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(Credit: Elizabeth Wagner)

In a holiday season when many traditional North Fork events will be canceled, the Riverhead Holiday Light Show must go on.

The drive-through event, now in its third season, will feature dozens of new displays this year, including some as tall as three stories and spanning more than 50 feet in length.

“Last year the light show had amazing attendance, bringing people from every zip code on Long Island,” said Andrew Adams of BOLD Media, which operates the event at the Long Island Sports Park on Edwards Avenue in Calverton. “We are happy to bring back this Long Island tradition and hope everyone is excited to see our new displays.”

A tree farm display from 2019. (Credit: Elizabeth Wagner)

Organizers are estimating it will be the most widely attended holiday event in Suffolk County this year, as social distancing has pushed most in-person activities to a virtual model. Other popular holiday traditions have been canceled altogether.

The drive-through format of the holiday light show allows it continue.

The show, which opens the evening of Thursday, Nov. 19 and closes Dec. 30, takes up to 25 minutes to drive through.

The lights are synchronized with the music playing over your car stereo. (Credit: Elizabeth Wagner)

As you drive through, a holiday music broadcast that is synched up with the lights plays over your stereo.

Carload tickets can be purchased for $23 at or for $25 in person at the event, though availability is not guaranteed.

Long Island Sports Park is located at 149 Edwards Avenue in Calverton Call (631) 210-6711 for more information.