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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 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.

Find out what's on in New York in January

It’s cold in January but the holidays aren’t over yet. There’s sledding in Central Park, bargain hunting at the sales and at Broadway week – and not-such bargains at stunning antiques fairs. With so much to tempt you, make sure you don’t stick to your resolutions.

1-8 January
NYCC show floor.

1-8 January

On New Year’s Day go on a mad dip in the water at the aptly-named Polar Bear Club’s New Year’s Day swim off Coney Island.

On Friday 6 January catch the camel train at the Three Kings Day Parade, organised by El Museo del Barrio. Local children dress in traditional Nativity garb to lead the kings through the city, surrounded by floats and music. There may even be a real camel or two. Later that day, visit the Frick collection- on the first Friday evening of every month entry is free. See a masterpiece painting: Cagnacci’s Repentant Magdalene before it returns to California on the 22 January.

9-15 January

9-15 January

For those with their eyes on the prize, sales shopping starts in early January. Swan around at Saks Fifth Avenue and collect America’s coolest brands at a discount, Clover Canyon, Elizabeth and James or native New Yorker Marc Jacobs.

No Pants on the Subway Day, announced in December, happens in early January every year. It’s the biggest of New York’s famous flash mob invasions: ride the subway and see commuters in their suits, ties… and boxers. Photographs encouraged. Participation is completely open to all, too…

16-22 January

16-22 January

Mid-January is all about Broadway Week, with 2 for 1 tickets on hit theatre. Look out for participating shows. See Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The Disney film scales up its score and cast for a huge colourful family musical. It’s a whole new year, after all.

Have a snow day at Winter Jam, with the help of machine-made snow. Cancelled last year due to actual bad weather, this year on 21 January, grab a sled and head to Central Park for skiing tuition, snowball fights and a cosy market.

23-29 January

23-29 January

January means Antiques Week, with five shows of marvellous treasures over two weeks. The Winter Antiques Show in the Park Avenue Armoury is the most prestigious. Be in the seat of good taste, and rub shoulders with the rich and discerning. From 22 to 29 January.

In the last week of January, keep your eyes peeled for meal deals- it’s New York’s bi-annual Restaurant Week late Jan to Feb (dates to be announced) and some wonderful restaurants dish up discounts. Last Summer Palm Court at The Plaza and modern Japanese revelation Zuma both participated. Then hear Copenhagen’s hippie commune pop group Lukas Graham singing their frank, beautiful songs at the Hammerstein Ballroom on 28 January.

30-31 January

30-31 January

Get all fired up watching ice hockey in a sports bar or at home stadium Madison Square Gardens- the New York Rangers have a game on the 31 January. Or, the same night, get your drama from Carmen at the Metropolitan Opera with a world-class performance of the Bizet tragedy.

Find out what's on in New York this February

February in NYC is often time to wrap up warm and find fantastic exhibitions in cosy museums and galleries. Everything from fashion and funk to craft beers and wildlife, you’ll find something perfect for your trip. Don’t miss Valentine’s Day on the 14th, when New York comes alive with love and romance.

1 – 7 February
Masterworks Unpacking-Fashions

1 – 7 February

Last chance to see Masterworks: Unpacking Fashions which finishes on the 5 February at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. See incredible designs which have been amassed over the past seven decades of the Costume Institute’s creation. Expect to see 60 of the most iconic fashions from the 18th century onwards.

Super Bowl Sunday, which is 5 February in 2017, should be declared a holiday, as the number of parties in bars and clubs is off the scale. Find yourself a party and enjoy the game with new-found friends. Teams to be confirmed, but Lady Gaga is tipped to be performing the half-time show.

8- 14 February
Sunset Boulevard The Musical

8- 14 February

Based on the unforgettable Billy Wilder film of the same name, Sunset Boulevard: The Musical comes back to Broadway for 16 weeks only. Glenn Close stars as the tragic and eccentric heroine, Norma Desmond, in this story of the dark side of Hollywood stardom. The show opens on 9 February at the iconic Palace Theatre on Broadway.

Valentine’s Day brings more than romance to the streets of NYC, so book a seat at the risqué Filthy Gorgeous Burlesque Valentines Spectacular. This sizzling burlesque show will get your pulse racing at the Highline Ballroom on 14 February.

15 – 21 February
Red Hot Chili Peppers

15 – 21 February

See Californian funk-rock band, Red Hot Chili Peppers on The Getaway Tour from 15 to 18 February. Taking place at the famous Madison Square Garden, playing songs from the new album and some greatest hits, this is one not to be missed.

Also at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Max Beckmann in New York exhibition looks at German expressionist artist, Max Beckmann, whose work was branded degenerate and confiscated by Nazi Germany. This exhibition, which ends on the 20 February, considers the work he did while living in NYC after his self-imposed exile.

22-28 February
New York Wild Film Festival

22-28 February

The fourth annual New York Wild Film Festival takes place from 23 to 26 February and features some of the best wildlife documentaries and films of recent years. From exploration and conservation to adventure and environmental studies, the body of work will be impressive.

And to end the month on a high, NYC Beer Week happens across the city at various venues between 24 February and 4 March. You’ll be able to enjoy craft beer from across the five boroughs and beyond, with ten days of special events, tap takeovers and celebrations, this is the best place to try New York’s favourite beers.

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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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