The Big Apple is one of the most popular destinations for holiday travel. Besides being home to the Times Square Ball, the city is famous for its bright displays. You’ll surely want to hit Rockefeller Plaza when walking your dog, but where else can you find “furrific” dog-friendly displays? Keep reading for our top picks.
Dyker Heights looks like the setting of a holiday movie, with stunning window displays, timeless white lights, and gorgeous brick homes. Families flock from all over the state to visit this 82nd Street neighborhood in Brooklyn. A local publication named Dyker Heights the best street for window displays in all of New York. Besides twinkle lights, you’ll see giant nutcrackers and Santa’s workshop!
An award-winning light decorator owns the home dubbed “Santa’s Corner” in White Stone, and needless to say, the decor is up to par. This elaborate light display makes this house one of the most visited in the state. Police often direct traffic since many people decide to park and walk to see the sights. Santa’s Corner is free to visit, but donations to the local children’s hospital are recommended. Bright lights for a great cause — we dig it!
The Christmas Light Show on North Kensico Avenue in White Plains is a dazzling display you don’t want to miss on your dog walk. This street-long interactive display is synced to Christmas tunes and provides an immersive experience for puppers young and old. This brightly lit neighborhood has landed on several websites as one of the best holiday lights displays in the state. Look closely — you might see a real-life Santa among the displays!
Now that we’ve covered the best residential light displays, let’s talk about some “lit” parks. Washington Square Park should definitely be on your itinerary for holiday dog walks. This park has the second longest-running tree-lighting event in the city, barely edged out by Rockefeller Plaza. Your pup will love the open space to walk, sniff, and live out their sugar plum dreams. Make sure you bring your camera for a pack selfie in front of the park’s colossal Christmas tree!
What’s a visit to the Big Apple without a stop at Central Park? This enormous expanse is transformed into a winter wonderland every holiday season, with lights as far as the eye can see. Your pack will love walking through the elaborate displays and meeting other furry friends along the way. If you come during the tree lighting ceremony, you’ll get to enjoy some cocoa with Santa and see ice-carving artists at work. Now that’s an experience you won’t get in any other park!
If it’s too cold to walk, consider seeing the lights by car at one of New York’s many drive-through light shows. Families go crazy for Lights on the Lake, a Finger Lakes exhibit featuring animatronics, music, elaborate lighted scenes, and more.
That wraps up our top picks for holiday lights in New York to walk your dog to. Check out more big city holiday guides for things to do with fur-babies during the Christmas season.