Daily Express: New York, Christmas in the Big Apple

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As temperatures start to drop and snow begins to fall, New York City comes alive. From holiday classics to festive hidden gems, all five boroughs celebrate in their own way. Kicking it off is MacyÂ’s Thanksgiving Parade on November 26, followed by the lighting of the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Plaza on December 2.




Here are some of the Big AppleÂ’s seasonal highlights.



ManhattanÂ’s outdoor ice skating rinks are now open for the holiday season

From holiday classics to festive hidden gems, all five boroughs celebrate in their own way. Kicking it off is MacyÂ’s Thanksgiving Parade on November 26, followed by the lighting of the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Plaza on December 2.

Here are some of the Big AppleÂ’s seasonal highlights.

With giant helium balloon characters, floats, performance artists and clowns, MacyÂ’s Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade (macys.com/parade) is a tinsel-festooned New York institution. Starting at Central Park West, the parade snakes slowly through the city before finishing on 34th Street in front of MacyÂ’s.

Join the Rockettes as they kick their way into the holiday spirit. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular (radiocitychristmas. com) runs from November 13 to January 3. With dancing Santas and fallen Nutcrackers, Radio City Music Hall turns into a winter wonderland complete with snow.



Giant helium balloon characters, floats, performance artists and clowns at MacyÂ’s Parade

ManhattanÂ’s outdoor ice skating rinks are now open for the holiday season. With a spectacular Christmas tree as the backdrop, head to The Rink at Rockefeller Center (therinkatrockcenter.com). Alternatively, Central Park has its own rink, The Wollman Rink in Central Park (wollmanskatingrink. com), where you can glide under snow-covered trees.

New York City Ballet (nycballet. com) presents one of its most iconic performances, The Nutcracker at the Lincoln Center. Complete with marching toy soldiers, a one-ton Christmas tree grows before the audienceÂ’s eyes and crystalline snowflakes fall from the rafters. From November 27 to January 3.



The tiny railway at The Bronx Botanical Gardens

The Metropolitan Opera (metopera.org) will be offering a special half-price holiday promotion. Those who buy a full-price ticket will get the second one at half-price. A family-oriented performance of The Barber Of Seville runs from December 16 to January 2. Also available is the adult-centric performance of Die Fledermaus from December 4 to January 7.

Everyone loves a Christmas window and no one does it better than New York. WindowsWear (windowswear. com) offers walking tours of the cityÂ’s famed department stores and hotels. Starting from MacyÂ’s in Herald Square, you can wander up Fifth Avenue where many of the shops are gift-wrapped. YouÂ’ll pass the Empire State Building and many other landmark buildings.

All aboard the Holiday Train within the Botanical Gardens in The Bronx. See quaint, historical model trains whizz along half a mile of narrow-gauge track. Then travel through a realistic miniature city landscape past more than 150 iconic buildings. From November 21 to January 18. (nybg.org)

New York Hall of Science (nysci. org) hosts Gingerbread Lane, in its 22nd year, a village of more than 1,000 houses of gingerbread, icing and chocolate. ItÂ’s aiming to hold the Guinness World Record for largest gingerbread village for the third year in a row. There are also gingerbread workshops and giveaways throughout the season (November 14-January 10).



Radio City Music Hall turns into a winter wonderland complete with snow

Visit the Queens home of jazz supremo Louis Armstrong (louisarmstronghouse.org). All December, hear his recording of, Twas The Night Before Christmas plus other favourites on a tour of the humble house. New York tourism: nycgo.com

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