5 Amazing NYC Holiday Light Displays

5 Amazing NYC Holiday Light Displays

From the tree at Rockefeller Center to the shops at Winter Village, the holidays present an excellent time to visit New York City. There is an endless number of high-end boutiques near The Marmara Park Avenue in which you’ll find unique gifts. There is also an abundance of holiday-themed entertainment nearby, and if you come at just the right time, you may get to experience light snowfall in time for Christmas Day.

However, you can only view one of our favorite facets of the New York City holiday season after the sun sets. With longer nights come bright, creative ways to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year—in the form of holiday light displays.

These are some of the best places to find holiday light displays in New York City:

1. Park Avenue

At the top of the list is our very own Park Avenue. Each year, The Fund For Park Avenue provides around one hundred fresh-cut trees to line the street. The tradition began in 1945 to memorialize those lost during World War II, and now it’s a lovely display that families look forward to seeing every year.

Visit the malls between 54th and 97th streets to find this display.

2. Saks Fifth Avenue

This famous department store is known for carrying the best brands and catering to NYC’s elite. Starting around Thanksgiving, however, people come from all over the city for a different reason: The Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Light Show. 

Last year, the show began at 4:35 pm and lasted until 11:35 pm, with a showing every ten minutes.

3. Central Park

In early December, Central Park kicks off the holidays with a visit from Santa, hot cocoa, caroling, and ice carving. They also light a “flotilla of trees,” which can be seen on the Harlem Meer, near the picturesquely lit Charles A. Dana Center.


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4. Staten Island

The New York City Winter Lantern Festival is well-known on Staten Island for providing stunning, immersive luminescent displays. Some are holiday-themed, but there is truly something for everyone with dinosaurs, dragons, lighted tunnels, and more.

In fact, the display is so popular that they have expanded to two additional locations. You can experience one or all three of these unique displays by visiting the festival at Staten Island, Long Island, and Queens.

5. Dyker Heights

If your NYC travels take you to Brooklyn, the Dyker Heights holiday lights are a must-see. Timeout recommends visiting before 9:00 pm in mid-December to see the most lights. These are all private residences, and the homeowners have fully embraced the tradition of holding nothing back when decorating for Christmas.

Touring one or all of these fantastic holiday light displays in NYC is a great way to get into a festive spirit this season. The concierge staff at The Marmara Hotel is always happy to provide tips on the best places to go and the best ways to get there for our guests.

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