The list of ways to relish the holiday season and spirit in New York is endless!

The tree has arrived at Rockefeller Center! Even though the official tree lighting isn’t until Dec. 3, try to glimpse the towering centerpiece of New York City holiday tradition if you find yourself in the area. It puts you in a festive state of mind!

It’s also that time of year when camels walk the streets of our city – no joke! Trainers take camels (from the Radio City Christmas Spectacular) out each morning for their daily exercise along 51st street near Radio City and Rockefeller Center. That is definitely a picture worth capturing.

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 23rd 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. The 13th annual Holiday Train Show at Grand Central, presented by the New York Transit Museum, features Lionel trains in a magical wonderland.

Also at Grand Central is the annual indoor Holiday Market, open daily through Dec. 24 (but closed on Thanksgiving). This year, a total of 76 vendors are taking over Vanderbilt Hall and offering an extensive selection of holiday gifts for most everyone on your list. It’s definitely worth perusing the collection of goods at the market – especially since it’s indoors!

Dress warm, packet your wallet, and venture outdoors, too. For a delightful afternoon, wander the city’s seasonal markets and craft fairs for great holiday gifts. Check out some of the best choices in this Time Out New York article.

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

For additional ideas on how to enjoy New York City’s five boroughs this fall and winter, check out, Time Out New York and City Guide. Our concierge is more than happy to offer suggestions and coordinate travel arrangements so be sure to check in with us.


Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti and