I've lived in the desert for thirty years and what I still miss most about my native New York is its magic at Christmastime. It's the time of year when New York City is transformed into
a magical winter wonderland sprinkled with twinkling lights, Christmas trees and red ribbons. Children walk around with eyes open wide in amazement and adults become children again.
It all begins with Santa's arrival in Herald Square during the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The appearance of this popular celebrity officially starts the holiday season in
New York City. It means the glitz and glitter of a winter wonderland, for young and old alike, is just waiting to be explored. If you're in New York City at Christmastime, you don't
want to miss…
With Santa finally in town, the magic of the holiday wonderland can begin. The traditional lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is a few days after Thanksgiving. Huge horn-blowing angels
of lights point the way down Rockefeller Plaza toward the skating rink where chilly skaters bundled in winter coats and scarves glide across the ice to Christmas music. Above the skaters and
the golden statue of the god Prometheus towers the world famous Christmas tree aglow with over 78,000 lights. The tradition of the Rockefeller Plaza Christmas tree began in 1933. It's always
been a Norway spruce at least 65' tall and 35' wide. The Rockefeller Plaza Christmas tree spreads its joy through December and into the New Year when the tree comes down.
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St. Patrick's Cathedral
St. Patrick's Cathedral, across the street from Rockefeller Center, dominates Fifth Avenue with its height and grandeur. This beautiful, Gothic Cathedral first opened its doors in 1879.
Visiting its large nativity display is an awe-inspiring experience. There are many beautiful churches in New York City all dressed up for the holidays, but this is one you won't want to miss.
Radio City Music Hall
Around the corner from Rockefeller Center is the beautiful art deco Radio City Music Hall. The magnificent 6,000-seat music hall and its mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ have dazzled audiences for over 75
years at the annual Christmas Spectacular. The grand holiday show includes the Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, New York at Christmas, a living nativity and the famous Radio City Music Hall Rockettes
in bright, holiday red, kicking up a storm with precision choreography.