There’s no place like NYC to experience the excitement of the holiday season. Visit the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, and then go see the Rockettes’ high-kicking stage show. Peek at the intricate department-store window displays on Fifth Avenue. Shop at one of the seasonal craft markets. Venture out to Brooklyn's Dyker Heights to marvel at the eye-popping lights outside its residents’ homes. Top it off by counting down in Times Square as part of the world’s biggest New Year’s Eve party.
NYC’s streets, store windows and social calendar are extra-vibrant during the holidays.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at these restaurants, which are as passionate about holiday decor as they are about cuisine.
Keep warm, arrive early and stay safe as you welcome the New Year in NYC.
The Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden features painstakingly crafted miniatures of New York City's built environment, all made entirely out of plant parts. Seeds, bark, leaves and twigs are among the botanical resources employed to create the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and other landmarks. Model trains navigate the familiar, fantastically rendered New York landscape.
Holiday decor gets a historical makeover with the American Museum of Natural History's annual Origami Holiday Tree. This year, the museum draws inspiration from its own items for the 500 folded-paper works, constructed by volunteers beginning in July. After exploring the permanent-exhibition halls, current shows and expansive collections, see which pieces made their way onto the 13-foot tree.
Once again this season, the neighborhood around Lincoln Square serves as the setting for the City's largest holiday festival (for one night only). Beginning with a tree lighting in Dante Park, the Winter's Eve festivities also include many street performers, food from some of the 'hood's best restaurants and fun activities, inside and out, for kids and grown-ups alike.
The four-mile New Year's Eve run (what better way to kick off those resolutions?) starts at the stroke of midnight at the first sight of fireworks; consider the pre-race dancing and costume parade and contest to be evening-appropriate handicaps. For more information, visit nyrr.org.