Celebrate the holiday season in New York City

If you are planning to travel to the Big Apple between November and January, here are five iconic events to put on your itinerary.

Enjoy the festival season from November to January in New York. The city hosts classic and surprising ways to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Eve with vibrant performances, tours, lighting and more. Here are five iconic things to see and do.

1. NYC Winter Lantern Festival, Staten Island

The NYC Winter Lantern Festival will return for a second year to Staten Island. Three hectares at Snug Harbor will be lit with more than 50 LED installations accompanied by live performances of traditional Chinese dance and art.

2. Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, Manhattan

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a classic New York City celebration of the holidays, featuring larger-than-life helium balloons, Broadway musical performances, celebrity appearances and more. The parade begins at 9am on 77th Street and Central Park West and makes its way to 34th Street and Seventh Avenue.

3. Rockefeller Centre Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Manhattan

The Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center has been a tradition for more than eight decades. Lighting up Rockefeller Plaza, the tree lighting ceremony features performances and classic Christmas songs. Visitors can enjoy the tree through early to mid-January and can ice-skate at The Rink at Rockefeller Center from October 2019.

4. The Nutcracker


5. New Year’s Eve Times Square Ball Drop, Manhattan

Each year, millions of viewers watch the Times Square Ball Drop from New York City and around the globe. The Waterford Crystal Times Square New Year's Eve Ball sparkles in Times Square for visitors to see all season, but its descent on 31 December is a spectacular, once-in-a-lifetime way to ring in the New Year.


Words courtesy of NYC & Company. Images courtesy of NYC Winter Lantern Festival, Macy’s Inc, MSG, Amy Hart and Julienne Schaer. 

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