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Christmas and New Year's Eve in NYC

By Viator, December 2013

4.5 291 Reviews | Add your review

I watched a lot of the Today show when I was a kid. My mom had it on every morning before school, and it's safe to say that Jane Pauley, Willard Scott and later Katie Couric and Matt Lauer were a large part of my life. I honestly enjoyed the Today show, and every year, I'd look forward to the Christmas holidays when they'd show the huge tree outside of Rockefeller Center.

That tree is just one of many famous, illuminated New York City landmarks, and Viator offers a guided, early-evening tour of the Big Apple's favorite holiday lighting displays. You'll see the Rockefeller Center tree, of course, as well as the shops on Fifth Avenue and Lord and Taylor's animated window displays. I love driving around various neighborhoods every year looking at Christmas lights, and this tour, chock full of holiday magic, takes that enjoyment to the next level. New York is fantastic all year round, but there's something really special about it at Christmas. You don't want to miss it!

Another Christmas activity specific to New York is the show at Radio City Music Hall. The Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular features performances by the Rockettes, a live manger scene and the music of the Nutcracker. I'd say this show is a perfect holiday experience for families visiting the City at Christmas; if you pair this show with the light tour, your kids will have a Christmas they'll never forget. Book early, so you can get good seats at the show!

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