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NYC Holiday Lights

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Ready to step into a world of light and color? There will be over 1,000 lanterns on display, sculpted into magnificent figures of luminescent art. After its success last year, the NYC Winter Lantern Festival is back to transform Staten Island’s Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden into a whimsical world of light. Bring your whole family to wonder at eight acres of lights, live cultural shows, interactive exhibits, and more. The cultural performances include: Plate/Bowl Spinning, Seesaw Bowl Balance, Hoop Tumbling, Straw Hat Juggling, Hand to Hand Act, Tibetan Folk Dance and a Face-changing Magician, which is a sub-genre of Chinese Sichuan Opera -- performers wear vibrant costumes and magically swap traditional opera masks from one to another. The dining options will feature international eats with Asian flair, and the gift shop has teamed up with local artists and craftsmen specializing in illustration and Chinese-influenced lanterns.

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Every holiday season, residents of Dyker Heights, Brooklyn transform their quaint neighborhood of historic homes and tree-lined streets into a festive winter wonderland decked out with so many lights that it's been called "Con Ed's warmest heartthrob." You'll feel that warmth on this guided stroll through block after block of bedazzled homes and lawns -- and then you'll hop on a bus to see how the famous decorations in Rockefeller Center and Washington Square measure up against the homegrown cheer of Dyker Heights.

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Featuring over 120 lantern exhibits, live entertainment and interactive experiences, the first-ever Hello Panda Festival is designed to stir the senses and inspire imaginations. The event celebrates the traditional Chinese art of lantern making with magical displays of light and color, handcrafted by world-class artisans. Other attractions include cultural performances and arts experiences, a holiday market and 60 international food vendors curated by The World’s Fare. Hello Panda Festival is the largest lantern show in New York’s history, with over 120 lantern sets displayed at Citi Field in NYC. Hello Panda Festival provides performances, exhibitions, interactive activities, games, food and drinks, unique souvenirs, art competitions and lectures. There are different themes each week and different activities every day. These magnificent lantern displays are built on-site by artisans, using a variety of materials including silk and chinaware. All the lanterns are illuminated by environmentally friendly and cost-effective LED lights. Adventure & Discovery features dinosaurs, ocean creatures and safari animals. Kids can get a chance to explore and find hidden treasures. Hello Panda Festival offers Chinese cultural experiences, including arts and crafts such as Chinese paper-cutting, dough sculpture, sugar painting, embroidery, calligraphy and jade crafts, and delivers a diverse, colorful, and amazing selection of foods and drinks from around the world in a warm and comfortable indoor environment. Visitors can explore the cuisines of Thailand, Italy, Mexico, America, China, the Mediterranean, and many more.

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