holidays

Romance Under the Stars at the Hayden Planetarium. (AMNH/C. Chesek)

Woo your sweetheart at these five NYC Valentine's Day events.

From Macy's to Bloomingdale's, we've mapped a route that leads past the city's best decorated store windows.

The Empire State Building is probably the most recognizable landmark in New York City. At 1,454 feet from base to antenna, it soars above its Midtown Manhattan neighborhoods and can be seen from quite a distance.

Window-shopping can be fun any time of year, but during the holidays, many stores up the ante with colorful, creative and interactive displays. Here are some of the best displays around Manhattan.

Elf the Musical is the perfect kid-friendly Broadway play for the holiday season. The cheery musical is based on the 2003 Will Ferrell movie of same name, but cuts out much of the adult humor that gave the film a PG rating. When my friend and I went to a performance a few weeks ago, I could see from the excitement on the faces of the children in the audience how much those under 10 enjoyed the cute songs and childish jokes.

I really love being in New York during the holidays. This festive time of year sees the city transform into a wonderland of holiday lights and iconic traditions—like the lighting of the tree in Rockefeller Center and the New Year’s Eve ball drop in Times Square. A number of holiday-themed festivals and markets also pop up this time of year.

The holidays are just around the corner, and pretty much everyone has their share of favorite holiday songs and movies. I must admit, I didn’t grow up watching A Christmas Story, but I did see it for the first time a few years ago and now understand why it’s such a classic.

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