New York City is one of the most magical places in the world, at any time during the year. The streets are filled with tourists and locals and the city’s hustle and bustle is legendary. At Christmas the wonder of the city is magnified, and a visit to New York can feel like entering a dream. The cold, and often snowy, atmosphere adds to the spirit of the season and everybody enjoys the Christmas traditions including:
The Rockefeller Christmas Tree
Located at the Rockefeller Centre on 49th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenue, the lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas tree attracts thousands of spectators each year. The 78 foot Norway spruce is decorated with over 45,000 LED lights and, even though the decor changes annually, the effect remains the same. The tree has been thrilling audiences since 1931, and the Winter Wonderland fantasy is completed by skaters gliding across the ice rink at the Rockefeller Centre Skating Rink.
One-of-a-Kind Window Displays
A traditional part of a NYC Christmas is the elaborate window displays in the stores along Madison Avenue and Times Square. Chains such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys New York create multimillion dollar designs which appeal to both onlookers and shoppers.
Grand Central Terminal Laser Light Show
Grand Central Station is one of the most well known train stations worldwide and has appeared in many different films. Each year, a laser light show is projected unto its Sky Ceiling, which is free to enjoy and fun for all.
The stage performers in New York are famous for their ability to captivate audiences, and their spectacular Christmas shows are no exception. Each year these include:
This musical has been running on Broadway for over 60 years, and is performed to the highest standards by the New York City Ballet at the Lincoln Centre annually. Many people join Clara, The Nutcracker, The Super Plum Fairy and the rest of the cast as they twirl, whirl and swirl out the classic fairytale.
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular
For over 75 years, The Radio City Rockettes have added some kick to the season in this family-friendly holiday performance. The show is held at the world’s biggest indoor theatre, Radio City Music Hall, and all performances are sold out each year.
The concerts at Carnegie Hall are the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit. These holiday performances include well-known choirs, famous singers and audiences that sing along.
The New York Botanical Gardens Holiday Train Show
Another family friendly activity, this display consists of miniature railways and trains and has more than 150 replicas of New York landmarks along the journey. These include: The Statue of Liberty and Grand Central Station, which have all been made out of leaves and bark. The journey is half a mile, and will create some of the sweetest Christmas memories.