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'Home Alone' and gingerbread houses: Celebrating the holidays in New York City

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, December 14, 2018  /  06:16 pm
'Home Alone' and gingerbread houses: Celebrating the holidays in New York City

The festive decorations at at Rockefeller Center, New York City, on Dec. 2, 2015. (NYC & Company/Julienne Schaer)

New York City is primed to delight travelers with a number of attractions this holiday season. As revealed in a recent press gathering in Jakarta hosted by NYC & Company, the city’s official destination marketing organization, landmark events and celebrations have started to commence in all five boroughs.

The iconic events include Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, which took place in November, while the annual New Year’s Eve Times Square Ball Drop is predicted to attract one million visitors.

Other unique events in the city are compiled in the list below:

A Slice of Brooklyn Christmas Lights Tour

Brooklyn, Dec. 1 – 30, 2018

Held in Brooklyn’s Dyker Heights neighborhood, the tour stops by extravagant Christmas displays in the New York City area.

American Museum of Natural History’s Holiday Season

Manhattan, Nov. 2, 2018 – Jan. 7, 2019

Celebrating cultural diversity, the event began with the decoration of the Origami Holiday Tree, decked with 800 hand-folded paper models created by local artists. On Dec. 29, the AMNH will host its annual Kwanzaa celebration, featuring family-friendly activities, musical performances and an international marketplace.

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Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical: Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

Manhattan, Dec. 13 – 30, 2018

The beloved tale of Dr. Seuss’ the Grinch comes to life at the world-renowned arena.

Gingerbread Lane at the New York Hall of Science

Queens, Nov. 10, 2018 – Jan. 21, 2019

The Guinness World Record for the largest collection of gingerbread houses has been held by the edible village at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, since 2013. It will be interesting to see whether a new record is set this year.

New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show

The Bronx, Nov. 1, 2018 – Jan. 21, 2019

Relish in watching classical model trains moving through more than 150 iconic city structures.

The Holiday Train Show at New York Botanical Garden, the Bronx.The Holiday Train Show at New York Botanical Garden, the Bronx. (NYC & Company/Christopher Postlewaite)

New York Philharmonic Presents “Home Alone in Concert”

Manhattan, Dec. 20 – 21, 2018

Considered to be a must-see movie come every Christmas time, Home Alone will be celebrated in a different way by the acclaimed New York Philharmonic. The orchestra will perform John Williams' score live to the film.

For travelers visiting until February, value promotions are also available from NYC & Company. They include NYC Restaurant Week with discounted fixed price menus at more than 350 restaurants, NYC Broadway Week and NYC Off-Broadway Week with 2-for-1 tickets, NYC Must-See-Week with 2-for-1 admission to attractions, museums and tours. Visit for more information.

In 2017, the city welcomed 62.8 million visitors, comprising 49.7 million domestic and 13.1 million international travelers. The year 2019 will bring more openings and events to New York City, such as Hudson Yards, the largest private real estate development; The Shed, new cultural venue on wheels; Vessel, an interactive art public landmark; Empire Outlets, the city’s first shopping outlet destination; the Museum of Modern Art’s (MOMA) expansion; and the new Statue of Liberty museum. (wng)