December 6, 2021

10 Best Places to Feel NYC Holiday Magic

Best Holiday Spots NYC- Seek App

Seek, a social app that lets users find unique and trusted recommendations from local, like-minded curators launched recently in the New York City Tri-state area. It’s in-the-know influencers are dishing on the top ten places to feel holiday magic in NYC!

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Rec #1 – 5th Ave

Recommended by: @thek.n.m, @berriesgonewild and @molly.royce

Every year, the highlight of the walk down 5th Ave is the always inspiring Saks Fifth Avenue Light Show.

Dive head first into the tradition and take a stroll with a hot chocolate in hand.

For more information click here.

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Rec #2 Hudson Yards – Shine Bright

Recommended by:  @twiggyversatile, @thek.n.m, @wanggangnyc, @thebingbuzz, @foodbyny and @daniellegutman

Get in the holiday spirit by admiring more than 2 million white lights while visiting Shine Brightthe shopsPublic Square & Gardens and Edge and Vessel.

This light display would make Clark Griswold jealous!

For more information click here. 

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Rec #3 – Lantern Festival – Queens

Recommended by: @thek.n.m

Come experience the NYC Winter Lantern Festival which transforms Queens County Farm into a “world of color”!

Highlights include festive holiday lights and handmade lanterns in the shape of flowers, animals and more.

For more info and other locations, click here.

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Rec #4- Shops at Columbus Circle

Recommended by: @beansofnewyork

The Shops at Columbus Circle’s Holiday Under the Stars event is sure to make even the sourest Scrooge yell Merry Christmas!  

Experience the largest specialty-crafted exhibit of illuminated color mixing in the world, featuring shopping, live shows, lights and 14-foot stars that hang from the ceiling of the 150-foot Great Room overlooking iconic Central Park.

For more information click here.

Dyker Heights, Brooklyn- Best Places to Feel the Magic this Holiday season

Rec #5 – Dycker Heights – Brooklyn

Recommended by: @thek.n.m, @thesonoffredo, @thebingbuzz and @a.table.for.two 

This is one of the most popular recs among our curators!

Experience the true meaning of the holidays as neighbors join together and create a dazzling decorative spectacle. Homeowners in Dyker Heights decorate to maximum capacity with a different feel at each house, so take a stroll or a drive through this Winter Wonderland to get festive with the fam!

For more information click here.

Luminaries at Brookfield Place- Best Places to Feel the Magic during the Holidays- Seek App

Rec #6 – Luminaries at Brookfield Place

Recommended by: @wanggangnyc 

The annual Luminaries Event is a self-described “mesmerizing display of colorful lanterns.”

This year comes with a new interactive experience called Maestro that allows visitors to conduct their own symphony, controlling the light patterns of the lanterns in unison with holiday music. So let the kids take the controls and show the adults what Christmas creativity looks like!

For a schedule of light shows at Brookfield Place and for more info, click here.

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Rec #7 – Zuccotti Park

Recommended by: @wanggangnyc 

Located in the financial district of NYC, Zuccotti Park is gorgeous all year round, but spectacular during the holiday season.

Damaged by the September 11th attacks, the park was completely renovated and now contains beautiful white lights that come from the ground up as well as lighted trees.

Take an after dinner stroll through the park for the perfect holiday date night!

Rockefeller- Best Places to Feel the Magic this Holiday season- Seek App

Rec #8 – Rockfeller Center

Recommended by: @daniellegutman and @socialxeats 

Everyone knows about it but we would be committing a Christmas sin if we didn’t include it – the tree and skating at Rockefeller Center.

A tradition to be enjoyed for the first time or the hundredth, because it never gets old coming around the corner with a hot chocolate in hand and seeing the iconic tree lit up in all its glory.

For more information click here.

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Rec #9 – Time Life Fountain

Recommended by: Seek Staff 

Our staff decided to join the fun on this one. The Time Life Fountain, across from Radio City Music Hall, has elegantly lit trees as well as huge red ornaments stacked in an artful formation.

It’s not a huge display, but bigger isn’t always better, and it would make for a great photo on the ”Gram.”

Lincoln Center Lights- Best Places to Feel the Magic this Holiday Season- Seek App

Rec #10 – Lights from Lincoln Center

Recommended by: Seek Staff

Another holiday tip from our lights-loving Seek staff.  

The Lincoln Center campus is illuminated with, “a breathtaking new light installation, including warm and cool displays of color, floating lanterns, and lights adorning the trees.”

A must-visit destination for anyone looking for the holiday spirit. For more information click here.

Whether you like a lot of “magic” or a little, we’ve got you covered.

We are so excited to keep making connections. 

For more hidden gems and NYC recommendations, click here to download the Seek app on your iPhone today. 

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