It’s the most wonderful time of the year. And in New York City, even that is an understatement for the sheer amount of holiday spirit this bustling metropolis has to offer its residents and visitors alike!

From massive menorahs to gargantuan Christmas trees – we’ve got a quick list of the top six must-see sights for every holiday junkie looking to spend this festive season in the city that never sleeps! Check it out!

Largest Menorah Lighting

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Brace yourself, as you might have to crank your neck to check out the first must-see sight on our list: the world’s largest menorah. Standing at 36 feet tall, this massive menorah illuminates the skies of Prospect Park to commence the eight-night long festival of lights, Channakuh. Enjoy classic Hanukkah songs, free latkes and the chance to see a candle-lighting so immense that it requires a crane, any night of the holiday!

Dyker Heights Christmas Lights

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Feast your eyes as you walk down the streets of a real-life winter wonderland. Out of all the razzle-dazzle the Big Apple has to offer throughout the holiday season, the Dyker Heights Christmas lights-display is by far one of the most spectacular! Join the 100,000+ people that flee to Brooklyn to witness the most dazzling Christmas lights you’ll see in the city, alongside huge inflatable Santas, snowmen, and sleighs. And while you walk through the mesmerizing lights, go ahead and sing along to the Christmas carols blasting from loudspeakers all throughout the neighborhood.

Winter Village at Bryant Park

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Free ice skating on a 17,000-square-foot outdoor rink, over 150 holiday shops to choose from,  and a spacious rink-side restaurant to warm up in once you’re ready to wind down…need we say more? From October 28- Jan 2, Bryant Park lights up midtown Manhattan, with its famous Winter Village. Bring your own skates to practice your lutzes and axels in the rink and when you’re done, stroll through the innumerable kiosks and eateries while you marvel at the festive decor!

Holiday Train Show

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Head to the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx to see the lush green and blossoming flora light up with its collection of trains. Take a trip back into your childhood as your watch the toy-train chug along a nearly half-mile track alongside 150 miniature NYC landmarks (think: Empire State Building and Radio City Music Hall), all made of natural materials such as bark, berries, twigs and leaves!


Annual Latke Festival

From traditional fright style to the inventive takes on this Channukah staple, potato pancakes take center stage at the Annual Latke Festival hosted at the Brooklyn Museum. This year, the festival will be donating proceeds to the Sylvia Center, which promotes healthy eating for children. Oh and did we mention the panel of celeb judges that will be there to crowns the latke champion?

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

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Last, but trust us when we say most certainly not the least, if you’re neck didn’t get a workout from gawking at the world’s largest menorah, you’re in luck! You can gawk at the 76-foot-tall Rockefeller Christmas tree, located in the heart of Manhattan. This larger-than-life tree, adorned with 45,000 LED lights, is well worth fighting the crowds. No wonder people all over the world flock to the Big Apple to ogle at (and take dozens of pictures, selfies and snapchats with) this magnificent sight!

Have any more must-see sights to add to the list? Let us know in the comments below!

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In a past life, Tasmiah was either a Bollywood actress, renowned ethnographer or master chef; no questions asked. In this one, she is a shower-singing, croissant enthusiast, who also writes content for Fareportal, in that order.