Christmas is rapidly approaching. Many cities have become Winter wonderlands. There are Christmas trees, holiday windows, and lots of bright lights. New Yorkers are well aware of how spectacular the scenery is around town. There are a number of different things to do around the city that will allow you to celebrate Christmas with your friends and family.
Christmas season starts in New York City with The Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall in Rockefeller Center. For over 50 years, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular has been a symbol of the holiday season in New York. You'll see tap dancers, the Rockettes, and flying Santa.
The Nutcracker is an alternative option. The Nutcracker will be shown at David Koch Theater near Lincoln Center. The classic production is set to Tchaikovsky. The cast includes the full New York City Ballet company, along with students from the school of American Ballet. Featuring an onstage blizzard and a large Christmas tree, the Nutcracker is a historic representative of the Christmas season. George Balanchine handles the choreography.
There is a musical rendition of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer taking place at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. The musical is about a young deer who rises above bullying to achieve his dreams. The musical features live actors and puppets. First Stage's Jeff Frank handles the production.
An important part of Christmas for many people is shopping. There are a few places around New York where you can potentially find that great gift for your loved ones.
Stop by the Jingle Holiday pop up located inside Chelsea Market on 75 9th Avenue. Designer Jill Schwartz created the shop, which features items from different independent brands. There are accessories that could be cool stocking stuffers, along with a wide selection of clothes.
For those who would really like to give their loved ones a custom gift, you can stop by the Young & Able Holiday pop up. The shop is located on 2 Rivington St in the Lower East Side, and features goods from different artists and designers. There are workshops where you can learn how to create different craft goods yourself.
Having dinner with friends and family is an important part of Christmas for many people. However, for those who don't feel like preparing dinner for the holiday, there are a number of different restaurants open on Christmas Day.
In the Meatpacking District, the French restaurant Bagatelle will be serving a special Christmas menu with Guinea hen, scallops, and risotto.
Located in Manhattan, The Mile End Deli will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. They will be serving wings with spicy cumin aloli and spiced potatoes.
If you have a sweet tooth, head to the Taste of Home Gingerbread Boulevard at Madison Square Park. You'll see houses built with ginger bricks, a frosting covered roof and peppermint sticks. Inside the homes are marshmallow snowmen. There are also Christmas trees that you can decorate.