|New Years Eve in Times Square
Amble along and around Fifth Avenue to scope out the beloved
holiday display windows created annually at Saks Fifth Avenue,
Bloomingdale's, Macy's, and countless designer boutiques,
plus the trumpeting angels, lights and, of course, the giant
tree at nearby Rockefeller Center.
Call 888-377-4455 for more information
Lighting of the World's Largest Hanukkah Menorah
On the first night of Hanukkah, watch the lighting of
this 32-foot tall Menorahthe world's largest. Already
have a klatch planned for the 7th? Not a problem: The
candle-lighting is repeated on all eight nights of Hanukkah.
Times vary; Grand Army Plaza, Fifth
Ave. at 59th St., Brooklyn; 718-778-6000
New York offers more holiday-related events than one could
hope to enjoy. To name a few of the biggies:
Holidays at the New York Botanical Gardens
Every year the Botanical Garden builds a cityscape out of
plants, spanning two entire galleries of the Conservatory.
Models trains run throughout 1,000 feet of large-gauge track
across intricate recreations of city scenes. See plantish
replicas of the Statue of Liberty, the Apollo Theater, and
the Brooklyn Bridge as well as this year's new additions which
include Rockefeller Center, City Hall, and St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Visitors to the Gardens can also tour the winter flowers and
learn how to choose a Christmas tree. See a schedule of tours
10am - 5pm daily, The New York Botanical Garden, Bronx
River Pkwy at Fordham Rd., 718-817-8700 or nybg.org.
Free with admission
Bronx Zoo Holiday Lights
Theater, ice-carving demonstrations, guys on stilts — they're
all at the Bronx Zoo for this year's installment of Holiday
Lights. Show up at sundown to see the zoo transformed into
a veritable winter wonderland of bulb-built beasts. The big
attraction? The Polar Express, an antique train that kids
are free to climb all over.
November 19 - December 19: Fri-Sun 5-9pm; December 20 -
January 9: daily 5-9pm; closed December 24 and 25; Fordham
Rd. and the Bronx River Pkwy, 718-367-1010, bronxzoo.com
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Who doesn't love a Rockette? Well, they're back doing their
wooden toy-soldier routine (it's the toy soldiers that are
wooden — not the routine…). The Spectacular opened in November,
and over the following two months will present more than 200
performances, sometimes as many six a day. That's a lot of
Radio City Music Hall, 1260 6th Ave between 50th and 51st
Sts.; $38-$125; 212-247-4777 or radiocity.com
Santaland at Macy's
Just slightly smaller in scale than their Thanksgiving Day
parade, Macy's re-creation of Santa's domain is back in full
effect to entertain the kids.
Monday - Friday 9am - 9pm, Saturday and Sunday 7am - 9pm.
December 24, 9am - 5:30pm; Macy's Herald Square, 151 West
34th St., 8th Fl., 212-695-4400; Free.
For more Holiday Events and ideas, see our Holidays
in the City Guide
New Year's Eve in Times Square
The drop of the illuminated, thousand-pound Waterford Crystal
ball, which sits atop One Times Square between 42nd and 43rd
Sts., starts promptly at 11:59pm. Hardy revelers will begin
showing up early in the afternoon and by rush hour, thousands
will have staked their claim to spots on Broadway. It takes
a certain type of person to want to huddle in this crowd of
750,000 and counting, but if that's you, bring gloves, stop
at the bathroom before you head out, and enter the mob scene
from Sixth or Eighth Aves. Traffic will be closed by 6pm from
Broadway and Seventh Ave as far south as 42nd St and as far
north as 59th.
Arrive around 6pm; One Times Square, 42nd to 47th Sts. between
Broadway and 7th Ave.; Free; 212-768-1560, timessquarebid.org
New Year's Eve Fireworks
For those who want to bypass the Times Square frenzy, head
to Central Park where the calmer evening festivities lead
up to a fireworks display at midnight.
Central Park at 72nd St.; 212-310-6600; centralpark.org
Runner's World Midnight Run
Get a head start on those resolutions! Join the New York Road
Runners for a midnight jog through the city.
12am,Central Park Bandshell, Central Park at E. 72nd St.;
More New Year's Ideas
Whether you're looking to take cruise around the city
or cruise around a ballroom, our New
Year's Guide has plenty of options.