There’s no place like New York City during the holidays. From the glitter and sparkle to the scents of the season, NYC city streets come alive during this most wonderful time of the year. The Big Apple glimmers with the twinkle of a billion tiny stars adoring the trees, storefronts, and sidewalks. Snow glistens from eaves, carols ring loud, and shoppers bustle about, laden with boxes and packages and bags piled high.
America by Globe Bleu can bring your holiday dreams to life like never before by designing a holiday tour of the City that Never Sleeps. Stay at a Globe Bleu-preferred accommodation and experience the sights and sounds of the holidays in NYC with one of our incredible concierges.
We can also coordinate a relaxing, memorable day-trip to upstate New York for some exploring, and perhaps even a holiday festival that the whole family is sure to love.
An enchanting parade
In America, Thanksgiving is a festival (or “holiday”) in November which is almost as important as Christmas. Each year, in New York, the Thanksgiving parade is one of the most eagerly anticipated events. Over three million people crowd the streets of the Big Apple to watch this fantastic and colourful parade which is made up of giant balloons in the form of cartoon characters such as Kung Fu Panda or Snoopy, accompanied by decorated floats and brass bands. International musicians and bands, such as Carly Rae Jepsen, The Wanted, Chris Isaak or Kylie Minogue will also perform throughout the parade.
Every year the famous Rockefeller Center in New York sets up a huge Christmas tree on the Rockefeller Plaza. A ceremony to switch on the lights decorating the tree is held every year, with the Christmas Tree Lighting attracting thousands of visitors to marvel at the fabulous decorations. Many celebrities attend the event, too, much to the delight of the public. This year’s ceremony will be held December 3 – to join us, click here.
Then, skate beneath the glittering lights at the most famous ice skating rink in America. Every year New Yorkers and visitors alike flock to skate on the famous ice rink at the Rockefeller Center.
The holiday season is of course when the rink is most in demand, however, during the following few months the rink has a little more elbow room. Lots of skaters still come to enjoy some fresh air and the delightful sensations of gliding on the ice beneath one of New York’s most iconic landmarks.
A magical world awaits
During the holiday season, the windows of New York’s most famous stores are illuminated, a dazzling display of a tiny enchanted world full of mystery and wonder. Even if you’re not in the mood to shop until you drop, a Globe Bleu personal guide can curate a tour that features only the most spectacular window displays in the city. Some of our favorites include Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel, and more…
Truly a Christmas spectacular!
The iconic Rockettes of Radio City Music Hall, the most famous dance troupe in the world, are a holiday icon, much like the Rockefeller Center Tree. Bring the magic of the Christmas season to life with the Rockettes, who for generations have danced their way into the hearts of all who experience their annual Christmas Spectacular show.
Radio City Music Hall is a New York City landmark that opened to the public in 1932. Also known as the “Showplace of the Nation,” Radio City is the largest indoor theatre in the world, able to seat over 6,000 people at one time. Conceived from the desire of John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and in partnership with the Radio Corporation of America (RCA), they sought to provide high quality entertainment at affordable prices to during the Great Depression.
Radio City Hall’s “Great Stage” continues to be a premiere platform for entertainment with performances from musicians of every genre, comedians, the Cirque Du Soleil, movie premieres, music award shows, and taping of popular television shows like “America’s Got Talent” and “Wheel of Fortune.” Take our “Stage Door Tour ” for behind-the-scenes access to this historic venue.
You have probably already seen it in several American films: the New Year’s Eve celebrations in Times Square, where the countdown is led by a giant ball dropping slowly to the ground. This is an American institution, a hundred-year old tradition which attracts people from all over the world, who come to share this joyful event, welcoming in the New Year together. Celebrate 2015 with us in Times Square, NYC!
Don’t hesitate – tours are filling quickly and the holidays will be here before you know it! Contact us now to begin designing the most magical holiday experience that will become a beloved tradition.