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Best Christmas Events in New York City 2013

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - Nov 28 / 2013

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

This holiday season kick-off event needs no introduction other than the fact that every year Macy's adds something spectacular to the event by unveiling a new character balloon - what will it be this year? Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is entering its 87th anniversary so join the show as another one enters the history books.

For more information, visit Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Best hotels to view the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Mandarin Oriental Hotel New York City (luxury)

Park Central New York (best value!)

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting - Wednesday, December 4/2013, 7-9pm

Christmas at Rockefeller Center

30,000 LED lights topped by an authentic Swarovski crystal will dance with the stars overlooking Manhattan on December 4th, during the world's most famous tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center. Be a part of the tens of thousands that gather through 5th Avenue, passed the glowing angels and accented decor, to the main event site and globally televised holiday season phenomenon. For many New Yorkers, attendance is an annual tradition, but no matter if it is your first or 50th visit, being an actual part of the ceremony is a once in a lifetime experience for all. Be sure to bring your "ice" legs, strap on some skates and glide along with the rosy cheeked (from either cool, crisp air, or consuming too much rum & eggnog) multitude at the on site Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink.

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Radio City Christmas Spectacular - Nov 9 to Dec 30 / 2013

Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan

New York Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2012

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is a glitzy holiday event taking place at world famous Radio City Music Hall. This year they take "spectacular" up a notch, beyond the North Pole.  New (and magical) special effects and 3D enhanced (you'll see) performances are making this annual tradition even more relevant to the tastes of today, while still maintaining the classic and beloved nuances of the historical venue and  the timeless Rockettes.  

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NYC Ballet Presents: The Nutcracker - Nov 29 to Jan 4 / 2014

70 N Broadway, New York, New York 

New York City Ballet The Nutcracker

'Tis the season for George Balanchine's: The Nutcracker, presented by the New York City Ballet, to march its way into town for one of the most prestigious festive events of the holidays. The magical imagination of childhood comes alive on stage at the Lincoln Centre where toy soldiers stand at attention at the command of their Mouse King and sugar plum fairies dance an exquisite ballet in the Land of Sweets to the incomparable tune of Tschaikovsky's original score. The Nutcracker plays for over a month and thus for many it marks the beginning of the season while for others it's the perfect way to conclude the year. Either way, this is a can't miss event that will stay with you for a lifetime.

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Bryant Park Christmas Market

Bryant Park, New York, NY

Bryant Park Christmas Market New York

Traditional Christmas Markets originate overseas in Eastern Europe. Some are so grand in scale that they make the North Pole and Santa's Workshop look like the seasonal section at Target. While North America will unlikely surpass Europe in this department, cities like New York are doing their best to put the Christmas spirit into popular landmark destinations where ornately lit and decorated villages pop up over the holidays and gather a diverse array of craft retailers, culinary specialists, and entertainers, to the delight of visitors.  

Recommended Accommodations near Bryant Park

Bryant Park Hotel

Courtyard Mariott Times Square