Bright Lights, Bigger City: Holiday Season in NYC
Here in NYC, the merriment of the holiday season begins in late October with displays of glaring street decorations, buzzing holiday markets, gorgeous upgrades of the city’s famous attractions, and dazzling spectacles. Discover why there’s no bigger and brighter city than the Big Apple during this time of the year through these destinations and events:
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade may be perceived as the official presenter of the city’s Christmas spirit, but the Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been kicking off the fête in NYC since 1933. Over 140 performers dance, sing, and spill Christmas humour accompanied, of course, by the world-famous Rockettes. The jazzy costumes, elegant sets, and a dashing Santa spread nothing but authentic holiday gaiety. This year, the show runs from November 11 to January 2, 2017.
Taste of Home proves that New York City is truly a magical place with its nonpareil exhibition of life-sized gingerbread houses at Madison Square Park. Shazam provides visitors with a virtual tour of the delicious structures through a mobile app while they munch on Twix and M&Ms and sip Folgers Coffee. This will be the event’s third year. It will begin on December 6 with the Madison Square Park tree-lighting ceremony and end on December 18.
Forget the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and the sumptuous store window displays of Manhattan, Brooklyn offers its own holiday specialty, and it might be even more spectacular. Houses in the neighborhood create a Christmassy scene with over-the-top lights, huge snowmen, and extravagant decorations beautifying the avenues. The tradition started in 1986 and the displays get fancier every year in a battle to outdo each other. A mind-boggling experience is guaranteed from mid-December to New Year between dusk and 9 p.m.
A Christmas Carol is always the “must see” play for the holiday season. This Christmas ghost story, has been nipped, tucked, and refashioned all over the world. Reckless Theatre, a promising improv-comedy spot, sprinkles a laid-back, NYC-brushed humour on the 1843 chef-d’oeuvre. To add to the nightmare, the three different improvisers playing Scrooge don’t know the lines, but the rest of the cast does. The theatre is located in Chelsea and there are three performance dates: Friday, Dec. 16 to Sunday, Dec. 18.
The renowned Midtown park hosts an European-style market with over 125 boutique kiosks selling artisanal goods, beauty products, and food. A 17,000-square-foot ice skating rink enriches the shopping experience. Right beside it is a pop-up eatery Public Fare, offering coffee, subs, and drinks. The shops opened on October 29 and will close on January 2, 2017, while the rink and the Public Fare will stop operating on March 5.
A picture with Santa is undoubtedly thrilling for any kid. But here in New York, we go big. Your child can actually have breakfast with Père Noël in the city’s most iconic Xmas destination, Rockefeller Center. Feast on scrumptious breakfast pastries, brioche french toast, and candy canes right across the distinguished and gigantic Christmas tree. Reward your kids for being good with souvenirs offered by the Red and White Man himself, then join the ice rink to burn some calories. It’s all happening from December 10 to December 24.
End the year with a bang as the Waterford LED Crystal Ball drops, the streets are bathed in confetti, and fireworks color the sky, pointing to a dazzling future. The tradition began on December 31, 1907 to welcome 1908. The event starts at 6 p.m. with different types of festivities and live performances throughout the night and ends a little bit after Midnight.