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Holiday Fun in the Tri-State: Where to Go and What to See


Alina Prikhodko

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As the air gets colder and snowflakes begin to fall, the magic of the winter season takes over. From extravagant light displays to mystical villages, this Christmas season is filled with magical events you won't want to miss. ABC7 has compiled tri-state themed events that will help you get into the holiday spirit.

New York

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

When: from November 29, 2023 to January 13, 2024

The start of the holiday season will be marked by the annual lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. The height of the forest beauty, decorated with more than 50 lights, this year is almost 000 meters, and its age is about 24 years.

Rockefeller Center ice rink

When: from October 21, 2023 to March 2024

Take a spin on the world's most famous skating rink, now open for the 87th time at Rockefeller Center. It offers a beautiful view of the main Christmas tree. In addition, you can enjoy excellent food and drinks here.

Christmas performance with Rockettes

When: from November 17, 2023 to January 1, 2024

The New York all-female Rockettes have been a New York City holiday tradition for over 75 years. The dancers perform annually and put on a fabulous show during the festive season.

Grand Central's dazzling holiday fair

When: from November 13, 2023 to December 24, 2023

This year's Grand Central Holliday Fair is the perfect place to find unique holiday gifts. While you wait for the gifts you purchased to be wrapped in one-of-a-kind wrapping paper, you can check out the photo booth or grab a drink.

Winter Village in Bryant Park

When: from October 27, 2023 to January 2, 2024

The Bank of America Winter Village in Bryant Park is a fabulous holiday market with over 90 different shops and delicious food options. The fair is inspired by the aesthetics of European Christmas markets.

Winter Lantern Festival

When: from November 17, 2023 to January 7, 2024

The Winter Lantern Festival will dress four different locations in New York City in beautiful, colorful lights.

Some of the craftsmen who created these lanterns have more than 20 years of experience in this business. They bring magical folklore creatures to life. Each unique work has its own story, which will be told to visitors.

Brooklyn Botanical Garden

When: from November 17, 2023 to January 1, 2024

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden hosts an extravagant light show called Lightscape every year. It is a specially illuminated pedestrian path 1,5 km long, which flickers with multi-colored lights throughout the garden after dark.

Holiday Train Show

When: from November 17, 2023 to January 15, 2024

For more than 30 years, the New York Botanical Garden has hosted the Holiday Train show. The show creates a miniature replica of New York with its trains and famous landmarks.

SantaCon NYC

When: 9th of December 2023

During this daylong holiday bar crawl, you'll see thousands of people observing the so-called Santa Code. This means everyone will be dressed in their best Santa suit and will follow a pre-planned route through the bars of New York City.

Lighting of the Hanukkah menorah

When: from December 7, 2023 to December 14, 2023

The annual Hanukkah menorah lighting will take place at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn. This is the world's largest celebration with live music, hot latkes for adults and gifts for children.

Coney Island Polar Bear Plunge

When: January 1, 2024

At the beginning of the new year, everyone is invited to plunge into the cool Atlantic Ocean. By jumping into the cold water, you'll be supporting a variety of local charities.

New Jersey

Let It Glow: Holiday Lantern Show

When: from November 9, 2023 to January 14, 2024

The Bergen County Zoo is filled with fun during the holidays. Large luminous lanterns are presented here, recreating more than 30 different scenes.

PNC Bank Arts Center Magic of Lights

When: from November 17, 2023 to December 30, 2023

You must take part in this light show by car. LED lights, animation and festive soundtracks are used to create a vibrant experience.

Santa Express

When: from November 19, 2023 to December 30, 2023

The Santa Express is a great way to bring the whole family together for a fun and festive train ride. Its passengers will be able to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus for a photo op and receive gifts for the children.

Orchard of Lights

When: from November 22, 2023 to December 29, 2023

Demarest Farms offers 13 hectares of land and offers guided tours of incredible light shows. Once the tour is complete, families can meet Santa and sit around the fire pit with hot cocoa and holiday treats.

Light show and Christmas village at Skylands Stadium

When: from November 22, 2023 to December 30, 2023

Sussex County Stadium is a winter wonderland with colorful shows and a Christmas village filled with entertainment, food and more.

Holiday Light Show in Smithville

When: from November 23, 2023 to January 6, 2024

Smithville hosts a musical light show featuring over 100 Christmas trees floating on Lake Meone. In the village, among other things, there is a “Magic Talking Tree” and a “Christmas Train”.


Snow Clipper

When: from December 2 to December 23, 2023

Travel on a restored 1950s diesel railroad car through the historic Danbury Railyard to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will present each child with a personalized gift. This is the first gift-giving holiday for children of the season. After the fun ride and gift exchange, families can stroll through the Railyard with a cup of hot cocoa and freshly baked cookies.

Magic of Lights

When: from November 23, 2023 to December 31, 2023

Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of a magical light show from the comfort of your own car. You will drive through this stadium while its lights are dazzlingly shining.

Glow Hartford

When: from November 18, 2023 to December 23, 2023

Glow Hartford returns to the Connecticut Convention Center this holiday season. The Festival of Lights offers all kinds of interactive glowing gardens, entertainment and seasonal treats. Glow Hartford features a holiday market, daily entertainment and photo ops with Santa.

Holiday Lights Spectacular

When: from November 18, 2023 to January 31, 2024

Mystic is home to the beautiful village of Olde Mistick, which is lit up with dazzling holiday lights. The village has 40 shops and restaurants. More than half a million lights decorate the arches and trees, as well as deer and elves. Olde Mistick is a festive outdoor dog-friendly country.

Lantern Light Village

When: from December 8, 2023 to December 23, 2023

You can walk through light displays representing modern holidays and holidays from the XNUMXth century. The event includes live music, horse and carriage rides, bonfires, an encounter with St. Nicholas, arts and crafts and much more.

Santa's Walking Wonderland

When: from December 1, 2023 to December 14, 2023

Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with their elves, will be visiting Indian Rock Nature Preserve. The celebration will include carols, cookies, hot cocoa, sausages, crafts and even a farm animal meet-and-greet. Families will have a chance to win a personalized home visit from Santa and Kevin the Elf.

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