Christmas is here and with it some of the most striking events in the city of New York, the lighting of the Christmas trees in the main tourist sites. I'm going to give you a tour, so come and join me! Remember these events are free.
The first to illuminate your Christmas tree is the Rockefeller Center, covered with about 45,000 Led lights and crowned with a Swarovski star. The lighting ceremony marks the official beginning of Christmas in New York and for the lighting, there is always a gala programed that starts at 7 pm. If you are lucky to be in the capital of the world that day, do not hesitate to go to the event but a couple of hours before, in order to have a good spot or probably you will have to see the entire ceremony on giant screens installed in different points of the Rockefeller Center. The event is also broadcast live by NBC Today Show. Remember the lighting ceremony dates:
Wednesday, November 29 at 7:00 pm at Rockefeller Plaza at West 48th St & 51st St with 5th Ave. & Sixth Ave. For the other days, it is lit at 5:30 am until 11:30 at night and left on until January 7 of the following year. For more information visit http://goo.gl/MMO9S8
For November 30th I am prepared to attend to two similar events in the city and I want you to join me. The first one we have to arrive at approximately at 2:30 pm, when the New York Stock Exchange Tree begins to be lit. It is located in front of the famous building of the Stock Exchange. The lighting ceremony becomes an event and has the participation of world-renowned artists.
Remember at 4:00 pm the NYSE closes, because at 5:00 pm the lighting is done and at 6:00 the presentation finishes.
Before this time we are going to another similar and very busy event, the lighting of the Central Park tree. This event begins at 5:30 pm at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center. You must enter the park through 110th St. and Fifth Ave. and Lenox Ave., I recommend you bring your own camera so you can have your photo with Santa Claus, the photo section is between 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. There are also live demonstrations of how the ice is carved, carol singing, hot chocolate and cookies for the assistants, and at the end of the event the lighting of Harlem Meer trees. Remember this event is free and it is not necessary to register, they also provide stroller parking.
"December is here with its joy, month of party and fun", so begins a popular carol in my land. We will also go to the lighting of the Christmas Tree in my favorite park, the Bryant Park, which will also be decorated with more than 30.000 Christmas lights, and more than 3,500 more than 3,500 balls, ornaments, and garlands. The ceremony usually presents a theatrical production, I am told that the Olympic skaters will also be present. After the fireworks and the lighting of the tree that is installed in the eastern part of the park, next to the New York Public Library, anyone who wants to skate with live music on the only ice skating rink in the city, can do it for free. The tree lighting is scheduled for Friday, December 1rst at 6:00 pm. If you are in New York don't miss this event´, you will always remember it. Do not forget that also in this park you will find the famous Christmas market.
Continuing with my Christmas trees tour, on Saturday, December 2nd, I will go to Astoria Park, 19th St. and 23rd Ave., where between 2:00 and 5:00 pm the traditional Astoria Party will be celebrated. Let´s go with family and friends to enjoy at the Great Lawn in Astoria Park the Christmas tree lighting, an afternoon full of music, magic, trains and much more! .
Sunday, November 3rd will be a very Christmas holiday. First I invite you to come with me to Queens Botanical Garden where between Noon and 5:30 PM will be a program to enjoy with the whole family. Among other events, there will be live musicals, Christmas crafts, photographs with Santa, the Garden tour etc. For a better illustration this is the program:
12 to 4:30 p.m: photographs with Santa
12 to 5 p.m: Holiday Crafts for Free
1 to 3 p.m.: Wreaths and crowns workshop, registration required: swagandwreath.eventbrite.com
3 to 3:30 p.m.: The Rough Dozen Acapella Music – Free
4 to 4:30 p.m: The Rough Dozen Acapella Music – Free
5 to 5:30 p.m: Carols and tree lighting -Free
Within the programming, we benefit those who need the most in this cold season in New York. If you have a sweater or a coat, take it, with great gratification they will receive it.
Once this event finishes, we will run to Park Avenue where they have scheduled for this Sunday, November 3rd from 6:30 pm, what has been a sixty years tradition, the lighting trees on Park Avenue, as a very special way to honor those men and women who died in World War II. I have heard that the illuminated trees in the shopping centers of Park Avenue between 54th and 97th streets are still a symbol of peace and a reminder of all the sacrifices made.
The Trees are traditionally lit on the first Sunday of December, after a ceremony outside Brick Presbyterian Church (Park Avenue & 91st Street).
After these events let's go home and rest because we still have more lighting Christmas trees presentations!
On Tuesday, December 5th, we will be partying, at the South Street Seaport, which is a very original shopping center in New York, located on the East River in Lower Manhattan with views of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and the city skyline. There will be a spectacular lights event, as never before seen, it will be a celebration that we can't miss; food, drink, and as if it wasn't enough, they will give hot wine and hot chocolate during the night and at the end we will participate in the raffle of two bicycles. Tickets are free, but they will run out fast, so make sure to reserve your spot. Everyone who attends will have a souvenir, including a brand name blanket (to keep you warm during this winter) and a Xyloband (so you can be part of the light show).
We hope to see you!
Tuesday, December 5th from 5:30 pm.
The party continues, on Wednesday, December 6th. We go to Washington Square Park, where at 6:00 pm the Christmas tree lighting is scheduled. It is the opportunity to sing Christmas carols in the City´s Historic Center Park. They tell us that the same Santa Claus has promised to appear with candy canes and guide the children in the lighting countdown. The tree will be on fire during the Christmas season between 4 pm and 1 am.
Another day and other tours of the New York Christmas lights……………
On Thursday, December 7th, we will go to Madison Square Park where we have a presentation between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m, tree lighting is at 4:55 p.m. Free seasonal activities, including performances by The Sweetback Sisters also, Audra Rox. The best is that there will be hot soup for the cold, we will see you there.
And to conclude this Christmas tour we will move on Saturday, December 9th to W. Harlem Piers Park located on 125th Street and Marginal Street in West Harlem Docks, to participate in family activities; we will drink hot chocolate, dance and be ready at 5:40 pm to witness the lighting of the Christmas. This program is between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
We hope you enjoy all these Christmas events, for more information visit www.descubriendony.com