There’s no better place to be during holiday time than New York City. Lights and decorations abound along with a cornucopia of events for anyone looking to partake in some seasonal cheer. As always, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off the season, as floats, balloons and marching band performances usher Santa into the City for Christmastime. Don’t miss exciting and family-friendly events like the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, the Holiday Train Shows at the New York Botanical Garden and Grand Central Terminal, plus Kwanzaa celebrations at the Apollo Theater and American Museum of Natural History, and the competition for which Hanukkah menorah is actually bigger—Brooklyn’s or Manhattan’s. Additionally, the New York Philharmonic performs the score to Home Alone, and Madison Square Garden hosts live stage performances of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. For details on these and many other happenings, read on.