The Top 25 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. Visitors will enjoy a luminescent display inspired by theme parks and Chinese myths and legends, along with illuminated tunnels, rideable swings and more. Through Jan. 8. Check the schedule online. $26.99 plus tax for adults and $17.99 plus tax for kids.
Christmas Lights in Long Island
This year’s theme for the event is Pure Magic. Art, light and color will come to life through eight glowing displays across 17 acres of land. Through Jan. 8. Check the schedule online. $32; $19 for children ages 3-12. Free for ages 2 and younger.
See festive holiday lights put on by the Town of Oyster Bay at this drive-in experience. There’s a fun walk-thru holiday village, too. (Note: The event is for Town of Oyster Bay residents only. Free. Dec. 9-12. Reserve a time slot on the website.)
Bring the family to this Long Island walk-thru light display. It features magical light displays and brings visitors through beautiful paths in Old Westbury Gardens' Walled Garden, Rose Garden, South Lawn and Allée. The festive event is designed for visitors to enjoy at their own pace. Through Jan. 1, 2023: See the website for a schedule. $34.95; $19.95, children ages 2-13. Seniors pay $26.95 on Sundays.
Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Drive in Roslyn
239 East Main St. in Smithtown
Each location will have its own colorful and brilliant theme and lanterns:
Nassau Drive-Thru Adventure: This drive-through adventure at the Nassau County Museum of Art located at 1 Museum Drive in Roslyn will feature illuminated tunnels and Chinese lanterns inspired by outer space. Visitors will move between planets, rockets, astronauts and more. From See hours online. $50 plus tax per vehicle.
Suffolk Winter Lantern Festival: Located at the Smithtown Historical Society, 239 East Main St. in Smithtown, this is the first show in the county by the NYC Winter Lantern Festival. It will transform Smithtown into a magical light display featuring flowers, animals and so much more. From Nov. 4 to Jan. 8, hours are Friday to Sunday, 5:30-9:30pm. $22 plus tax for adults and $12 plus tax for kids.
This drive-through holiday lights experience returns through Dec. 30. Check hours online. Tickets start at $25 per vehicle.
The Riverhead Holiday Light Show runs on select dates in December. It's a drive-through experience that features dozens of dazzling displays that the whole family will love. Tickets start at $25 per car.
Drive through a trail filled with dazzling lights at this Long Island holiday light display, running on select dates through Dec. 30. See the website for a full schedule. There's also an Enchanted Forest walk-through experience at Southaven County Park. Check ticket options online.
Westchester Christmas Lights
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. Select nights through Jan. 1. Check the schedule online. 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, 2023: daily, 4:30-9pm. Follow the Facebook page for updates and notices.
Visitors will experience a walking tour through filled with over 750,000 lights, whimsical creatures and lots of surprises. Through Dec. 30. Check the website for hours and prices.
Visitors of all ages will delight in seeing how so many popular decorations found throughout NYC are made. Walk through a winter wonderland of world-famous décor, thousands of twinkling lights and so much more. Through Dec. 23. Tickets are not needed to visit the pop-up outlet and Christmas in America Shop. Prices for Santa's Village are $10 per ticket for a 15-minute time slot during the week and $15 per ticket on weekends. Free parking is available in the front of the building.
Wander through the Walled Garden, which will be lit up by 100,000 lights and listen to holiday music from many traditions. Free 4:30-8pm every night, Dec. 10-Jan. 1.
Main image via Hudson Yards NYC Facebook