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‘Christmas in Color’ drive-through display lights up Kissimmee

by Susan and Simon Veness

The “Christmas in Color” animated light show at Island H2O Live! water park in Kissimmee, Fla. lets visitors make merry memories from the comfort of their own car.

Christmas in Color
Photos courtesy of Christmas in Color

Founded in 2015 by Wonderland Entertainment owner Richard Holdman, this mile-long holiday lights and music experience began with one residential display in 2006 and morphed into nine drive-through shows across the country.

 “With so many events and activities still in flux this year, many families are still looking for activities that are fun and safe,” Holdman said. “Our guests can enjoy each other’s company and have an amazing time without even getting out of their cars.”

From giant LED tunnels to singing snowmen, festive snowflake arches, candy canes, RGB pixel light fields, and vibrant Christmas trees standing 10-60 feet tall, more than one million dancing lights have been synchronized to holiday music.

Christmas in Color light tunnel

Guests simply tune their vehicle’s radio to the designated local FM channel as they enter the outdoor venue, and they are treated to a big dose of Christmassy cheer. Photos are highly encouraged!

More than 300,000 cars visit the attraction yearly. Participating venues are:

  • Island H20 Live! in Kissimmee, Fla.
  • South Lake County Fairgrounds in South Jordan, Utah
  • Water World in Federal Heights, Colo.
  • Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo.
  • Expo Idaho in Garden City, Idaho
  • Raging Waters in San Dimas, Calif.
  • Valleyfair in Shakopee, Minn.
  • Wild Waves in Federal Way, Wash.
  • Dorney Park in Allentown, Pa.

The Kissimmee experience runs from 5:30-10 p.m. nightly through Jan. 2, 2022. Tickets are $35 per vehicle and must be purchased online in advance. No tickets sold at the gate. Dates and hours vary by location.

Christmas in Color trees

Discounted tickets are available on “Christmas in Color’s” Facebook and Instagram social media accounts. Concessions can be added to the experience when purchasing tickets. There are no public restrooms onsite. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit children’s charity, Make-A-Wish.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit ChristmasInColor.net.

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