A WELL LIT HOLIDAY

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.

Aired on December 14, 2018 & January 1, 2019.

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> WELL, DECEMBER 'TIS THE SEASON AND AS BUSINESSES READY THEIR WINDOW DISPLAYS, HOLIDAY DECORATIONS ARE GOING UP ALL AROUND THE METRO AREA.

WHICH OF THESE DISPLAYS ARE THE BEST AND WHERE CAN YOU SEE THEM?

JOINING ME TO ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS, 'TIME OUT MAGAZINE''S NEW YORK EDITOR WHO IS HERE TO SHARE HER PERSONAL HOLIDAY FAVORITE HANGOUTS.

GOOD TO SEE YOU.

YOU, TOO.

WE'LL DO A METRO TOUR.

ONE OF THE FUN THINGS ABOUT THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS WHEN YOU COME UPON THESE SITES YOU SAY THAT'S COOL.

YOU HAVE FIVE FOR US.

LET'S START IN BROOKLYN.

TELL US WHAT'S SO FUN ABOUT THAT.

THE LIGHTS ARE INSANE AND THE BEST WAY -- THEY GET MORE THAN 100,000 VISITORS PER SEASON.

THIS IS ONE NEIGHBORHOOD THAT TOOK IT UPON ITSELF TO BE THE DESTINATION IN CHRISTMAS LIGHTS IN BROOKLYN.

SO DRIVE TO DYKER HEIGHTS OR TAKE THE TRAIN OR JUST WALK.

THERE'S ANIMATRONIC SANTAS, MORE LIGHTS THAN YOU'VE SEEN IN YOUR LIFE, THERE ARE A COUPLE COMPETITIVE COMPANIES WHERE PEOPLE TRY TO ONE UP EACH OTHER.

IT'S ONE OF THE COOLEST THINGS I'VE SEEN.

WE'VE SEEN THIS IN NEIGHBORHOODS AND THEN YOU CAN'T BE THE OUT L LIER AND THEN YOU HAVE TO BE BETTER THAN YOUR NEIGHBORS.

YOU WALK TO ONE HOUSE AND YOU'RE LIKE THAT'S AMAZING THEN THE NEXT ONE HAS REINDEER AND IT'S UNREAL AND WHAT'S COOL IS THERE'S ORGANIZED TOURS.

THERE'S ONE TOUR CALLED THE LIGHTS AND CANNOLI TOUR, THEY PUT YOU ON A BUS, DRIVE YOU TO DYKER HEIGHTS AND GIVE YOU A CANNOLI AT THE END.

LET'S GO INTO MANHATTAN.

PARK AVENUE.

TELL US ABOUT THE DECORATIONS.

THIS TRADITION HAS BEEN GOING ON SINCE 1945, IT'S A TRIBUTE TO ANYONE WHO HAS FOUGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY, GIVEN THEIR LIVES SO THIS STARTS AT THE BRICK PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH ON 91st AND PARK.

IT STARTS WITH A CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING.

IT'S ON NOVEMBER 6, THERE'S CAROLLING, HOT CHOCOLATE AND THEN THE LIGHTS GOING DOWN THE MEDIAN OF PARK AVENUE FROM 97th TO 54th STREET GET LIT.

THERE'S EVER GREENS AND CHERRY TREES.

YOU KNOW HOW MAGICAL PARK AVENUE IS DURING THE WINTER SO YOU SEE IT COME TO LIFE.

AND IT'S COOL IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE OUT LATE AT NIGHT AND THERE'S NOT A LOT OF TRAFFIC AND YOU LOOK DOWN THE ROAD.

IT'S SO NEW YORK, SO ICONALLY NEW YORK.

LET'S POP TO WINDCHILLS.

FOR CH -- WESTCHESTER.

THIS IS A LITTLE LESS THAN AN HOUR DRIVE AWAY.

IT'S ONE HOUSE.

IT'S TWO PEOPLE WHO LOVE CHRISTMAS AND HAVE TAKEN IT UPON THEMSELVES TO CREATE A BONANZA OF LIGHTS, THEY BOAST THEY HAVE MORE THAN 10,000.

THEY ALSO HAVE IT SYNCHRONIZED TO MUSIC SO IF YOU DRIVE TO THIS HOUSE IN WHITE PLAINS NEW YORK, YOU TUNE YOUR RADIO TO 107.7 AND THEY HAVE MUSIC BY THE MINUTE.

HUNDREDS OF SONGS SYNCHRONIZED BY W THE LIGHTS.

SO THE LIGHTS ARE KICKING IN ACCORDING TO THE MUSIC?

IT'S SENSORY OVERLOAD.

IF YOU'RE THE NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT?

I THINK YOU'RE THINKING YOU NEED TO SLEEP WITH AN EYE MASK.

HOPEFULLY THEY'RE NOT BEING THE GRINCHES WHO STOLE KBHAS.

PEOPLE SEEM TO LIKE IT.

I'VE BEEN HERE FOR THIS ONE, THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, THE CHRISTMAS TREE AND CRECHE.

THIS IS AN ANNUAL TRADITION.

IT'S A CLASSY BEAUTIFUL TREE.

IT'S 20 FEET TALL, THERE'S A NEAPOLITAN CRECHE OR NATIVITY SCENE AROUND IT.

PEOPLE FLOCK TO THIS EVERY YEAR.

IN ADDITION THE MET HAS DROP IN ART ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS.

THEY'LL SHOW CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, THEY HAVE KIND OF NIGHTS WHERE YOU CAN WALK AROUND AND THEY'LL GIVE YOU COCKTAILS THEN THEY HAVE AN 18th CENTURY MENORAH, 19th CENTURY TORAH CROWN SO THERE IS STUFF FOR CHANUKAH AND THEN SATELLITE PROGRAM IN THE CLOISTERS SO MEDIEVAL HOLIDAY DECORATIONS AND PINE CONES AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

I'VE WALKED IN THERE, FOR MANY YEARS THEY HAD THE CORAL GROUP CHANTICLEER AND IT WAS ALWAYS PACKED AND YOU WALK INTO THE HALL AND THE MAJESTY OF THE SPREE, SUPREME A CHANCE TO JUST WANDER AROUND AND CHECK EVERYTHING OUT.

IT WAS -- IT WAS VERY SPIRITUAL.

IT'S A LOVELY TRADITION NO MATTER WHAT YOUR FAITH, WHAT YOUR ANYTHING, JUST TO GET A LITTLE SPIRITUAL FOR THE SEASON.

AND WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE WORLD'S LARGEST MENORAH WHICH IS IN THE GRAND ARMY PLAZA IN BROOKLYN.

THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON SINCE 1985.

I HAVEN'T VERIFIED IT'S THE WORLD'S LARGEST MENORAH.

BUT IT SOUNDS GOOD.

THEY CAN CALL IT THAT.

IT'S VERY BIG.

STARTING DECEMBER 6 WHICH IS THE FIRST NIGHT OF CHANUKAH THEY'LL DO THE PRAYER, SERVE WELCOME TO GATHER AND SEE IT LIT FOR ALL EIGHT NIGHTS OF CHANUKAH.

THERE IS LATKAS IS GRAB A POTATO PANCAKE AND SEE THE MENORAH GET LIT.

IT'S A GREAT METRO TOUR.

I HAVE A COUPLE SPOTLIGHTS.

I FEEL LIKE A SLACKER.

I'VE GOT NOTHING.

NOT TOO LATE, YOU CAN GET IT GOING.

FOR ME IT'S TOO LATE.

I'LL JUST GO SEE THESE.

ALWAYS GOOD TO SEE YOU.

YOU, TOO.

HAVE A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY.

THANKS, YOU, TOO.

> IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO SEE HOLIDAY DECORATIONS?

YOU CAN VISIT US AT METROFOCUS.ORG AND LET US KNOW.

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