New holiday movies come out, they show reruns of ‘A Charlie Brown’ everything and ‘A Christmas Story’, the apparent Christmas classic which is just weird to us 🙂 ……..
They show Planes, Trains and Automobiles and National Lampoons, and Home Alone , all the Tim Allen Santa Clause movies and all the other wonderful movies about this time of year.
The funny ones, the quirky ones the sad and thoughtful ones.. it all puts you in the mood.
It’s also a time when the City becomes a magical fairy land and glitters in the holiday spirit. I want to say Christmas spirit but it’s not, it’s a very generic, non confrontational, excluding no one decorated City.. And it’s still lovely.
Thousands of tourists flock to the City for
Christmas holiday shopping and to see all the special displays. Here’s a beginners list of things you should see while you’re in the City for the Holidays Christmas.
1. Rockerfeller Plaza Tree
Every year a special tree is selected from an upstate farm for the great honour of presiding over the festivities in the City. This tree is transported into the city in early November and is set up in the Square at Rockerfeller Centre at 50th St Between 5th and 6th Ave. The Tree is lit on November 28th this year and will stay lit through the holiday season, until after New Year. It’s very beautiful and worth a visit.
2. Rockerfeller Ice Skating
While visiting the tree you can hang over the edge of the Rockerfeller skating rink and watch the skaters go round or you can even join in for some time on the ice. It gets pretty crowded but the atmosphere is quite magical.
3. Saks 5th Avenue Light Show
The Light show set up on the side of the Saks building right near the Rockefeller tree is wondrous! It’s always a delight and warms the hearts of young and old alike. It runs every evening from sundown at 6 minutes intervals. There’s a countdown clock this year which builds the excitement.
This show is a must see Christmas spectacular! It runs 6 times a day from September until New Years. The show runs for 1hr 30 mins and takes you on a magical winter wonderland tour from NYC to The North Pole. It gives you a glimpse of the Nutcracker and shares the shows history…. Topping of the evening with a nativity pageant with live animals! Just being in the old theatre is a treat. There’s a Rockettes museum and you can have you picture taken with a current Rockette. It’s a wonderful family show and well worth the effort.
5. Macy’s Holiday Window Displays
Macy’s really gets into the holiday spirit, beginning the season with the Sponsoring of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Following that as a kick off to the season, The Macy’s Holiday Window displays are the most exquisite displays I’ve seen. Every year, thousands of people bustle along the sidewalk to catch a glimpse of the creativity, which captures the imagination and the spirit of the season. It’s not just for kids. These windows span an entire City block and are a wonder to see. Other Holiday Window Displays worth mentioning are Sak’s Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Lord & Taylor and Barneys.
6. Santaland at Macy’s
Every year Santa comes to Macy’s. On the 8th floor, you’ll come to the entrance of Santaland, where you’ll catch a ‘train’ to the North pole and as you wait in line to have you picture taken with Santa, you’ll meander through the woods of the North Pole, through the village complete with model train sets and into Santa’s workshop, although the lines can be long, there is so much to see the kids don’t get bored waiting to see the guy in the Red suit. The excitement builds along the way. We go every year. The photos are reasonably priced at around $25 and you can have a digital copy if you prefer. When you exit Santa you can also go to the floor which is dedicated to holiday ornaments and decorations. There are so many uniquely BIG APPLE ornaments to adorn your tree with and remind you of your trip to the city. You can also send a letter to Santa, here is a link
7. Cirque De Soleil-Wintuk
8. New York Ballet- The Nutcracker
9. Bryant Park Holiday Market and Ice Skating
Every year in Bryant Park on 42nd and 6th they erect an outdoor ice skating rink and surround it with a holiday market. The market has many different crafty gifts for the hard to buy for someone. The atmosphere is very festive and just watching the skaters while sipping on a hot chocolate from a local street vendor puts you in the mood. There are other holiday markets around the city as well, one at 59th Columbus Circle at the south west corner of Central Park and one on 14th St.
If you’re very lucky, Mother Nature gives you the gift of snow. NYC covered in snow at anytime is so beautiful but during the holidays with all the lights and decorations it is a truly magical place. The City gets quiet with the snow fall and just for a while you imagine it’s a winter wonderland and Frosty could appear in the streets.
Then of course the Big City comes back to life and the snow is just a bother…. But for Christmas it’s a truly wonderful thing……….
Come for Christmas, or ‘The Holidays’, we really do put on a great show!