Where To Spot The City’s Best Holiday Lights

Encore: December 15, 2015

‘Tis the season to deck the halls and trim the trees. As storefronts and home fronts put out their brightest and blingest, you can’t help but notice some displays of holiday cheer are better than others.

Luckily for you, Time Out New York’s editor Carla Sosenko stopped by with the five spots that top her list.

1. Lights of Dyker Heights, Brooklyn

(Photo courtesy Time Out New York)

According to Sosenko, more than 100,000 visitors flock to the area each season to gawk at the elaborate displays.

“You cannot miss them. These are giant houses with animatronic Santas, music blaring, more lights than you’ve ever seen in your entire life,” Sosenko said.

Competition is hot, and houses in the area are always trying to one-up each other, she added.

Don’t want to drive or take the train? Sosenko suggests a bus tour that includes a cannoli at the end.

2. Park Avenue, Manhattan

Down Park Avenue from 97th to 54th streets you’ll see a line of lights adoring the evergreens and cherry trees lining along the media.

“It’s so New York, it’s just so iconically New York,” Sosenko said.

The displays are a tribute to American service members killed in action, she said.

3. North Kensico, White Plains

2013 first night
(Photo courtesy Chuck Barringer)

This one may be a little far for just one house, but Sosenko says it’s worth the more than an hour drive.

“It’s two people who just love Christmas and have taken it upon themselves to create a bonanza of lights,” Sosenko said.

“The really cool part is they also have it synchronized to music,” she added.

If you do make the trip, tune your radio to 107.7 FM to enjoy the show.

4. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan

3. Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche Nativity
(Photo courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Visiting the 20-foot tree at the Met is an annual tradition for many, not to mention scoping out the elaborate manger scene that surrounds it. But Sosenko says there’s more to it than just the sights.

“In addition, the Met has drop-in art activities for kids during the holidays. They do a lot of programming. They’ll be showing Charlie Brown Christmas. They have kind of nights where you can walk around and they’ll give you cocktails,” she said.

Sosenko says for Hanukkah, the Met also has an 18th-century menorah and a 19th-century torah crown also on display. Plus, additional programming at The Cloisters.

5. World’s Largest Menorah, Brooklyn

(Photo courtesy worldslargestmenorah.com)

And Sosenko rounds out her list with a stop at what’s claimed to be the world’s largest menorah. Sadly, Hanukkah wrapped up and the display is down for the year. But now you’ve got a heads up for next year.

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