Winter in NYC is a sight to behold. Stores go all out with holiday decorations and thousands trek to one of the city’s various outdoor markets. While the pandemic may have hindered your travel plans, you can still have a festive staycation in the city. We’ve compiled a list of the best places to see holiday lights in NYC.
It looks like the Rockefeller Center tree has recovered from a less than flattering debut and is ready for her holiday unveiling. The tree will be lit for the first time during a closed ceremony at Rockefeller Plaza on December 2nd. A tradition for more than eight decades, visitors may view the 75-foot Norway Spruce daily from 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. Virtual queuing will be in place per new safety guidelines. Guests can scan a QR code for wait times and SMS notifications to return to the line.
Take a trek to Randall’s Island for this immersive experience of light sculptures and storytelling. The festival of lights has returned to NYC to dazzle visitors once again with an incredible series of illuminated art installations and five themed parks. Buy tickets sooner rather than later as this event is sure to sell out. The festival is open now through January 10, 2021.
The New York Botanical Garden is introducing a new attraction this year, GLOW. The outdoor color and light experience features the Haupt Conservatory as its focal point, with thousands of lights illuminating the grounds. Additionally guests can look forward to music, performances, and ice sculpting. Advance tickets are required for this event so be sure not to miss out. Open select dates through January 9, 2021.
No Holiday in NYC is complete without seeing the amazing decorations put on by the residents of Dyker Heights. The Brooklyn neighborhood is consistently named one of America’s most festive nabes and tourists and NYC residents alike come annually to see the elaborate displays. This year, they’ve introduced a walking tour for those who would like an alternative to the bus tour.
The 24th annual Holiday Lighting in Central Park takes place Thursday December 3rd at 5:15pm. Viewers can tune in to Facebook Live for the virtual event where they can sing along to carols and watch an ice carving demonstration. You can view the lights in person throughout the holiday season.
Saks Fifth Avenue has unveiled their annual holiday windows and light show. This years theme is “This is How We Celebrate” which focuses on spending time with loved ones and the diverse ways people celebrate the holidays throughout the country. They’ve upped the ante with an LED light show on the facade of the building in addition to their decked out six windows. Saks will be live streaming events on select days now through December 23rd.
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