Not even the coronavirus will be able to take away the shine and magic of New York this Christmas, and although there has never been a more critical moment in the history of the Big Apple, there are many ways to express love and affection for the capital of the world.
Here are several ways to enjoy New York during the holidays:
Those who are Mastercard cardholders will be able to access the most ambitious savings program designed for New Yorkers, “All In NYC: Neighborhood Getaways” Christmas Edition.
Those who cannot visit the city this year can access exclusive gifts or virtual content experiences with the seal Only-In-NYC, which include digital performances by Alvin Ailey, American Dance Theater, Carnegie Hall, Cathedral of St. John the Divine y Lincoln Center, available in Only-In-NYC next to a special holiday collection.
Emblematic Traditions of New York
This New Yorker’s favorite Christmas tradition, adorned with gigantic balloons and dazzling floats, has been transformed into an exclusive television experience that it will air on NBC for everyone to enjoy safely from the comfort of home.
Bringing holiday cheer and spirit to the city, the 88th annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting will be held on December 2 from 7-10 pm, with no public access.
This year, for the first time, the event will be televised with only the traditional ball descent, live performances and special guests are yet to be announced.
Ice skating rinks
Enjoy the city’s only free outdoor ice skating rink in Midtown at the Winter Village de Bryant Park, this time with reduced capacity to allow social distancing.
Enjoy in the synthetic and ecological skating rink on the roof of The William Vale en Williamsburg, overlooking the New York City skyline. Guests can also warm up in the small private and socially distanced houses.
Christmas markets, retail stores, and general shopping
This holiday attraction for the whole family returns to the iconic Vanderbilt Hall featuring handmade household items, toys, art, accessories, jewelry, bath and body products, and men’s, women’s and children’s clothing.
The Open Storefronts program helps businesses located on the ground floor that wish to use outdoor areas, temporarily, to sell merchandise during the Christmas festivities.
In addition to one of the most popular ice skating rinks in New York City, The Winter Village offers must-have gifts and winter activities at the Holiday Shops.
Nordstrom’s iconic Broadway store will open its annual holiday decorations on November 27, and Santa and his elves will participate in a snowy Christmas show every day at 2 pm and 6 pm, until December 24.
Thank you, Thank you, Merci, all multilingual expressions of gratitude, will be the centerpiece of iconic world-famous Macy’s display cases, taking the form of a letter of appreciation to first responders, essential workers, equality protesters and New Yorkers who showed their courage and hopeful spirit during a difficult year.
Macy’s Downtown Brooklyn will also host a celebration of appreciation to the city beginning November 27.
The 34th annual miracle on Madison Avenue will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 20% of the sales, at participating stores, will be donated to the pediatric initiatives of The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Outdoor igloos and winter rooftop experiences
Enjoy a glass of locally produced wine and a snack in a warm private winter dome at City Winery, or in the Outdoor Wine Garden, which offers an extraordinary view of the iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. Reservations can be made through Resy.
The city’s top open-air rooftop spot, located at Pier 17, will bring the charm of the season by turning the summer dining concept into winterized rooftop cabanas.
Experience a winter oasis in one of the 17 igloos on offer at 230 Fifth. The igloos have a maximum capacity of 10 people, and cannot be shared with more this year; Advance reservations are recommended.
Marvel at the miniature trains running through an enchanting display of famous New York City landmarks, such as the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Rockefeller Center and other favorites, each one delicately and artfully recreated from natural materials like birch bark, acorns and cinnamon sticks.
UrbanGlass present UrbanSparkle, an annual Christmas exhibition made up of artists who explore and use glass material in their decorative productions.
This year’s tree displays 1,000 colorful origami cranes, representing peace and good wishes as the city continues to meet the challenge of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A magical wonderland awaits visitors with the return of the Christmas festivities. With toy trains, figurines and miniature models from the renowned Jerni Collection, Holiday Express transports guests to a bygone era at the New York Historical Society.
Head to Astoria to experience the festive extravaganza, including new and classic Christmas movies, live performances, a Christmas-themed installation, games, raffles, and Santa’s fun, all in a socially distant mansion overlooking the Manhattan skyline and the East River.
Celebrate the holidays with a host of winter activities in the garden: garland making workshops, winter tree tours, beeswax candle making, and a holiday sale in the gift shop.
Every Christmas season, the Morgan displays Charles Dickens’s original manuscript of “A Christmas Carol”Or“ A Christmas Carol ”in the J. Pierpont Morgan Library.
The Morgan now advances a page of the Christmas Carol manuscript each season, and this year, the manuscript is open to Scrooge’s insulting comments about Christmas. Explore “A Christmas Carol” online.
In association with Spotlight Repertory Theater, the Alice Austen House Museum will present a performance of “The Nutcracker” in the front garden of the museum house.
Christmas light shows and displays
The annual event Turn On the Lights (Turn on the lights) will air live this year, allowing everyone to see the iconic road lit with festive lights and display cases, as well as a caravan of decorated floats roaming through Harlem to safely greet the county’s resident community.
During this festive celebration, visitors can enjoy five animal lantern safaris, as well as Christmas-themed music, ice-carving demonstrations, costumed characters, stilts, souvenirs, and seasonal treats like hot chocolate and s’mores.
New York City’s newest neighborhood will feature its newest holiday décor, Shine Bright at Hudson Yards, illuminating the public square and gardens, The Shops at Hudson Yards, Vessel and Edge with white lights set against evergreen trees and magnificent scenery.
The New York Botanical Garden will host a magnificent outdoor light show, illuminating the park’s iconic gardens and the Haupt Conservatory for 14 scheduled nights.
LuminoCity, a magnificent light show that first debuted last year on Randall’s Island, will feature several acres of new art installations featuring lights and sculptures inspired by nature, history and magic.
The Empire State Building’s annual illuminated music show begins on December 19, with the new song by Carrie Underwood, “Hallelujah”, accompanied by John Legend, synchronized with the dazzling Christmas lights of the iconic building.
Along with the release of Underwood’s new Christmas album, My Gift, At 8pm each night, the song will air on iHeartRadio’s Z100 and LiteFM, and the light display will also be streamed live via Earthcam.
For more information, visit nycgo.com/holidays.
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