Best Holiday Light Shows


Earlier in the week we wrote about some of the outrageous Christmas light displays on houses around NYC. But, here are some places to see more traditional Holiday Light Shows:



Time Warner Center's Holiday Under the Stars
Through December 21st, 5pm to close
Time Warner Center, Columbus Circle

In the main lobby of the Time Warner center hang twelve 14 ft stars, but every evening they come alive as part of a festive holiday light show with music, brilliant colors and, new this year, simulated snowfall. The show takes place every half hour from 5pm and lasts for 15 minutes. The magical "snowfall" is only on Fridays through Sundays. Turn this into a nice little family evening with a stroll through the mall and maybe a hot chocolate stop.


Grand Central Kaleidoscope Light Show
December 1-January 1, 11am-9pm
Main Concourse, Grand Central Station

Every half hour in the main concourse of Grand Central a spectacular light show takes over the walls, displaying fantastic winter scenes and colors. It's a perfect activity to do between ice skating at Bryant Park and seeing the Holiday Train Show in Grand Central.

Turtle Back Zoo (pictured above)
Through January 4th, 5-9pm
560 Northfield Avenue, West Orange, NJ, 07052
Admission: $6 Adults $3 Children

If you're missing the Bronx Zoo's Holiday Light Show this year, head to Turtleback Zoo in New Jersey where 100,000 bulbs and 50 lit displays light up the zoo at night.

For more great Holiday Activities check our Holiday Guide.

Turtle Back Zoo
560 Northfield Ave
07052 West Orange , NJ 40° 46' 11.478" N, 74° 16' 49.4508" W
New Jersey
Time Warner Center
10 Columbus Cir
10019 New York , NY 40° 46' 4.152" N, 73° 58' 56.2836" W
New York
Grand Central Station
1 42nd Street 109 East
10017 New York , NY 40° 45' 12.4452" N, 73° 58' 48.2232" W
New York