Christmas Preparations in the City

Oh, my goodness, can you believe how close we are to Christmas? No, I am not in close to ready for Christmas in my home. There is so much to be done in preparation, but I regularly remind myself that I need to take a break from the hustle and enjoy some of what our great city has to offer. Besides, my daughter is only small for a short while and I want to have Christmas traditions in our family that she can remember all her life. With that in mind, below are a couple of things we have done in the past that we thoroughly enjoyed as a family. These events are coming up quickly, to make your plans now to enjoy these New York City festivities.

If you are one of the millions of people enjoy the Macy’s Day Parade, I have a wonderful tradition for your family to experience. The American Museum of Natural History hosts the Macy’s Balloon Inflation celebration every year on Thanksgiving eve. It is amazing to watch these balloons in flight and prepare to take flight in one of the most popular parades in the United States. It’s an annual tradition you will not want to skip.

With more than a dozen humongous balloons preparing for the parade this year, you don’t want to miss this amazing event. Best of all, this iconic balloon celebration is free!

One of the best parts of living in New York City at Christmas time is the number of tree lightings within a short distance. One that we enjoy each year is the annual tree lighting celebration in Manhattan South St., Seaport District. This year, they will be kicking off their 36th tree lighting event.

There are so many things to do in New York City to bring in the Christmas holiday. Above are two that will be happening in the next week, so mark your calendars now.