It's easy to associate Christmas in New York City with all things commercial. After all, with movies like Miracle on 34th Street and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York dotting our collective memories, no one would blame you for thinking it's all about store displays and Rockefeller Center. To be fair, that's a big part of it, but by no means all of it. There are lots of tucked away holiday gems to explore, and it turns out, the best holiday light displays in New York City aren't just in Midtown.
All across the five boroughs, there's something to see, and it's not always what you expect — and it's not all Christmas. My family celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah, so it's important to me for some memorable menorahs to be tossed into the mix. Thankfully, the holidays in New York are very inclusive — even spreading to our famous New Year's bash — so that everyone can enjoy the joy of the season. Alas, there's yet to be a Festivus pole erected, but know that I have one at my own home, and feats of strength will be displayed along with the airing of grievances, which is practically a sport in the city.