Photo by Sylvie Bonne, author of A NYC Guide for Instagrammers 

It’s December in New York City and despite the cold, there’s still a good number of new outdoor art installations to check out (as well as some indoor ones). Light is the theme of the month, and you can discover the first ever NYC Winter Lantern Festival, an interactive installation for wishes in Brookfield Place, a secret Christmas Tree in Central Park, the largest Menorah in Brooklyn, and more. See details for all below:

1. NYC Winter Lantern Festival

Photo courtesy NYC Winter Lantern Festival

The Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden on Staten Island is hosting the first ever NYC Winter Lantern Festival featuring seven acres of LED light installations. Some are up to thirty feet tall, and there is a dazzling and diverse display of various worlds: a light tunnel that’s inevitably going to be an Instagram favorite, a flower wonderland, an animal kingdom, a sea world, a Chinese section, and a holiday zone. The NYC Winter Lantern Festival is produced here thanks to the China National Tourist Office New York, produced by New York Events & Entertainment (NEWYORKEE) and Haitian Culture, and co-sponsored by Empire Outlets and Snug Harbor. Tickets are available here.