirit Festival: Winter Wonderland Walk

Bowdoin Park, Wappingers Falls
Through December 27

Kevin McCurdy’s Christmas classic is a Hudson Valley mainstay. This year’s iteration takes the party outdoors for a safe and festive Winter Wonderland Walk. Perfect for families, this magical holiday journey takes visitors through an illuminated Gingerbread Village, past a crew of marvelous misfit toys, and into a brand-new Christmas Canyon for a laser lights show. 

 

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Lights on Six

6 Field Ct, Poughkeepsie
Throughout the season

A little family competition never hurt anyone. The Christmas Light Fight that fuels Lights on Six has produced incredible displays. More than 70 songs make up the set list to which this house dazzles.

North Kensico Christmas Light Show

21 North Kensico Ave, White Plains
Through January 1

Looking for the one Hudson Valley house that started it all? In White Plains, Chuck Barringer always wanted to have a home with a festive appearance. As his display grew larger over the years, three other houses off the highway joined the show, creating a row of homes with lights and colors that dance to the music.

Nyack Holiday Lights

Veterans Park, Nyack
December 5

The Nyack Chamber of Commerce hosts “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” an installment of its annual tree lighting ceremony. Enjoy a visit with the man in the red suit himself, along with holiday refreshments.

 

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Orange County Holiday Lights Spectacular

Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown
Through January 3

Visit the Orange County Fairgrounds for a socially distant drive-thru holiday celebration unlike any other. Traverse through lanes of dazzling light displays as you wind your way to the centerpiece, a multimedia light show. Warm up with delicious snacks from Hudson Valley vendors who can bring the goodies right to your car window.

Westchester’s Winter Wonderland

Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla
Through January 3

Westchester’s Winter Wonderland arrives to set the county aglow all holiday season long. This year, the fest takes on a 1.2-mile drive-thru format that leads visitors along a path filled with thousands of twinkling lights. The gorgeous candy cane lane is topped only by a 40-foot Christmas tree. Plus, be on the lookout for a special sighting of Santa.


Related: An Insider’s Guide to December Events in the Hudson Valley