A light in the dark

Many holiday light shows continue despite pandemic

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Sarah Levenson

This light-covered rocking horse is just one of many light displays in Clinton, PA this Christmas season.

Alexandra Mizzelle, Asst. Sports Editor

Although COVID-19 has disrupted most everyday activities and special events, Christmas is just around the corner, and so are holiday light shows. 

“My family and I are going to see lights at Big Butler Fairgrounds. My family and I are going to this particular one because it is a drive through light show, which means it will be COVID-friendly,” senior Angel Clinkscales said.

The Big Butler Fairgrounds is having their Christmas lights from Nov. 13 to Jan. 3. The prices vary depending on the vehicle. Cars or vans holding eight people or less, depending on the day, are $25-$30. Activity vans, limos and half buses cost $50, while a school bus or regular bus is $100. These buses are for large groups of people all coming at once. 

Other places, such as Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia have their Christmas Town still running. They do the usual temperature checks, reserving dates and times, face coverings and social distancing. It has bright lights and Christmas music even plays as you travel around the town.

Wonderland of Lights and Santa’s Village are open as well. They started on Thanksgiving and run until Dec. 27. They are open from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. and tickets are $15-$25 per vehicle. 

Christmas in the Wild ZooTampa at Lowry Park started on Nov. 27 and ends on Dec. 30. River of Lights Tampa’s Pirate Taxi is a 45-minute tour. The department hours are 6:20 p.m. to 9:20 p.m. The Clinton Christmas Light-Up Celebration in Clinton, PA is also still happening this year, and costs $10 per car. 

Kennywood Park Holiday Lights has about two million lights and they have the tallest Christmas tree in Pennsylvania. The rides are all decorated and running with holiday music and even a visit Santa station. The times for the light show and others can be found on their website.

“We usually go through a drive through light show every year, so I would assume we will still be doing it this year. We usually go in order to get into the Christmas spirit and spend time as a family,” junior Anastasia Smith said.

“My mom just drives around the neighborhood and makes people think we are being stalkers,” senior Emily Hatt said.

Whether you’re seeing the Christmas lights at a light show or throughout your neighborhood, the Christmas spirit is still all around us.