Staying in the City? Here are some great things to enjoy this weekend and the next.
Aside from the usual Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park, and the Seaport.
Here are some other unusual places that you can go to and enjoy more of the Holiday Spirit.
New York Botanical Garden
Bronx River Pkwy. at Fordham Rd., the Bronx; 718-817-8700
Though the train show and the gingerbread-house display are the main attractions, the 26-foot-tall Fraser fir a must see.
• On display: Nov. 21–Jan. 10; Tues.–Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Grand Central Kaleidoscope Light Show
Lexington Ave. at 42nd St.; 212-340-2583.
High-tech meets mass transit: The storied terminal takes its seasonal light show to a new level with choreographed audiovisuals all over the main concourse.
• On display: Nov. 30–Jan. 10, 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; show takes place every half-hour
Winter Garden Holiday Lights
West St. nr. Vesey St.; 212-417-7000.
Forty-five-foot-tall palm trees might sound more like spring break than holiday season, but the Winter Garden still gets in the spirit by hanging a whopping 100,000 twinkling lights overhead.
• On display: Dec. 1–Dec. 28, 7 a.m.–11 p.m.
For more info: http://nymag.com/guides/holidays/lights/
However, if this does not fancy you and you are looking for more of an over the top, neighborhood competing light show then you must head down to Dyker Heights in Brooklyn. It is one of the most famous communities for Christmas and holiday lighting displays and has an unbelievable display each year.
84th Street between 11th and 12th Avenue, is the epicenter of the displays, with the homes of the Polizzottos (Toyland) (1145 84th St.), The Rizzutos (1062 84th St.), the Lambrones (8304 12th Ave.) and Jerry Bonanno. Donations are collected for various charities such as St. Anthony's and the American Cancer Society."
Don't have a car? Don't want to take the train?
Here's a thought - it may be a little pricey for some, but it sure sounds like fun!!
Brooklyn's own Tony Muia will once again be operating a weekend tour bus from Union Square to Dyker Heights, culminating with cannoli and cappuccino at Mona Lisa Bakery before heading back to Manhattan.
Whatever you decide to, enjoy the season with friends, family and loved ones.
If you have any ideas of other places to enjoy Christmas lights this year, please do not hesitate to share them.