NYC Winter Lantern Festival at Snug Harbor

New in 2018 is the excellent Snug Harbor NYC Winter Lantern Festival on Staten Island here in NYC. It’s well worth the trip, here’s some photos:


  • I drove but it would be a fun ride on the Staten Island Ferry and then a Lyft (or public bus) to the center. Directions here.

  • Go later if you don’t have kids—it can be very crowded early.

  • Parking at the center is impossible when it’s crowded—grab street parking as soon as you see it.

  • Wear shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. There is a covered path through the attraction but it’s a lot better if you can wander in between the displays. It can be muddy off the track.

  • It would be amazing to see this in the snow.

Many more of my NYC holiday light display write ups here.

Behind the Scenes at Walt Disney World’s Starbright Holidays Drones Show at Disney Springs

I stayed after IAAPA in Orlando to see the launch of the GOES-R weather satellite (my camera phone video here) and also caught the opening night of the very cool Starbright Holidays drone show.  It only runs through January 8, go see it if you can.  Disney has released a  behind the scenes video:

And while not the best viewing location, we watched from the drone launch area over in the parking lot by Cirque du Soleil.  I didn't have my good camera with me but it's pretty impressive watching these drones take off like a swarm of bees and even more impressive watching them come in for landing.  Here's a little camera phone video I shot of the launch area and posted on twitter:

Tropicana Atlantic City's Multimedia Light & Sound Show by Moment Factory

Back on May 20th I got a chance to see the new "Multimedia Light & Sound Show" at the Tropicana Atlantic City.  It's done by the great guys at Moment Factory, who did the previous projection mapping show on Boardwalk Hall which I covered back in 2012, and it's pretty cool and well worth a visit.  Below are a few photos, I have a few more here.


Luminaries Holiday Light Show at Brookfield Place's Winter Garden

Brookfield Place NY (formerly the World Financial Center) often supports interesting art projects, and this year they started a new and very cool holiday light show that's scheduled to run until at least 2025-Luminaries, by stage and architectural designer David Rockwell's company.  It's really beautiful, and they did a very nice job on it.  It runs pre-programmed light shows and then also allows visitors to "make a wish" by putting sending a color out through the array by putting their hands on a white monolith and then releasing it.  It's pretty cool.  The New York Times has more here, and Live Design has some information here

I have many writeups of holiday light displays here.

Saks Fifth Avenue Winter Palace Holiday Light Show

I finally got a chance to check out Saks updated holiday light show, part of their "The Winter Palace".  They did a pretty nice job, and it's an integration of several different lighting technologies, traditional holiday lights and also some physical uplighting of the building.  The attraction is right across the street from Rockefeller Center and the Christmas tree, so try to go early or late in the run to avoid the selfie-stick wielding mobs of tourists.


I have photos from many holiday light displays in their own category here.