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Merry Christmas from Rockefeller Center!

Merry Christmas! - live from Rockefeller Center courtesy of NBC New York

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Christmas in NYC

Spent a lovely five days and nights in NYC at Christmas.

Saw two fun shows - "Spamalot" and "Is He Dead?" - and the Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall - all highly recommended.

Enjoyed several evenings wandering through the holiday shops and watching the ice skaters at Bryant Park. Although the ice rink at Rockefeller Center is the famous one, Bryant Park is beautiful and it is not crowded so you can watch from the rink wall, shouting out encouragement to the newbies of all ages. Great fun, and some of the skaters are excellent.

In front of the ice sculptures at Bryant Park

Took youngest child to see Santa at Macy's. Although the Macy windows were a disappointment (the Bergdorf Goodman and Lord & Taylor windows were much better), the Santa we visited at Macy's was the REAL SANTA! The beard, the voice, the laugh, the Santa outfit - SPECTACULAR! And despite having dealt with crowds for hours, ALL the elves were smiling and full of Christmas cheer.

Window at Lord & Taylor

The Macy's Santa Train Conductor

Macy's Santa Elf "Lightfoot"


The Christmas tree at the Met was, as always, beautiful and worth the trip.

Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC

Had an outstanding meal in Chinatown at Sanur and good dim sum at The Chatham. Also had a very good lunch at Toasties and enjoyed the jazz brunch at Rare Bar & Grill in the Shelburne Hotel.

FDNY: "Chinatown Dragon Fighters"

The holiday train show at Grand Central is always fun.

Midnight Mass at St. Malachy's on West 49th had good singing and music - good homily, too!

The 7-day unlimited ride Metro card for only $24 made it easy to go all over the city using the subway and buses. An amazing bargain.

Merry Christmas!

Posted December 30, 2007 10:37 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Christmas   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Real or artificial tree?

"New Yorkers should really never be included in any survey of what normal Americans do."

"re: Did You Know?" by Kathryn Jean Lopez, The Corner, December 7, 2007

Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC

The Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, November 20, 2007 - January 6, 2008.

Posted December 7, 2007 08:07 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Christmas   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Christmas panto

If you want to see a holiday panto this Christmas, we found one in DC and another in Malvern, PA. Let us know if you are aware of any holiday pantos in or near NYC.

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Posted December 9, 2006 09:57 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Christmas , Humor   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche at the Met

The Christmas Tree in Peter's "living room" ... come and visit me any time ...
(Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche at the Met)

Happy Christmas and Good Tidings for the New Year to all my cousins spread out all over this world ... thinking of you all ... Love, Peter Lo

Chug wishes all his family and friends Merry Christmas!

No posts until next week ...

Posted December 24, 2005 09:30 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Christmas   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Holiday Train Shows

Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden

After hearing so much about it, Gothamist finally decided to head up to the Bronx to check out the New York Botanical Garden's Holiday Train Show. Inside the conservatories, there are replicas of various NYC buildings and landmarks, "made entirely from plant parts like berries, mushrooms, pinecones, and twigs," with model trains running through around, through and over them. And Gothamist can say that the replicas are pretty incredible.

"Holiday Train Show At The New York Botanical Garden," gothamist, December 8, 2005

Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden . . . . Holiday Train Show at The New York Botanical Garden

Now What? has more photos of the Holiday Train Show, and reminds you to wear warm clothing ...

Holiday Train Show, through January 8, 2006, open Tuesdays–Sundays, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Tickets $16 - $5. All tickets specify an entry time to the Holiday Train Show. Please be on the Garden grounds at least 15 minutes before your specified entry time.

The New York Botanical Garden, 200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard, Bronx, 718-817-8700

Grand Central Holiday Train Show

This year's annual Grand Central Holiday Train Show consists of a newly created, 34 foot-long, "O gauge" train layout with model trains running on eight separate loop tracks through a wondrous holiday scene that begins in a living room on Christmas morning, then travels through a miniature New York City, across the HellGate Bridge, through suburbs, farmland, and on to the North Pole!

In addition to the working holiday train layout, vintage Lionel model trains from the New York Transit Museum's Lawrence Scripps Wilkinson collection will be on display and, in honor of the 100th anniversary of motorized bus service in New York City, the exhibit will also feature an eye-catching assortment of toy buses.

Grand Central Holiday Train Show, New York Transit Museum's Gallery Annex, at Grand Central Terminal, East 42nd Street, between Vanderbilt and Lexington Avenues, through January 16, 2006, M-F: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm, Sat and Sun: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, free, 212-878-0106


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Posted December 12, 2005 06:08 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Christmas   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (2)

Christmas light show

PunditGuy links to

the most amazing, creative and well executed Christmas lighting display I’ve ever seen. Prepare to be amazed.

Video here ....

Here's a link to another video on the same house set to Jingle Bells, by Barbara Streisand ...

Update: According to Snopes, this was the 2004 Christmas light display of "Carson Williams, a Mason, Ohio, electrical engineer who spent about three hours sequencing the 88 Light-O-Rama channels that controlled the 16,000 Christmas lights in his annual holiday lighting spectacular."

"Man decks house with synchronized lights,", December 6, 2005

"25,000 lights dance to music: Display timed to a broadcast soundtrack," by Jessica Brown, The Cincinnati Enquirer, December 5, 2005

Mr. Williams shut down the display on December 6, 2005, due to traffic congrestion in his neighborhood

Posted December 8, 2005 06:03 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Christmas , Humor   ·  Comments (1)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Annual Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche at the Met

One of our favorite things to do around Christmas is see the Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche at the Met.

Christmas Tree and Neapolitan Baroque Crèche at the Met
In this annual event, a vivid 18th-century Neapolitan Nativity scene (embellished with diminutive, lifelike attendant figures and hovering, silk-robed angels) adorns a candlelit 20-foot blue spruce.

November 22, 2005 - January 8, 2006, Medieval Art, 1st floor, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue

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Posted November 29, 2005 09:50 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Christmas   ·  Comments (1)   ·  TrackBacks (1)