Holiday Magic for Free in NYC
OK , so you have either seen the Radio City Christmas Show, or it is not in your budget. New York offers many delights during the holidays that don’t cost a thing. And if you miss the Radio City Show you will have several opportunities to see the fabulous Rockettes for free.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: This is the best! On Nov. 27th the 88th Annual Parade steps off at Central Park West and 77th and ends at Macy’s headquarters on 34th St. For a sneak preview, go to Central Park West and 79th St the night before to watch the giant balloons being inflated. New crowd pleasers this year are Thomas the Train and Paddington Bear. Colorful marching bands from across the country, Broadway shows, and the Rockettes offer an exciting spectacle for all. Info: macys.com/parade
Winter’s Eve: Here is your opportunity to explore Lincoln center and the upper West Side. It has its own tree lighting and area shops, and restaurants offer talent and tasty inexpensive treats. Arlo Guthrie headlines Monday, Dec. 1st from 5:30-9:30pm. Info: Winterseve.org
Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting: Always a reminder that Christmas is upon us. This event has national and global significance, but allows New Yorkers and those sharing the season here to see the fabulous tree come to life up close and personal. Tree lighting is scheduled for Wed., Dec 3, and will remain lit until Jan. 8th. Info: RockefellerCenter.com
Holiday Store Windows: If window shopping is your thing, or even if it’s not, there is no place better than NYC at holiday time. The windows of major 5th Ave stores have become their own attraction, often taking an entire year to complete.Info: New York City Christmas Store Displays Walking Map.gonyc.com
Holiday Markets: Colorful sites to see on their own, but if you are looking for unique, handmade gifts, these festive markets could be just the place. Info: newyork.cbslocal.com/top-lists/nycs-5-best-holiday-markets