Drive-Thru Holiday Light Displays Offer Festive Alternative During COVID-19

Tuesday, December 22nd 2020, 12:20 pm
By: CBS News

This holiday season, many are trying to find creative ways to celebrate while staying safe. Families are flocking to drive-thru holiday light displays as a festive alternative.

It’s not unusual to have a sold out night at the Winter Wonderland holiday light display in Westchester County, New York. About 1,500 cars pass through the bright and socially distanced winter wonderland.

The Westchester Parks Foundation has organized the holiday attraction for the past six years, usually with performers and an ice skating rink. But this year they turned their lights into the main attraction.

“We're seeing people coming in multiple cars, with friends in other cars, and really just celebrating the season together," said Christine La Porta with the Westchester Parks Foundation.

The pandemic-friendly setup requires families stay inside their cars once they’re on the route, keeping a safe distance from everyone else. Organizers said the light shows are a way for families to still make memories together, and perhaps even start a new tradition.

It’s precautions like those making displays like this popular around the country.

In Southern California, the rides at Six Flags Magic Mountain are closed, but the amusement park is hosting its first-ever drive-thru experience.

And the lights are on at LA’s Dodger Stadium, with cars taking a lap around the home of baseball’s 2020 world champions. Of course, a guest appearance from Santa Claus adds some extra sparkle.