Get in the Holiday Spirit With These Amazing Big Apple Holiday Lights
The holiday season is right around the corner, and for many of you, it’s the most exciting time of year. From the chilly weather to the spirit of gift-giving and generosity, the holidays are a magical time of year, especially if you can find opportunities to spend quality time with your family and friends.
For many, New York City is a place synonymous with holiday time, with the towering Rockefeller Center tree, window displays and lights shows that sprinkle the city.
A lights display is a great way to gather everyone in your family together and enjoy a true holiday experience with one another.
Here are four of the best holiday lights displays in the city that are sure to put you and your family in the holiday spirit and expose you to some of the quintessential holiday spots in the beautiful Big Apple.
Bryant Park Winter Village
Bryant Park, New York
During the holidays, Bryant Park is less of a show and more of an experience, as it offers a slew of options for holiday shopping, with more than 125 boutique shops, plus holiday dining at Danny Meyer's Public Fare. The centerpiece of the Winter Village is the gorgeous skating rink, which is lit and illuminated with thousands of lights and features a breathtaking, meticulously decorated evergreen. It’s the perfect way to enjoy time with family during the holidays.
Brooklyn, New York
We’ve written about the breathtaking lights displays in Dyker Heights before, but it bears repeating here: with approximately 6 to 7 blocks of the neighborhood absolutely dripping in holiday lights, it’s a can’t-miss opportunity for holiday enthusiasts in New York.
Many families in this Brooklyn neighborhood bring in professionals to decorate their homes and spend thousands on lights and innovative fixtures to make each subsequent year even more impressive than the last.
The 2016-2017 holiday season should be another breathtaking display of the Dyker Heights homes and an attraction that’s sure to put those who visit in the holiday spirit.
Jones Beach Holiday Lights
Long Island, New York
Jones Beach is beloved by New Yorkers in the summertime, and in winter it becomes a favorite destination for holiday lights lovers from all over the state. The Jones Beach experience is more than just holiday lights: it’s a 2.5 mile long spectacular, with more than 150 different lights displays and holiday decorations. The adjoining park features an ice skating rink, shops, an area for pictures with Santa, a holiday maze, refreshments, a s’mores station, warm beverages, holiday movies and carolers.
The New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show
Bronx, New York
Perfect for those with kids in tow, the New York Botanical Garden is the ideal holiday entertainment locale, as it offers a world-class holiday train display with handmade model trains zipping through an elaborate 150-scene display.
2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the Holiday Train Show, and you can bet they’re pulling out all the stops. Last season’s 3,000 square foot expansion has made room for even more train displays that feature New York’s most iconic landmarks, including the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center and Coney Island. You can also shop in the NYBG gift shop, enjoy musical performances and grab a bite to eat at the Gingerbread Café.
Getting to Your Destination
Winter in NYC can be brutal, and for families wanting to get out and enjoy the holiday lights, securing reliable transportation to their destinations is a must.
Executive Ground Transportation on Long Island has been providing holiday lovers with transportation to their favorite lights displays for years.
We offer an extensive fleet of luxury vehicles and professional, experienced chauffeurs to ensure that you have everything you need to get to your destination and home again, quickly and easily. With chauffeured transportation on hand, you won’t have to worry about braving the cold. Our chauffeurs will take you right where you need to go with minimal frustration and confusion.
Contact Executive today to begin planning your holiday lights trip this holiday season.
*Editor's note: This post was originally published on November 5, 2015, but has since been updated to reflect the most recent information.
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