A Drive Through Light Display, PNC Bank Arts Center Christmas Lights ~ Magic of Lights

Posted on: December 18th, 2018 by

This article about the PNC Bank Arts Center Christmas Lights ~ Magic of Lights was published in 2016 but has been updated with 2018 information about this PNC Bank Arts Center drive thru holiday lights.

 

Dinner is done, the dishes are washed, and the kids are all cleaned up for bed. But it’s not bed time yet – what should you do? We came upon this dilemma on a recent rainy night and decided to pack up the kids (some in their PJs!) and head over to the Magic of Lights at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel. The drive-through holiday light show was just what the doctor ordered: the kids loved looking at all of the light displays from the comfort of our warm and dry car.

 

Cars begin their drive through the Magic of Lights under this lit display at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel

The entrance to the Magic of Lights at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel

 

About the PNC Bank Arts Center Christmas Lights ~ Magic of Lights

  • It’s over a mile of light displays and holiday scenery, with themes of sports and the 12 Days of Christmas and more.
  • You pay per car, not per child (which works out well for multi-kid families like us!). Discounts available if you check the Magic of Lights facebook page or website.
  • The entire light display is drive-through (so you can visit rain or shine) and is at your own pace.
  • Tune to a special radio station to hear their Christmas carols, or play your own playlist as you drive through!
  • There’s a stop about 2/3 of the way through with additional holiday activities – not required if you want to stay in the car.

 

Drive under dancing reindeer at the Magic of Lights at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel.

Reindeer dance above as you drive through the PNC Bank Arts Center Magic of Lights display

 

3 Tips for visiting the PNC Bank Arts Center Christmas Lights ~ Magic of Lights

  • Take your time! With so many light displays going on both sides of the road, you really need to go very slowly so that the kids can get a chance to take everything in. The road has two lanes for this very purpose – if a car behind you is ready to move forward before you, they can just go right around.
  • Bring your camera. The mix of the dark night and the bright colorful light displays shows up beautifully in pictures. And if your kids are anything like mine, they will want to look at the pictures afterward to decide again which display was their favorite. It’s also a great spot for family photos at the spot where you’re able to walk around the holiday village.
  • Make a night of it if you can! Near the end of the drive-through lights, there is the Hackensack Meridian Health Holiday Village. You can park your car and go inside to participate in any number of activities. There are photos with Santa, Christmas movies, smores and petting zoo on select nights. (Additional costs apply).

 

Cars pause to enjoy the light displays at the Magic of Lights in Holmdel New Jersey.

Beautiful light displays at Magic of Lights in Holmdel NJ

 

Where is the PNC Bank Arts Center Christmas Lights ~ Magic of Lights located?

PNC Bank Arts Center
116 Garden State Parkway
Holmdel, NJ
 
PNC Bank Arts Center is located at exit 116 on the Garden State Parkway. If you can’t find it on the GPS, try entering the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial address, 1 Memorial Lane, Holmdel.
 
These flashing lights end your Magic of Lights drive through experience at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel New Jersey.

Blinking lights await at the end of the Magic of Lights at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel.

 

PNC Bank Arts Center Christmas Lights ~ Magic of Lights Schedule

  • Sunday – Thursday: Dusk to 10 pm
  • Friday & Saturday: Dusk to 11 pm
  • Open daily through December 30

 

PNC Bank Arts Center Christmas Lights ~ Magic of Lights Ticket Prices

  • Weekdays (Sunday – Thursday): $25 per car
  • Weekends (Friday & Saturday): $30 per car
  • Consider a dash pass for nights when lines are long, starting at $50.
  • Prices available for buses and limos.

For more photos from the 2018 Magic of Lights see our Facebook Album.

Visit the Magic of Lights website for more information and to purchase advance tickets.

Posted in: All, Things to do in Central Jersey, Things to do in Monmouth County, Things to do in New Jersey

Melanie is a stay at home mom of a 6 year old boy and 10 year old girl. She lives in Union County and grew up in Middlesex County. Her children enjoy ice skating (she holds the shoes), crafting, amusement parks, and just generally being kids! Melanie always says, being 45 minutes from NYC or the Jersey Shore makes this the best place to live!

2 thoughts on “A Drive Through Light Display, PNC Bank Arts Center Christmas Lights ~ Magic of Lights

  1. Lydia says:

    We went a couple weeks ago on a weekend. Agree with previous post – waste of money. Maybe if it was $10 a car. Lights are cute but don’t seem like that many or that impressive. Some weren’t working fully. I don’t know the point of the village. We also expected vendors but nothing going on except pictures with Santa and cardboard displays where you can take pics yourself. We didn’t see a luge run or skating rink. There was a small muddie hay maze. Would be much better if they reduced price and built out the village.

  2. Maria says:

    It wasn’t worth $20. The lights were pretty but not enough. The village was a waste. It would have been nice if there were vendors there selling Christmas items and more than a maze for the young children. It was very disappointing. I would not recommend this to anybody.

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