2023 NYC Holiday Lights and Christmas Activities

The holidays and Christmas 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, Central Park, Times Square and downtown shine bright 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

Now through Jan 7, 2024. Discover holiday lights at the Bronx Zoo. Animal themed lantern displays, animated lights shows, holiday treats, costumed characters, Holiday Tree Show, and more!  Enjoy a magical night with the wonder of LED technology. Join in a new interactive experience celebrating bioluminescent creatures.Hundreds of colorful designs and displays will light your way throughout the park. Must reserve tickets in advance. Note: Sensory Friendly Nights Dec 7th & Jan 5th. 2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, New York, 718.220.5100

NYBG Glow (New York Botanical Gardens)

Select dates Nov 2023 - Jan 2024. Enjoy an all NEW outdoor light experience at NYBG Glow. The outdoor gardens are filled with color and illuminating lights. Not to be missed! Buy tickets online. 2900 Southern Blvd Bronx, NY

Astra Lumina at Queens Botanical Garden 

Through Dec 31, 2023. Astra Lumina is a one mile night walk through the garden for visitors at the Queens Botanical Garden. The garden turns into a celestial pathway and lights illuminating the night. 42-80 Crommelin Street, Flushing NY.

Macy's Holiday Window Displays

Through Jan 1, 2024. Macy's Herald Square holiday windows 2023 will feature holiday activities and the magic of friendship. 34th Street and Broadway, New York City.

Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Displays 

Through Jan 4, 2024, the Saks Fifth Avenue holiday window displays and light show will showcase “Dior’s Carousel Of Dreams”. FREE light show running every 10 minutes, 5pm-10pm. 611 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY.

Bryant Park Winter Village

Bryant Park is transformed into a Winter Village with outdoor ice-skating. Explore holiday shops and eateries. View the Christmas Tree decorated with over 12,000 lights. 40th @Fifth Ave, NYC.

Largest Menorah Lighting in Central Park

Dec 7–14, 2023. Celebrate the lighting of each day of Chanukah at the largest menorah in Central Park, located at the Pulitzer Fountain across from the Plaza Hotel. 764 Central Park South, Grand Army Plaza in NYC.

Luminaries at the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place

Nov 24, 2023 - Jan 6, 2024. 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.

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lights

Daily 5AM-Midnight until Jan 13, 2024. On Christmas Day, the Tree is lit for 24 hours. The tree lighting ceremony held on Nov 29, 2023. 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

Open now. 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.

LuminoCity at Eisenhower Park

Now - Jan 7, 2024. 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 “Wonder Journey” brings art and color to life through remarkable light displays. Buy tickets in advance. Free parking. Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, NY.

Magic of Lights at Jones Beach State Park

Now through Dec 30, 2023. 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 Snow Dogs, The North Pole, candy canes, Santa, the Grinch, and more! Buy tickets in advance. 895 Bay Parkway Jones Beach, NY.

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