Deck the Halls
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The second the last of the trick-or-treaters disappears around the bend, New Yorkers break out the tinsel and hang the stockings on the hearth in preparation for nearly two months of celebrating the holiday season. Here are some festive New York activities that will put a little “ho ho ho” into your Thanksgiving and Christmas this year.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Beginning at 77th Street and Central Park West and winding its way down to 34th Street and Seventh Avenue, American’s staple Thanksgiving Day event features hundreds of blow-up characters, as well as an assortment of clowns, cheerleaders and musical entertainment during the three-hour parade. For less crowds and better views, we recommend nabbing a spot to stand along Central Park West north of Columbus Circle. No matter where you end up, claim your spot early.
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting
Watch the city’s most popular 80-foot-tall Norwegian spruce come to life on Nov. 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Rockefeller Plaza (W. 48th to 51st Sts., between 5th and 6th Aves.). For more up-to-date information, call 212-632-3975.
Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular
Their popular toy soldier routine and ridiculously precise kick lines are just two reasons you shouldn’t miss the Rockettes in their annual musical fete. Performances last from now until Dec. 30. Tickets can be purchased for $40-$250 through Ticketmaster.
Even if shopping’s not your bag (no pun intended), stop by one of the many department stores – like Saks, Bergdorf, Barneys, Macy’s, Lord & Taylor and Henri Bendel – and marvel at their impressive displays of holiday cheer. If you can brave the last-minute holiday shoppers, venture into any (or all!) of these palatial storefronts and see just what the fuss is all about.
Witness some of the world’s most spectacular dancing in the New York City Ballet’s reproduction of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Running from Nov. 23 through Dec. 30, The Nutcracker will celebrate its 2,000th performance on Dec. 17. Tickets are $20-$120 and available through the company’s website. Note: The current stagehand strike does not pertain to this particular show.
Lace on a pair of skates and hit the ice at any of Manhattan’s outdoor rinks. Our picks are Bryant Park (admission is free!), Rockefeller Center and the Wollman Rink in Central Park.
With its childish nostalgia and mammoth-size stuffed animals, the toy tychoon located just off of Central Park feels like Christmas anytime of year. Drop in during the holidays and pick up exclusive FAO blown-glass ornaments or the perfect gift to leave under the tree for those toddlers and tykes you call your own.