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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

Christmas fun awaits at these dazzling home light displays, community events, and 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.

A Frosty Fest / Courtesy photo

A Frosty Fest / Courtesy photo

A Frosty Fest

778 Broadway, Ulster Park
Weekends through December 19

Just for the holiday season, Headless Horseman Hayrides transforms into a drive-through 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. Check out an all-new light show choreographed to hit pop tunes.

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Arboretum Holiday Lights in Bloom

Thomas Bull Memorial Park, Montgomery
Through December 26

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.

Bruschi Family Christmas

5 Madre DeCristo Rd, Wallkill
Through January 1

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 25,000 lights and other elements. Each night, performances start at 5 p.m. and wrap up by 11 p.m.

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Capital Holiday Lights in the Park

Washington Park, Albany
Through January 2

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. Each year, a special theme encapsulates the true spirit of the Hudson Valley.

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ERDAJT Holiday Light Display

8 Patrick Dr, Lagrangeville
Through December 28

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 686,526. 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.

Fortis Family Lights for a Cause

47 Fairfax Rd, Fishkill
Through January 6

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. Holiday nights kick off at 5 p.m. and wrap at 10 p.m.

Kevin McCurdy’s Holiday Spirit Festival: Winter Wonderland Walk

Bowdoin Park, Wappingers Falls
Through December 26

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.

LUMAGICA Light Show

Harvest Moon Farm and Orchards, North Salem
Weekends through December 12, everyday through December 30

Head down to one of Westchester’s most scenic destinations. Harvest Moon Farm and Orchards lights up a magical forest with over 500,000 individual lights from LUMAGICA. Elaborate decorations, animal sculptures, and other festive fare await.

Nyack Holiday Lights

Hezekiah Easter Veterans Park, Nyack
December 12

The Nyack Chamber of Commerce puts on another spectacular event, this time with hot chocolate and holiday lights. Check the Chamber’s Facebook page for updates on start times. Enjoy a visit with the man in the red suit himself, along with holiday refreshments.

Orange County Holiday Lights Spectacular

Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown
Through December 26

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.

Peace, Love, and Lights

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel
Through January 2

Turn off your headlights and follow the trail of psychedelic holiday lights through the hallowed grounds of Bethel Woods. The historic site of the Woodstock festival hosts its annual Peace, Love, and Lights with even more attractions. A total of 1.7 miles of themed displays includes Groovy Way, Holidays Around the World, and a “holiday hub” of vendors and tall Christmas trees.

The Wonderland of Lights

Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck
Through December 26

The Dutchess County Fair isn’t the only reason to head to these Rhinebeck grounds. The Wonderland of Lights returns as a drive-through experience, showcasing elaborate holiday displays with festive music pairings on the radio.

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-through 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