iBooknow.com Announces Deep-discount Room Rates For The 2012-2013 Holiday Season in New York City, USAPress release November 15, 2012
iBooknow.com invites all travellers to take advantage of their discounted room rates and instant booking confirmation with no hidden fees for the 2012-2013 Holiday Season in New York City. You haven’t celebrated the holidays if you have not celebrated in New York. Book now and join the holiday festivities.
The 2012 Holiday season is fast approaching with Thanksgiving just two weeks away. If you have grown tired of watching the festivities on television, or seeing it depicted in the movies, then this year is the year for you to get to New York and see it all for yourself. Although this is the busiest time of the year in New York iBooknow.com has room availability at our usually discounted rates along with our guaranteed instant booking confirmations with no hidden fees; book now for a romantic holiday for two, a memorable family get-together, or a party night with friends.
Thanksgiving, what’s that all about?
Thanksgiving Day is an annual autumn harvest festival which is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, this year it will be on November 22. One of the most celebrated holidays in across America, Thanksgiving is a time for family reunions, feasting and expressing gratitude. Although the actual first date for Thanksgiving is up for grabs it has been an annual American holiday tradition since 1863 President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed it a national day.
Things To Do on Thanksgiving Day in New York City
- Honor tradition and view the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
- Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast of Turkey and all the Fixin’s at many of New Yorks famous hotels and restaurants.
- Take the kids to the Central Park Zoo.
- Bundle up and go for a Circle Island Cruise around Manhattan.
- Visit Ellis Island the historical first stop in America for millions of immigrants seeking a new life in America.
- Ride to the top of the Empire State Building and check out the New York City skyline form its observation deck just like when Harry met Sally.
- Visit the Statue of Liberty the iconic NYC landmark and a symbol of freedom for the world since October 28, 1886
- Top of the Rock Observation Deck of The General Electric Building at 570 Lexington Avenue.
Christmas in New York
Each city has its version of Christmas but New York’s is as classic as you can get. It is the epitome of a holiday season glittering with lights, shop ‘til you drop, forgetting one’s diet, and simply enjoying life with family and friends. Christmas in New York has become the perfect way to end any year. Taking in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular show, listening to a performance of the Messiah, strolling along the avenues bright with the lights and decorations of the season, or skating in Central Park or Rockefeller Center are all fun and memorable things to do.
Holiday Window Shopping at New York City’s Famous Department Stores
Whether you are actually going to buy anything or not the department stores of New York are a big part of the holiday scene and spirit. For over a hundred years they have dressed their windows with fantastic annual holiday displays, and a walking tour of the shopping district is one of the best things about New York City at Christmas time.
NYC's Spectacular Christmas Trees
Christmas would be just another holiday without trees, lights and decorations. New York as some of the best and when they are dusted with snow they are that much more spectacular, so dress warmly, grab the kids, and get outside.
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
The most classic of New York trees for over 80 years; the lightening ceremony is an event that signals the beginning of New York’s Christmas season. It is decorated with more than 30,000 multi-colored, energy-efficient LED lights, and crowned by a Swarovski star.
Tree Goes Up: November 14, 2012
Lighting Ceremony: November 28, 2012
Tree Taken Down: First week of January 2013
Address: between 47th to 51st Sts. between 5th & 6th Avenues
Origami Christmas Tree at American Museum of Natural History
Although not as well-known as the tree in Rockefeller Center, the AMNH tree has been lighting up for over 30 years.
Tree Viewing Begins: November 19, 2012
Tree Comes Down: January 13, 2013
Address: Central Park West at 79th Street
Christmas Tree at the Met
As always the Metropolitan Museum of Art will display its Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Creche. On display in the Medieval Sculpture Hall at The Metropolitan Museum of Art will be a tree dotted with cherubs and angels and surrounded by a detailed Neapolitan Nativity scene composed of more than 200 18th-century figures.
Tree Up: November 20, 2012
Tree Down: January 6, 2013
Address: 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
Chorus Tree at South Street Seaport
The beautifully decorated Chorus Tree with thousands of white lights stands over 50 feet tall and will feature the St. Cecilia Chorus. This annual tradition has drawn millions of visitors worldwide to the historic financial district over the past 15 years.
Lighting Ceremony: To Be Announced.
Address: South Street and Fulton Street
NYSE Christmas Tree
The New York Stock Exchange Christmas Tree has been lighting up this downtown business district since 1923. The tree is located on Broad Street between Wall Street and Exchange Place in front of the NYSE.
Cathedral of St. John the Divine Peace Tree
The Peace Tree in the Cathedral is beautifully decorated with cranes and other peace symbols and the Cathedral also celebrates the holidays with concerts.
Lighting Ceremony: early December
Tree Taken Down: just after Christmas
Address: 110th St. and Amsterdam Ave.
Park Avenue Memorial Trees
If you take a night-time stroll on the Upper East Side and take a detour to view the 2.5 mile long stretch of Park Avenue that is illuminated by trees during the Holiday season you will not be disappointed. Since 1945 it has been a tradition to light the trees on Park Avenue in honor the men and women who have lost their lives defending the country.
Lighting Ceremony: The first Sunday of December following a ceremony outside the Brick Presbyterian Church
Address: Park Avenue from 97th Street to 48th Street
Traditional "Not-to-be-missed" New York City Holiday Activities:
- Radio City Christmas Spectacular: November 9, 2012 - December 30, 2012
- Grand Central Terminal's Holiday Fair: November 12, 2012 - December 24, 2012
- The Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden: November 17, 2012 - January 1, 2013
- Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche at the Metropolitan Museum of Art - November 20, 2012–January 6, 2013
- Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade - November 22, 2012
- The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center: November 23, 2013 - December 30, 2012
- Winter's Eve is Coming To Town at Lincoln Square - November 26, 2012 @ 5:00 pm
- Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting - November 28, 2012
- Hanukkah Menorah Lighting - December 8, 2012
- New Year's Eve in Times Square - December 31, 2012
Holiday Events, Attractions and, Sightseeing 2012-2013
Here are some events that local New Yorkers never miss, book now and join them for the festivities:
- 2012 Christmas @ Rockefeller Center
- The Holiday Shops @ Bryant Park
- Grand Central Terminal's Holiday Fair
- Lighting of the Hanukkah Menorah
- Christmas Tree with Neapolitan Creche @ Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Holiday Train Show @ New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY
- Radio City Christmas Show
- Gray Line Double Decker Bus Holiday Lights Tour
- South Street Seaport
Most of the iconic department stores have at least one branch in NY. Shop NYC and take advantage of the ongoing holiday sales and discounts:
- Macy's @ 151 West 34th Street
- Bloomingdales @ 1000 Third Avenue (between 59th Street and Lexington Avenue)
- Lord & Taylor @424 Fifth Avenue
- Bergdorf Goodman @ 754 West 58th Street
- Barneys New York @ 660 Madison Avenue
- Century 21 @ 22 Cortlandt Street
- Strand Bookstore @828 Broadway at 12th Street
- Fifth Avenue (you'll find everything from Abercrombie & Fitch to Zales and more)
- FAO Schwarz @ 767 Fifth Avenue
NYC’s Seasonal Holiday Markets
If you are looking for unique gifts and crafts then try shopping at one of NYC’s holiday markets:
The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park: Surrounding The Pond at Bryant Park, The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park offer a wide variety of items for sale, including many selling handmade goods. - Open Friday, October 26, 2012 - Sunday, January 6, 2013
Holiday Shopping in Union Square: One of New York City's most popular Holiday Markets, the Holiday Shopping Market in Union Square offers shoppers a variety of items including handcrafted jewelry, fine art, clothes, handmade ornaments, and toys. - Open November 16 - December 24, 2012
The Grand Central Holiday Fair: The Grand Central Holiday Fair has one distinct advantage over all the others -- it's housed inside of Grand Central Terminal, making it a great choice no matter what the weather might be doing outside. - Open Monday, November 12 - Saturday, December 24, 2011
Holiday Market at Columbus Circle: Located on the southwest corner of Central Park at Columbus Circle, the Holiday Market at Columbus Circle has 120 vendors selling a wide variety of gifts. - Open November 28 - December 24, 2012 @ Central Park (59th Street and 8th Avenue)
The Holiday Gift Shops at St. Bartholomew's: 2012 marks the 9th year for the Holiday Gift Shops at St. Bart's. - Open November 15 - December 24, 2011 @ Park Ave. where it crosses 50th Street
If you're looking for Holiday themed shows here are a few suggestions:
- Radio City Christmas Spectacular
- The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center
New Year’s Eve 2012-2013
Although people travel to New York from around the world to specifically be in Times Square when the ball drops there are many other fun things to do to celebrate the ringing in of the New Year. Here is a list of venues of just some of the things to do around the city on this special night:
(You can book reservations for these venues here.)
(You can book reservations for these venues here.)
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