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Explore the Immaculate Holiday Window Displays of NYC

While the streets, squares, and centers of New York City are all decked out with Christmas decorations, there is more to marvel at. The ornate holiday window displays are what NYC is really known for during this time of the year. 

Jaw-dropping, extravagant displays fill the windows of Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale's, Henri Bendel, Lord & Taylor, Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue and Tiffany & Co. The ornate and over-the-top displays are worth a visit while you are out and about.

The holiday tradition of festive window displays dates back to the 1870s, according to Macy's, the first retailer to start the trend. The windows displays are up before Thanksgiving and stay up until shortly after New Year’s. It will take approximately 2 and a half hours with a visit each of the eight displays spanning a few miles, but the views are well worth the time and the distance.

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NYC November Festivities

The Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, holiday shopping markets and bazaars, and watching the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting are all NYC holiday season musts. 

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade - The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade is an NYC holiday season staple. The parade will take place on Thursday, November 22nd starting at 9 a.m. and end at noon. A parade of floats, Broadway performers, special guests, gigantic inflatables characters, and entertainers of all kinds will be floating down 77th Street and Central Park West all the way to 34th Street in Herald Square.

Holiday Shopping - Looking to get ahead on your holiday shopping? You’ll have a plethora of holiday markets, fairs, and bazaars to choose from during your visit. Here are a few favorites:

  • Winter Village at Pier 17
  • Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
  • WinterFest at the Brooklyn Museum
  • Renegade Craft Fair in NYC
  • Grand Central Holiday Fair
  • Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar
  • Columbus Circle Holiday Market 
  • FAD Market: Holiday Edition
  • Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting is another NYC holiday season staple. This year's tree is 75-year-old Norway spruce from Wallkill, New York. You won’t want to miss seeing the city light up this 72-foot-tall and 45-foot-wide bustling beauty. The 2018 tree will be lit up for the first time on Wednesday, November 28. The tree lighting will include live performances from 7 to 9 p.m. at Rockefeller Plaza and stays lit until 9 p.m. on January 7th, 2019. Don’t miss out on this NYC holiday tradition!

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Wine and Dine at Eataly Downtown

In the 48,000 square foot space that Eataly occupies downtown, you can indulge in the flavors of Italy for lunch, dinner or dessert. Explore the spirits of fall all happy hour long, make your own pizza if you so please, or delight in a guided wine and cheese tasting.

This gigantic food emporium offers many Italian delights, produce, cheeses, coffee, wine and an assortment of other delectables. Come prepared with your stomachs empty and your eyes wide, as there is lots to take in and even more to take home.

Travel the expanse of Eataly based on your momentary need: be it a morning pick-me-up, a quick lunch to-go, a relaxing meal, or a romantic fine dining experience -- Eataly has it all.

Eataly Downtown is located on the 3rd floor of 4 World Trade Center at 101 Liberty Street between Greenwich and Church Street in the Financial District.

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Discover Imagination Unlimited at the Museum of the Moving Image

Explore the creative world of Jim Henson and immerse yourself in his revolutionary work as both an artist and a puppeteer, as well as a pioneer of modern culture—The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited features over 100 diverse objects from Henson’s prolific career.

Take a look at the real Kermit the Frog, Rowlf, Ernie and Bert, Grover, and even more popular favorites. Check out an assortment of props from many of Henson’s iconic productions, including Sesame Street, the Muppet movies, The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth. Discover his team’s unique creative process through character sketches, storyboards, costumes, and behind-the-scenes footage.

This one-of-a-kind exhibit is truly fun for the whole family and can be found less than ten miles away at the Museum of the Moving Image, located in the Queens borough. Be sure to catch it while you can! The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited will be open until January 31, 2019.

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