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One of the most magical places on Earth to be during the holidays is in New York City. With its dazzling lights and cheery atmosphere, it’s an unbeatable destination for holiday fun and entertainment. Of course, when thinking of the holidays in New York City, one naturally will picture huge, excited crowds at the Time Square New Years Eve Ball Drop or the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. While these are both spectacular events, it’s important not to overlook the lesser known ones!

It turns out, the Rockefeller Christmas Tree isn’t the only tree lighting ceremony in New York City. On November 26th, behold Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square. Take the family along to enjoy live musical performances, delectable cuisine from New York’s best restaurants, and of course, the beautiful Christmas tree.

Everyone knows that one of the best things about the holidays is the baked goods. Particularly, the gingerbread houses! Not only is gingerbread house making a fun activity, but it’s also a form of art. The talented chef Jon Lovitch has created the world’s largest gingerbread village, Gingerbread Lane, to demonstrate this art. Hosted at the New York Hall of Science from November 15th to January 13th, it’s a unique sight that cannot be missed.

Don’t think Manhattan is the only place to be during the holidays. Brooklyn has an incredible amount of festive cheer to offer. In particular, the Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour. This affluent residential neighborhood is known for its impressive animatronic Christmas displays. So impressive, that A Slice of Brooklyn runs a bus tour each year to guide tourists through this land of holiday charm and beauty from December 1st to December 30th.

Think Fourth of July is the only holiday to watch fireworks? Think again! The New Year’s Eve Grand Army Plaza Fireworks Display in Brooklyn is a spectacular option for ringing in the New Year with loved ones. While not as crowded as the Times Square Ball Drop, it’s still imperative to arrive early to secure a good spot.

This holiday season in New York City, the possibilities are endless. From tree lighting ceremonies to gingerbread villages to Christmas light tours to fireworks, your holiday itinerary will be packed with all types of fun events. It may be cold outside, but sharing the joyous atmosphere with friends and family will bring warmth to all. No matter what holiday you celebrate, there’s something here for everyone.