Holiday Season, New York City
if you're going to New York this Christmas, you can always take the opportunity to visit The Saks Fifth Avenue window displays, Displays are located right across Fifth Avenue from the Rockefeller Center Promenade. Barneys NYC and Bergdorf Goodman.
Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Radio City Music Hall.
And and also visit Marcy on New Year's, because then you can see a wonderful fireworks display.
If you want to see some of the most extravagant Christmas light displays, you should make the trip to the Dyker Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn.
, Dyker Heights Brooklyn: 11th Avenue to 13th Avenue and from 83rd to 86th Street.
If you wish to see something quite extraordinary in Christmas decorations don't miss the Houses in the Dyker Heights area of Brooklyn.
The locals put on an amazing display every year. We took the bus tour as we didn't have a car & had an excellent evening.
Check out the tour at:
There are a lot of buying and eating huge gingerbread cookies, gourmet waffles, chocolate, and there is much to buy as well, ranging from handbags, jewelry arts, is a lot.
Union Square Holiday Market: Opening Nov. 18
Neighborhoods: Greenwich Village, Union Square, Flatiron
Union Sq & W 14th St
New York, NY 10003
This normally takes place in September on a Sunday. The dates have not been consistent. You will have to keep checking the website below to figure out when it will be. The parade has some good entertainment by a few celebrities and various high school bands. However, it is more of a political parade than a party. It normally is very long so if you want to see the whole thing good luck. They normally start off at 1:30-2pm and end after midnight.
This takes place from 47th to 57th street in Manhattan. It normally occurs the day before the major West Indian Day Parade. They have live famous and upandcomming Brazilian bands on stage. The concert is free but you have to get there early. Since 911 the police have been cracking down on parades and festivals and limiting how many people are allowed in a particular area. If you do not make it to the stage do not fret. Some street musicians who are Brazilian (no record deal) will play an impromptu drum beat that is until the cops tell them to move. Dancers of various Brazilian styles will also make an impromptu performance as well. They are just trying to be discovered and appreciated. Then you have some vendors who sell Brazillian food, cd's, flags, and jewelry.
Since I myself have never been to neither NYC nor to any place else in the New York state, and since it looks like I will never make it there - guess too much of a country lover here - I would like to recommend the links below for checking out folks' tips/stories/details/remarks/memories on NYC. I enjoyed very much reading about their experiences! Well, ain't entirely through yet.
BruceDunning's NYC page
alancollins's NYC page
GrantBoon's NYC page
Jim_Elliason's NYC page
jumpingnorman's NYC page
nicolaitan's NYC page
pchamlis' NYC page
StumpTim's NYC page
Tom_In_Madison's NYC page
TravelCool's NYC page
Yaqui's NYC page
Drizzle couldn't fizzle out the fun of this Parade; a gay time was had by all. We "paid" for it by being penned up for about 75 minutes, as the floats and organized groups entered from the side streets of 6 Avenue, before being let loose. I learned that, when attending a parade as a "maverick" marcher, to move slightly faster than the floats. This way, you can see all the dancers and bands, as the spectators do. And you also do Not want to be stuck next to the float with the nerve-damaging sound system!
This is normally held on the 3rd Saturday of May at 12pm. It runs from 46th 1st Ave to 57th Street and Madison Ave.
My coworkers have been but I have not. It is not as crowded as other parades but it is quite lively. You can find snippets of it on youtube.
Rockefeller Center is not the only place to experience Christmas decor in New York.
Many of the store windows and business have beautiful windows displays as well.
1. Walk along 5th Ave from 57th Street all the way down to 34th Street you will see Bergdorf, Macys, Lord N Taylor, etc.
2. Between Lexington and 3rd Ave on 57th Street you have a huge outdoor tree that does not get taken down till Feb.
3. On 42nd St between 6th ave and 5th Ave across from Bryant Park
4. Going down Park Ave from 44th Street to about 50th Street
5. Grand Central Station on 42nd Street
In the Bronx on Westchester Ave and Pelham Parkway North this neighborhood is crazy for Christmas and will sometimes change displays for the New Year as well.
In Brooklyn there is Dyker Heights-81st-86th st 10-13th ave
In Queens there is a home on 144-03 Neponsit Ave in Rockaway Beach that is decorated to the tilt and has free entertainment and food on the first weekend of December. It is to raise awareness of juvenile diabetes.
There are a lot of tours to see different religious services. However, you can go to the churches on your own.
Bethel Gospel Assembly
120th Street between 5th ave and Madison Ave.
Does not have a dress code for their regular members eventhough many still will dress up. Women can wear pants. Main choir has beautiful voices and last years Christmas pageant put on by kids was the best I have seen; even better than pageants on TV. Great pastor.
124th Street Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.
Strict dress code for members. Women can't wear pants or makeup. There are tour groups who visit the church who they don't enforce rules on. Main choir and childrens choir is one of the best in the city.
Time Square Church
51st Street & Bwy
Casual dress. Good choirs and preaching.
Canaan Baptist Chrurch
Rev. Wyatt T. Walker marched with Dr. Martin Luther King-gives moving sermons. Conservative dress for this church
First Corinthian Baptist Church
1912 7th Ave 116th Street
Rev. Micheal & Lakeisha Waldrond are very good preachers
If you want to have the full experience with little interruptions it is best to sit on the main floor.
Greater Allen Cathedral in Queens
110-31 Merrick Blvd
These are real churches that counsel, feed homeless, provide job skills, help pay people rent and bills, some provide respites for battered women and abused children. Your tithe and offering is being used here
Dyker Heights is a residence area in Brooklyn.
Almost all houses are over lighted and decorated for Christmas.
A local competition, feast for the eyes of visitors.
If you want to feel the Christmas spirit do not fail to go there.
From Manhattan by bus or subway.
There is a new parade that started last year that features over 40 different dances that are featured. It is somewhat of a carnival style parade. It starts on Tompkins Square Park at around 1pm. Where it goes and ends differs since it is not established. Last year they ended in Washington Square Park but due to construction they had to move it this year. They are hoping they will end it in Central Park next year. Check out website for details. The youtube expert is a commercial of what happened during the first year of the parade.
Every year normally the last week of April to the first week of May all of the dance schools in the city have a weeklong festival. You can see FREE performances from their best students, you get to participate in FREE classes to learn hip hop, jazz, merengue, salsa, ballroom, etc. FREE movies are shown on either the history of dance. FREE activities, gifts, etc. It is also a networking event as well. You get to meet other dancers, performers, directors, producers, etc. Please check out the website below to see where and at what time these are happening because some times they will have someone teaching tap dancing on 50th street and belly dancing performance at 60th st same day and time different locations. So it is important to check the calendar and plan your time out.
If you are In New York City In December you have to check out the window displays, as the are so beautiful. Along 5th Ave:-
Lord & Taylor 424 5th Ave,
Saks 611 5th Ave,
Bergdorf Goodman 754 5th Ave,
The rest of the department stores with window displays :-
Macy's 151 W 34th St,
Barneys 60th & 61st, 660 Madison Ave,
Bloomingdales 1000 3rd Ave (between 59th & 60th Streets)
They are a must see in december the Chirstmas displays are worth the walk. .So dress warm put on a pair of comfy shoes and with caution pay attention to your bags as there are alot of people out there with you..