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A city of firsts, a place where things begin and thrive, and then become fashionable everywhere. From arts and fashion to music and food, the world relies on New York for inspiration. With our flights to New York you can start exploring straight away.

For first timers, Manhattan will seem like the busiest and brightest place in the world, packed with things to do in New York and places to see. But once you’ve seen the iconic sights and ticked off Times Square and Central Park, perhaps venture out into Manhattan’s less iconic areas. Explore the distinct neighbourhoods of Greenwich Village or Tribeca. Browse boutiques in the Meatpacking District or rummage through flea markets in Chelsea. Then visit Harlem, home to great jazz clubs and soul food. Escape Manhattan and you’ll find other areas similarly teeming with artists, musicians and foodies. Brooklyn has many exciting restaurants and bars, especially Williamsburg’s hip pop-up bars. Coney Island’s fun fair and boardwalk cafés excite the child in all of us. And Yankee Stadium and the Bronx Zoo bring millions of visitors each month. Don’t be afraid to indulge your curiosity and head off the tourist trail, as you are sure to find something new and exciting.

Christmas shopping in New York

New York at Christmas.

There's something special about Christmas shopping and there's something even more special about a Christmas shopping trip in New York. Shop 'till you drop in 5th Avenue department stores or for something more traditional try Union Square holiday market. Take time to see the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall or indulge in a spot of ice skating in Central Park. Finally, not to be missed, the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Centre.

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Find out what's on in New York this October

October, of course, means Halloween, and NYC shows how it’s done – with fancy dress parties, parades and fright-filled attractions. Trekkies and superhero fans descend on the city for the New York Comic Con. While the festival fun includes multicultural carnivals, autumn crafts and delights for foodies.

1-7 October
NYCC show floor.

1-7 October

Browse hundreds of stalls and watch artisans at work during the Autumn Crafts Festival on 1 and 2 (and 8  and 9) October. Peruse a huge array of handmade pieces while enjoying live entertainment at this al fresco festival in the grounds of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Then it’s superhero costumes at the ready, as the New York Comic Con turns the Javits Center into a sci-fi spectacular from 6 to 9 October. Carrie Fisher, John Cusack and Stan Lee are among the many stars lined up to appear, alongside the usual host of exhibits devoted to all things comic book- and fantasy-related.

8-14 October

8-14 October

Hundreds of floats and thousands of marchers from all over the world will transform Fifth Avenue into a street party, for the Colombus Day Parade on 10 October. Join over half a million spectators lining the streets for this vibrant celebration of Italian-American culture.

Then don’t miss the city’s biggest culinary foodie fundraiser, the New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF) from 13 to 16 October at venues across NYC. This star-studded event unites America’s favourite television chefs and other famous personalities with world-renowned producers of food and wine, in a superb showcase of culinary talent.

15-21 October

15-21 October

Take in a colourful puppet parade and soak up the carnival atmosphere during the Marco Polo Festival on 15 October. Celebrating the special relationship between the Chinese and Italian-American communities of New York’s Chinatown and Little Italy, this annual festival also features live music and dance performances.

Get unparalleled access to some of New York’s most important buildings, during Open House New York on 15 and 16 October. Hundreds of locations across the city will be opening their doors during the weekend, with tours and talks giving a unique insight into these remarkable feats of design.

22-28 October

22-28 October

Who says pets can’t join in with the Halloween fun? A plethora of pooches, in amazingly creative fancy dress, will be strutting their stuff through Manhattan during the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade on 22 October. You’d be barking mad to miss it.

Then catch the toast of independent TV talent at the New York Television Festival, from 24 to 29 October. Red carpet premieres and panel talks by a host of stars and industry professionals feature in this flagship event in the independent television calendar.

29-31 October

29-31 October

Weird and wonderful fancy dress is the order of the day at the Village Halloween Parade on 31 October. Soak up the party atmosphere as 6th Avenue fills with hundreds of puppets, dancers, bands and more for this electrifying annual event. Please note, fancy dress is compulsory.

New York’s premier haunted haunted house attraction returns throughout October (open 6pm – 1am on Halloween). Enter the Blood Manor if you dare, and prepare to encounter seriously gruesome zombies, horrifying ghouls and a whole lot of gore. Be warned, this is not for pre-teens or the faint-hearted…

Find out what's on in New York this November

November is a great month in New York, autumn has begun and the holidays are around the corner. The hockey and basketball seasons are underway, people are beginning their Christmas shopping, and at the end of November everyone celebrates Thanksgiving. Plus, the autumn colours are incredible in Central Park and across the city.

1-7 November
New York Comedy Festival.

1-7 November

Start November with a delicious tipple or two at WhiskyFest, the longest running festival dedicated to all things whisky in the USA. On 1 November Single Malts, blends and bourbons from all over the globe compete for your taste buds at the New York Marriot Marquis.

Tickle your funny bone during the first week of November at the New York Comedy Festival, which takes place 1 to 6 November at venues across the city. See big names in American comedy, such as Patton Oswalt and Bill Maher, and Australian comic Tim Minchin – who is famous for his hilarious musical style.

8-14 November
Americas Parade.

8-14 November

Taking place in the Hell’s Kitchen’s docks, browse for stunning bespoke creations at the New York Art, Antique and Jewelry Show. On the 9 to 13 November, head to the famous Pier 94 where you’ll see modernist paintings, ancient vases, captivating jewellery and much more.

2016’s America’s Parade will commemorate the 15th Anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, so head down to Fifth Avenue on Veteran’s Day, 11 November. The parade features veterans of US conflicts of all eras, with over 20,000 participants and hundreds of floats and vintage vehicles.

15-21 November
Winter Village at Bryant Park.

15-21 November

Located just around the corner from Times Square, the Winter Village at Bryant Park starts on 30 October until March. The skating rink is fantastic, and alongside the market stalls selling Christmas presents, you are sure to have a great time in Bryant Park.

Both kids and adults will love the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx. See your favourite iconic landmarks in miniature, like the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge and the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory (the venue) from 21 November to 18 January.

22-28 November

22-28 November

This year’s annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade will be the 90th occasion the parade has taken to the streets. With more than ten thousand people participating, and around three million spectators, this is a huge event in New York. Head to Sixth Avenue on 23 November to join in with the celebrations.

Then, on the 28 November, the 17th annual Winter’s Eve celebrations take place at Lincoln Square on the Upper West Side. Join artists, street performers, musicians and more for a fun night of music and dancing, with some great food and drink alongside.

29-30 November
Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

29-30 November

The festive atmosphere continues into December, and on 30 November, the Rockefeller Center’s huge Christmas Tree is lit for the yuletide season. An age-old tradition of New York, the gigantic Norwegian Spruce Christmas Tree has been lit since the 1930s.

For those looking for an exciting new musical, The School of Rock – made famous by Jack Black – is a great treat before Christmas. Playing throughout November at the Winter Garden Theater on Broadway. But be warned, the musical is slightly different with Andrew Lloyd Webber’s romantic take on the story.

Find out what's on in New York this December

NYC sparkles in December as colourful Christmas trees, festive window displays and holiday lights transform the city into a whimsical winter wonderland. The festivities are already in full swing as December begins and concludes with larger than life New Year’s Eve celebrations – New York style.

1-7 December
Bronx tale.

1-7 December

Opening on 1 December, book tickets to A Bronx Tale, Broadways hottest new show – which is co-directed by Robert De Niro. Evolving from the one-man show that inspired the classic film, this streetwise musical transports you back to the Bronx in the 1960s – where the story of a young man caught between his family and the mob is told against a swinging doo-wop score.

You know Christmas is on its way when the famous Rockettes arrive at the Radio City Music Hall. You can enjoy 90-minutes of festive fun at the annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular throughout December, with the last show on 2 January. This seasonal favourite is very popular, so grab tickets before they sell out.

8-14 December
Merry tuba christmas at rockefeller center.

8-14 December

Sing along to your favourite Christmas carols at the 43rd annual Merry Tuba Christmas at Rockefeller Center on 11 December. Join hundreds of tubists of all ages, as they gather under the famous Christmas tree and fill the plaza at 3:30pm.

Be part of a timeless holiday tradition when the New York Philharmonic performs Handel’s Messiah at the Lincoln Center. Running from 13 to 17 December, this stunning operatic display will get you in the festive spirit, with its dazzling instrumental and vocal solos.

15-21 December
Unsilent night.

15-21 December

Wrap up warm and join the masses at Unsilent Night on 17 December. This unique music event sees the audience become the performer, as part of a unique nighttime street procession. Download one of four tracks to be played aloud via smartphone. A unique Christmas caroling sound is created when the group play all parts simultaneously, whilst travelling the festive streets of NYC.

Or get your fix at Make Music Winter a free, outdoor musical event that takes place on 21 December. To mark the first day of winter, over a thousand free concerts are held in public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City. From morning until night, musicians of all ages embrace music that spans the genres for this unique event.

22-28 December
A christmas carol.

22-28 December

Be sure to visit the whimsical Holiday market at Central Park which is located at the entrance to Central Park, at 59th street and Central Park West, until 24 December. Lose yourself amongst the stalls and pick up handmade gifts for your friends and family. Then grab delicious eats from the local artisans and food vendors, and soak up the beautiful Central Park setting.

Or book tickets for A Christmas Carol, the Charles Dickens’ classic about Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. It will be showing at the Players Theatre in Greenwich Village until 30 December – so don’t miss out.

29-31 December
Times square new years eve.

29-31 December

The New Year’s Eve party spirit is infectious in Times Square as crowds gather to see the famous ball drop at midnight. Arrive early and absorb the electric atmosphere. Or keep warm and laugh your way into 2017 at the New Year’s Eve Comedy Festival.

Or combine music and dancing with a four-mile Midnight Run – a truly unique way to bring in the New Year. The pre-race celebration atmosphere starts with a dance party. Then at the stroke of midnight, thousands of runners embark on their first run of the year…to the backdrop of a spectacular firework display.

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Midtown Manhattan

If New York is the Big Apple, then its core has to be Midtown, where you will find the essential city experience. Home to the iconic Empire State Building, grandiose Chrysler Building and Grand Central Station’s majestic architecture, this is Manhattan as you imagine it. Stay at the luxury InterContinental New York, with panoramic views of the bright lights of bustling Times Square. Shopping options are in great supply with Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s on the doorstep, and you can find some great bargains at Century 21. Don’t miss out on MoMA, where you can also eat fantastic gourmet cuisine at The Modern.

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