The Girl Scouts of Suffolk County have decked out Camp Edey once again for their 10th Annual Holiday Light Show, one of LI’s most beloved holiday traditions. The GSSC's Holiday Light Show is the largest and brightest show on Long Island, and is made up of hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights, and numerous decorative holiday pieces. From the moment you arrive at the front gate until you reach the edge of the Holiday Village, the Light Show’s cheerful displays will fill you with a sense of awe, and are sure to give you a good dose of holiday spirit.
The Light Show allows you to enjoy their luminous lights, and all the wonder of the holiday season from the comfort of your own car, so that you can stay cozy and warm. As you drive through the mile-long wooded trail, you’ll get to admire the breathtaking displays and many beautiful holiday vignettes that line the way on both sides of the pathway. This year’s displays include a variety of festive themes and classic characters, including Santa and his reindeer, playful snowmen, and cute candy canes. We’ve highlighted some of our personal favorite displays but we don’t want to give away all of the sparkling surprises!
As your journey through the winter wonderland continues, you’ll get to take a drive under the recently built George Washington Bridge display which is 18 feet high and 120 feet long - and unlike the real thing, you don’t have to pay a toll or get stuck in commuter traffic! The display consists of roughly 1,000 feet of white bulbs and has 240 feet of white rope lighting that gives the cables a realistic appearance. After you’ve cruised on down a bit further, you’ll enter the Light Show’s iconic light tunnel, which is made out of 50 strings of 25 feet of rope lighting, giving it a dazzling appearance no matter which way you look. With 1250 bulbs to light 12 archways, the tunnel needs 12 outlets.
One of the biggest displays is The Castle, which can be seen towering toward at about the halfway mark on the Light Show’s Trail. With six 10 foot towers and 800 feet of different colored rope lighting, the castle is 24 feet wide and 7 feet high. The holiday light show even has a display for one of New York City’s most famous buildings - the Empire State Building. With many more other fascinating displays, you will have to see and experience the wonders of the show for yourself.
And of course, we can’t forget about the recently added Lighthouse Display. The Lighthouse stands tall toward the end trail, and sits in a swarm of blue and light green colored rope lighting and sailboats. It even has a working search light - a very Long Island Light Display indeed!
As you make your way to the end of the Light Show’s trail, you’ll enter the Holiday Village, where you can warm up with some hot cocoa, enjoy some snacks, and get a chance to meet Santa! The man in red will be visiting the Holiday Village daily now through December 23rd, so be sure to stop by soon if you want to meet Santa and snap a photo before he has to get ready for his big trip on Christmas Eve!
After getting cozy and warmed up in the Holiday Village, be sure to explore The Hall of Trees which consists of 70 holiday trees decorated by local Girl Scout Troops. These trees will be donated to adult and veteran homes as well as housing facilities across Long Island so that the residents can enjoy them this holiday season.
If you haven’t yet had the chance to check out the Holiday Light Show, the show will be open daily from 5 PM to 9 PM for the remainder of the month through Monday, December 30th excluding the 24th and the 25th which will be closed for Christmas. Admission is $12 per car Monday through Thursday and $15 per car Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All the proceeds benefit the Girl Scouts programs as well as outreach services.
The Light Show is located at 600 Lakeview Avenue in Bayport at Camp Edey - right off of Exit 62 South on the Long Island Expressway, and Exit 51 South on Sunrise Highway.
Be sure to enter LongIsland.com’s GSSC Holiday Light Show Giveaway for a chance to win passes to this year’s Light Show! We’ve got lots of passes up for grabs, so don’t forget to share on Facebook and with friends and family for extra chances to win!
For more great photos of this year’s show, don’t forget to check out our 10th Annual Holiday Light Show Lighting Photo Gallery.
Photos of Lighthouse Display, Candyland Display, and Castle Display courtesy of the GSSC.