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Top 6 Places To See Christmas Lights In New York City

As the leaves start to change colors and drop off over the next several weeks, it means winter, let alone Thanksgiving, is just around the corner. Whether you love or hate the cold weather, it also means that it will be a winter wonderland of sparkling Christmas lights in new york city, ornaments, and of course the inevitable flock of people coming to see it all with the final celebration on New Years Eve.

If you are looking for a place to show your parents, family and relatives, or your significant other a nice place to see the Christmas decorations around New York City, then look no further than these top five spots:’

1) Rockefeller Center

It comes as no surprise that this would be the top spot as it’s been the home of the annual Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting that occurs in early December. The giant Swarovski crystal sits atop the thousands of colorful lights hanging from the branches that overlook the ice skating rink and the iconic gold statue of Prometheus below. The Channel Garden beds and water fountains garden beds and fountains in front of the colonnade of shops to the east are also nicely lined with angels with trumpets.

2) Saks Fifth Avenue

Just across from Rockefeller Center on Fifth Avenue between East 49th and East 50th Streets is the world-renowned Saks Fifth Avenue luxury department store. The sparing facade of the seven-story building puts on a mesmerizing light show over Fifth Avenue around the fourth week of November between the 21st and the 25th, which is the same time the famous window displays are revealed. It’s best to view this dazzling spectacle from the plazas of Rockefeller Center

3) The Shoppes & Restaurants at Hudson Yards

One of the most recent Christmas displays can be seen and walked through at the Hudson Yards mall in Midtown, Manhattan. The high-end five-story shopping behemoth uses more than 115 miles of twinkling string lights, 725 Evergreen trees, a 16-foot tall suspended hot air balloon in the main atrium, and even more bright lights illuminating the trees along the outdoor plaza. We can expect the lights to return around mid-November.

4) The Shops At Columbus Circle

Located in front of Columbus Circle at the base of the Deutsche Bank Center (formerly known as the Time Warner Center) is another one of Manhattan’s largest shopping malls. It also spares no expense when putting on a show during the Christmas season as one enters the building and looks up at the atrium space. A kaleidoscopic array of hanging small and large stars constantly change their colors throughout the day and evening. It’s best to view them from the upper levels of the mall, while also getting a beautiful backdrop of Central Park in the background.

5) Westfield World Trade Center

Located inside the Oculus at the World Trade Center is the Westfield shopping center, which also serves as connection to the PATH trains to New Jersey and other New York subways station lines in Lower Manhattan. The Christmas season transforms the cathedral-like hall into a wonderful display of flickering lights, snow-covered trees, Evergreen garlands lining the glass railings, and a cute holiday market scattered across the main concourse. Expect to see this come back in late November up to the first week of January.

6) Dyker Heights, Brooklyn

This last and special place goes beyond and above when it comes to showing the magic, joy, and love of the Christmas season. Located outside of Manhattan in a series of streets between 11th to 13th Avenues from 83rd to 86th Streets in Dyker Heights Brooklyn, these homeowners arguably put on the most over the top display of all things Christmas. Nearly every square inch of grass, window sills, garden beds, roofing, landscaping, steps, railings, columns, windows, tree branches and doors put on a light show as eye-catching and bright as the Las Vegas strip. Neighbors, and hired professional decorating companies, come together to decorate their homes in a blanket of ornaments and lights that it now becomes a must-see destination in New York City for locals and tourists alike. The D train to 79th Street and Utrecht Avenue is the best subway option. Otherwise, it is difficult to find nearby parking. The best time to see the lights is in mid-December up to New Years Eve between dusk and 9pm. Please be advised that while the displays are a sight to behold for the public to enjoy, these are still people’s homes. So be respectful of private property, don’t touch the displays, walk on the sidewalks, and no littering.

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