Holiday Cheer for Less in New York City

Posted December 16, 2009 by Jamie Moore

Nyc-manhattanxmas-def Take a huge bite of holiday fun in the Big Apple this winter. Exhilarating during any season, New York City revs things up during the holidays with fantastical window shopping and seasonal libations. You can even check out classic holiday performances without putting a damper on your holiday resources.

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Macy's: After the world tunes into Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, New Yorkers head to the flagship store for another free don't-miss spectacle. Each year Macy's installs two series of magical window displays: whimsical scenes from Miracle on 34th Street and a surprise theme; one year it was a wonderland of trees decorated to reflect harmony, joy, and friendship. There are always interactive features, too. In the past, visitors have lined up to measure holiday cheer on the "spirit-o-meter" and checked Santa's list to see if they'd been naughty or nice.

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Please Don't Tell (PDT): Need a secret hideaway from holiday crowds? The entrance to PDT's snug lounge is through a phone booth tucked inside Crif's—a legendary hot dog joint. Inside PDT you'll find hunting lodge decor (complete with stuffed and mounted animals) and an eclectic seasonal cocktail list, sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Be sure to make a reservation.

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Symphony Space: Steer clear of on-Broadway prices at one of Symphony Space's high-caliber performances. Check out one of the daily literature, music, dance, and film events or take the kids to a family-themed show. During the holidays, the schedule lights up with seasonal favorites including The Nutcracker ($30), The Christmas Revels ($45), or Holidays From Around the World ($20).

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Great article - love the tip on PDT!

Posted on December 31, 2009 at 12:11 AM by FatPassport

Do you have information about prepaid card for restaurants like hard rock cafe, rainforest cafe....and others?

Posted on May 26, 2010 at 01:22 AM by silvia martinez

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