Westchester’s Winter Wonderland Drive-Thru Holiday Light Extravaganza Returns to Kensico Dam Plaza Bigger and Better Than Ever Seven Days a Week!

New for 2021:
Peace on Earth Animated Light Display, Elf Disco, 30 Foot Glittering Snowflakes, Expanded Snowstorm Central, and More!

White Plains, N.Y. (October 2021) Westchester’s Winter Wonderland Drive-Thru Holiday Light Extravaganza, presented by Westchester Medical Center Health Network, will return to Kensico Dam Plaza bigger and better than ever with extended hours, thousands of more lights, magical holiday animations and a live Santa!

Westchester Parks Foundation, the only organization dedicated exclusively to promoting and supporting Westchester County Parks, continues to re-imagine the eighth season of the popular holiday event while creating a safe and memorable holiday experience the whole family can enjoy. Guests will be dazzled and delighted with 1.2 miles of holiday lights, larger than life displays, live characters, and Santa right from the warmth and safety of your own car! 

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said: “The holidays are such a special time to spend with family and Westchester’s Winter Wonderland Drive-thru Holiday Light Extravaganza provides families with a fun and safe way to celebrate. I’m thrilled the Parks Department and Westchester Parks Foundation have found even more ways to make the event spectacular!”

Starting Friday November 26th at 6 p.m., the festive celebration takes place five consecutive weeks through January 2, 2022.  The event will be open seven nights a week starting at 6pm Monday-Friday and 5pm on weekends. *End times vary per night. Reservations are required to avoid additional surcharges. Tickets are $25 Off Peak, $35 Peak. (+additional cost for large passenger vans/limos, call for special reservations). And there are also Wegman’s snack boxes available to enjoy for $15 extra along the ride.  Be sure to check the box when purchasing your ticket because they are not available for purchase on site. Con Edison also returns as a Platinum Sponsor of the Event, helping to light up the sky at Kensico Dam Plaza for all to enjoy!

Guests will be dazzled and delighted along the 1.2 miles of holiday lights with a new electrifying Elf Disco, a whimsical display of jubilant children from around the world, a breathtaking Peace on Earth LED display with animated trumpets and angels, and two new thirty-foot snowflakes to light up the largest holiday Christmas tree in Westchester!  And if that is not enough, there is also a bigger and better snowstorm central that the whole family can enjoy right from the warmth and safety of your own car!

“Last year we debuted the drive-thru concept because of COVID and thousands of families came out to enjoy the reimagined concept.  As a result, we decided to expand the drive-thru to include additional lights and displays to dazzle holiday participants even more! All proceeds further our mission to support the parks and trails of Westchester County.” stated Joe Stout, Executive Director of Westchester Parks Foundation.

Holiday classics will be simulcast through your vehicle’s FM radio, setting the mood from the moment you enter the park. Guests should allow 25-30 minutes to drive thru the attraction.  Additional attractions include favorite elves Ned and Albert, glittering angels of peace, 50-foot dove, dancing trees, glowing snowballs, candy cane lane, a spectacular 100-foot light tunnel, Westchester’s favorite 40-foot Christmas tree, Santa and friends, and more!

Westchester County Parks Commissioner Kathy O’Connor said: “The Parks Department and Foundation staff spend all year preparing for Westchester’s Winter Wonderland Drive-thru Holiday Light Extravaganza and always manage to create a remarkable event. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to Kensico Dam Plaza for its eighth season!”

Special event nights will include the official tree lighting celebration on opening night and a family-friendly festive way to ring in the New Year at Winter Wonderland, as we always do!

Westchester’s Winter Wonderland is a place to make priceless holiday memories.  It has become a Westchester holiday tradition without the hassle or expense of traveling to New York City and one of the safest and most affordable holiday options for the 2021 Holiday Season.   For complete information and to purchase tickets, visit wwinterwonderland.com


About Westchester Parks Foundation

Westchester Parks Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, philanthropic organization which provides private support to preserve the County’s park system and improve the quality of life in our communities. Westchester Parks Foundation’s mission is to engage the public to advocate for and invest in the preservation, conservation, use, and enjoyment of the 18,000 acres of parks, trails, and open spaces within the Westchester County Parks system. For more information, visit thewpf.org.