Experience the Magic of
Christmas in New York City!
There is nothing like spending your Christmas in New York City! You have to see the spectacular holiday displays, shows, music, shops, restaurants, and friendly New Yorkers!
(I'm not kidding - I'm a New Yorker!)
There is probably more going on this time of year in NYC than at any other time. My family
and I go into the city each year to experience the wonder and magic of Christmas!
Below is a photo of my husband Sam and me at the
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. It's a sight to behold each year!
If you want a fanastic bird's eye view of the Empire State Building all lit up in its red and green
Christmas lights, then take the elevator ride up to the Top of The Rock
at Rockefeller Center. You can see clear across Manhattan.
Tip: great photo opportunities
The one "must see" show at Christmas in New York City is the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall.
It's an amazing show for the whole family with glamorous dancing Rockettes,
Santa and helpers, and a living nativity with baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
shepherds with live sheep, angels, and the 3 kings in all their regalia. All come to worship the newborn Christ. Very humbling.
And let's not forget to mention that you're in the historic Radio City Music Hall - a NYC landmark!
Tip: Purchase your tickets at the end of October for big discounts.
One of our favorite Christmas activities is not even at Christmas time -
it's the Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Every year since 1924 Macy's at Herald Square on 34th St. has hosted this
traditional parade. Whether you see it standing outside on the parade route,
or from the warmth of your hotel room window, or even on TV - it's so wonderful!
Watch the marching bands,
gigantic character balloons, floats,
and the musical numbers from Broadway shows being performed in Herald Square
(right in front of Macy's). You can check the internet for the new parade route.
And at the end of the parade, Santa rides in on a sleigh to welcome the Christmas season.
Tip: Don't watch the parade from Columbus Circle - the high winds in that area due
to its flat lands cause the balloon team to speed through.
Want to know what we love to do even more than watch the Thanksgiving Day parade?
We love to watch the gigantic ballons being inflated for the parade!
Go on the Wed afternoon before Thanksgiving to the American Museum of Natural History
on 77th and 81st St. and Central Park West and Columbus Ave and watch these balloons
slowly grow to enormous size. Begins at 4:00pm till about 10:00pm.
Have you ever seen people line up to look in a window? Happens at Christmas in New York City.
Check out the gorgeous window displays at Macy's, and all the other Department stores along 5th Avenue - Saks, Bergdorf
Goodmans', Lord and Taylor, and also Barneys and Bloomingdales. Just magically brought to life.
Tip: While "window shopping" have some hot roasted chestnuts or honey roasted peanuts sold from rolling carts on the street corners. So tasty and warm!
While you're on 5th Ave, take a break, warm up and visit St. Patrick's Cathedral. Its the largest gothic style Catholic Cathedral in the United States
and its 150 years old. It's a city landmark. You will be in awe of its sheer size, architecture, and beautiful stained glass windows.
TIP: A terrific way to experience Christmas in New York City and see the holiday sights is to take a
New York City bus tour.
The tours let you "hop on and hop off" the buses so you can get some shopping done, eat at a restaurant or just walk around a bit - then hop back on the next bus!
This is a picture of me and my sons exploring in Times Square. We join the hustle and bustle of Times Square and do some shopping.
There's plenty to do in
New York City for Kids.
And of course you can join the biggest New Year's Eve party anywhere right here in the center
of Times Square. Just beware of the crowds.
My husband Sam and I give each other Broadway show tickets each year for Christmas. I look
forward to this gift so much. I think Christmas in New York City is so
So while you're here go see a show like Wicked - awesome, with a surprise ending!
or how about Mary Poppins, The Addams Family, South Pacific, or Lion King?
They are all great shows that we highly recommend.
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