A Living Advent Calendar: Holidays in NYC

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The Advent Calendar is among the many gifts of the Christmas season.  Counting down the days between the beginning of Advent to Christmas, the calendar is a special way for children (and others!) to build the anticipation leading to Christmas, the timetable was first used by German Lutherans and is now a fixture in many Christian denominations, as well as those who embrace Christmas from a secular perspective.

These days the themes of Advent calendars are nearly limitless, ranging from sports to technology.  Now familiar, these Christmas fixtures are formed with simple paper with flaps covering each of the 24 days leading to Christmas.  More elaborate ones may include painted wooden boxes with “cubby holes,” with hidden treats inside each nook.

Inspired by the idea of an Advent calendar, I set about listing 25 of the most special aspects of enjoying the season in New York, arguably one of the most beautiful cities in the world, festooned for the winter season.  Here are some that I have selected:

  1. The Radio City Rockettes
  2. The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree
  3. Christmas tree sellers on virtually every corner
  4. Salvation Army bell ringers
  5. Carriage rides around Central Park
  6. Sak’s Fifth Avenue musical & light presentations
  7. Giant stars adorning the Shops at Time Warner Center/Columbus Circle
  8. Poinsettias and Christmas flowers in neighborhood bodegas
  9. Christmas craft booths around town (Columbus Circle, Bryant Park, and the like)
  10. Outstanding office decorations along Avenue of Americas (6th Avenue)
  11. Ice rinks in Central and Bryant Parks
  12. Holiday cocktails
  13. Trees with lights on Park Avenue
  14. SantaCon
  15. World’s biggest menorah at Grand Army Plaza
  16. Fabulous hotel decorations
  17. Throngs of tourists
  18. Proposals and elopements at Rockefeller tree
  19. Festive classic hotels
  20. Window displays on Fifth Avenue
  21. Mezzanine at Rockefeller Center
  22. Macy’s holiday decorations
  23. Numerous varieties of the Nutcracker
  24. Snowflakes hanging above 57th Street
  25. Tree at Metropolitan Art Museum

Enjoy some of the special treats captured in the video below!

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