The holiday season is synonymous with lights. From artfully decorated homes and lawns to extravagant store window displays, there is no shortage of appropriately festive eye-candy to treat yourself to. Below are some of the most festive displays in NYC that deserve a second look.
1. The World’s Largest Menorah
Beginning December 16th at 6:00pm and continuing through December 23rd, every night of Chanukah is celebrated in at Chabad Windsor Terrace in Brooklyn. The World’s Largest Menorah stands at 32ft tall and is lit by Rabbi Shimon Hecht. This festive gathering is for anybody interested in this special tradition—Jewish or not. There are free gifts for the children, and free latkes and live music for all. Mazel tov!
2. Macy’s Herald Square
The world’s largest department store knows how to ramp up for the holiday season! Each year, Macy’s Herald Square turns 13,000-square-feet of their 8th floor into Santaland. The village contains every magical detail necessary to bring the North Pole to life, including live elves, an enchanted forest, and an impressive train display. Santa himself resides here from the day after Thanksgiving up until Christmas Eve. Make sure to check out the Macy’s holiday windows; they will be glowing with magnificent, seasonally-themed displays.
3. Evening Holiday Light Tour
If you have an entire evening up for grabs, consider taking a night tour that will showcase holiday décor at its finest. Hop on a bus and enjoy an escorted tour that will take you through Times Square, Chinatown, Greenwich Village, Little Italy, the Lower East Side and more! There is an unending variety of displays to view, so make sure to bring a camera! Some tours are not hop-on hop-off, so make sure you’re in the mood to sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.
4. Dyker Heights Christmas Lights
If the lights from Clark Griswold’s house in Christmas Vacation were manifested in real-time, it would look something like the homes that come together to create the renowned Dyker Heights Christmas Lights. This neighborhood has been dubbed the “king of the Christmas lights,” and for good reason! Each year, the residents decorate their homes with an extravagant amount of illuminated Santa’s, Christmas Carol Characters, Nutcrackers, angels, and much more. Most of the lights are professionally hung by local decorating companies, which may be a good thing considering that taking the DIY route didn’t really bode well for Clark Griswold.
5. Winter Village at Bryant Park
For an all-around holiday experience, check out the Winter Village at Bryant Park. There’s a skating rink, tree lighting ceremony, and shop more than 125 boutiques that offer everything from food to jewelry. Go ahead and indulge yourself by bingeing on any of the delicious food offered by some of the holiday shops. Mouthwatering options include treats like empanadas, waffles, macaroons, and cupcakes!
Embrace the night (or at least dusk) and watch NYC’s holiday spirit glow. From storefronts to homesteads, there is an endless supply of venues to view. This season is gone in the blink of an eye, so make sure to take a minute to soak it all in!
Contribution by Paul Morris
I’ll add one that Paul left out, I’ll give you a hint, it’s the cover photo! It’s a tourist area, no doubt, but there is definitely a beauty and awe to the majestic Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Catch the train to Midtown, and take a look. If you want to spend some money, you will be right by 5th Avenue, loaded with many (mostly overpriced) shops and sights. While visiting NYC, remember to stay safe, you might want to read our “Top 5 Ways to get robbed in NYC.” We provide you with the necessary information to stay safe in the big city!