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 decorations to get you in the spirit:
1. Shine On Light Show at Hudson Yards
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New this holiday season is a mesmerizing lighthosw at Hudson Yards. Shine On is a dramatic indoor-outdoor artistic light and music installation coupled with seasonal events and experiences for the whole family. The centerpiece of the activities is an installation by artist Christopher Schardt called Lyra. This New York City debut for Schardt was inspired by the constellation Lyra, which represents an enchanting stringed instrument of Greek mythology. Images programmed by the artist undulate across five star-shaped sculptures (representing the main stars of Lyra) set up throughout Hudson Yards.
Every day at 5:00PM, the 12,000 LED lights on the stars light up and create a visual spectacle synchronized to a classical soundtrack. The sculptures can be viewed from below. The show will be accompanied by other Shine On activities and installations including a 360-degree photo booth, hot chocolate sampling, holiday selfie cookies, and more. You can see the entire schedule of events here.