Hey fellow travelers, holidays happen and when they do, take a trip to the Big Apple, otherwise known as New York, New York. The Christmas and Hanukkah season in December brings a lot of top-notch opportunity for fun and holiday fanfare around New York City.
New York's Broadway District is the place to go for great theater along with signature musical performances. The Theater District along Broadway is world renowned for offering the leading stage presentations this side of London.
One of the top shows to see this winter is the long-playing classic "Jersey Boys." This musical portrays the back story of Franki Valli and the Four Season. It's 1960s doo-wop diddy of a musical with hit songs like "Big Girls Don't Cry and "Ain't that a Shame." The New York Times calls the musical wild, and that's just the fans.
The Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockets is another must-see whole on tour this holiday season. They can kick-start your holiday festivities, pun intended, dancing around a real-life nativity scene complete with live animals, battalions of ho-ho-ho'in Santas, festive music and leg kicks reaching the sky.
Touring venues and culture are the things to do with the Big Apple offering many unique tours and cultural opportunities for the savvy traveler. The New York Botanical Center hosts a garden holiday train trail transporting visitors over a one-half mile train track around the gardens and some 100 mini-landmarks. George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker" is performed by the New York City Ballet with 50 performances between Nov. 26 and Jan. 2.
Nobody can afford to miss the free event that is the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. However, if you can't be there for the Nov. 30 tree lighting, Rockefeller Center any time during the holidays continues to be the place to be with ice skating and holiday cheer. Since you may have to wait to get ice time considering no more than 150 skaters can be accommodated at once, consider a great alternative in skating for free at nearby Bryant Park Pond.
Hanukkah events include a Hanukkah concert at Town and Village Synagogue with a holiday sing-a-long on Dec. 12. The world's biggest menorah is lit on Dec. 11 at Grand Army Plaza on 59th Street and 5th Avenue along with free folk singing performances, traditional dancing and great Jewish food.
Getting there is half the fun. Not. Well, get there with non-stop flights if possible and lay-overs if non-stop isn't do-able or get a flight with casa mundo. Make sure to arrange for transportation from one of New York's three metropolitan airports. Then, it's off to a hotel like the Sheraton New York in the Theater District.
Not to be too much of a name dropper, but other possible hotels with a classic feel include the venerable Algonquin Hotel, The Chatwai New York, Hotel Metro and Hotel Elysee. Or those on a budget may seek out less costly, but interesting, lodging choices like The Bowery House, Carlton Arms Hotel or The Harlem Flophouse.