13. The Fifth Season along Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue

The Fifth Season art installation
A view of The Fifth Season: Annual Holiday Lighting on Fifth Avenue. Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Fifth Avenue Association.

Located along Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue is The Fifth Season, a series of 32 hand-crafted-in-Brooklyn animal sculptures across from the Plaza Hotel, 5,000 feet of lighting, a skating rink, and 24 handmade icebergs surrounding the Pulitzer Fountain. The installation is accompanied by music from composer Paul Brill, with all elements created by artisans of Harlequin Designs.

The Fifth Season builds on last year’s Make it Bright showcase, which featured oversized lit toys including a teddy bear, dreidel, and red truck displayed on Fifth Avenue from 47th to 60th Streets. With Fifth Avenue’s reputation as one of the most globally renowned spots for partaking in winter festivities, The Fifth Season serves as a celebration of the holiday decor, music, and traditions that make the holidays one of the most magical times of the year.