25 Ways to Celebrate the Festive Season in New York City / LUXURY TRAVEL MAGAZINE
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Is there anything quite so exciting as New York City in the holiday season? From Manhattan to the Bronx, here’s what’s happening in the Big Apple in the lead up to – and after – Santa’s arrival
From the iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade—which officially kicks off the holiday season—to the Christmas Tree Lighting at Rockefeller Center and the New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square, there’s nothing quite like the holiday season in New York City.
Beginning in November and extending into January, New York City holds a slew of events celebrating the festive season such as the NYC Winter Lantern Festival in Staten Island, and awe-inspiring window displays at stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s Herald Square and the new Nordstrom Women’s Store.
Where to begin? You can start with the 25 things below…
1. Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring the Rockettes
November 8 – January 5
The Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes returns to Radio City Music Hall, dazzling audiences of all ages. The production sparkles with incredible costumes, festive songs and the iconic synchronised high kicks.
The Radio City Hall Rockettes
2. The Origami Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural History
November 25 – January 12
Upper West Side, Manhattan
One of New York’s beloved traditions includes a 13-foot tree and 1,000 origami models. Hosted at the American Museum of Natural History, the signature Origami Holiday Tree has been an annual tradition for over 40 years. Volunteers, including local, national and international origami artists, fold year-round. Each year, the tree features a different theme relating to special exhibitions or collections at the museum.
3. NYC Winter Lantern Festival
November 20 – January 12
Randall Manor, Staten Island
The NYC Winter Lantern Festival is returning to Staten Island. Sponsored by Empire Outlets and venue partner Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, eight acres at Snug Harbor will be lit up by more than 50 LED installations. The LED lanterns will be accompanied by live performances of traditional Chinese dance and art.
NYC Winter Lantern Festival
4. Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo
November 21 – January 5
Fordham, the Bronx
Returning for the first time since 2007, the light displays at the Bronx Zoo will cover several acres in a walk-through experience with wildlife-themed LED displays, custom Asian lanterns and animated light shows on Astor Court. Entertainment will include holiday-themed music, performances, ice carving, train rides, seasonal treats and souvenirs.
5. New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show
November 23 – January 26
Fordham, the Bronx
Head to the New York Botanical Garden to be enchanted by model trains zipping through a display of more than 175 New York landmarks, each re-created with bark, leaves and other natural materials. The New York Botanical Garden is conveniently accessible via the Metro-North Railroad from Grand Central Terminal.
New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show
6. Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science
November 23 – January 13
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens