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Where to see Christmas lights in NYC

The most stunning Christmas lights NYC has to offer make spending the holidays in the city even more magical

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By Jennifer Picht and Time Out contributors |

Around Thanksgiving in NYC, the city transforms into a magical wonderland with all the Christmas lights. NYC displays range from over-the-top à la inflatable Santas and reindeer found at the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights in Brooklyn to simplier but just as festive versions—like the display in Central Park. Revel in the magic and get ready to “ooh” and “ahh” at these landmarks, holiday markets and neighborhoods that create the most picturesque holiday light displays during the holiday season.

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Best Christmas lights in NYC

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The Plaza Hotel

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While taking a winter stroll through the iconic Central Park, it’s worth stopping by the Plaza Hotel to enjoy the hospitable venue’s lovely holiday decorations. From Christmas wreaths adorned with ornaments, to pine-covered trimmings covered with rows of white lights, the view could cheer up even the Scroogiest New Yorker.

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