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Holiday Happenings â?" Winter Villages, Train Shows & More

You’re already seeing wrapping paper, holiday decorations and TV commercials to alert you – the official launch of the holiday season is almost upon us! And, New York City continues to bustle with tons of fun and spirited activities for you to enjoy. Here’s some of what we’re looking forward to over the next few weeks.

Check out the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park where you can ice skate, shop and eat your way through this festive open-air holiday experience. There’s daily ice skating (this is New York City’s only free admission rink); skate rentals are available. Shoppers can peruse in over 125 shops selling jewelry, food, decorative items and much more. Pick a holiday gift for a loved one – and maybe even a little treat for yourself!    

Two popular holiday train shows in the boroughs afford a wonderful way for families to spend time together. The Haupt Conservatory is the setting for the Holiday Train Show at the Botanical Gardens, a magical showcase of trains zipping past iconic New York City landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge (launching Nov. 21). The 14th annual Holiday Train Show at Grand Central (now open), presented by the New York Transit Museum, features Lionel trains in a magical wonderland.

If you’re exploring New York City on Dec. 12 this year and you spy extra Santas on the streets, then you know you’ve happened across men and women participating in the annual SantaCon tradition. Grab your Santa suit and have fun!

The holiday season wouldn’t be complete without a trip through the “land of sweets” in The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center (opening Nov. 27) and discovery of the winter wonderland created by the Radio City Christmas Spectacular (which opened last week).

Why not make these experiences extra special by spending a few days with us between Thanksgiving and Christmas? A mini-vacation of mega-experiences!