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Christmas in New York City

Christmas in New York City

New York is very beautiful in any time of the year, especially on Christmas! All attractions described on page "Things to visit" are available at this time of the year. And maybe they are more attractive except the Bronx Zoo because some warm-loving animals don't enjoy winter cold. Please pay attention to:

1. Rockefeller Center
How to get: take subway to "Rockefeller Center - 47-50 St", trains:  B   D   F   M 
Description: the main Christmas tree of the USA and world famous Skating Rink are located here. Admission price is rather high that doesn't stop the flow of tourists but causes certain inconveniences. Anyway you have an excellent opportunity to watch other people skating! There are two wonderful options if you have a desire to skate here:
The City Pond at Bryant Park: 40th street between Fifth and Sixth avenues, free admission, rental skates at $14. Open from early November till late February. Photo.
Wollman Skating Rink: located in the Central Park, southern entrance from Sixth Avenue, $11 (Friday and Saturday $16) + $7 rental skates. Open from October to the end of March. Photo.

2. Radio City Music Hall
How to get: take subway to "Rockefeller Center - 47-50 St":  B   D   F   M 
Description: in Rockefeller Center, opposite to the main building of Rockefeller Plaza there is a fabulous center of concerts where the Christmas shows are more different than other ones. Visit the official website for photos, shows, and price details.

3. Macy's Santaland
How to get: take subway to "Herald Sq - 34 St":  N   Q   R   B   D   F   M  exit at Herald Sq.
Description: near the Empire State Building, at 151 W 34th St at Broadway, there is a big Trade Center. The 8th floor of this center is annually decorated by “elves” with festive decorations changing it into real Santa Land which is often shown in films. It is free for visiting and you don’t have to buy anything. It is a paradise both for children and for those who like Christmas.
Open: from the Friday after Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve, from 9am to 9pm.
One more store for children is located at south-eastern corner of the Central Park, only one block from Wollman Skating Rink. It is called "FAO Schwartz". Its exact address: 767 Fifth Ave.

4. Holiday Train Show
How to get: take subway to "Bedford Park Blvd":  B   D , then to transfer to Bx26 bus east to Botanic Garden; or take north commuter train from the Central station to Botanic Garden (costs $6).
Description: The New York Botanical Garden's Holiday Train Show is an annual event. It resembles a miniature park. The miniature buildings are made of natural materials such as: nuts, fruit, leaves; and trains run past miniature versions of local landmark buildings. Open from 20th November to 9th January. We recommend to book tickets two days ahead. See the website for more details.

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