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“Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Clause.”  You won’t find him on your Starbuck’s Venti Cappuccino cup this holiday season but he is alive and well and spreading his holiday cheer all across Manhattan.  No where else captures the spirit of the season like the holiday events offered in New York City. Here are some of the area attractions offered this Christmas just in time to book your next holiday home exchange.

Start off your trip to The Big Apple at the world famous Rockefeller Center to view their iconic Christmas tree on display.  The official lighting is Wed, December 2 and the tree will remain lit until 8pm on Wed, January 6th. 

While taking in the beauty of the holiday tree be sure to experience one the city’s most well known traditions with a skate around Rockefeller Center’s ice rink.  The rink only holds 150 skaters at a time so be sure to make a booking. 

Enjoy the time honored tradition of the Rockettes performing in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.  This annual musical stage show has been a New York City tradition since 1933.  You’ll be sure to enjoy the beautiful choreography, stage design and flying Santa. 

Nothing gets you in the spirit of the holiday like George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker performed by the New York City Ballet.  Lincoln Center boasts its own famed tree lighting ceremony and holiday displays for your enjoyment.  

You’ll want to be sure to walk down New York City’s famous 5th Avenue and view the spectacular departments store window displays.  Among the most well know displays are Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s and Sacks Fifth Avenue.  These awe inspiring windows displays are reason enough to add 5th Avenue to your list if not for the shopping. 

After you’ve practiced your spins on the ice at Rockefeller Center then you’re ready to lace up again and experience skating at Bryant Park Winter Village.  After you hang up your skates you can browse the 125 holiday kiosk shops to find that one-of-a-kind gift.  This market is just one of the many holiday markets all around the city the holiday season.

You can finish off your holiday shopping before heading home with a trip about an hour outside the city to one of the top premium outlets.  Their designer store include Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, J. Crew, Jimmy Choo, Sacks Fifth Avenue, Tumi, and Versace to name just a few. 

Book your next luxury holiday in one of International Vacation Home Exchange’s New York City properties.  Remember that you’re in “the city that never sleeps” so you may want to switch your Starbuck’s order to a double espresso so you don’t miss out on any of the New York City holiday festivities. 

Thank you to travel writer Lisa Medeiros


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