This blog post was updated on September 12, 2014.

Native New Yorkers often boast how Christmas time is the best season for tourists to visit. You can't blame them or the ridiculous amount of tourists that come out for holiday spirit in the Big Apple. With the symbol of the holidays being the Rockefeller Christmas tree, travelers might opt for the lesser known holiday displays. New York City is the city that never sleeps and the fantastic light displays all around are definitely proof of this!

South Street Seaport

Brave the cold chill by the East River if you're heading to see the lights at the South Street Seaport. This lovely tree by the water glimmers at night with the different choirs singing holiday tunes every weekend until Christmas Eve. Find excellent holiday gifts at the mall complex at Pier 17; also right on the water.

New York Botanical Garden

There is no annual event at the New York Botanical Garden than the Holiday Train Show. It's the best way to see replicas of New York landmarks in a garden setting. The iconic display is structured from dried plants and situated in a remarkable glass house. Find yourself in the holiday spirit by joining the gingerbread making workshops. And when the sun sets, the winter wonderland is filled with twinkling lights.

Bryant Park

Located in the heart of Manhattan, Bryant Park is an iconic part of New York City. It is also a big part of the holiday season. The centerpiece being Citi Pond; sponsored by Citibank, which is a free ice skating rink offered during the holiday season. In addition to ice skating, there are many holiday shops, an outdoor heated bar, and a few restaurants to spend the perfect holiday evening. With so much to do, you might forget to awe at the beautiful tree and light display!

Dyker Heights

If you're looking for an extravagant Christmas light display, head outside of Manhattan towards Brooklyn. Dyker Heights; a neighborhood in the unique borough is home to professional over the top light display. Grab a cup of hot chocolate and wander along the streets of Dyker Heights for some decked out holiday homes.

Winter Garden Holiday Lights

Most tourists are already in this downtown area to visit ground zero and the construction of the World Trade Center. Head towards the water to the prominent financial center; the Winter Garden. There are thousands of dripping white lights off palm trees along the promenade of the west side. There is also plenty of holiday shopping in over 40 stores in the plaza. You can even take your photograph with Santa himself.

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