The holiday season truly is the most wonderful time of the year to be in New York City. The celebrations are endless, beginning as early as October with the opening of many of the City's ice-skating rinks, followed by the world-famous Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which unofficially kicks off the countdown to Christmas. The Radio City Rockettes return to Radio City Music Hall for their 86th year of dancing, singing and spreading Christmas cheer. Another favorite: the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, full of performances and the lighting of the City's largest and most brilliant tree. Two of the City's grandest menorahs vie for bragging rights as the largest one to be lit for Hanukkah, and the Apollo Theater and American Museum of Natural History each host NYC's biggest Kwanzaa celebrations. The season culminates in New Year's Eve events that include the New York Road Runners Midnight Run, Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza Fireworks and the Times Square Ball Drop.
For details on these happenings and many more, read on.