Gingerbread Lane, New York Hall Of Science
This fun display showcases over 1,100 edible houses crafted with 630 pounds of gingerbread, 748 pieces of candy and 3,640 pounds of icing!
Best part of this adventure is it’s at one of our favorite children’s museums , New York Hall of Science. You can easily spend hours at this museum but the gingerbread display is brief. If you have patient children the whole exhibit takes maybe 15 minutes tops. Each of these edible cottages is conceptualized, baked and decorated by chef Jon Lovitch, he works on this display all year. GingerBread Lane has won the Guinness World Record for largest gingerbread village in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016! You can also register in advance for a gingerbread making workshop! Gingerbread Lane is free with paid admission to the Museum, workshops are an additional fee.
Runs from November 11th through January 15th, 2018.
This year Macy’s is upgrading this classic experience! You now can and must register for a time slot to meet with Santa. This will help keep this popular attraction’s lines moving faster and provide a better experience for all. We’ve done this three years and my daughter loves it. Everyone who registers now gets the full experience and can see the wonderful holiday displays. This experience is free, you can purchase a professional photo or take your own.
Bryant Park – Winter Village and Rink
We love visiting Bryant Park which transforms it’s lawn each year into a Winter Village, sponsored by Bank of America. An ice skating rink is the centerpiece of the village and offers free ice skating (if you bring your own skates and a lock for their lockers). For the non-skaters, there is plenty of seating available so you can still enjoy the experience rink side. Or you can bypass skating all together and stroll through the open air market set up for the season. They have more than 100 holiday shops with items ranging from apparel to jewelry, decorative goods, local foods, and much more. You’ll be able to find something for everyone – adults, kids, and even pets. Plus there is an adorable carousel and free mini golf in the village.
Tips: You can rent ice skates for kids and adults at approximately $19/pair of skates plus the cost of a locker rental approx $8. They do not allow backpacks, purses or cameras are allowed on the ice so these will need to be in a locker.
Rink: October 28, 2017 – March 4, 2018 Daily, 8am-10pm
Rink hours are weather permitting.
Dyker Heights Holiday Lights
This is perhaps the most spectacular holiday light display in the world. These aren’t your run of the mill Costco Christmas decorations – professional services dress these houses like they’re ready for the Oscars, and the crowds show up in droves!
This is by far my favorite Christmas lights destination in NYC. These displays attract such droves of people, there are actually tour buses that shuttle groups here. Dyker Heights is in southwest Brooklyn, it takes about an hour for us to drive there from upper Manhattan. We make this trip in early December so it isn’t as crowded, and tend toeasily find parking on the street, but it gets harder as it gets closer to Christmas. Regardless, it’s worth it. This is such a destination even apple maps and waze has ‘Dyker Heights Christmas Lights’ as a navigation point.
New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show
This is also a must see! The elaborate train show of G-scale locomotives (the largest model trains) takes you on a tour of a miniature NYC. All sites are familiar landmarks like the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center. Amazingly all of the models are made of bark, leaves and other bits of natures offerings on nearly a half-mile of track. This year’s exhibition showcases Midtown Manhattan’s iconic skyscrapers and other architectural wonders, featuring new replicas of the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, General Electric Building, and St. Bartholomew’s Church. During the tour you walk through a wonderland of beautifully crafted models surrounded by lush vegetation, providing ambiance, mystery and a magical sensory experience.
You definitely get your money’s worth with this experience. It’s such a huge, impressive, rambling display that seems to go on and on. I was quite satisfied by the exquisiteness of it all. When the train show section ends you’re still in the conservatory and can walk through rain forests, then deserts.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 – Monday, January 15, 2018
This is a cute free activity if you happen to be in the area, for the fourth year the charming Gingerbread Boulevard sponsored by Taste of Home, is back starting December 7th – 20th. This playful display is located at the north end of Madison Park. It’s an adorable mini boulevard lined with kid-sized plastic gingerbread houses. This was a fun holiday experience we did last year and are looking forward to it again. We downloaded a free app, Shazam, and scanned a code on signs by each house. Once scanned it revealed the inside of the house – we moved our phone up and down and had a complete virtual tour of the inside. It was a very creative and fun way old to experience the houses. Madison Square Park also has a giant Mehorah and Christmas tree right next to this charming village as well as a large playground.
We’ll be doing much more this season and look forward to posting about new fun adventures to try! Happy Holidays!