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Great places to go in Manhattan at Christmastime

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Christmas is a magical time and it takes on an especially festive flare in New York City. Every December the city of New York transforms itself into a mecca of trees and decorations. There is a lot to see in New York at Christmastime and below is simply a quick review of some of the Manhattan-based sites to see in honor of December 25th.

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The Rockefeller Centre Tree—The Rockefeller Centre Christmas Tree is one of the most famous Christmas trees in the world. Every year it is lit in early December and the event broadcast internationally. Additionally, millions of people flock to Rockefeller Centre every year to see the tree!

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular—The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is one of the most famous Christmas shows in the world. Held annually in the Radio City theater, the show is famous for the Rockette dancers that appear in every show.

Department Store Windows—There are many department stores in New York City that decorate for the holidays. Chief among them is Macy’s that elaborately and ornately designs its windows with Christmas-themed décor and even has a full floor full of Christmas ornaments (plus a Santa for kids to get photos with). Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdale’s, Sack’s 5th Avenue and Cartier’s are also examples of stores that decorate elaborately.

MET Christmas Tree—The Metropolitan Museum of Art has one of the most beautiful trees in the city. Every year the MET decorates a tree with many beautiful and antique angels and nativity set figurines that were made in Italy centuries ago. Every year the figurines on and around the tree are set up somewhat differently.

The Origami Tree—The Natural History Museum has a lovely tree that is decorated entirely with decorations made out of origami. The decorations range in shapes from stars to animals to mythical creatures like the three witches from “Macbeth.” The tree is colorful and unique and certainly worth looking at.

The Train Show at Grand Central Station—Grand Central Station is the most famous train station in new York City. Suitably, it has houses a large toy train display at Christmastime that also includes a large display of buildings and figurines (that gives the impression of a mini-city).

Every year the events in New York change a bit but these are six Christmas events that are held annually. Anyone who lives in or near New York City should make an effort to see some of these festive sites before the season comes to a close!

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