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Saks Fifth Avenue lights up New York City with holiday display
Saks Fifth Avenue’s flagship store in New York City has a holiday display titled “This is How We Celebrate.”
Think of it as a merry and bright traffic jam — and your car is the sleigh.
For those wanting a safe and socially distanced way get into the holiday spirit, check out these popular drive-thru light displays happening in eastern Pennsylvania.
Holiday Light Spectacular in Scranton
With COVID-cases on the rise in northeast Pa., Bob Gattens, chairman of the Scranton Municipal Recreation Authority, says admission to the annual light display at Nay Aug Park is up about 300% from last year.
“We’ve been bumper-to-bumper every night since we started the Friday before Thanksgiving,” he said. “Last Saturday, about 1,000 cars went through and we gave out the same amount of candy canes in nine days as we did the whole season last year.”
The attraction, held in Scranton’s largest park, features over 100 light displays.
“We’ve added 10 new displays this year and 40,000 bulbs were switched to LED bulbs, which really makes a difference — they make everything brighter and fresher,” Gattens said.
Although the spectacle is free, donations are suggested.
“Our donations are way up and we’re grateful because that’s how we buy the new decorations for next year and maintain the park,” Gattens said.
There are hayrides available (people from the same household and small groups only) for $5 or a horse-drawn carriage ride for $10.
For $1, write a letter for Santa Claus through Dec. 18 (attach a return address) and St. Nick will personally send you a response.
Hours: 5 to 10 p.m. daily through Jan. 7.
Info: 1900 Mulberry St., Scranton, Visitnepa.org
Lights in the Parkway
Allentown’s magical light show has gotten an upgrade this year.
“This year, we have wrapped the most trees ever — 130 of them. Last year was 27,” Mike Moore, communications director for the city, said. “We are using string lights and with the new displays and we can safely say it is the most lights in the event’s history. Over 300 lights in the parkway, with approximately 80,000 bulbs and over 1300 sets of string lights.”
Traffic has since doubled.
“We have seen numbers increase already — some 2,400 vehicles went through (Friday through Sunday) on our opening weekend,” Moore said.
New safety protocols have been implemented amid the pandemic.
“This season, we have transitioned to advance ticket sales only, no cash or credit. All tickets must be scanned in and patrons remain in the vehicle at all times. The gift barn is not open this year. It is a drive-through display only this year.”
Hours: 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. through Dec. 27 (closed Christmas Day).
Tickets: $15 (up to eight passengers), $25 (limos and vans up to 24 passengers).
Info: 1601 Oxford Drive, Allentown, Eventbrite.com
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Hersheypark’s Sweet Lights
The chocolate-themed park also has seen an uptick in visitors driving through this year’s 2-mile holiday happening.
“Hershey Sweet Lights has always been popular with our guests, but especially this year, as guests can experience all the lighted holiday displays without the need to come into contact with anyone outside of their own vehicle,” Quinn Bryner, director of public relations for the park, said.
The 600-something light displays, presented by T-Mobile, features themes such as the 12 Days of Christmas, classic fairy tales, Victorian villages and Hersheypark rides.
Hours: Open daily through Jan. 3. Hours vary.
Tickets: $22.15 per vehicle (up to 8 people) when purchased online, $34.15 at gate.
Info: 100 W. Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, Hersheypark.com
Holiday Light Show at Shady Brook Farm
Bring your own vehicle (or opt for a scenic and open-air wagon ride) through the popular Bucks County attraction that features over three million lights.
After the 2-mile venture, rent your own private fire pit (perfect for toasting s’mores) or visit a socially distanced Santa Claus after a walk through the music-filled Candy Cane Lane (walk included with drive-thru ticket admission).
Hours: Open 5 to 10 p.m. daily through Jan. 10.
Tickets: $25-$35 per vehicle, $50/mini-bus, limo or RV, $125 per bus (seating capacity over 25).
Info: 931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley, Shadybrookfarm.com
Furry and Bright Christmas Drive Thru at Sesame Place
Due to the popularity of the Halloween light show, Elmo and his besties have returned to spread some holiday cheer.
After passing through the gates, tune your radio dial and listen to music from the Neighborhood Street Party Christmas Parade and other tunes sung by Sesame Street characters.
Drive-through Candy Cane Lane, lined with six-foot versions of the red-and-white striped iconic treats and followed by a 50-foot tunnel with millions of twinkling lights and stars.
On Snowflake Way, you won’t need windshield wipers or snow tires during the simulated snow fall.
Light displays include an oversized Elmo, Snuffleupagus, and Big Bird topiaries dressed for the winter season, illuminated gum drops and appearances by special surprise guests.
Hours: 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays thru Dec. 23.
Tickets: $45 per vehicle, $65 per minibus.
Info: 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne, Sesameplace.com
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