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Want to celebrate Christmas in New York? Well, New York and Christmas, these two words you can never separate. During Christmas, you will find Christmas Trees and Santa Claus, Christmas decorations and chorus, ice skating, twinkling lights, and candy stands, roasted chestnuts and famous Christmas music in the street corners, stores, and in the elevators, too. “Jingle Bells.”.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Christmas celebration in New York starts with Macy’s thanksgiving day parade, held on the fourth Thursday in November each year. It is a giant parade that will take place this Thanksgiving Day.
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Rockefeller Centre – The Christmas tree
If you can see a big Christmas tree at Rockefeller Centre is lit, then Christmas in New York arrives, Each year the Manager of Rockefeller Centre files around the country to look for the Christmas tree during wintertime. The Tree is Norway Spruce, and they are planted in the U.S and Canada. They develop to very large sizes. When the big Tree is found, it cut and arrives during the night with a Police escort into NYC.
Christmas is also the time for shopping
Yes, during Christmas in NYC, you find people are crazy about shopping. Why? The reason is Black Friday. The day after Thanksgiving is called “Black Friday”, and this day is one of the main shopping days of the year. It is a starting shot for Christmas. Most of the stores and shops start this day with many offers and sales. It is the biggest sale of New York having a 50-70% discount, and it is not usual.
Night Tour/ Lights of the Holiday Tour
It is another way to enjoy Christmas in NYC. Take a night tour with CitySights and see all the Christmas lights and events in New York. It is a unique tour during the Christmas season, which will take you to places like Central Park, Macy’s, Lord and Taylor, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Christmas Tree, and much more.
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The Ice rink at Rockefeller Center
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Skating is a seamless way for family and friends to spend a holiday. The Ice Rink at Rockefeller The center is the most beautiful place to enjoy Christmas in New York. It is opened for the first time on 25th December 1936. The rink has about a quarter of a million visitors every year. Almost 150-160 people can go ice skating together
It is the world-famous rink, settled below street level. It is surrounded by white lights, flags of the world nations, a fountain decorated with the Greek God Prometheus and the famous Christmas tree.
You can spin, skate, or spill complemented by music through loudspeakers until January 9 and for all you romantic couples out there, thinking about getting engaged this holiday season, you can even give your partner ice, on the ice. You have to pay the rent of skates and a fee to enter the rink and after then enjoy your holiday.
If you are in New York during Christmas, then go and enjoy a performance of the Nutcracker Ballet. It is another perfect destination to celebrate Christmas in New York.
It is a delightful ballet, complete with an ensemble of finely tuned dancers dressed in the most deliciously imaginative costumes, magical sets with cascading snowflakes, gorgeous little girls, an enormous Christmas tree, an army of tiny mice, marching wooden soldiers and a sugar plum fairy. All these are accompanied by the music of Tchaikovsky.
The Pond at Bryant Park
Once a year, that is during Christmas the famous and classic French-style Park transformed into a busy holiday wonderland.
Approx. 120 tiny shops line the park’s boundary and create a European-style Christmas market. Sellers trade unique gift items from around the world installs decorated in their hands. You will find winter hats, Jewellery, cards, hand-made crafts and gloves, pictures, ornaments, and popular foods. In the center of the park, you will find an ice skating rink, which is entirely free. All these shops are open daily from 22nd November to 28th December.
So if you want to celebrate Christmas, go the Bryant Park without fail.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
A Christmas tradition since 1933 that is for 75 years and counting, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular is a spectacular Christmas show with world-famous Radio City Rockettes. The dance group, with 36 girls, are dancing in different formations, they dance and kick, with accuracy and the pointed toe looks like just one and the same move.
Take an exciting tour of Manhattan’s famous landmark- radio city, on a red double-decker bus. Here you can discover the magic of Santa’s toy workshop with dancing rag dolls, learn about the story of the first Christmas with the living nativity scene and the show-stopping fireworks display in Times Square. And all these without leaving the luxury of your music hall seat!!
Wrapup about Christmas in New York
So all these are the list of the places where people celebrate Christmas in New York. Festival is near, go and enjoy your vacation with friends and family. We wish you a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. Hope you have an amazing Christmas eve in New York.