Christmas 2020 is on a Friday, which means you have the entire week leading up to it to get festive! How about taking a mini-adventure on Christmas week’s #traveltuesday to see some beautiful holiday lights? It’s an activity the whole family will enjoy and, with drive-through light shows popping up all over due to COVID-19, many options are totally risk-free.
Here are the five best Christmas light shows across the United States to check out. Make sure to pack a thermos of hot, spiced cider and a playlist of your favorite holiday music to really set the mood!
GLOW Holiday Festival
Now through January 3, 2021
For a 40-minute drive-through holiday light experience near Minneapolis-St Paul, head to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. There, you’ll find “the great Minnesota holiday get-together” –GLOW Holiday Festival. The light show is presented by Hiway Credit Union and features over a million lights arranged along a mile-long drive. Tickets are $46/vehicle.
Illuminate SF Festival of Light
Now through January 23, 2021
If you’re in the Bay Area, you have to check out Illuminate SF in San Francisco. This Festival of Light involves glowing eco-friendly art installations. You can spend a lot of time taking it all in because there are over 40 installations across 17 neighborhoods! Just be prepared to get out of the car at some locations if want to see them all. Use this handy map to plan your route or follow this pre-made light trail. Pro tip: stop at Dandelion Chocolate for a no-contact, to-go hot chocolate as a pick-me-up!
Now through January 10, 2021
Those in southeast Michigan are going to want to flock to the Detroit Zoo for Wild Lights. This trail winds through the front half of the zoo and incorporates over 5 million LED lights made into animal sculptures and other dazzling displays. It’s a perfect light show for kids! While you can’t drive through this exhibit, the Zoo has taken extra precautions to keep you safe this holiday season. These include limiting reservations, spacing them in 30-minute intervals to allow visitors to maintain physical distance, and requiring masks. Tickets cost $20 (kids under 2 get in free).
Atlanta Festival of Lights
Now through January 18, 2021
Atlantic Station is partnering with Atlanta Beer and Wine Festivals for the first-ever Festival of Lights. This drive-through event will take place at the Pinnacle Lot. There will be lots of holiday lights on display and holiday tunes playing. Admission is $25/vehicle on weeknights and $35 on weekends.
Rudolph’s Light Show
Now through January 3, 2021
Rudolph’s Light Show is Houston’s “original light show.” This Christmas drive-through features over one million lights across acres of land synced in time to holiday tunes. Attractions include drive-through light tunnels, giant decorated Christmas trees, snowmen, and more! Tickets are $30/vehicle if you buy online and you’re encouraged to book soon before they’re all sold out.
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