Travelers through New York City's Grand Central Terminal won't be without Christmas spirit this holiday season.
Vibrant and animated symmetrically choreographed patterns will dazzle and delight in the Grand Central Terminal "Kaleidoscope Light Show," presented by Sharp Electronics.
This year's free holiday light show is in the Main Concourse of New York City's treasured landmark.
Grand Central Terminal also houses "AQUOS Experience," a 26-foot tall structure between the Main Concourse of Grand Central Terminal and Vanderbilt Hall.
The display includes more than 40 AQUOS Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) televisions, ranging in size from 19-inch screen class (18-1/2-inch diagonal) through 52-inch screen class (52-1/32-inch diagonal).
The show opened Monday and will run through New Year's Day.
Sharp will donate $1 to The HOPE Program, a jobs-skills initiative, for every individual who enters the display, with a minimum total donation of $50,000. Consumers passing through Grand Central can enter sweepstakes forms to win one of the TVs from the "AQUOS Experience."
Vanderbilt Hall will also house the Holiday Gift Fair featuring 74 vendors with unusual and exotic goods through Dec. 29.
The "Terminal Kaleidoscope Light Show" is a train ride especially conceived for children and their families.
On the natural stage of the surrounding theater, the show, which premiered last year, features the dream adventures of children riding through snow forests.
There are fairies, carousels, animals and New York's Central Park with ice skaters.
Each seven-minute show, which is accompanied by synchronized music, is performed at the top and at the bottom of the hour each day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for a total of 21 shows daily.
Lucette De Rugy, owner of ArtLumiere, the company that produces "Kaleidoscope Light Show," and designer Corentine Buron envisioned the technicolor waltz of colors and New York images.
"New York City deserves a gift like this for the holiday season," Howard Permut, president of Metro-North Railroad, said in a news release.
"The response from the debut of 'Kaleidoscope' last year was just overwhelming, and this year's show will even be better."
According to De Rugy, Grand Central Terminal is itself a kaleidoscope - a crucial hub of railways and underground lines bringing in people from the countryside and suburbs and spreading them out to the city and vice versa.
Completely restored back to its 1913 splendor, Grand Central has become a midtown destination for five restaurants and cocktail lounges, 20 casual international eateries in the lower level Dining Concourse, gourmet foods from the Grand Central Market and 50 specialty shops throughout the concourses, all in addition to transportation and a venue for ongoing free public events.