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Whether it’s ‘yes Virginia, there is a Santa Clause’ or ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ there is something about a classic Christmas that makes us think of New York City. Though towns and cities around the world will decorate for Christmas there is none as spectacular or famous as that of New York. The mammoth tree in Rockefeller Center surrounded by ice skaters in the rink below, the lights, wreaths, and other holiday decorations that adorn the streets, and of course the window displays in the department stores. Many dream of going to New York City during Christmas time, and for those who actually make it there they will never forget the amazing memory.
The tall tree standing in Rockefeller Center is perhaps the most recognizable New York City Christmas sight. The tree has been a tradition since 1933 and is between 70-100 feet tall. The first tree was set up by construction workers who were working on building Rockefeller Center. It was modestly decorated as opposed to the 30,000 lights it now has covering it. The trees are usually donated after a designated city worker has scouted it out through the areas of New England, New York, upper Pennsylvania, and even into portions of Canada.
The tall tree sits a bit above the center at street level while the skating rink sits down below. At night you can see the tree lit with thousands of colored LED lights, and green garland with small lights trim the rest of the Center, along with small white light on the barren branch trees around the rink. All season long the rink is open for the public to come and ice skate in, and for many who live in the city or just come for a holiday visit, it is a tradition to put on a pair of skates and get out on the ice. As they skate they can enjoy colored spot lights that shine holiday patterns through ice flake designed gobos that reflect on the walls and the waterfall area near the statue at Rockefeller.
The north east during Christmas time is truly an enchanted place to visit. It doesn’t matter if you are young and single, married with no kids or a full family you can enjoy the city and then travel about through local New England to enjoy even more magic. You can make the choice to stay someplace like the Boston Hilton Hotel and it will give you easy access to New York City, as well as other fun and enjoyable winter activities in the area. Enjoying the Nutcracker with the Boston Pops, seeing the Newport Mansions decked out for Christmas, or the Lantern Tours at Mystic Seaport will only enhance any New York Christmas trip and leave you with wonderful memories for years to come.
Whatever your holiday tradition is, adding an occasional trip to the Northeast and New York should certainly become part of your celebration. There are so many things to enjoy and partake in, make sure to take the opportunity to experience it as often as you can.