This blog was updated Nevember 10, 2022.
Whether you live on Long Island, or call North Jersey or Westchester County home – there is plenty to see and do in the tri-state area during the holiday season. From drive-through light shows and festivals to themed house tours and holiday markets, there is something for everyone in this family fun guide. We are sharing some unique ways of celebrating the holidays this year – grouped by geographic location.
New York Holiday Events
Bayville Winter Wonderland
Magic of Lights at Jones Beach
Riverhead Holiday Light Show
Smith Point Light Show
In a new location in Manhasset this year, LuminoCity is a stunning, interactive light and art show. Drawing its inspiration from the lantern festivals the show’s co-founder attended as a child in China, LuminoCity relies on a team of artisans and more than 10,000 LED light bulbs to bring their sculptures to life. Attendees will travel through five separate parks, following the adventures of Lumi, the festival’s mascot.
The LuminoCity Festival is open Wednesday through Sunday, November 9, 2022 to January 8, 2023, except holidays.
New York City
Winter Village at Bryant Park
The Winter Village at Bryant Park has been a New York City holiday tradition for almost two decades. Featuring a European-style holiday market, the Winter Village is also home to the city’s only free ice-skating rink. Also on-site, The Lodge Deck offers hungry shoppers (and skaters), a place to relax and enjoy a casual meal or hot drink.
The Winter Village is open daily from October 28, 2022 through the beginning of 2023.
Keeler Christmas Light Display
Located in Putnam Valley, the Keeler Christmas Light Display uses one million lights for its incredible show. Hosted by the Keeler family, it takes three months – and a lot of elves – to set up the display. Visitors will spy Santa on the roof, a holiday train, and lots of familiar holiday characters.
The light display is open daily from November 26, 2022.
Westchester’s Winter Wonderland
Northeast New Jersey
Christmas Light Show and Village
Located at Skylands Stadium in Sussex County, New Jersey, the Christmas Light Show and Village offers a variety of holiday-themed activities. Starting with a scenic drive-thru light show, visitors enter the Outdoor Village and Winter Carnival. There, they can enjoy one of the carnival’s rides, pose for a photo with Santa, or take a spin around the skating rink. Refreshments are also available.
The Christmas Light Show and Village is open on selected dates beginning November 23 through December 30.
PNC Bank Arts Center Magic of Lights
The Winter Wonderlights Spectacular
The Winter Wonderlights Spectacular has been a favorite of East Brunswick locals for over 15 years. The show moved to the Middlesex County Fairgrounds last year – providing ample space for visitors to walk through the light displays. Due to social distancing guidelines, the organizers are planning on a drive-thru event this year.
The Winter Wonderlights Spectacular is open daily from November 25 to January 1.
Your Guide to Events in the NYC Tri-State Area
Looking for more family-friendly activities to enjoy in the area? We’ve created a variety of guides to help you enjoy every season.