You never expect to feel the holiday spirit while driving down New Jersey’s Garden State Parkway, but you will at once a year.

Let’s be honest here for a second, you will usually, feel anxiety from the insane number of cars driving above the speed limit.  I have no shame in admitting that I drive like a grandma.  10 and 2, on or just above the speed limit.  Too many tickets in the past but that’s a story for another time.

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Driving home back to the Jersey Shore from North Jersey, as we were traveling down the Garden State Parkway, we noticed glimmering lights from a distance.  What was that?  Shiny, glimmering Christmas trees, giant candy canes, and the big jolly old elf himself, Santa.   A winding, twisted maze of holiday cheer.  Maybe this is something you noticed during your travels, as well.  These holiday lights only come out once a year and it’s loved by so many.

I mean, how can you not love this.

Of course, I’m talking about the incredible drive-thru light display at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ.  This two-and-a-half-mile drive will take you down a luminescent winter wonderland.  If you haven’t made your way to the “Magic of Lights” yet, don’t worry, you still have plenty of time.  The holiday festivities will continue thru Sunday, January 2nd.

This is the attraction of the season and one that my wife and I want to bring our two daughters to, sometime soon.  Now, one may remember, and the other will probably sleep.

Here’s how the “Magic of Lights” looked through your eyes.










25 Christmas songs performed by NJ artists

If you celebrate Christmas, the next month of your life is likely going to be consumed with shopping for gifts, retrieving a tree, decorating the house, and going out on adventures to see elaborate light displays.

The one thing that you must have at the ready for all of these scenarios is Christmas music.

Since a lot of the songs you hear tend to get repetitive this time of year, why not pay homage to some of the great singers, bands, and musicians that make New Jersey's music history so rich.

Want to take these songs on the go with you? Here's the Spotify playlist.

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