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Light 'Em Up!

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Things are looking merry and bright. From Christmas trees to the world’s largest Menorah to Miracle Mile, see the lights.

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
through January 7
More than half a million people pass by it every day. The 85-foot Norway spruce, covered in more than 45,000 LED lights and a 9 1/2 foot-side Swarovski star, is a sight to be seen every year. So go see it. And fun fact, after the tree comes down on January 7, it will return to its home in PA, where it will be used to build homes for Habitat for Humanity.

Lighting of the World’s Largest Hanukkah Menorah at Grand Army Plaza
December 16–23
You may be used to seeing it sitting in or near a window or in the dining room, but at 32-feet-high and 4,000 pounds, this Menorah needs more room. Check out the lighting of the world’s largest Hanukkah Menorah at Grand Army Plaza.

KWANZAA 2014: Our Brightest Lights at the American Museum of Natural History
December 27
The museum’s 36th annual Kwanzaa celebration will feature Tony Award winner Savion Glover (the Tap Dance Kid), spoken word, a film screening, marketplace with vendors, and much more.

A Frosty Fest at the Headless Horseman Hayrides
through December 28
The folks behind the Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Hause have teamed up to bring you a holiday light spectacular. Stroll through Candy Cane Lane, take a drive through or hayride through Frosty’s enchanted forest, walk through the Magical Mansion, celebrate the Dancing Trees of Nature, explore Frosty’s 3D world, and much more.

Dyker Heights’ Miracle Mile
You thought the huge Swarovski star was extravagant? You probably haven’t been out to Dyker Lights, where neighborhood residents take part in over-the-top light displays, inflatable decorations, and much more to outdo each other get in the Christmas spirit! Want a tour of them? A Slice of Brooklyn hosts evening tours through December 31. Or you can join Time’s Up on December 21 for a Lights in the Heights Ride and prepare to ring your bicycle bells to the tune of Jingle Bells.

North Kensico Christmas Light Show
through January 2
10,000+ lights on 144 channels synchronized to music seven days a week is Christmas magic. Christmas lights enthusiasts in Westchester: this neighborhood-created, computer-controlled light display is for you. Tune your radio to 107.7 and hear the music from the comfort of your car. Read more about this neighborhood tradition in Westchester Magazine.

Westchester’s Winter Wonderland at Kensico Dam
through January 4
Kensico Dam is transformed into a spectacular choreographed light show with 2.5 million dancing lights, the sounds of holiday music, Santa, treats, drinks, an artisan craft fair, ice sculpting demos, and some outdoor ice skating.

Holidays on the Hill
through December 30
Lasdon Park and Arboretum’s Holiday on the Hill features a seven-foot live poinsettia decked with garland, lights, and flowers, the garden completely decorated in lights, trees, and greens, hot cocoa and holiday music, a gingerbread house competition, and last but not least, the Elf Adventure Tractor Ride that takes you on a magical journey through the park scanning the woods for Santa’s elves. Plus, you can pick up your own tree or wreath and proceeds will support local homeless veterans.

Times Square Ball Drop
December 31
Taylor Swift is doing it, so what’s stopping you. Join the million-plus revelers who brave the cold to watch the ball drop and celebrate the new year and shake, shake, shake off the old one. Or just watch it from home like the other billion-plus people do.