17 Best Places for Holiday Lights Viewing in New York and New Jersey - Kid 101

17 Best Places for Holiday Lights Viewing in New York and New Jersey

These are the most iconic light displays around NYC and NJ – but there will be loads more to keep the wonderment of the season alive for kids. Many of them are free, so plan your evenings of light viewing to make the most of the season and remind the kids to keep their eyes open for new delights as everyone gets into the holiday spirit.

Dyker Heights


The upscale neighborhood in Brooklyn turns its attention to the transformation of several blocks with professionally crafted holiday decorations and light shows. Upwards of 100,000 people come each year to view the displays covering several blocks in this upscale neighborhood. Decorations include huge Christmas trees with all the baubles, nativity scenes, life-size Santa’s with reindeer, carousels, and snowmen all basking in the glow of thousands of twinkling lights. See Sam the Greek’s house, The Polizotto house with the largest Santa at around 18 feet, and Robert De Lauro’s house with lights synchronized to music among others.

Best viewing: 11 Avenue to 13th Avenue and 83rd to 86th Street have the most concentrated displays.

Getting there: From Times Square take the subway N to the Fort Hamilton Parkway exit. From there it is a 20 odd minute walk – but you can get a taxi or call an Uber if you have young kids that might have to be carried, especially on the return route. Or you can drive – the streets are full of cars crawling along with occupants admiring the showy displays.

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