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5 ways to celebrate Christmas in New York City.

"You'll never want to shop at a mall again after you've walked around an inviting holiday market with a cup of hot apple cider. Visit the shops of local artisans and find neat gifts for your friends and family."
From http://www.essential-new-york-city-guide.com/christmas-in-new-york-city.html Christmas in New York City is a special time of year. There is something magical and even dreamlike about New York City at Christmas time. The crowds are large and jovial. Christmas spirit is everywhere. There is so much to see and do that is unique to this delightful time of year.

Grab your coat and come enjoy Christmas in New York City!

1. See the City Sparkle

New York City Christmas Lights What could make New York City even more dazzling than usual? Christmas lights of course! Christmas in New York City is brighter and more embellished than anywhere else. During the holiday season, the city is adorned with beautiful lights and decorations that are sure to put anyone in a festive mood. Watch the city glisten and glow with the contagious spirit of the holidays. Christmas lights outside Macy's with the Empire State Building in the background.

Don't Miss Christmas at Rockefeller Center!

When it comes to getting fancy for Christmas, Rockefeller Center does it best (See Photos). The whole plaza turns into a holiday wonderland this time of year. Theskating rink is the focal point, surrounded by holiday flags and other decorations. The soaring Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree stands at one end with the GE Building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza towering above it all.Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree The famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Treeis illuminated in a Tree Lighting Ceremonyevery year. This year’s lighting ceremony will take place on November 30th, 2010. The program is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Rockefeller Center and features celebrity appearances and performances. Even if you miss the formal tree lighting, you can still see the tree when you visit Rockefeller Center during the holidays. The Christmas treeis lit daily from 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (24 hours on Christmas) until early January. Rockefeller Center is located on the block between Fifth and Sixth Avenues and between 49th and 50th Streets.
"My favorite thing about Christmas in New York is the holiday decorations and spirit of the city. With the energy and lights and so much to do in NYC for the holidays, it just feels special to be there at Christmas time." - Ellen, Cartersville, GA

Christmas Window Displays

Department stores love to decorate for Christmas in New York City. Although the intention is to lure people into the stores for shopping, you don’t have to spend a single penny to enjoy the holiday windows. Every year there are different themes and often there is music to go along. The most popular holiday window displays are at Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barney's, Bergdorf Goodman, and Bloomingdale’s. Find out more about the 2010 Christmas window displays.

2. Ice Skate in New York City

Ice skating is a fun family activity and a festive thing to do if you're spending Christmas in New York City. It is a fine winter sport that's made even more special when you can skate against some of the best backdrops that New York City has to offer. If you’re not interested in skating, watching the skaters is almost as fun as joining them. Nighttime is the most picturesque time to skate, with the city lit up all around you – if you can handle the cold! Earlier in the day the rinks are usually less crowded. The city has excellent places to skate. Three of the city's most popular and picturesque skating options are: Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink

Rockefeller Center Ice Skating

The Rockefeller Center skating rink is located in the heart of Rockefeller Center. Skate alongside the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Central Park ice skating rink

Central Park Ice Skating

The Wollman Rink in Central Park is set among trees with the Midtown Manhattan skyline towering above. Skate in a lovely park and still have a view of the city. The Pond at Bryant Park

Bryant Park Ice Skating

"The Pond" in Bryant Park is an ice skating rink nestled among midtown skyscrapers in a very urban setting. It is near some of the city'smost popular attractions.

3. See a New York City Christmas Show

Radio City Music Hall For a cherished and memorable experience, treat your family to aNew York City Christmas Show! Going to the theatre is a popular activity for any New York City visit. Watching a beautiful Christmas show your whole family can enjoy is even more special. Christmas Show Highlights:

4. Finish (or Start) Your Holiday Shopping at New York City's Holiday Markets

NYC Street Fair + Christmas = Holiday Market New York City's spirited holiday markets have a warm inviting glow on even the coldest of December nights. Bryant Park Holiday Shops You'll never want to shop at a mall again after you've walked around an inviting holiday market with a cup of hot apple cider. Visit the shops of local artisans and find neat gifts for your friends and family.

Great NYC Holiday Markets:

"I love the winter look. Scarves, hats, rosy cheeks, and Christmas cheer as people walk around the Christmas shops. Everyone looks beautiful and happy. Bright lights and pine smells compliment the air." - Rosimer, Rego Park, NY

5. Attend a Christmas Eve Mass or Church Service

Make your Christmas in New York City special by attending a service at one of the city's gorgeous churches.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

This Catholic Church is in a large gothic-style cathedral that is inspiring to visit any time of the year. And what time coule be better than Christmas in New York City? Christmas Eve Services: Vigil at 5:30 p.m., Blessing of Children 12 a.m., Midnight Mass (reserved seating by ticket only) St. Patrick’s is located at Madison Avenue and 51st Street.

Marble Collegiate Church

If you’re looking for or a church service rather than a mass, Marble Collegiate Church is a terrific option. The building dates back to the 1850s and is made of – you guessed it – marble. It is a lovely church with a spacious sanctuary. Christmas Eve Services: 4:00 p.m. (Family Service) 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. (Traditional)

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Card New York City Christmas Cards Remember your New York vacation and share it with others. Scenes of New York City make perfect Christmas cards! Cards feature original New York City photography. http://www.essential-new-york-city-guide.com/christmas-in-new-york-city.html


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