By Dave Caplan
It’s the holiday season in NYC, the brightest time of the year, when we are treated to gorgeous displays of light and creativity everywhere you look. You have to start at Rockefeller Center where the world famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree stands. For 82 years a 60- 80 feet Norwegian Spruce has been lit to the delight of millions, celebrating the beginning of the Holidays. Complete with 45,000 LED lights and topped with a 9.5 foot Swarovski Star, the tree drew thousands of fans for its lighting on December 3rd.
Just uptown at 57thst and 5th, hanging in mid-air, is the 28 feet wide 3300 pound giant UNICEF snowflake. Made up of 16,000 hand cut Baccarat Crystals, it is the world’s largest outdoor chandelier. Walk two blocks north and you will find the world’s largest Menorah. The 32 feet tall, 4,000 pound symbol of Hanukah will be lit on December 16th to celebrate the first night of the Jewish Holiday.
Okay let’s make a U-turn and head downtown passing the most creative and exciting Christmas window displays in the world. Start out at Bergdorf Goodman’s, check out the windows of Barney’s, Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue. High end retailers like Cartier, Tiffany and Fendi shine brightly on 5th Avenue. Further downtown at 40th and 5th Avenue is Lord and Taylor whose flagship store is celebrating its 100th year anniversary. They always have the most classic and whimsical of all the window displays.
The oldest tree lighting in New York belongs to the New York Stock Exchange Tree which has been lit every year since 1923. You will find it on Broad St between Wall St and Exchange Place.
I also know where you can bring your kids to meet Santa. On Saturday 12/20, it’s Breakfast with Santa on our luxury yacht the Zephyr. Come join Santa and his elves for a morning of interactive games, songs fun and food!
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