The 5 most festive drive-thru holiday light shows for 2020
Hargis family spreads holiday cheer through annual light show

The pandemic has robbed us of the better part of a year. Not being able to have holiday celebrations has made it feel as if the holidays didn't even happen. Those little rituals of cutting turkey with your family on Thanksgiving or going to a BBQ on Labor Day are what makes the holiday feel more like a holiday than just getting the day off. Technically, the only reason why we had a Fourth of July this year is because July 4th is a date on the calendar.

COVID hasn't entirely cancelled Christmas. Festive Holiday light shows mean you can experience that Christmas-y feel from the safety of your own car. Or better yet, you can skip getting in your car and watch them on You Tube. These people have been working hard, despite the pandemic, to make sure that some of that Holiday magic enters our lives.


Magical Light Show

Titanium (David Guetta/Sia) 2020 Christmas Light Show www.youtube.com


The Magical Light Show happens every year in Tracy, California and 2020 isn't an exception. The light show also doubles as a fundraiser for the McHenry House, a family shelter in Tracy. You don't have to be anywhere near the California city to view the show or to donate. The organization is taking donations on their website.

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas Light Projection

The Grinch- Christmas House Projection Show 2020 www.youtube.com


COVID is basically the Grinch who stole Christmas, or at least the Grinch who reduced Christmas to only essential functions. This light show is the Dr. Seuss classic, but projected on to somebody's house – which is really the best way to see it, anyways.

Polar Christmas Light Show At Toronto Pearson Airport

Polar Christmas light Show 2020 Massive (4K) #Christmas Medley Disco Remix 2020 no copyright #Glow www.youtube.com


In any other year, going to the airport around the Holidays is a special kind of hell you'd only wish on your worst enemy (because it's not fatal, just uncomfortable). The upshot of 2020 is that Holiday travel is less painful, thanks in part to this fun light show on the way to the airport in Toronto. It's like a Christmas-y theme park ride at a time when theme parks are closed. And it's a lot cheaper than Disneyland, too.

Larsen's Light Show

Larsens Light Show - Carol of the Bells www.youtube.com


There's something so soothing and satisfying about watching perfectly synchronized lights and music. This Campton Hills, Illinois-based light show does not disappoint. The show is lovingly put on by Brian Larsen. This year is actually the last year for the show in its current location. Traffic issues are making the light show move to a different, larger, and hopefully less congested location.

COVID Mask (Monster Mash Parody)

Covid Mask - Monster Mash parody - Halloween lightshow 2020 www.youtube.com


Is it still October? It could be. Who really knows. Time has been irrelevant since March. It's hard to tell what day or month it is anymore. We didn't have Halloween, so this Monster Mash/face mask parody is still relevant, even though we're halfway through December. This cheeky light show pokes fun at the frustrations of having to wear a face mask. But seriously, you should wear a face mask. It's a pain in the butt, but it could save someone else's life.

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.