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New NYC Holiday Lights Festival is Coming to Randall’s Island

New NYC Holiday Lights Festival is Coming to Randall’s Island

This festival has more than lights–the whole family can find something to enjoy.


There is no shortage of holiday lights festivals–or just holiday lights–in New York City. You can visit a Christmas tree or menorah, take a bus tour of all the lights winking throughout the city, or simply walk down Fifth Avenue and be amazed by the storefronts. But if you’ve done all of the above, you’re still in luck: Time Out reports that a more interactive, very special lights festival is coming to Randall’s Island. And there will be way more to see than just lights!

LuminoCity Festival will run from Nov. 23- Jan. 5. 12 acres of Randall’s Island Park will be covered in giant light installations that are beautiful to observe, but even more fun to walk through, climb on, and slide down. Kids will love the giant donut tunnel, and the whole family can take turns climbing to the top of an illuminated castle and sliding back down, according to Time Out. Time Out also reports that there will be a sweets forest display complete with a 22-foot Technicolor glowing tree, a rainbow field of light-up candies, a unicorn, a mushroom forest, and a rainforest with shining animal sculptures.



Worried you won’t want to bring the kids all the way out to Randall’s Island just for some lights? Have no fear: LuminoCity will have food trucks serving fried ice cream, holiday cookies, and hot chocolate, Time Out says. There will be a holiday market much like Bryant Park’s where you can pick up unique gifts for everyone in the family.

If someone in the family loves lights, the holidays, and performing, LuminoCity is holding open calls for performers who want to try out their acts during the festival. If you have a talent, you can try it out underneath the lights!

LuminoCity Festival Super Early Bird tickets will get you 15% off your purchase, and are on sale now until November 11. Use the promo code EARLYBIRD15. Scooping up a pack of tickets now will give you something to look forward to as it gets colder!

Main Image: Credit Magical Winter Lights

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Jacqueline Neber

Author: Jacqueline Neber is an assistant editor and a graduate of The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. When she's not focused on writing special needs and education features, you can find her petting someone else's dog. See More

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