End-of-year festivities: 5 must-see events in New York

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End-of-year festivities: 5 must-see events in New York

The Thanksgiving Day Parade, the marathon, the Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rockefeller Center, New Year's Eve… Discover the best the Big Apple has to offer as the year comes to a close.

End-of-year festivities: 5 must-see events in New York

The marathon that colours the city

Every year, thousands of runners in colourful shirts hit the streets of New York to participate in the city's legendary marathon. The event runs through all five boroughs as New Yorkers come out in droves to cheer on the marathoners.

No matter where you decide to watch the race from, take advantage to explore your surroundings. The city has incredible gems all along the route, from the traditional tourist sights near the starting line on Staten Island – like the former Fort Wadsworth military base or the Snug Harbor Cultural Center – to the Tavern on the Green in Central Park. Settle in at this exceptional restaurant to enjoy a warm drink as you watch the runners cross the finish line. You may even be tempted to tuck in to a lovely brunch complete with delicious roasted figs.

New York Marathon
4 November 2018 from 8.30 am
Start: Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

Tavern on the Green
Central Park West and 67th Street
New York, NY 10023
United States
+1 212-877-8684
www.tavernonthegreen.com/

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End-of-year festivities: 5 must-see events in New York

The incredible Thanksgiving Day Parade

During this American holiday, the entire nation comes together to express their gratitude for all their family and friends. Part of the tradition is that everyone watches the greatest street festivities in New York: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

All along the parade route, from 77th Street to 34th Street, dozens of giant balloons bob through the air: Pikachu, Ronald McDonald, the Grinch, R2-D2 and more. Impressive floats alternate with the country's best marching bands. It is the perfect opportunity to spot Hollywood celebrities out for the occasion. Be sure to catch the outdoor musicals being performed at 6th Avenue for even more unforgettable entertainment.

Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Day
22 November 2018, 9am to 12pm
Starts at 77th Street and Central Park West
Ends at 34th Street and 7th Avenue

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End-of-year festivities: 5 must-see events in New York

The Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rockefeller Center

Do you like Christmas lights? Book your ticket for the Rockefeller Center Plaza on 28 November 2018 to watch the most famous Christmas tree lighting ceremony in America.

This immense Norway spruce reaches tens of metres high. It is decorated with 50,000 multicoloured twinkle lights and topped with a Swarovski crystal star. Brace yourself for the cheers from the crowds who have made the journey to see this emotional event that is part of New York City life. Enjoy the Christmas magic with dance shows and concerts. While you are there, slip on a pair of ice skates and take a spin around the Rockefeller ice rink. It will be a memorable moment to share with family or friends.

Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony
28 November 2018
45 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10111
United States
+1 212 332 6868
www.rockefellercenter.com/

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End-of-year festivities: 5 must-see events in New York

Even the theatre gets in on the festivities

During the end-of-year festivities, head to the magical world of Radio City Music Hall, the largest indoor theatre in the world. Every day in November and December, the Radio City Rockettes put on an exceptional music hall show, including the famous “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers”, where the 36 dancers wearing their unique soldier hats fall like dominoes. Prepare to be dazzled by the life-sized nativity scene with sheep, donkeys and camels. Of course, Santa Claus will also be there so your little ones can sit on his lap and bring home a souvenir photo.

The Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular
Every day in November and December at 11am, 2pm, 5pm and 8pm
Radio City Music Hall
1260 6th Avenue
New York, NY 10020
United States
+1 212-465-6741
www.msg.com/radio-city-music-hall

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End-of-year festivities: 5 must-see events in New York

Ring in the New Year at Times Square

If you could only choose one end-of-year event in New York, it should be the Times Square New Year's Eve celebration.

Start at one of the top-notch restaurants around Times Square. Those with fine palates should book a table at Le Bernardin to try sophisticated and refined seafood dishes sush as a delicious smoked trout served with red onions and a lemon emulsion. New Year's Eve is the perfect time to treat your taste buds to an original menu unveiled at the last moment.

Now it is time to head to One Times Square for what everyone is waiting for – the traditional balloon release at the stroke of midnight. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… More than a million balloons float up into the New York sky to thundering applause. To ring in 2019 in style, make your way to FREQ, one of the city's trendiest night clubs where you should make sure to get your ticket ahead of time. Be a part of the biggest evening held in New York this year. The club, unlike any other in the world, has all the latest technology to have you dancing into the wee hours over five floors.

Le Bernardin
155 W 51st St
New York, NY 10019-6019
+1 212-554-1515
United States
www.le-bernardin.com/

One Times Square
1 Times Square
New York, NY 10036
United States

FREQ
637 W 50th street
New York, NY 10019
United States
+1 646-536-3736
www.freqnyc.com/