Now that it's the most wonderful time of the year, you'll find spectacular holiday lights across New York that are far greater than your neighbor's strung display. Here are the Christmas lights you need to see this season.

Lights on the Lake

Lights on the Lake

This fantasy winter wonderland along Onondaga Lake is an awe-inspiring display of twinkling lights, animated displays and holiday cheer that goes for miles. One of the few drive-thru holiday light shows, you can enjoy beautiful holiday lights from the warmth and comfort of your car. November 15 - January 7

Capital Holiday Lights in the Park

Capital Holiday Lights in the ParkAlbany's Washington Park transforms into a sparkling wonderland where over 125 light displays adorn the park for the holiday season. This year's show depicts holiday scenes of yesteryear as well as many new lighting displays including Santas, trains, houses and more. Drive or walk through the park to indulge in holiday cheer and make sure you stop by the Washington Park Lake House for crafts and refreshments. Albany; November 24 - January 2; tickets start at $20.

A Frosty Fest

The creative team that brought you the Headless Horseman Hayrides returns for another holiday season of spectacular Christmas lights at Ulster Park. With the enchanted forests' animated lights, magical mansion, Santa's North Pole, Frosty's 3D Adventure and more - it's no surprise these tickets sell fast, so get yours hereNovember 24 - December 23

Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony 

Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting; photo: Tishman Speyer Gregory Scaffidi

Everyone has to experience Manhattan's iconic tree lighting at least once in their life. Make this year your year. Live performances start at 7 pm and the tree will stay lit till January 7th. November 29 - January 7

The Victorian Street Walk and Tree Lighting Ceremony

The Victorian Street Walk and Tree Lighting Ceremony

Saratoga Springs will jump-start your holiday season with a massive tree lighting in front of Putnam Market. Enjoy  free hot chocolate and cookies, live music,  reindeer plus a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Festivities kick off at 6 pm! November 30 

Lights on the River Festival

The Victorian Street Walk and Tree Lighting Ceremony

Head to Owego's historic district for the annual where the fireworks show and hundreds of decorated trees light up the riverside. With children's choirs, carolers and an exclusive Santa visit to boot, it's a night you don't want to miss! Decemebr 1

Buffalo's Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting 

Travel to Buffalo for the annual Christmas tree lighting which marks the official opening of the free ice-skating season. Head Rotary Rink at Fountain Plaza The celebration begins at 5 p.m. with free ice skating! December 2

Rochester's Liberty Pole Lighting 

Kick off the holiday season with Rochester's annual Liberty Pole Lighting where fireworks and family ice skating brightens the downtown area with holiday spirit. December 2

Albany's Empire State Plaza Holiday Tree Lighting 

Empire State Plaza Tree - Photo Courtesy of Albany County Convention & Visitors Burea

The Capital exudes Christmas cheer with a holiday arts and crafts fair, ice skating show as well as train and carriage rides around the Plaza. Enjoy live music, food and vendors that are guaranteed to put you in the spirit. December 3

World's Largest Hanukkah Menorahs 

Hanukkah menorah at The Plaza Hotel in Manhattan; photo: Gansevoort Park Ave

The race for the largest Hanukkah menorah is on in New York City where both Manhattan and Brooklyn Grand Army Plazas hold massive displays. Kick off the Jewish Festival of Lights by gathering around a 32-foot-tall gold Menorah across the street from The Plaza Hotel in Manhattan. And if you love warm potato pancakes, head to the top of Prospect Park for Brooklyn's grand menorah lighting! December 12 - 19

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