From the stunning holiday windows, to the twinkling lights on The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, celebrate the multiculturalism of New York during the holidays.
Explore the various neighborhoods and see how each community decorates and celebrates in their own unique style. Make time to visit Brooklyn and witness the dazzling display that is televised. Eat your way through Arthur Avenue, the Bronx’s Little Italy, and afterwards view New York City landmarks from a new perspective at the Holiday Train Show at the Botanical Garden. Take a spin on ice skates in either indoor or outdoor rinks and delight in the entertainment options from the traditional holiday music of The New York Pops and The Nutcracker to The Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Broadway’s Holiday Inn. Shop in the pop-up holiday markets filled with unique gift items by local artisans to the major department stores and their fabulous displays.
New York City isn’t all apartments! Head off to Brooklyn where homeowners hire companies to professionally decorate their homes! See another side of the City, as well as a Santa measuring over 15 feet tall, and homes which can only be described as “Christmas meets Las Vegas.”
Venture out to the Belmont section of the Bronx for lunch on Arthur Avenue, made popular in the 1993 DeNiro film A Bronx Tale, (also known as the Little Italy of the Bronx). Explore the many family run pasta and pastry shops before enjoying lunch in one of the area’s quaint restaurants. Experience the small town feel created by generations of Italian families. After lunch see New York landmarks from a different perspective at the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden. Model trains whisk through a miniature New York, re-created with bark, leaves and other natural materials. See familiar sights like the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge under the twinkling lights of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.
Everyone knows the rink at Rockefeller Center, but did you also know you can skate behind the New York Public Library at Bryant Park? A Midtown oasis for New Yorkers and tourists alike to relax with a book or get in a game of ping pong or chess in the warmer months, every winter Bryant Park transforms into a winter wonderland featuring an ice rink and a holiday market with one of a kind gifts – ideal for holiday gifting. If Central Park is a must see, you can get your skate on at the Wollman Rink, which can be before or after your pedicab tour of Central Park!
Holiday classics in iconic venues – a visit to Lincoln Center can include the New York City Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker or the New York Philharmonic’s performance of Handel’s Messiah. Head over to the renowned Carnegie Hall for the New York Pops annual holiday concert – enjoy holiday classics performed by an orchestra and choir and featured guests. Studio 54, a hedonistic delight in its heyday, is home to Holiday Inn, a seasonal holiday musical based on the 1942 film featuring music and lyrics by Irving Berlin. Perhaps the best known of them all, settle in to your seat at Radio City Music Hall to marvel in the precision of the Rockettes kick line in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
Experience for yourself the magic of New York this holiday season.
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