There is so much to experience throughout New York during the holidays. If bundling up indoors with a mug of hot chocolate just isn’t your thing, here are six of the City’s best holiday light displays to explore. From Brooklyn to Fifth Ave, we show you. By Annie Reuter.
The Holiday Lights at Grand Central Terminal
87 E 42nd Street
Perfect for the whole family, don’t miss this year’s annual light show at Grand Central Terminal. Enjoy the dazzling illumination and holiday images seen on the famous Sky Ceiling walls. Afterwards, visit the model train exhibit and stop by Vanderbilt Hall for some last minute holiday shopping.
Winter Garden Holiday Lights
World Financial Center
West Street, near Vesey Street
Make your way towards the water for the beautiful Winter Garden. With thousands of white lights hanging from palm trees along the west side, you’ll think you’re in a tropical wonderland. Be sure to find Santa for a photo opportunity.
83rd St. to 86th St between Eleventh Ave. and Twelfth Ave; Brooklyn
After sundown, head to Dyker Heights for a majestic holiday light display experience. Known for their elaborate decorations from late November through early January, this is one neighborhood you won’t want to miss. A bright wonderland, Dyker Heights is a must-see spot.
Rockefeller Plaza, at 49th St.
An international symbol of the holidays, this year’s magnificent spruce will be decorated in 30,000 environmentally friendly LED lights. Enjoy all the displays and exhibits surrounding Rockefeller Plaza.
Known for the beautiful window displays outside each store, if you walk along any avenue this holiday season, make it Fifth Avenue. Head to Tiffany’s at 57th Street to view the infamous UNICEF snowflake made of dazzling Baccarat crystal.
Brooklyn’s Holiday Light Spectacular
310A 22nd Street, Brooklyn
Head to South Slope, Brooklyn, for a holiday spectacular. Owner Chris Schneider and his friend Ryan Powers have been gearing up for their annual show since before Thanksgiving. With a new theme each year, this year’s display promises to be interactive. Enjoy the computerized light show and story that loops every 20 minutes starting at 5 p.m. each night.