New York all set for holiday celebrations

NYC&Company, NewYork City’s official destination marketing organisation, is at ITB Asia, previewing celebrations in the city during the 2018/2019 holiday season.

From the unofficial kick-off courtesy of the Rockettes and the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular in early November to the various New Year’s celebrations and everything in between, New York City is primed for a festive season that is like no other in the world.

NYC & Company President and CEO Fred Dixon says: “The holiday season in New York City is a spectacle unlike any other. It is a time when the vibrant energy that makes up the very fabric of our city is magnified through the joy of dozens of multicultural celebrations among New Yorkers and global visitors who make the five boroughs a centrepiece of their annual festivities.”

Highlights include landmark events and first-time New York- style holiday celebrations for travellers to enjoy this winter. Visitors will also find activities like historic new shopping destinations, world-famous department store window displays (Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue), outdoor ice- skating rinks and more scattered all throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island. The ve-borough-wide season wraps up with various New Year’s Eve celebrations. Tradition dictates that three iconic events bookend the introduction and conclusion of the holiday season in New York City, namely Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade on November 22; the Rockefeller Centre Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 28; and the New Year’s Eve Times Square Ball Drop on December 31 and January 1.

Among some of the other pre-Christmas highlights in the Big Apple is Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, which is taking place at the Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden between December 13-30; and the New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show takes place The Bronx, from November 17 to January 21.