Back at the Beach

Prior to 2007, Jones Beach became a Christmas spectacle each year with its famous Holiday Light Show during the holiday season. Families could drive through the display and enjoy the sights of holiday favorites lighting up the road. In 2007, the show went dark due to financial issues, but this year it’s back and bigger and better than ever. Long Island Pulse Insider spoke with George Gorman, the deputy regional director for New York State Parks about the new and exciting features at the Jones Beach Holiday Light Show.

Pulse Insider: Seven years after going dark, the light show is finally back at Jones Beach, what has prompted this year’s return of the light show?
George Gorman:
The Holiday Light Show ended in 2007 as part of the economic downturn and unfortunately was not economically viable. However, we wanted to bring it back. Live Nation who produces it wanted to bring it back to Jones Beach after seven years.

Pulse Insider: How has reception to the return of the light show been?
GG:
So far it has been phenomenal. We had about 3,000 cars in four days. People have been raving and it’s a lot better than it was in the past. There are 150 displays and an expanded holiday village about midway through where people can enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and kids can run through.

Pulse Insider: For Long Island natives who use to attend the light show each year, what similarities and differences will they find in the return of the show this year?
GG:
They’ll see some popular displays such as the 12 Days of Christmas which is a favorite. Then they’ll see newer displays such as Santa fishing because it’s Jones Beach as well as the expanded holiday village.

Pulse Insider: Is the light show planning on returning next year as well or is it just back this year?
GG:
We hope to continue the tradition forever but it depends on visitation. It has to be economically viable for Live Nation to be able to put it together and host it.

For more information: seetheholidaylights.com

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Samantha Wieder is a 2014 summer intern at Long Island Pulse. She is a junior at Binghamton University. Follow her on Twitter at @samashwieder.