The Top 26 Places to See Dazzling Christmas Lights in NYC, Westchester, & Long Island
Whether it's Rockefeller Center or your next door neighbor's lawn, here's where you can see some of the best New York Christmas lights displays.
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The NYC Winter Lantern Festival comes to the Queens County Farm. Enjoy a dazzling display of festive holiday lights and handmade lanterns in the shape of flowers, tractors, your favorite farm animals and more. Through Jan. 9, 2022: Thursday-Sunday and daily Dec. 16-Jan.2, 4:30-9:30pm. Check the website for prices.
Set upon a world lit up with towering luminescent sculptures, The LuminoCity Festival, a holiday light show on Long Island, will take you to a dazzling new world with Lumi, the LuminoCity mascot, as your guide. The immersive outdoor event will be a festive, and timed entry experience for guests of all ages. Through Jan. 9, 2022. See the website for the schedule. Registration required. Tickets are $76 VIP; $38 general admission; $27 kids ages 3-12.
See amazing holiday lights put on by the Town of Oyster Bay at this drive-in experience featuring The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol. There’s a fun walk-thru holiday village, too. (Note: The event is for Town of Oyster Bay residents only. Free. Dec. 8-12. Reserve a time slot on the website.)
Bring the family to this Long Island walk-thru light display. See holiday lights set along Old Westbury Gardens’ paths that will lead you to the Walled Garden, Rose Garden, South Lawn, and Allee. After your adventure through the festive illuminated fun, enjoy seasonal food and drinks. Through Jan. 9, 2022: See the website for a schedule. $32.95; $17.95, ages 3-17. During off peak hours: $29.95; $16.95 ages 3-17.
The NYC Winter Lantern Festival comes to the Nassau County Museum of Art. The 20-acre drive through adventure will explore the world from a bug's point of view. It runs through Jan. 9, 2022, Wednesday-Sunday, 5-10pm. Tickets start at $34.99.
The Jones Beach Holiday Light Show returns through Jan. 2, 2022 and is open Sunday-Thursday, 5pm-10pm, Friday-Saturday, 5pm-11pm. You won’t even need to leave your car to see the amazing light displays lining the roads on the West End. Tickets start at $25.
The Riverhead Holiday Light Show runs on select dates through Dec. 30. It features dozens of dazzling displays that the whole family will love. Tickets start at $23.
Drive through a trail filled with dazzling lights at this Long Island holiday light display, running on select dates through Jan. 9. See the website for a full schedule. Tickets start at $22.
Experience the farm beautifully illuminated for the holidays. Say hello to farm animals, make your own lantern in the craft area, warm up with hot cocoa, and enjoy a tractor-drawn wagon ride through the farm. Saturdays, Dec. 11 and 18, 4-7pm. Tickets are $15 ages 3 and older. Children younger than 3 are free.
Visit this holiday light display in Westchester, which the Keeler family spends three months creating for the community to enjoy. Check the Facebook page for more information.
Westchester’s Winter Wonderland is a 1.2-mile drive-thru experience filled with thousands of lights. Festive holiday music gets pumped straight into your vehicle’s radio as you drive the trail enjoying attractions such as elves, glittering angels, dancing trees, and much more. Through Jan. 2, 2022: starting at 6pm Monday-Friday, 5pm Saturday-Sunday. Tickets start at $25.
Enjoy this sparkling holiday light show in Westchester while listening to holiday tunes on 90.5 FM on your car radio. Through Jan. 6, 2022: daily, 4:30-9pm.
Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard has partnered with LUMAGICA, known for making light installations throughout Europe. Visitors will experience a walking tour through a forest full of animal structures and festive decorations, all illuminated by hundreds of thousands of LED lights. Tickets available Friday-Sunday through Dec. 12; then daily Dec. 17-23 and Dec. 26-30. Check the website for prices.
American Christmas, creators of holiday light displays in New York City, brings you illuminations at its Mount Vernon showroom. Stay warm as you take selfies with 15-foot-tall reindeer and walk through a maze of beautiful lights and animatronics. A family-friendly indoor experience. Proceeds benefit the efforts of United Way of Westchester and Putnam. Through Dec. 23: See the website for a schedule. Tickets are $5.
Wander through the Walled Garden, which will be lit up by 100,000 lights. Enjoy multicultural seasonal music and warm up with free hot cocoa. Opening night is Friday, Dec. 10 at 5:30pm. Admission is free every night, Dec. 11-Jan. 2, 2022, 4:30-8pm.
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