Every festive-holiday season, the five boroughs of New York City offer an astonishing variety of performances, shopping, dining, museum exhibitions, cultural tours and other...

Every festive-holiday season, the five boroughs of New York City offer an astonishing variety of performances, shopping, dining, museum exhibitions, cultural tours and other activities.

“There’s no better time to experience New York City’s five boroughs than during the annual holiday season,” says George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company, New York City’s official marketing, tourism, and partnership organization. “Each year the city opens its arms and welcomes visitors to experience some of the world’s most stunning holiday decorations, events and entertainment. This year will be another opportunity to enjoy the city’s unique energy, excitement and vibrancy.”


New York’s festive-holiday season kicks off when huge balloons, beautiful floats and Santa Claus himself arrive in Herald Square during the 84th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 25. The parade begins at 9 a.m. on 77th Street and Central Park West, at the New York Museum of Natural History. The parade then makes its way to Columbus Circle, turns east toward Seventh Avenue and continues on to 42nd Street. Then it turns east toward Sixth Avenue and goes down Sixth Avenue to 34th Street, where it travels west until it ends at Seventh Avenue. Go to macys.com/parade for more details.

Now in its 78th year, Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular continues to entertain both visitors and residents. From November 5 to December 30, the world-famous Rockettes perform, accompanied by stunning special effects. Ticket prices start at $45. Visit www.radiocitychristmas.com to learn more about the Christmas Spectacular.

The Theater at Madison Square Garden will host Wintuk, a Cirque du Soleil production, for its fourth and final season this year. The holiday show shares the tale of a boy’s quest for snow in an imaginary wonderland called Wintuk. The last season of this exciting production, which involves acrobatics, theatrics and music, lasts from November 17, 2010, to January 2, 2011. Tickets range from $30 to $220, with a special 30 per cent discount for select children’s tickets. For more information or to book, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/wintuk.

One of the favorite pastimes of New Yorkers in the festive season is skating on the famous winter-season ice rink under the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, New York City's best-known festive-season decoration

The Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting is one of the most popular draws for holiday visitors from around the world. The annual tree-lighting ceremony, which takes place this year on November 30, is a star-studded event. Decorated in festive LED lights and topped with a Swarovski crystal star, the tree, which has become more eco-friendly in recent years, can be viewed till early January. Visit www.rockefellercenter.com for more details.

For more on festive-season events in New York City, see Page 2

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