Photo courtesy NYC Winter Lantern Festival

The twinkle and glow of holiday lights in New York City create a magical feeling that is hard to replicate in any other place at any other time of year. In addition to iconic holiday destinations like the flashy light show at Saks Fifth Avenue, the nearby department store windows, and the giant Rockefeller Center Tree, there are spots all over the city where you can find quirky and creative expressions of holiday cheer. Here are 10 places in New York City where you can find holiday decor to get you in the spirit:

1.  Rolf’s German Restaurant

If there is one place in New York City that goes all out with Christmas decorations, it’s Rolf’s German Restaurant in Gramercy Park at 22nd Street and 3rd Avenue. Every inch of Rolf’s ceiling is covered with decorations like giant metallic ornaments in varying shapes from balls to icicles, yards of garland, strings of Christmas lights, and miniature figurines of reindeer and angels. During the holiday season Rolf’s gets packed pretty quickly, but if you can’t get a reservation or never make it to the front of the line to eat your schnitzel under the festive decor, don’t worry, the holiday decorations are kept up until the end of May!

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