If you’re a New Yorker, you’ve probably seen the Christmas Lights at Rockefeller Center more times than you can count, so do something different this year to quench that seasonal thirst for all things luminous with a visit to the first-ever NYC Winter Lantern Festival!
Encompassing 7 acres of Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, the Lantern Festival is an all new event brought to NYC for the first time. But it’s not just the usual Christmas/Hanukkah affair. If you make the trek here, don’t expect twinkle lights, but Chinese lanterns— like you’ve never seen them before!
It’s an immersive art piece celebrating the craft of traditional chinese lantern making. Part photo-op, part holiday market brought to NYC by the China National Tourist Office.
40-foot tall animals, from pandas to dragons, Wonderland, the Holiday Zone and the Light Tunnel are just some of the most talked about (and most instagram-able) attractions on display. In addition to all that, there will be traditional Chinese dance performances, a martial arts show, food trucks and sugar painting.
Book your ticket to catch this all new event before it ends on January 6!
Don’t stress about parking. The festival provides FREE shuttles from the SI Ferry terminal. Check out the website for more info.