The holiday season in New York City is an amazing time. The whole city buzzes with holiday spirit as everyone readies for the festivities. Stores go above and beyond to decorate their windows – it’s simply a magical time in New York City, even for locals. Across the five boroughs, ice-skating, tree lightings and classic events like the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular provide an endless supply of festive offerings that last through the New Year.
Fare Deals at Singapore Airlines from Frankfurt to New York City
For those of you who are fast enough, Singapore Airlines offer some pretty great deals from Frankfurt to Germany, starting at 459 EUR – valid for flights from now till December 11 (459 EUR for a round trip including taxes and surcharges) as well as from January 6 till March 31, 2014 (499 EUR for a round trip including taxes and surcharges). But even when you are not one of the lucky users who get one of these deals, there is a pretty good chance you will pay nore more than 621 EUR, flying with the A380. I am flying back to New York next week with the A380 from Frankfurt to JFK and booked my flight a few months ago, together with my preferred seat. I love the preferred seat on the upper deck right in front of the gallery ’cause it feels like you have your own little space – it’s extremely comfortable and very quiet so that I always arrive well rested! So, for this extra luxury I paid all together less than 690 EUR (round trip including taxes and surcharges AND costs for the preferred seat). I’d say, a pretty darn good deal. You’ll find all curent fare deals on www.singaporeair.com.
New York Holiday Spirit
New York is my second home and every time I arrive there, I get all these mixed feelings and wonder if I should move back to the US and never leave again. Especially during Christmas season I feel like I am in my own little “Disney bubble.” And believe me, I LOVE it. These are my personal must sees when you are around during the festive season:
- Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
A Thanksgiving institution for more than 85 years, this parade is one of the most famous holiday events in the world. Choose a spot on the route to witness an amazing spectacle of celebrities, Broadway performers, enormous balloon creatures and (purportedly) the first Santa appearance of the season. The procession heads down Central Park West from 77th Street to Central Park South (West 59th Street), where it heads east to Sixth Avenue; it then continues south to West 34th Street, ending in front of the Macy’s flagship store in Herald Square.
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
December 4–January 7, 2014
It doesn’t get much more “quintessential NYC Christmas” than the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, towering above the ice rink below. Things get festive on December 4, when thousands of revelers will fill the area for the lighting of this signature Norway spruce. Catch holiday-themed performances from a star-studded guest list, usually hosted by NBC anchors (like Al Roker). When the switch is flipped on that Swarovski star–topped tree wrapped in 30,000-plus energy-efficient LED lights, expect plenty of “oohs” and “ahs” from the crowd. If you can’t make it to the big event, you can see the tree (and snap plenty of photos of it) through January 7.
Columbus Circle Holiday Market
Central Park is a favorite holiday destination for many, both for its natural splendor and for the Columbus Circle Holiday Market. Located at the southwest entrance of Central Park, the fair is back this season, bringing goodies and gifts for all ages from more than 100 vendors.
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
November 29–January 4, 2014
It’s likely you already know the story—and it’s certain that no New York City holiday season is complete without seeing this production. The glittering classic, performed annually by the New York City Ballet since 1954, has become one of the City’s signature family-friendly traditions. Expect to warm your spirit with visions of the Sugarplum Fairy and, naturally, the Nutcracker.
Union Square Holiday Market
November 21–December 24
More than 100 red-and-white booths will fill Union Square Park for its 20th-annual holiday market. You’ll find plenty of affordable quality items, so your wallet will thank you—and friends and family on your list will, too.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
November 8–December 30
The Rockettes star in this annual song-and-dance extravaganza, one of the holiday season’s must-see attractions. This year’s show combines such classic scenes as “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” and “New York at Christmas” with all-new numbers and cutting-edge digital projection and digital mapping technology, which transforms Radio City Music Hall’s interior into a giant canvas.
The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park
November 1–January 5, 2014
Satisfy those on your shopping list and get into the spirit of the season with a trip to The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park. More than 125 merchants fill the park through early January selling clothing, jewelry, household items, crafts, art and more. Plus, indulge in some warm and gooey treats from the vendors and go ice-skating at the Rink at Winter Village (free for guests who bring their own skates!).
Many of the City’s rinks open in early to mid-fall—including The Rink at Bryant Park’s Winter Village, Trump Rink in Central Park and The Rink at Rockefeller Center—and others are open year-round, like the Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers, City Ice Pavilion and Aviator Sports & Events Center. Taking advantage of the early openings may be wise, as crowds tend to fill the more popular rinks later in the season.
So, get your butts over to my favorite city in the world and spend some magical moments with your beloved ones!
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