Christmas in New York City:
An Endless Array of Holiday Fun!

Enjoying Christmas in New York City ensures a holiday filled with magic and wonder. The big apple transforms itself into an illuminated winter


wonderland filled with an endless array of special activities and outings. Given that I’ve lived here for so long, I’m able and delighted to share my list of “must sees” and favorites.


HOLIDAY WINDOWS

Manhattan’s famous department stores feature holiday windows fit for a king. Christmas in New York City wouldn't be complete without a stroll past the infamous holiday windows! From depictions of famous Christmas movies to animated characters and scenes, these windows are sure to please all members of your family, young and old. Here are the ones worth seeking out.


New York CityPASS

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

ROCKEFELLER CENTER CHRISTMAS TREE
LIGHTING CEREMONY!

Nothing says Christmas, or Christmas in New York City, quite like Rockefeller Center complete with its spectacular Christmas tree, horn blowing angels, and ice skaters. Last year, there were more than 30,000 multi colored bulbs strung over more than 5 miles of wire to decorate the glorious tree. Get the details, viewing tips, and information on VIP package deals here.


GINGERBREAD LANE: AN EDIBLE VILLAGE!

Marvel (and drool) at homemade gingerbread houses made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing and candy. The houses are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built and decorated by chef Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year. GingerBread Lane has won the Guinness World Record for 2013, 2014 and 2015 for the largest gingerbread village. Lovitch’s creation will again contend for this year’s Guinness World Record. Free with NYSCI admission.


This event takes place at New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Queens. Log on to nysci.org for more information. Gingerbread Lane will be available for viewing from November 11, 2016 - January 15, 2017.

Check the schedule for many gingerbread house workshops!


ANGEL TREE AT THE
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

This 20-foot blue spruce is beautifully decorated with 18th century Neapolitan silk-robed angels and other ornate works of art that create a nativity scene. It is truly awe inspiring. Found in the Medieval Sculpture Hall, you won't want to miss this classic that will lend a sense of serenity to your day. Another winner to add to your Christmas in New York City list. The traditional recorded music really adds to the festivities.

Where: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82 Street.

When: Tuesday, November 22, 2016 through Sunday, January 8, 2017.

Information: Call 212-535-7710 or log on to www.metropolitanmuseum.org.

DISCOUNTS:

  • The admission chart says “SUGGESTED” admission. So, pay what you wish, don’t be shy! I’ve seen people pay .25 cents!
  • Children under 12 years are free when accompanied by an adult.
  • All New York City public school students, along with students from Bard Graduate Center, Barnard College, Columbia University, and the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, may visit the museum for free.
  • Admission tickets include same-day entrance to The Cloister Museum & Gardens.
  • Purchase a New York City Pass and enjoy free admission to the museum.
  • Show your Cool Culture Card and gain free admission!
  • Show your Bank of America card and receive FREE admission on the first full weekend of every month!

CHRISTMAS CHURCH SERVICES

Spending Christmas in New York affords unique opportunities for a holiday of joy, family times and worship. The Big Apple has a huge assortment of Christmas church services from which to choose including every denomination you can think of. So, if you’re looking for a place to worship, look no further. Click here for the best list in town!

THE HOLIDAY TRAIN SHOW

The Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden has delighted families for untold years. Every time my sister visits from Washington, DC, she insists that we see the train show, AGAIN. It has become a beloved family outing…and for good reason. Christmas in New York City is a wonderful time to see the Holiday Train Show!

The Enid A. Haupt Conservatory transforms itself into an enchanted world featuring an amazing array of New York City landmarks, museums,

ballparks, bridges, and homes, constructed by natural materials such as twigs, leaves, barks pine cones, gourds, and other things. You'll enjoy awe-inspiring replicas of the Statue of Liberty, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Ellis Island and Radio City Music Hall. Traveling through this botanical menagerie are more than a dozen large-scale model trains including steam engines, circus cars, freight cars, high speed trains and more. You’ll watch them traverse this magical landscape, chugging into tunnels, traveling bridges, and sweeping under waterfalls.

TIP 1: This is the most important and only tip. Get there first thing in the morning! Given that this is such a popular event, arriving first thing ensures you a spot in the parking lot and an enjoyable visit to the train show.

Where: The New York Botanical Garden, 200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard, Bronx.

When: November 19, 2016 through January 16, 2017. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Closed on Monday. For additional information log on to www.nybg.org.

DISCOUNTS
  • Free all day Wednesday and before noon on Saturday.
  • Members of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, Wave Hill, or any member of the 2010 American Horticultural Society Reciprocal Admissions Program, (www.ahs.org/gardening-programs/rap) enjoy free admission all the time. BEFORE you visit, log on to the lprogram to see if your hometown botanical garden is a member! There are lots of members all over the United States. You’ll save big!
  • Purchase a Metro North Train/Botanical Garden package deal and save!
  • Become a member! A $125 family membership includes unlimited admission for 2 adults and up to 5 children under the age of 16, 8 free parking passes, 4 free guest passes, more, and it’s all tax deductible. There are many other member packages available.
  • If you purchased the New York Pass or the Explorer Pass, admission is free!
  • If you have a Cool Culture Card, admission is free!!

Messiah Sing-In With the
West Village Chorale

The West Village Chorale's annual audience participation sing of Handel's Messiah will take place on Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 4:00 PM, in beautiful Judson Memorial Church at 55 Washington Square South at Thompson Street in Greenwich Village. Christmas in New York City would not be complete without it!

Score is provided and refreshments are served at intermission. While participation is fun, if you don't wish to sing, just come and enjoy the beautiful music. While time does not permit the singing of the entire Messiah, most of the favorite choruses are sung from all three parts of the work -- and yes, the Hallelujah Chorus is always sung!

Price: $15, and $10 for seniors and students. Tickets are available online (westvillagechorale.org) or at the door. Call 212-517-1776 for more information.

Handel's Messiah at Trinity Church

Trinity Church hosted the New World premier of the Messiah in 1770. So can there be a more fitting place to hear this glorious oratorio? I think not.

Where and When: Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall Street on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 18, 2015 at 3:00 pm. (www.trinitywallstreet.org)

Price: $45 - $95, but watch my blog for upcoming discounts.




THE NUTCRACKER BALLET

A holiday, fantasy classic that music be seen by everyone at least once. I’ve seen it at least 15 times—no joke—and will see it again this year. Who can get enough of the marching toy soldiers, the adorable mice, the sugar plum fairy, the dreamy snowstorm, the awesome sets, the giant Christmas tree, and, of course Tchaikovsky’s transporting music? It’s an unforgettable experience that is sure to mesmerize everyone! Enjoying The Nutcracker during your Thanksgiving in New York City, or any other time, will make it a perfect day.

There are many versions of this ballet throughout the city. Here are your picks along with great discounts:

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
December 3, 2016
Tickets Usually: $110.10 - $148.10
Discounted Tickets: $49.00 -$59.00
Click here for tickets.

In a Nutshell: A New York City Nutcracker
December 11, 17, and 18, 2016
Tickets Usually: $25.00
Discounted Tickets: $12.50
Click here for tickets.

The Nutcracker: Gelsey Kirkland Ballet's Acclaimed Tradition
December 8 through 17, 2016
Tickets Usually: $35.00 -$59.00
Discounted Tickets: $16.00 - $29.00
Click here for tickets.

THE RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR

You can't spend Christmas in New York City without enjoying the

Radio City Spectacular! Experience the world-famous Radio City Rockette's signature eye high kicks and precision choreography in multiple show stopping numbers! This year's show features a new 3D live scene.

Where: Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas, 212-307-1000.

When: November 12, 2016 Through January 2, 2017

DISCOUNTS
  • Click here for my huge list of theater discount resources!
  • Subscribe to my blog for frequent discount updates!
  • AAA (Automobile Association of America) members save 20% on select performances with code AAANY. Go to the box office with your card, or call 866-858-0007, or visit https://www.rockettes.com/christmas/buy-tickets/#buyTickets&offer=aaany
  • Save 20% off select performances when taking the Metro-North to the show. 
  • Take the Long Island Railroad? Use code LIRR to save $10 on tickets & RIDE FREE to the show! Offer expires on 12/23/16 and is limited to 8 tickets.

DISCOUNTED CHRISTMAS SHOWS
ON BROADWAY!

BEST DISCOUNT BROADWAY THEATER TICKETS DEALS


SCHOOL OF ROCK: ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER'S HIT MUSICAL
Tickets Usually: $79.00 - $145.00
Today's Deal: $59.50 - $89.00
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CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR STARRING THE RADIO CITY ROCKETTES
Tickets Usually: $60.00 - $121.00
Today's Deal: $49.00 - $110.00
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BLUE MAN GROUP
Tickets Usually: $85.00
Today's Deal: $47.00 - $65.00
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OH, HELLO ON BROADWAY WITH NICK KROLL AND JOHN MULANEY
Tickets Usually: $69.00 - $99.00
Today's Deal: $59.00 - $89.00
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NOT THAT JEWISH
Tickets Usually: $79.00
Today's Deal: $36.00 - $44.50
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NEWSICAL THE MUSICAL: CURRENT EVENTS MUSICAL COMEDY
Tickets Usually: $91.25
Today's Deal: $27.25 - $47.25
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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL PARAMOUR
Tickets Usually: $69.00 - $109.00
Today's Deal: $52.00 - $75.00
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KINKY BOOTS
Tickets Usually: $79.00 - $137.00
Today's Deal: $49.05 - $89.05
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ILLUMINATE
Tickets Usually: $87.00 - $97.00
Today's Deal: $37.00 - $47.00
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IN TRANSIT; BROADWAY'S FIRST A CAPPELLA MUSICAL!
Tickets Usually: $89.00 - $159.00
Today's Deal: $59.00 - $99.00
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A BRONX TALE: THE MUSICAL
Today's Deal: $77.00 - $147.00
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CHICAGO
Tickets Usually: $49.50 - $149.00
Today's Deal: $33.00 - $149.00
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SISTAS THE MUSICAL: TOP 40 HITS TELL A BLACK FAMILY HISTORY
Tickets Usually: $69
Today's Deal: $26
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AVENUE Q (TONY AWARD WINNING MUSICAL)
Tickets Usually: $75.50 - $90.50
Today's Deal: $39.00 - $45.00
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MONDAY NIGHT MAGIC
Tickets Usually: $42.50 - $79.50
Today's Deal: $25.00 - $39.75
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GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW
Tickets Usually: $75.00
Today's Deal: $35.00 - $45.00
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HOLIDAY VINTAGE SUBWAY
AND BUS RIDES!

Mark your calendar during this magical holiday season for the annual “Nostalgia Shoppers Special Train” offered by the MTA. This is a wonderful tradition to start for Christmas in New York City! Train enthusiasts, vintage lovers and children of all ages will love this historic ride on a classic antique subway train available for just a few weeks this time of year. You'll see and feel it all including wicker seats, old subway ads, etc. You'll be transported back to another time. The "Shoppers Special" vintage trains run via the Sixth Avenue Line between Second Avenue and Queens Plaza on November 27, December 4, December 11 and December 18. They make local stops between Queens Plaza and Second Avenue in Manhattan.

Click here for more details.

Schedule: Leaves Second Avenue/Leaves Queens Plaza

10:05 am/10:44 am

11:13 am/12:14 pm

1:03 pm/1:44 pm

2:33 pm /3:14 pm

4:03 pm/4:44 pm

The vintage trains are the same price as a MetroCard ride, and run between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm on December 6, 13, 20, and 27.  These, too, make local stops on the Sixth Avenue Line, between Queens Plaza and Second Avenue in Manhattan.  I encourage you to try this!  It's a lot of fun!


15TH ANNUAL GRAND CENTRAL HOLIDAY TRAIN SHOW!

Love trains? Visit the 15th ANNUAL GRAND CENTRAL HOLIDAY TRAIN SHOW!! Presented annually by the New York Transit Museum, this popular model railroad exhibition features Metro-North, New York Central, and subway trains departing from a miniature Grand Central Terminal on a 34’-long, two-level “O” gauge layout.

November 14, 2016 – February 2017
Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store Shuttle Passage in Grand Central Station.


ANNUAL SHOWING OF
"IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE"

It's not Christmas or Christmas in New York City without seeing Frank Capra's perennial Christmas staple, "It's a Wonderful Life." Join the International Film Center's annual screening of this classic film and leave feeling up, up, up!

Where: 323 Sixth Avenue at West 3rd Street.

When: Friday, December 9, 2016 - Saturday, December 24, 2016

Price: $10.00 - $15.00. Watch my blog for discount prices and for other great ideas for Christmas in New York City! Need more information? Log on to www.ifccenter.com.


VISIT SANTA!

Macy’s Santaland
151 W. 34th Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10001
212-494-4495
Macy’s Santaland is open daily until 9:00 pm beginning the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 25, 2016 through Saturday, December 24th, 2016, when it closes at 4:00 pm. Chat with Santa, tell him what's on your holiday list, and have your photo taken with him. Be prepared, lines can be long so GET THERE EARLY! Take the fast lane to Santaland! Visit macys.com/santaland and get an express pass to reserve a time to see Santa.

Breakfast with Santa at Rockefeller Center
Between 47th and 50th Streets and 5th and 7th Avenues
Visit with Santa Claus and his elves after enjoying a session of ice skating at Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink. To top off your visit, enjoy a unique holiday breakfast experience with special Santa. Ticket prices start at $50. Can there be anything more festive while spending Christmas in New York City then skating in Rockefeller Center and Breakfast with Santa? I think not!

Bloomingdale’s Santaland
1000 Third Avenue at 59th Street
New York, New York
212-705-2000
Visit the 6th Floor of Bloomingdale's to meet Santa and take great photos. 2016 event date to be announced.


EASY TRANSPORTATION FOR
CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK CITY EVENTS

By Subway:
Need help in determining how to best route out your trip? Use this subway map or automatic trip planner!

For information on subway fares, metrocards and more Click here for information.

By Bus:
If you'd like to use the bus while celebrating Christmas in New York City, Use this bus map to help!

By Car:
Need parking deals during Christmas in New York City? You'll be amazed at the deals I've found. Click here for the best ones around.

By Foot:
Use your handy street map and follow the easiest route to your outing. Walking is one of the best ways to enjoy the sights and smells of Christmas in New York City.


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