Bundle up for the ride

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By Olivia Musacchio, Staff Writer 

As the holidays approach and snow begins to fall, people may spend winter nights decorating for the holidays and drinking hot chocolate. If you need to get in the holiday spirit, there are some decorations that are worth the sight.

Pack your bags and get ready to see the Lights on the Lake in Liverpool. The ride to 6790 Onondaga Lake Pkwy is about an hour away from Fisher. As you drive two miles around the lake, you will see lights, animations and displays.

The attraction is open every night from 5-10 p.m. until Jan. 7. On Monday-Thursday admission is $10 per car and on Friday-Sunday admission is $15 per car.

If you want to stay closer to Rochester, check out Holiday Lights of Greater Rochester at the Vintage Drive-In on West Henrietta Road in Avon. You can drive through more than a mile of festive light displays while you listen to holiday music.

It is open from 5-10 p.m. on Dec. 8-10, 13-23 and 25-31. Tickets purchased from GetmyPERKS.com are $14 on Monday-Thursday and $17 on Friday-Sunday. But if you pay at the door, it is $20 per car.

There are also houses and streets that are home to some of the most elaborate displays. According to a Democrat & Chronicle article these houses are located at Endicar Drive in Irondequoit, 6221 Buckskin Drive in Farmington, 16 Beauclaire Estates in Fairport, 9 Burning Tree Lane in Penfield, and 151 Yorktown Drive in Penfield.

Upstate New York might be home to some of the most elaborate displays. But department stores in New York City, such as Bergdorf Goodman’s, Macy’s, Saks on 5th Ave and Henri Bendel, are transformed into winter wonderlands.

You don’t want to miss the light show that is projected onto the Saks on 5th Ave building. It runs every 10 minutes and it is combined with different graphics and music. If you want to stop and stare at the display, you won’t be the only one doing so.

Another fun spot to see is the windows at Bergdorf Goodmans department store. Each year the windows are completely different. However, they are draped in the finest of clothes from top designers such as Prada, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, and Tom Ford. They are such a sight to see while in New York.

But if you’re not up for the hussel and bussel in the city, seek out Brooklyn. The infamous Dyker Heights is a neighborhood in Brooklyn that has Christmas lights covering every house on the block. The houses are elaborately decorated with lights, animations and blow up decorations that are over the top. 

Although Rochester might not be home to department stores that take the holidays to the next level, there are some places that will fill the holiday void in your life.

However you celebrate the holidays, check out the best hotspots in New York on a cold December night.

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