Comparing 2 Drive-Thru Holiday Displays at the Jersey Shore - Which is the Best Deal?

Updated: Dec 9, 2020


After dark at Holiday in The Park, Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, drive through distinctly different areas in the 140-acre theme park filled with twinkling lights, live entertainment, and festive music. Guests will enjoy distanced greetings from beloved holiday characters decked out for the holidays, popular iconic holiday decorations, a drive-by featuring Santa and Mrs. Claus and their helpful elves, and much more. Open weeknights only Dec 9, 10, 14, 15, 16 and 17th. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis and are $14.99 per person. Reservations are required.


Magic of Lights, PNC Banks Arts Center, Holmdel returns with a holiday lights experience through a 2.5 mile course with favorite holiday scenes and characters of the season. The popular Toyota Mega Tree Spectacular returns this season, featuring favorite holiday programming displayed across 240 feet of LED Christmas trees. Nightly until January 2 except December 30. Tickets are $25 per carload in advance or $30 at gate from dusk to 11pm.


The bottom line -- if you're in the car by yourself, then the best deal is Holidays in the Park Six Flags. With advance purchase for two or more people, then you're going to do better at Magic of Lights. The one caveat is that if you are Six Flags members or season ticket holder, Holiday in The Park is free.


What else is there to do this weekend? How about The Igloos in Cape May, historic trolley

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tours or Storybook Land's Fantasy of Lights.


What are the Igloos? They are 12 heated, winter-white the Winter Igloos arranged on the lawn overlooking the ocean. You pay a reservation fee of at least $50 which does not cover your food or drinks. You're offered a menu of cocktails and light fare, The Igloos can accommodate parties of up to eight, making them the perfect private and socially-distant outdoor dining option for groups looking to toast the season together. The Igloos are available seven nights a week after 5:30 pm.


At Congress Hall you can also dine at Veranda Bar, where guests can warm-up at the Hot Cocoa Bar and enjoy the same menu available at The Igloos to pair with themed a la carte cocktails; no reservations required. Blue Pig Tavern’s a la carte menu is be updated for the season while additional seating is available on the outdoor patio in heated tents overlooking a roaring fireplace.


Also in Cape May, the tree is lit, the tours have begun and the Physick Estate is open. While at the Estate, visit “An Old-fashioned Christmas” exhibit in the Carroll Gallery from 10am-8pm. The exhibit features a giant indoor Christmas tree display, an elaborate Dept. 56 Dickens Village, model trains, nostalgic photos, toys and much more. Open daily now through the New Year (except Thanksgiving and Christmas). Go to capemaymac.org

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And don't forget to make your reservation for Storybook Land's Christmas Fantasy with Lights in Egg Harbor Township, just east of Atlantic City. They are open weekends in November including the Friday after Thanksgiving. In December, they are open EVERY DAY between now and December 23. Advance tickets are $26.95 online.


For shoppers, Historic Smithville provides an array of shops and restaurants in an outdoor setting decorated for the holidays. With more than 60 restaurants and shoppes surrounding a lake, avoid the hustle and bustle of the indoor mall scene and have to wear a mask the entire time. Take a ride on the Holiday Train with your kids or enjoy the evening Holiday Light Show on the Lake which happens every night at dusk. Weekends in December, there are special events such as Dickens Fest, the Magic Talking Tree and Girls Night Out. Hours are: 10am-6pm Monday-Wednesday, 10am-8pm Thursday-Saturday and 11am-6pm Sunday.

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