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Holiday Windows

Right after Thanksgiving, up through New Year's, the major department stores along 5th Avenue, and Macy's on Herald's Square dress up their windows in what has become one of the city's most popular strolls. It's a holiday tradition that you won't want to miss. The windows are beyond what you would imagine.

Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting

The Christmas tree lighting at Rockefeller Center heralds the holiday season in New York City. The ceremony, televised live since 1966, also includes live entertainment for the entire family. The 2014 tree will be lit for the first time on Wednesday, December 3 with live performances from 7-9pm at Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th and 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues. The ceremony is FREE and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. The tree is always a treat to view but if you want to avoid some of the crowds, come after the official lighting, anytime up until the week after New Year's Day. Read more at RockefellerCenter.com

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

School marching bands, celebrity guests and performers bring excitement to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but they take a backseat to the real stars of the show—the balloons. Every year, more than 2.5 million cheering spectators watch as SpongeBob, Snoopy, Garfield and other giant helium-filled characters float along the route. It’s no wonder this is one of NYC’s favorite holiday traditions. Balloon inflation the night before is open to the public. This amazing and iconic spectacle of celebrities, Broadway performers, enormous balloon creatures and the first Santa of the season can be witnessed in person along the route.

Chanukah Celebrations

Chanukay begins at sundown on December 16th. There's usually a menorah-lighting ceremony takes place at Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza You can also see what's billed as the largest menorah in the world at 5th Avenue and 59th street, by the Plaza Hotel. It is 32 feet high, gold-colored, 4,000-pound steel holiday icon. Every evening during the holiday, a candle is lit - using equipment donated by the fire department it order to reach the top.

Don't Hold Your Breath for the New York Wheel

The Wheel is expected to begin construction in First Quarter, 2015. Read more at Wheel Delayed Again

Just Thinking Ahead: New Years in New York

From the annual ball drop in Times Square and other celebrations throughout Manhattan to events in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, New York City is the
ideal spot to ring in 2015.

Brooklyn Trivia

Think you know Brooklyn? Read on and see... Facts About Brooklyn You May or May Not Know!

Check out Free New York City Attractions

Think you can't get something for free in New York City? Here are some of the wonderful and free tours and attractions available in New York City.

New York City Festivals

Every month New York City brims with festivals. Here's just one June highlight... Coney Island Mermaid Parade The Mermaid Parade celebrates the sand, the sea, the salt air and the beginning of summer, as well as the history and mythology of Coney Island, Coney Island pride, and artistic self-expression. The Parade is characterized by participants dressed in hand-made costumes as Mermaids, Neptunes, various sea creatures, the occasional wandering lighthouse, Coney Island post card or amusement ride, as well as antique cars, marching bands, drill teams, and the odd yacht pulled on flatbed. This beloved parade has not yet achieved national awareness and maintains its local flavor. Read more at Mermaid Parade

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