The Special Glow of a New York Christmas

A New York Christmas

Christmas anywhere in the world is a special time. But Christmas in New York is uniquely special. For starters, New Yorkers become nicer. Not that it would be noticeable to an outsider, but to a New Yorker, the difference is in the quicker smile, the extra patience when it comes to numerous tourists creating sidewalk gridlock, and the helpfulness in pointing the lost visitor to the right place.

A New York Christmas is busy, bright, colorful, and noisy. The traditional picture of hot chocolate in front of a cozy fire with family doesn't exist. How could it when there are very few fireplaces in the homes of 8 million New Yorkers? What New Yorkers have instead is a whole array of Christmas events so numerous that this hub can only highlight a few.

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
Origami Christmas Tree at the American Museum of Natural History
Origami Christmas Tree at the American Museum of Natural History
Tyranosaurus Rex Origami
Tyranosaurus Rex Origami
Metropolitan Museum of Art Christmas Tree
Metropolitan Museum of Art Christmas Tree
Mineature Neapolitan Baroque Creche at Metropolitan Museum of Art
Mineature Neapolitan Baroque Creche at Metropolitan Museum of Art

Christmas Trees in New York

First, a New York Christmas officially starts with the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. This event has grown so popular that the whole nation watches the Christmas Tree lighting on network television and has used it as a signal of the start of the Christmas season. And the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is not the only game in town. The American Museum of Natural History has an Origami Christmas Tree decorated with prehistoric animals in origami form. The Metropolitan Museum of Art's huge Christmas tree has 18th century Neapolitan angels and cherubs as decorations that flank an extensive nativity scene. The Cathedral of St. John the Divine has a beautiful Peace Tree decorated with over 1000 cranes and other peace symbols.

Christmas Window Displays

A New York Christmas is also about windows. Six major department stores are famous for their elaborate Christmas window displays. Now granted, the displays are there to entice you to come in to the store to buy things, but these stores spent a lot of time, money and planning on their Christmas window displays and many people appreciate it. You will find many New Yorkers taking an evening stroll in Midtown to tour the Christmas windows.  You can find Christmas windows at Macy's on 34th Street and Sixth Avenue, Lord & Taylor at 39th Street and Fifth Avenue, Saks Fifth Avenue at 49thStreet, Bergdorf Goodman at 57th Street and Fifth Avenue, Barney's at 61st Street and Madison Avenue, and Bloomingdale's at 59th Street and Lexington Avenue.

The Radio City Music Hall Rockettes
The Radio City Music Hall Rockettes
Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden
Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden

Catch a Christmas Show

If shopping is not your thing, then why not a Christmas show? The grandaddy of them all is the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and its famed Radio City Music Hall Rockettes. Their high-kicking precision still amazes and the scene where the Rockettes dress up as toy soldiers that tumble like dominoes is still a favorite. A New York Christmas would not be the same without it. If ballet is your thing, then hurry over to Lincoln Center for the New York City Ballet's seasonal performance of The Nutcracker. It will delight the child as well as the child in the adult. For a different kind of show, enjoy the model trains and tiny replicas of over 140 New York City landmarks at the Holiday Train Show held at the New York Botanical Garden.

So if any of these activities sound remotely attractive, why not spend a Christmas in New York and have your own New York story.

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sannyasinman 6 years ago

Nice hub - and timely . . . by the way FK, you look a bit pale. Have you been eating properly lately?


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Flightkeeper 6 years ago from The East Coast Author

I'm fine sanny, just dressing up for Halloween. Thanks for visiting.


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LRobbins 6 years ago from Germany

It looks beautiful! I've never been to NY but it looks like Christmas would be a great time to do.


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Flightkeeper 6 years ago from The East Coast Author

@LRobbins. Christmas is a great time to go. Just be prepared for crowds! Thanks for visiting.

@Health Tip. Christmas is the one time when NYC is especially glorious, I hope you get a chance to visit again. Thanks for dropping by.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Sounds wonderful! I hope to make it to the Big Apple one day!


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Flightkeeper 6 years ago from The East Coast Author

Hi Habee, you would have lots to see during your Christmas visit. Thanks for coming by.


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Thundermama 4 years ago from Canada

I have always wanted to go to New York at Christmas time and this year I might make it happen. This hub was well written and most useful.


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Flightkeeper 3 years ago from The East Coast Author

Christmas in New York is full of things to see and hear. You'll enjoy it a lot but you'll have to pick from so many things to do.

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