The holidays in New York City are unlike anywhere else. The magic of the season seems to be heightened with the glowing lights and chilled air that fill the Big Apple in December. Visit with kids this year before or after Christmas and enjoy one of these 4 festive events.
Winter Village at Bryant Park
Oct. 21, 2014, to Mar. 1, 2015
Besides the holiday market at Bryant Park, families can ice skate at the rink that is open now through Mar. 1, 2015. Admission is free, unless you rent skates. The holiday market runs through Jan. 4, 2015.
Holiday Train Show
Nov. 15, 2014, to Jan. 19, 2015
Head to the New York Botanical Garden for the annual holiday train show. Model trains will weave in and out of spectacular flower and plant displays that are decorated for the holiday season. Included with admission to the garden.
Holiday Market at Grand Central
Nov. 17 to Dec. 24, 2014
Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal will be decorated with festive lights and holiday flare for this year’s holiday market. Purchase gifts for friends and family or just browse the various booths to see what vendors are selling. Other holiday markets can be found at Union Square, Central Park and Bryant Park through Dec. 24, 2014. Admission is free.
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting
Dec. 3, 2014
If you’re not afraid of crowds, visit Rockefeller Center on Dec. 3, from 7 to 9 p.m., for its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. This year, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennet will perform, along with Sara Bareilles, LeAnn Rimes and Trisha Yearwood. The tree will be lit through Jan. 7, 2015. Admission is free.
– Hilarey Wojtowicz