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Friday, November 22
Seven acres of Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden are lit up by 40 LED installations that stretch up to 30 feet tall accompanied by live performances of traditional Chinese dances and art, and a variety of holiday vendors.
Saturday, November 23
Embark on an illuminated safari with animal lanterns, animated sculptures, and colorful designs throughout the spacious Bronx Zoo and take in the musical light show. Also enjoy costumed carolers, ice sculpting demonstrations , train rides ($3), hot cocoa, roasted marshmallows and photo ops with favorite characters.
Tuesday, November 26
Marvel at the largest gingerbread village in the world. Lots of fun details to discover including cable cars and subway stations, all made from only edible ingredients: gingerbread, royal icing and candy. Make your own gingerbread houses or trains during weekend GingerBread Lane Workshops ($15, reserve in advance). A great excuse to visit the entertaining, interactive science exhibits at the museum.
Sunday, December 1
Lounge on rainbow colored inventive seating options on vibrantly colored painted rebar and 27,000 feet of iridescent cord in Flatiron's annual holiday installation.
Six enchanted windows take spectators through a journey with Santa Girl and her adventure on the spirit of the holidays. High-tech interactive elements include an interactive Santa-themed kaleidoscope window and a giant puppy with a nose you can scratch. Also look for Holiday Barbie in a red and white gown with silvery sparkle and visit the Barbie Beauty Pop-Up inside (plus the iconic Macy’s Santaland iIf you've got time to wait in line).
Tuesday, December 3
The always-fun design and art throughout Industry City's indoor-outdoor complex goes holiday with strings of pretty white lights, a giant illuminated snowflake, a geometric Xmas tree, a Moroccan holiday yurt, a fire pit with a log cabin meets ski lodge feel, festive elevators and more. Photo by @riverside_bunnies.
Wednesday, December 4
Dance on giant stairs underneath a canopy of 650 ever changing rainbow hanging lantern in the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place. Cool choreographed light shows occur every two hours. Also skate on a small ice skating rink featuring pushable sit-down sleighs for small pre-skaters, take a photo with Santa in his sleigh, look for disco ball adorned trees and feast on lots of food options including French market Le District.
Thursday, December 5
Bloomingdale's goes intergalactic for the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, with stunning outer-space themed windows featuring astronauts and space ships. The theme continues throughout the store - go inside a giant intergalactic snow globe, enter a rainbow smart light installation, race against the clock to collect gifts, in 3, 2, 1 Gift Off, an immersive VR experience and get grown-up drink at Bailey’s Treat Shop for mom and dad. Plus visit Santa without the crowds of other department stores.
Saks’s center six windows feature action packed scenes from Frozen 2 with Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and the cool ice horse. On the ninth floor, enter a Frozen 2 Enchanted Forest Experience at Saks for magic snowflakes and princess photo-ops. $5 timed tickets are sold out but went we went by last weekend they were taking walk-ins. An extravagant light show on the facade repeats every ten minutes from 5 to 11 pm daily.
Friday, December 6
Employing an array of unconventional materials like Jordan almonds, piano keys, foam ears, and plastic bottles, nearly 40 participating fine artists, designers, and creative individuals of all ages celebrate and reinvent a familiar holiday symbol.
Explore 5,000 square feet of shopping, services, and fun for children, parents, and caregivers at a pop-up overlooking Union Square. Book special events with New York’s kids activity providers and favorite brands plus visit Santa. Donut's and coffee avaialble from Du's Donuts. Stroller and ADA entrance on West 18th Street.
Walk through 12 acres of spectacular light art displays based on the tradition of Chinese Lanterns. Three theme parks include an ice Winter Fantasy, a globe-spanning, time-traveling Wild Adventure and candy wonderland Sweet Dream. * Everyone, even tickets holders, has to wait in a slow, outdoor security line before entering the attraction. Bundle up and bring snacks for a wait that can he over an hour. Go right at opening if you can. * Wear comfortable shoes that work in…
Go under five suspended large-scale stars comprised of 12,000 individually controllable LED lights, creating a visual spectacle synchronized to a classical soundtrack evoking the holiday season. Artist Christopher Schardt was inspired by the similarly named constellation, itself representative of the enchanting stringed instrument of Greek mythology Warm up in the Wells Fargo’s Lodge with a 360-degree photo booth, hot chocolate sampling, holiday selfie cookies, charging stations, and more.
This worldwide winter festival celebrates the holiday season with giant lantern displays, cultural arts and handicrafts, entertainment, food, modern art exhibits, interactive games, a holiday market, and live stage performances. Displays of light and color, handcrafted by world-class artisans. honor the traditional Chinese art of lantern-making. Over 120 lantern sets under 6 giant tents\s. Take the 7 train to Mets-Willets Point Station. Paid parking lots.
Saturday, December 7
Enjoy continuous screenings of beloved classic holiday TV programs including Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Friends: “The One With the Holiday Armadillo.” Also special family activities like arts and crafts, dreidel games, and free hot cocoa. Play holiday-themed video games and VR and pose in a whimsical Candy Cane Forest. Take a photo with Santa ($10) on weekends and Dec 18-22.
Tuesday, December 10
Enjoy seasonal build activities and holiday theming throughout the LEGOLAND Discovery Center. Take a MINILAND scavenger hunt featuring New York as a Winter Wonderland, meet Master Model Builder Willis & help him create snowmen, snowflakes, & other holiday themed builds, stop by the the Creative Workshop for holiday mosaic builds and more. Buy tickets online to save $8.
Hunker down in heated alpine yurts with spiked hot chocolate, gooey fondue and freshly baked cookies -- all made for sharing, plus plushy faux fur coat to wrap up in while you indulge. Also shop for wreaths and trimmings from The Manscapers and add sparkle to gifts in Yoseka Stationary's wrapping room
Wednesday, December 11
Each of Bergdorf's colorful windows capture a different and unexpected scene of revelry from a holiday fête, created with a range of mediums including neon, Italian mosaic tile, needlecraft, soft sculpture, custom painted finishes, and embellished surfaces. Look for a psychedelic pinball machine, a magical menagerie of animals playing cards, a retro sleep over, a glittering game of chess and more, all with fabulous fashion.
Thursday, December 12
Cozy up at magical winter dreamscape filled with twinkling lights, holiday greenery, and a street-side ice rink (free) - emblazoned with a whimsical snowflake. An enchanting setting inspired by the CHANEL seasonal 2019 campaign for N°5 L'EAU. Mail notes to Santa or take a photo with his sleigh while enjoying hot cocoa and seasonal treats.
14-foot stars hanging from the 150-foot tall ceiling light up in an array of colors in time to holiday tunes by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Peek into the festively decorated Williams-Sonoma for free samples of holiday candy and hot apple cider. See cast members of Broadway shows perform on Mondays 5-6 pm.
Sunday, December 15
Enter an enchanting seasonal landscape by world-renowned floral artist Jeff Leatham. The immersive installation combines the calm of freshly fallen snow and dream like forest creatures with bold, architectural sculptures.
Sunday, December 22
Enjoy a live concert, starting at 4:00 pm, before the 6:30 pm Menorah lighting. The lightings continue every night of Chanukah with live music and hot latkes for all. Special gifts are distributed to every child. Lifted 35 feet in the air using a special boom lift, Rabbi Shimon Hecht accompanies community leaders, philanthropists and special guests in lighting this humongous Menorah.
The festival of lights goes large with the nightly lighting of an electronic candle on this 32-foot tall, 4,000-pound gilded steel Menorah. The first night party usually includes music, chocolate for the kids, and menorahs to take home and light yourself.