It is the most beautiful time of the year. And it’s almost Christmas. New York looks magical right now and there is nothing more I want than spend my holiday season in a charming cold city that takes Christmas very seriously. Every corner of the city is lit in stunning Christmas lights and the decorations are over the top. Did I mention how good the food is? Drool worthy traditional Christmas sweets and lip smacking sea food. This city should definitely be on your bucket list and I guarantee it will beat all other Christmases.
Here are a list of reasons why you should be in New York right about now:
1. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Why am I mentioning a Thanksgiving Parade? Because for many New Yorkers this parade marks the beginning of Christmas. The Parade begins at 77th Street and Central Park West and ends at Macy's Herald Square. This Parade was started by a second stage of immigrants who wanted to celebrate their American culture like they did in Europe - with a parade. The first parade took place in 1924.
The parade has gigantic balloons, marching bands with great music, clowns and about 3.5 million people participating. It’s one crazy party. This has already passed on November 23rd but deserved to be mentioned.
2. Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
You haven't experienced true Christmas in New York if you haven't seen the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller centre. A sight to behold. This Christmas tree has been a tradition for over eight decades now. The tree is lit in mid November every year and stays lit till Jan 7. The tree is brought from Norway Spruce ever year and is usually 25-30 meter tall.
Every year millions of people visit the tree. But it's more than just a Christmas Tree. After the tree is taken down it is donated to Habitat For Humanity for building homes. This is also, beautifully explained in the children's book “The Carpenter's Gift” which shows how the tree is a symbol of hope.
3. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular
The Rockettes - A mesmerizing ninety minute show put up by The Rockettes every year for Christmas season at Radio City in Rockefeller Centre - the largest theatre in the city. Hundreds of performers singing and dancing along with a little Christmas humor. The first show was performed in 1933 and it has become a New York Christmas tradition since then. They put up a number of shows every day including the annual performance at the Rockefeller Centre Tree Lighting.
4. The Dyker Heights Christmas Lights
Lights that will light up your Christmas spirits. This is one of the most spectacular sights in New York during the Christmas season. Dyker Heights is an area of houses in Brooklyn that are decorated for the holiday season. We are not talking simple Christmas decoration here. All the lights and decorations are extra and that is what makes it stand out. Every house is so beautifully done, you cannot get enough. All the displays are turned off after 9 pm and there are plenty of tour buses to show you around.
5. Bryant Park Winter Village
17000 square foot of ice-skating rink and more than 150 pop-ups for shopping and food. This is truly a vacation pleasure. So much to do at the unique winter village. One day is not enough to fully explore the winter village. There are shops for all kinds of things from jewelry and artwork to pets and sweets. So many choices to make, so much money to spend. Shopping, eating and skating pleasure all at one place.
6. Shopping Spree
There is no better feeling than splurging on gifts during the holiday season. New York happens to have some of the best markets for exactly that. To name a few:
Grand Central Holiday Fair
This is a fair that is run for 6 weeks, has booths and has items ranging from jewelry and art to Christmas Ornaments. This takes place inside the terminal, so the cold won’t interfere with your shopping.
Etsy Holiday Handmade Cavalcade
The infamous online Etsy store is brought to life and it couldn’t get any better for all DIY lovers. Get your hands on creative handmade presents from talented experts. First 100 shoppers on a weekend get free goodies and products. You can even sip on some cocktails at the Sip n Shop event with Brooklyn Brewery.
Union Square Holiday Market
Located in the heart on NY, this market has so much to offer. In the non-holiday season this is one of the largest green markets. During Christmas it is completely transformed with unique items made by local artists craftsmen. They also make provisions for market concierge who will guide you to the right shops so that you shopping experience is a smooth one.
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