Four Can't-Miss Classic Holiday Events in New York City
Take time out from your busy day to enjoy these New York Christmas staples
By Rosemary O’Connor
If you have enough patience to push through the massive crowds of tourists on 5th Avenue, be sure to stop by and see the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, which is lit this year from December 4 through January 7.
Check out Winter Village at Bryant Park, where free ice-skating is available until March 2 (skate rentals are $15, though). A holiday market featuring nearly 130 boutique-style shops runs until January 5. Pop in for either lunch or dinner at Celsius, the 7,000-square-foot, glass-enclosed restaurant overlooking the rink that is open until the beginning of March.
Running through December 30: the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, featuring the fabulous Rockettes (who doesn’t love that toy soldier number?), has been delighting families for 80 years. Tickets range from $40 to $300. Be aware that the closer it gets to December 25, the higher the prices are (www.radiocitychristmas.com).
Venture down to Brooklyn and take the Christmas Lights and Cannoli Tour. The three-and-a-half-hour bus ride takes guests through Italian-American section of Dyker Heights to see the extravagant lights displays — and stops at a pastry shop for delicious cannoli (through Dec. 31, $55, www.asliceofbrooklyn.com/christmas.html).
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