It’s the most wonderful time of the year… December is nearing, which means holiday lights, and a lot of them. Here’s your guide to the best lightings throughout the state, because no one does big and bright quite like New York.

November 25- January 1: Step into The Wonderland of Lights in Utica for what feels like a little bit of holiday magic. Oh - and it comes complete with an express North Pole mail drop-off, so don’t forget your letter to Santa!

November 28: Travel to Long Island for the beachfront Lighting of the Montauk Point Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in New York State!

November 29: Join the Corning community in celebrating the 21st annual Crystal City Holiday Parade of Light. Enjoy a beautifully lit barrage of floats and displays during the holiday parade, then stick around for the annual tree lighting in town center.

 Photo Credit: Tishman Speyer Gregory Scaffidi 

December 2: Everyone has to experience Manhattan’s iconic Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony at least once in their life. Make this year your year. Don’t forget to share your memories on social using #RockCenterXMAS!

December 3: The Victorian Street Walk and Tree Lighting Ceremony in Saratoga Springs will jumpstart your holiday season with a massive tree lighting in the middle of town, accompanied by live music and other family fun!

December 4: Join the town of Owego for their annual Lights on the River Festival. Holiday lights will sparkle in their reflection on the river and candles will light up the historic downtown buildings. With children’s choirs, carolers and an exclusive Santa visit to boot, it’s a night you don’t want to miss!

December 5: Step aboard the Christmas Lights Train in the Central New York region for a trip through a beautifully decorated Milford Depot, complete with passenger trains and track side light displays.

December 5: Travel upstate to Buffalo to be a part of the Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting. The celebration begins at 5 p.m. with free ice skating!

December 5: Kick off the holiday season with the annual downtown Rochester Liberty Pole Lighting. With fireworks and family ice skating, you’re sure to get into the holiday spirit fast.

 Photo Credit: Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC 

December 6-13: Come gather around the world’s largest Hanukkah menorah in the middle of Manhattan! The lighting happens December 6, and it’s lit throughout the holiday’s duration. It’s a sight for sore eyes!

December 6: Check out the ESP Holiday Tree Lighting and Fireworks Festival in Albany for lights that paint the sky and the tree alike!

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