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Dazzling New York: the most vibrant streets with Christmas decorations


Vita Popova

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On the eve of the New Year and Christmas, many are wondering where to go to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of the holiday. There are many such places in New York. We will talk about 10 of them. The publication shared a selection Time-out.

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  1. Dyker Heights

Perhaps this is the most festively decorated area of ​​\uXNUMXb\uXNUMXbNew York on the eve of the New Year. Its residents start decorating their luxury homes and outdoor areas right after they finish their Thanksgiving turkey. And it's not just about the Christmas tree or the garlands on the windows. The fact is that mostly Italians live here. It is their love for Catholic Christmas and their desire to decorate their home as brightly as possible for this holiday that makes the Dyker Heights area so popular among New Yorkers and tourists. Here you can see life-size deer, huge inflatable Santas, snowmen and many other amazing characters.

  1. Rockefeller Center

Yes, Rockefeller Center is a popular tourist destination during the holidays, but there's no denying its beauty. One of the favorite places for winter recreation among city residents is the winter skating rink near Rockefeller Center, and, of course, the main Christmas tree in New York!

By the way, this year precautionary measures were introduced for everyone who wants to see the famous location, you can read about them in this publication.

  1. Central Park in winter

The Charles A. Dun Research Center is Central Park's northernmost attraction and is located next to the park's largest body of water, the Harlem Meer.

For more than 20 years, the Central Park Conservancy, a private non-profit organization that manages Central Park, organizes folk festivals here. True, this year, due to the pandemic, they will be virtual. The event is scheduled for 17:15 pm on December 3, but you can admire the festive lights throughout the festive season.

  1. Shops and restaurants at Hudson Yards

Hudson Yards is the newest neighborhood in Manhattan. Visit during the winter during the Shine Bright at Hudson Yards event. Dazzling scenery and over a million lights are what awaits you at Hudson Yards.

By the way, the famous Vessel building is also located here, consisting of 15 floors, entwined with an unusually shaped staircase. Just imagine what it looks like when each tier is illuminated with festive lights!

  1. Saks Fifth Avenue

Saks Fifth Avenue is a flagship store located on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. It is renowned for its fantastic Christmas light show, which runs from late November to early January. During this period, in the evenings, pictures of fantastic beauty are projected onto the facade of the building: swirling snowflakes, colorful toys and garlands.

Usually the two-minute show repeats every seven to eight minutes so that as many people as possible can see it.

  1. Brookfield Place Winter Garden

Brookfield Place (formerly Winter Garden) is a shopping center and office building complex located across the Ground Zero memorial. In the main hall on the ground floor, beautiful palm trees grow, lit up at night with colorful lights. The hall also has a stage where various performances are held in the evenings.

One of the main events here is the installation of Luminaries. A canopy of hundreds of LED lights creates a magical glow that makes visitors feel like they are part of a fairy tale.

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If you decide to visit this place, do not forget to bring your skates with you to enjoy skating along the promenade.

  1. Washington Square Park

The New Year's tree in Washington Square Park is an attraction worth seeing live. It also organizes festive hymns on the eve of Catholic Christmas. At this time, locals and The Rob Susman Brass quartet perform traditional songs, so there is a wonderful festive atmosphere here.

  1. Starfall and classical music

Time Warner Center is a two-tower mixed-use complex in Midtown Manhattan. If you go shopping here, be sure to relax and enjoy the wonderful light show. During the winter holidays, the facade of the building is decorated with stars shimmering in different colors accompanied by musical accompaniment. Here you can admire a beautiful show and enjoy classical music.

Here's what last year's show looked like.

  1. Rolf's Restaurant

In New York, many establishments decorate their premises on the eve of the New Year holidays. But Rolf's is a special place, as in winter it turns into a cross between a souvenir shop and a location for a photo shoot. Many people come here not only because the place is famous for its wide selection of German dishes, but also to really immerse themselves in the atmosphere of the winter holidays.

  1. Lincoln Center, Josie Robertson Square

There are many stunning Christmas trees in New York, but the one that adorns Lincoln Center's main square is one of the most beautiful. The tree, adorned with glowing white and blue snowflakes, is another sign that Santa Claus is on his way to town!

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