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Are you Spending Christmas in New York?

Then you’re in or a special treat.  Christmas is a very special time in New York and there are lots to see and do.  Let’s explore:

Certainly one of the best known Christmas trees in the world is the Rockefeller tree in midtown Manhattan in New York City.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a huge spectacular Christmas tree that decorates the Rockefeller Center each year. The tree is erected at about mid-November and lit with a huge public tree-lighting ceremony in late November or early December.  You can catch up on the latest up-to-date information on the exact time and date of the ceremony from their website.  It is quite an exciting event.  Experience Christmas in New York and take in the magical atmosphere of Dyker Heights Christmas Lights.

rockefeller center Christmas tree

Things to do

  • Visit New York’s Christmas markets and enjoy the traditional food and drinks.
  • Stroll along the beautifully decorated Christmas window displays at the big department stores
  • Find unique gifts and handicrafts for all your friends and family
  • Enjoy the ice rink


If you’re scared to get lost or that it might not be safe to do this on your own, you can book with our trusted link and do a 4 hour New York Christmas Markets and Lights Walking Tour.

Get in the Christmas spirit and see the city’s winter lights. Experience the magic of New York during the holiday season and much more.  It is all included in one holiday activity package. 

Bryant Park Winter Village

Near the Rockefeller Center 

This European-inspired Winter Village with its holiday shops and igloos is a big attraction and also definitely worth a visit.  In my opinion, it does have a bit of European Christmas Market flair, but here you can book an igloo for your family.  A warm and cozy place for the family to sit and enjoy a warm winter drink and some delicious food.  To make your reservation visit their website.

Only 26 minutes from Manhattan

…is the most spectacular Christmas Light displays you have ever seen.  

If you’re looking for something to put you in the holiday mood, then a visit to Dyker Heights in Brooklyn, New York, is the best medicine I can think of right now.

This residential area is decorated with passion.  The homeowners take their holiday decorations seriously and people come from far and wide to experience this magical display.

  • Lucy Spata’s house on 84th street is epic; the place where it all started more than 40 years ago, is still as spectacular as ever.
  • Christmas Trees, Angels, gardens filled with thousands of lights in every little corner, Christmas displays, angels, toy soldiers, snowmen, Santa and his reindeer, nativity scenes and so much more, await you at Dyker Heights.

It is spectacular and it will leave you wanting to come back year after year.

Dyker Heights Christmas Lights


They switch on the lights on Thanksgiving evening and it stays on until the 04th or 05th of January each year.

You will find it stretching from 11th and 13th Avenue and from 83rd to 86th Street.

Don't miss anything

Each year is a little bit different and you might miss out on new light displays set up or a corner of the area you did not know of.  The easy way is to book a tour online.  This way you will also get all the juicy info and fun facts as you take in the fantastic displays everywhere.  The tours are multilingual and some of them even include the Christmas Markets, which are great fun and an awesome way to spend Christmas.


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