New York City is one of the most magical cities to visit around the holidays. The area is usually dusted with snow but not bitterly cold; the stores are stocked with merchandise that you just can’t find in the “heartland,” and virtually every corner in Manhattan is gussied up for the season. There are way too many festive activities in New York City to name in one article, but the best of the best are listed below:
Rockefeller Center. Not only does that midtown Art Deco office complex sport one of the most spectacular Christmas trees in the city, but you can go ice skating while you gaze up at it. For something even more special, splurge on an evening at the landmark Rainbow Room.
Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular. The annual Radio City Christmas Show has been wowing residents and visitors for 75 years. The spectacular, featuring the Rockettes, Santa, and a variety of holiday entertainers, runs through December 30 at the Art Deco Music Hall on W. 50th St. and 6th Avenue.
The Department Store Windows. Nowhere in the world has the number of fanciful and festive holiday department stores windows as New York City. Travel down Fifth Avenue and view the windows at Bergdorf Goodman, Sak’s Fifth Avenue, and Lord & Taylor. Then jog over to Broadway and 34th St. to see the windows at Macy’s. You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy the magic.
“The Nutcracker” by the New York Ballet. Another New York City tradition is the annual performances of George Balanchine’s version of “The Nutcracker” ballet, danced by the New York Ballet at Lincoln Center. The ballet runs through December 30.
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