2022 NYC Holiday Lights and Christmas Activities

Christmas celebrations are back and more beautiful than ever. The holidays are here and nothing says it better than the amazing holiday light displays in New York City!  Perfect fun for kids of all ages. The lights of Fifth Avenue, Park Avenue, Times Square and Financial District will shine brighter this year. Look for beautifully decorated buildings, department store windows adorned with holiday scenery, zoos transformed at night with lights, botanical gardens glowing, light show drive-thrus and more! Please check dates and times before you head out, as they are subject to change. See NJ Kids Calendar for more events.

Holiday Lights At The Bronx Zoo

Nov 18, 2022 - Jan 8, 2023. Discover Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo. Animal themed lantern trails, animated lights shows, Forest of Color, holiday treats, costumed characters, Holiday Tree Show, and more!  Enjoy a magical night with the wonder of LED technology. Hundreds of colorful designs and displays will light your way throughout the park. Reserve tickets in advance. 2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, New York, 718.220.5100.

NYBG Glow (New York Botanical Gardens)

Select dates Nov 2022 - Jan 2023. Enjoy an all NEW outdoor light experience at NYBG Glow and Holiday Train Show. The outdoor gardens are filled with color and illuminating lights, with the Haupt Conservatory serving as the centerpiece. See artistic ice sculpting and music performances. Buy tickets online. 2900 Southern Blvd Bronx, NY.

Bryant Park Winter Village

Bryant Park is transformed into a Winter Village with outdoor ice-skating (available now - Mar 5, 2023). Explore holiday shops and eateries. View the Christmas Tree on west side of rink. 40th @Fifth Ave, NYC.

Largest Menorah Lighting in Brooklyn

Dec 18-25, 2022. Celebrate the lighting of each day of Chanukah at the largest menorah in Brooklyn. Live music, hot latkes and gifts for children. Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn, NY.

Luminaries at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place

Nov 25, 2022 - Jan 6, 2023. FREE. Visit Luminaries at Brookfield Place, see a canopy of colorful lights hung from 640 lanterns on top of the palm trees at the Winter Garden. 230 Vesey Street, New York City.

Macy's Holiday Window Displays

Through Jan 1, 2023. Macy's Herald Square holiday windows 2022 will feature animated scenes of how we celebrate the holidays together with loved ones. 34th Street and Broadway, New York City.

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lights

Daily 6AM-Midnight, On Christmas Day, the Tree is lit for 24 hours.FREE. The tree lighting ceremony held on Nov 30, 2022. See the beautiful Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lit up with lights and a Swarovski star adorning the top. The tree is on display on the plaza between West 48th and 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues in NYC, rockefellercenter.com

THE Rink at Rockefeller Center

Opening Nov 5, 2022. Take the kids ice skating under the Tree at The Rink at Rockefeller Center. It’s truly a unique New York experience for all ages! Located at 45 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY.

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Displays 

Through Dec 2022, the Saks Fifth Avenue holiday window displays and light show will be based on a partnership with The Elton John AIDS Foundation. 611 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY.

Winter Wonder Weekend at Queens Botanical Garden 

Sat & Sun, Dec 3 & 4, 2022. Winter festivities return to the Queens Botanical Garden - free live musical performances, a tree lighting, menorah display, selfies with Santa (donations welcome), holiday crafts, a tree tour, and storytime. 43-50 Main Street, Flushing NY.

LuminoCity at Eisenhower Park

Now - Jan 8, 2023. An outdoors experience where you become immersed in a wonderland of lights. Get ready to Light the Night at Eisenhower Park. This year’s theme at LuminoCity is “Pure Magic” and it will bring art, light, and color to life through remarkable displays. Buy tickets in advance. Free parking. Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, NY.

Magic of Lights Jones Beach State Park

Now - Dec 30, 2022. Family friendly drive-thru Holiday Light experience at Jones Beach. Start off on a 2 mile course and see over 40 holiday scenes of LED light displays. Don’t miss The North Pole, candy canes, a Victorian Village, elves, Santa, toy land, and more! Buy tickets in advance. 895 Bay Parkway Jones Beach, NY.

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