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SUMMER IN NEW YORK – TOP 6 THINGS TO DO

From the spectacular skylines and stunning architecture to the sensational food culture and superb art scene, summer in New York is an adventure like no other. As the balmy breeze replaces the wintry air, New York evolves into an urban jungle filled with street performers, artists, food stalls, festivals, markets and more.

The possibilities are endless in the iconic ‘city that never sleeps’ from kayaking the Hudson River to Shakespeare in the Park and everything in between. Start planning your summer in New York with our travel expert Amanda’s list of the top attractions and events that you will only experience in the Big Apple.

Union Square Greenmarket


Established in 1967, the famous Union Square Greenmarket hosts the largest gathering of regional farmers, bakers, and fishers around and provides New Yorkers with the best locally grown and sourced foods the area has to offer.

HFrequented by locals and chefs, Greenmarket produces a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and cheeses, artisan breads, jams, pickles, cut flowers, wine, coffee, ciders, honey and more

Explore Central Park


Escape to scenic Central Park to enjoy an afternoon of literary readings, boating on the lake, or sunbathing in Sheep’s Meadow. Summer activities include walking tours, catch and release fishing, yoga, running and fitness tours, hiking, and overnight camping. Visitors can also borrow a Field Day Kit consisting of a wiffle ball and bat, football, soccer ball, frisbee, jump ropes, cones and more from the North Meadow Rec Center.

Coasters at Coney Island


Coney Island – this legendary New York landmark is the epitome of American pop culture with its renowned boardwalk, iconic attractions, and scenic ocean views. For decades this waterfront promenade has been a nostalgic retreat from the sweltering pavements in the city and offers movie nights, concerts, shopping, rides, boardwalk games, a sandy beach, Friday night fireworks, and the ever-popular Mermaid Parade.

Kayak the Hudson River


A great way to stay cool during the summer in New York is to hop in a kayak and soak in what is arguably some of the best views of Manhattan from the Hudson River. Kayaking the Hudson is a unique urban adventure for all ages and skill levels. Experience the tranquil river while you are surrounded by the distant sounds of the urban jungle and picturesque views of the cityscape.

Top of the Rock


The historic landmark of the Rockefeller Center offers visitors the opportunity to shop, dine and explore the city from a vantage point unlike any other. This famous New York attraction is known for its unique shopping experience, live recordings of popular shows, and the iconic observation deck complete with unobstructed 360-views of the cityscape. With something for everyone, and unlimited Instagram-worthy opportunities, the Rockefeller Center is perfect for tourists wanting to feel on top of the world.

Bike the City
Rather than spending hours on your feet, or on a bus that glides past every landmark, New York bike tours offer a convenient alternative to exploring everything the city has to offer. Biking provides tourists with the opportunity to cover more ground, interact with the city, explore hidden gems, and dive further into the diverse neighborhoods of New York.

Source: https://www.americanholidays.com

Click&Go Deals of the Week

28th February 2019
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Deals of the Week

Venice City Breaks from €229ppin April
From €229pp for the 3 star Garibaldi Hotel. Price is per person based on 2 adults sharing for travel in April 2019.
Price includes:
• 3 nights in the 3 star Garibaldi Hotel, Venice, Italy
• Double/Twin Standard on a bed & breakfast basis​
• Return Aer Lingus flights from Dublin to Venice
• Airport taxes & charges
• Link to offer: https://www.clickandgo.com/design-your-own-holiday/details/2019-04-01/3/2::0/BB/DUB/0/8716/206/221?search=all/Venice/2019-04-01/3/2::0//DUB/0

All Inclusive Majorca this May from €399pp
From €399pp for the 3 Star Globales Samoa Hotel. Price is per person based on 2 adults sharing for travel in May 2019.
Price includes:
• 7 nights in the 3 Star Globales Samoa Hotel, Calas de Mallorca, Majorca
• Double/Twin Standard on an all Inclusive basis
• Return flights from Dublin to Palma Mallorca
• Airport Transfers
• Airport taxes & charges
• Link to offer: https://www.clickandgo.com/design-your-own-holiday/customise/2019-05-01/7/2::0/AI/DUB/0/8276/23537/402?search=all/Majorca/2019-05-01/7/2::0//DUB/0

4 Star Holidays to the Algarve from €299pp in May 2019
From €299pp for the 4 star Balaia Atlantico Aparthotel. Price is per person based on 2 adults sharing for travel in May 2019.
Price includes:
• 7 nights in the 4 star Balaia Atlantico Aparthotel, Albufeira, The Algarve
• Standard apartment on a self catering basis
• Direct Return flights from Dublin to Faro
• Airport Transfers
• Airport taxes & charges
• Link to offer: https://www.clickandgo.com/design-your-own-holiday/details/2019-05-15/7/2::0/RO/DUB/0/8793/18954/303?search=all/The_Algarve/2019-05-15/7/2::0//DUB/0

4 Star Holidays to Lanzarote from €369pp in May 2019
From €369pp for the 4 star Sands Beach Resort Apartments. Price is per person based on 2 adults sharing for travel in May 2019.
Price includes:
• 7 nights in the 4 star Sands Beach Resort Apartments, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote
• Studio apartment on a self catering basis
• Direct Return flights from Dublin to Lanzarote
• Airport Transfers
• Airport taxes & charges
• Link to offer: https://www.clickandgo.com/design-your-own-holiday/details/2019-04-28/7/2::0/SC/DUB/0/1692/2/383?search=all/Lanzarote/2019-04-28/7/2::0//DUB/0

4* top selling Algarve family holidays in June 2019 from €1,029 per family
From €1,029 per family for the 4 star Estrela do Vau Aparthotel. Price is per family based on 2 adults + 1 child sharing for travel in June 2019.
Special offer – Free Half Board when you book B&B – BOOK BY 10 March
Price includes:
• 7 nights in the 4 star Estrela do Vau Aparthotel, Praia do Vau, The Algarve
• One double standard on a Half Board basis
• Return flights from Dublin to Faro
• Airport Transfers
• Airport taxes & charges
Link to offer: https://www.clickandgo.com/design-your-own-holiday/details/2019-06-02/7/2:10,10:0/SC/DUB/0/2871/89428/1029?search=all/The_Algarve/2019-06-02/7/2:10,10:0//DUB/0

Alaska fly/cruise + 2 nights stay on board Celebrity Eclipse
Upgrade from Ocean to Balcony stateroom and get the Classic All Inclusive drinks package FREE – Save up to €360pp

Balcony cabin from €2,199 per person sharing
9nights (May – September 2019)
Itinerary: Itinerary: Vancouver, Canada – Inside Passage – Icy Strait Point, Alaska – Hubbard Glacier – Juneau, Alaska – Ketchikan, Alaska – Inside Passage – Vancouver, Canada
Price Includes:
✓ Return flights from Dublin
✓ checked in bag
✓ 2 night hotel stay pre cruise in Vancouver
✓ 7 night cruise
✓ all meals & snacks
✓ entertainment
Link: – https://www.clickandgo.com/holidays/cruise/cruise-deals

* Prices are ‘from’ prices, based on select departure dates from Dublin. Price includes return flights, specified accommodation and airport taxes and charges where stated. Prices are per person, based on 2 adults sharing. Prices for cruises exclude gratuities. Offers are subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply. Prices exclude check-in luggage unless stated. Click&Go is fully licensed & bonded by the Commission for Aviation Regulation T.A 0700.

NOTE TO EDITORS:
Click&Go is Ireland’s fastest growing online travel company. They are a one-stop online travel shop making it quick and easy for you to book the holiday you want. Click&Go are holiday partners with Aer Lingus. Click&Go are the home of the €1 holiday deposit – book now and pay later with Ireland’s only genuine €1 deposit for holidays!i

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CONVENE 2019: YEAR-AFTER-YEAR CONSISTENCY AND QUALITY

The seventh edition of CONVENE featured an impressive mix of Hosted Buyers from over 30 countries, as well as Exhibitors and Specialist Suppliers representing different parts of the Baltic Sea Region. As a boutique event, the focus of CONVENE remained on quality, and all signs pointed to that ambition being successfully delivered.

A noticeable concentration of this year’s 165 Hosted Buyers were representing the UK market, which bodes particularly well for Vilnius, since LOT Polish Airlines recently announced it will be launching a direct route between Lithuania’s capital and London City Airport this May, making both cities much more accessible to business travellers. Hosted Buyer agendas were packed over the course of the two-day exhibition, with plenty of opportunities to meet with the 80 Exhibitors representing Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Poland, Ukraine, Slovakia and Belarus.

In addition to putting forth a comprehensive Education Programme touching on the industry’s hottest topics and latest trends, organisers also brought back CONVENE’s Professional Academy, a three-hour workshop dedicated to preparing suppliers for their meetings with Hosted Buyers throughout the show. The academy, which took place a day before the exhibition, had one session focused on the evolution of association sector meetings and another on growing business in the UK.

 

Inga Romanovskienė, Director of Go Vilnius, the city’s official development agency and umbrella organisation to the Vilnius Convention Bureau, was thrilled to welcome meeting industry professionals back to an event that has proved to be of great value to the entire region, saying, “When it comes to the meetings and events industry, the Baltic Sea Region is ripe for significant growth, with meeting planners from across Europe and the globe continuing to show interest in many of its destinations. And for our part, CONVENE is able to strategically position Vilnius as a regional leader and give people the opportunity to experience what the city has to offer first-hand.”

Organised by the Vilnius Convention Bureau, CONVENE is an annual business marketplace that provides non-stop networking opportunities for meeting professionals. The two-day event gathers Baltic Sea meeting and events industry suppliers and buyers from across Europe and the world together under one roof and facilitates the exchange of knowledge and best practices.

Source: https://www.convene.lt

France Ski Deals from €319pp

Press release date: 27th February 2019

The remarkable food, assortment of resorts, high-altitude slopes and lift-linked mountain ranges make France one of the best countries for a ski getaway.

So, if the thought of a short flight to Chambéry, as well as a transfer that will have you at your resort quicker than you can say ‘escargot’, tickles your fancy, here’s a few more reasons to consider France as your next skiing destination:

High Altitude skiing
Longer winter seasons, varied slopes and the best glaciers in the world make the high-altitude resorts in France the most sought after in Europe. It also makes for some of the most ideal March skiing conditions!

Large Ski areas
France has a plethora of major ski resorts – each providing skiers with extensive ski areas, large enough to keep every level busy.

Diversity
From purpose built to charming villages, the large variety of ski resorts in France is second to none.

Check out Crystal Ski’s latest 7 night French Ski getaways from just €319pp:

Depart on 23rd March 2019, stay at the 3* Grand Bois, La Tania, on a self-catering basis from €319pp (4 Share)
Depart on 23rd March 2019, stay at the 3*Temps D’Soleil, Val Thorens, on a self-catering basis from €359pp (4 Share)
Depart on 17th March 2019, stay at the 2* Signal Du Porel, Serre Chevalie, on a self-catering basis from €359pp (4 Share)
Depart on 23rd March 2019, stay at the 3* Hotel L’Aigulle Rouge, Les Arcs, on a half-board basis from €585pp
All the above offers include flights from Dublin, 20kg luggage and transfers.

Book your ski getaway now with Crystal Ski, visit www.crystalski.ie or speak to a ski advisor by calling 01-6533-500.

All holidays and prices are subject to change & availability, and are based on 2 sharing and are for 7 nights (Unless stated above). Prices do not include optional extras such as insurance, in-flight meals or group seating. Normal Crystal Ski terms & conditions apply.

T&Cs apply. Offer applies to new bookings only and is subject to availability. We reserve right to amend the offer at any time. Offer can be withdrawn at any time without notice.

To book your group ski holiday now call (01) 653 3504.

Crystal is fully licensed by commission of aviation regulation (TO 021).

Source: TravelMedia.ie

Niamh Waters
Ph: +353 86 0492394
Email: niamh@travelmedia.ie

Michael Collins
Ph: +353 86 8583585
Email: michael@travelmedia.ie

PRESS RELEASE 6 misconceptions about rabies

Rabies is one of the deadliest infections known to humans. But, it’s also 100% preventable.

So, in order to help you better understand this virus, Tropical Medical Bureau are here to tell you the truth behind the most common misconceptions about rabies…

‘Rabies is only transmitted by animal bites’
Rabies can also be transmitted through contact with the saliva of an infected animal. The likes of licks or scratches from rabid animals can transmit the virus.

Yes, bites are the most common transmission but when saliva enters any open wound or mucus membrane, the potential to catch rabies is just as likely.

‘It will be obvious if an animal is rabid’
We’re all guilty of having an idea in our head of what a rabid animal will look like and so, of course we’d notice one immediately if we were to see one – false.

Not all affected animals demonstrate clear and visible signs of the illness. With that said, it’s important to always avoid contact with warm blooded animals – such as cats, dogs or even monkeys.

‘I don’t need to worry about rabies in the United States’
Canine rabies isn’t much of an issue in the United States but that doesn’t mean the disease isn’t something to worry about.

In fact, rabies can still be transmitted to humans from wild animals such as prairie dogs, raccoons, foxes, skunks and of course bats.

‘I would easily notice an animal bite’
Studies have shown that in both Canada and the United States, most human rabies infections are associated with bats!

These small creatures tend to leave even smaller puncture wounds – scratches and bites that may not be completely noticeable to the human eye.

‘If I really had rabies, the symptoms would have appeared shortly after I was bitten’
Following the bite of an infected animal, symptoms of the virus can take weeks, months or years to appear.

The length of time before symptoms appear can vary based on where on the body you’ve been bitten and the amount of virus injected. Wild animals tend to be the highest risk.

‘The vaccine just gives me more time to seek treatment’
Actually, the vaccine works by teaching your immune system how to produce the protective antibodies against this horrific disease. After any possible exposure you’ll need to boost those antibodies to a higher level to be certain that you are protected.

We hope you find the truth behind the misconceptions about rabies helpful! For more travel health tips and advice call your local TMB clinic and book in to speak with one of our qualified professionals.

To book an appointment for vaccinations and see a list of our base and associate clinics, please contact Tropical Medical Bureau on 00-353-1-2715-200 or visit www.tmb.ie.

Source: TravelMedia.ie
Niamh Waters
Phone: 086 0492394
Email: niamh@travelmedia.ie

 

Best Western Hotels & Resorts

Best Western Hotels & Resorts targets Irish Hotel Owners, Developers and Investors with new-look Brand Portfolio
Plan is for 10 hotels in Ireland in the next five years


Best Western Hotels & Resorts (BWHR) has launched an awareness building campaign to demonstrate to Irish hotel owners, developers and potential investors how much the brand has changed and emerged significantly over the past number of years.

BWHR intends to build awareness in the Irish market of this new and improved global brand and its products. The group intends to have 10 hotels in Ireland within five years and is targeting existing properties and new builds with at least 75 rooms in both the Republic and Northern Ireland.

BWHR has established a team of 23 in its Dublin-based office, working across revenue, eCommerce, sales, marketing, support and business development. A new Director of Development Vivienne Nyhan has also been appointed to work with hoteliers and potential investors.

Best Western Hotels & Resorts has a portfolio of over 4,200 branded hotels in operation with a global footprint covering over 100 countries. There are two existing BWHR hotels operating on the island of Ireland however “our objective is to motivate more Irish hotel owners and investors to take a look at the new brand image and talk to us to show what we can offer them”, says Vivienne Nyhan, International Development Director, BWHR.

There are 13 brands in the BWHR portfolio that cater for all market segments, from 3 to 5-star property types. In the UK there are 250 hotels, while BWHR is the largest hotel group in Sweden, with 156 hotels in Germany and over 2,000 hotels in the United States.

In Ireland, the group is looking to establish the Best Western Plus, Best Western Signature and Best Western Premier brands as well as new boutique brands, Sadie and Aiden, whether for hotel conversion opportunities or indeed new builds.

Source: O’Hea PR
T: 01-6608540
E: roisin@oheapr.com

Wonderful sightseeing cruise around Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

The shimmering bay of Ha Long with its magnificent limestone formations was the best place for the 38th ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) this January 2019. Ha Long city, the capital of the surrounding Quang Ninh province, was all set to welcome some 1500 international travel industry delegates during the week- long event.

When we arrived to the Ha Long Bay we had a wonderful sightseeing cruise trip around this area by Heritage Line boat “Jasmine” on a 2-day pre fam trip to a unique beauty spot.

First day, when the boat set sail into the Bay we have been acquainted with the facilities onboard.A delectable buffet lunch with a feast of choices was served in the restaurant. Savored our first hours in Halong Bay on the boat by simply letting for eyes wander around the scenery.

We arrived to the area of Cua Van, a floating shing village. From here we started to explore a cave, named Tien Ong, and the floating shing village. Tien Ong is the most recently explored cave, Showing evidence of human civilisation dating back to 10,000 – 8,000 BC. The cave is just 5 meters above sea level, 50 meters deep and covers 1,000 square meters.

The voyage continued to the shing village. With a small bamboo boat rowed by the local people we have moved around in the calm sea of this secluded area and got an insight into the village life

After returning to the boat we sailed to the overnight mooring area Luon Bo. During this time Halong Bay revealed its most magnificent beauty – called the “blue hour”.

Second day for early risers tea, coffee and pastries was available in the dining room. A Tai Chi class was offered on the sundeck to ease mind and muscles.

The boat sailed to Ti Top Island. By tender boat we arrived to  this little landmass in the Bay. We had climbing up to the hill to the top of Ti Top Island from where we had stunning views over Halong Bay. It takes 400 stone steps up and about 20 minutes to the top with great panoramic views.

Halong Bay is a beautiful natural wonder in northern Vietnam near the Chinese border. The Bay is dotted with 1,600 limestone islands and islets and covers an area of over 1,500 sqkm. This extraordinary area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. For many tourists, this place is like something right out of a movie. The fact is that Halong Bay features a wide range of biodiversity, while the surrealistic scenery has indeed featured in endless Days

 

Viet Nam, the Hosted Country of the ATF 2019

Viet Nam, the Host Country of the ATF 2019,  ASEAN Tourism Forum, take a place in Ha Long Bay, UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The 38th ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) was a cooperative regional effort to promote the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as one tourist destination. This annual event involves all the tourism industry sectors of the 10 member states of ASEAN: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.

ATF 2019 through the 3-day TRAVEX event, 16 to 18 January 2019 welcomed 1,500 delegates, hosted buyers and exhibitors as well as international media. There were 400 hosted buyers from 53 countries including Australia, France, Germany, Poland, Russia, and many others.

ATF predicted a platform for the selling and buying of regional and individual tourism products of ASEAN member countries

The ATF – TRAVEX was very well organised, and included around 100 official events and functions comprising knowledge sessions at the ASEAN Tourism Conference, and a lot of daily networking opportunities and social gatherings like friendly golf games and pre- and post-tours, gala dinners.

The ATF – TRAVEX in 2019 was a very well-organized event, offered a lot of meetings, networking opportunities, connections.

Media received the latest insights and first-hand news, updates and stories around ASEAN. Field perspectives from all 10 National Tourism Organisations and Bureaux at the Media Briefings and Tourism Ministers Press Conference were holded on TRAVEX days.

There were parties hosted by VNAT, Saigon – Ho Chi Minh City, FLC, Quang Ninh province and Brunei, the host country for the 2020 event, then the Philippines with the tradition of creating fabulous parties and night functions, and more.

The ATF – TRAVEX was very well organised event and included around 100 official events and functions comprising knowledge sessions at the ASEAN Tourism Conference, and a lot of daily networking opportunities and social gatherings like friendly golf games and pre- and post-tours, gala dinners.

 

 

Vietnam to host the 38th ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) – Silvija Travel Tips

Vietnam, the Host Country of the 38th ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) to be held in Ha Long. Silvija Travel Tiops will be among the 1500 delegates. They comprise of Travel Media, Ministerial, NTO, official meeting delegates, as well as TRAVEX suppliers from across all 10 ASEAN member states, international buyers.

ATF TRAVEX, is the largest and most diverse showcase of ASEAN suppliers, will play witness to ASEAN travel trade industry exhibitors from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore , Thailand and Viet Nam, connecting with hosted buyers and media representatives from around the world.

The 3-day ATF TRAVEX 2019, which commences from 16 January and run until 18 January 2019. There will be 75 official sessions with the Host Country organising a programme packed with numerous social activities that include, Pre-and Post-Show Tours, an Opening Ceremony, a Welcome Reception and Dinner, a Friendly Golf Game and a Farewell Party for all ATF delegates.

Major highlights for Exhibitors and Buyers include the 32 one-to-one business appointments, 100% of which can be scheduled prior to arrival in Ha Long.

Senior Vice-President (Sales & Marketing International) Chris Bailey of Tour East Group, an exhibitor from Singapore, is looking forward to broadening the reach of their DMC services globally as part of the destination ASEAN offering. “Tour East is committed to sustainable travel programming and management from its 14 operating countries. We also blend these activities with advanced technology tools to deliver business efficiencies to our industry partners.”

Confirmed Buyers and Exhibitors alike are already looking forward to all the event has to offer. Buyer Agata Goscinska, CEO of Viventum s.c. Poland, is especially excited about Viet Nam’s capabilities as a conference and incentive destination. “I have made valuable connections all over ASEAN, but I am looking to make new ones and explore fresh ideas, attractions, and activities by experiencing Viet Nam first-hand at ATF 2019.”

Another anticipated ATF component is the ASEAN Tourism Conference, where major regional issues are presented and discussed by subject experts and thought leaders. In keeping with the aim of strengthening co-operation among the ASEAN tourism industry’s various sectors, this knowledge platform promotes discussion, exchange of ideas and valuable perspectives to motivate progress among ASEAN stakeholders.

It is also the aim of the Host Country that through its high hospitality and infrastructural standards, it will successfully demonstrate its capabilities and be recognised as one of ASEAN’s most attractive destinations, complete with world-class facilities and services to make an even greater impact on its already impressive touristic appeal.

Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam, H.E. Nguyen Ngoc Thien, said in a statement, “The people of Quang Ninh province are ready to welcome delegates and guests. We are honoured to host ATF and look forward to inviting all visitors to experience the natural beauty and warmth of our people. We are ready to embrace all ASEAN states to drive connectivity and sustainable tourism to Viet Nam and the region as one.”

For more information and programme updates for ATF 2019, visit www.atfvietnam2019.com

ABOUT ATF 2019
ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) is a cooperative regional effort to promote the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region as one tourist destination. ATF TRAVEX is the longest-running annual ASEAN leisure travel trade event, showcasing the largest contingent of ASEAN sellers. This annual event involves all the tourism industry sectors of the 10 ASEAN member nations: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.

Each year, the hosting of ATF is rotated among the member countries. Viet Nam will host ATF 2019 and is all geared up to welcome 1500 delegates. ATF 2019 marks the 38th anniversary of this event since its inauguration in Malaysia in 1981.

2019 TRAVEX Dates: 16 to 18 January 2019
Venue: Quang Ninh Exhibition of Planning and Expo Center, Ha Long, Vietnam

NYC & Company Spotlights events in 2018 – Silvija Travel Tips

NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organisation, previews unique celebrations for global travellers to explore during the 2018/2019 holiday season. From the unofficial kick-off courtesy of the Rockettes and the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular in early November to the various New Year’s celebrations and everything in between, New York City is once again primed for a festive season that is like no other in the world.

“The holiday season in New York City is a spectacle unlike any other,” said NYC & Company President and CEO Fred Dixon “It is a time when the vibrant energy that makes up the very fabric of our city is magnified through the joy of dozens of multicultural celebrations among New Yorkers and global visitors who make the five boroughs a centrepiece of their annual festivities.”

Highlights include landmark events and first-time New York–style holiday celebrations of a nearly endless variety for travellers to enjoy this winter. Visitors will also find secular activities like historic new shopping destinations, world-famous department store window displays (Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue), unrivalled outdoor ice-skating rinks and more scattered all throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island. The five-borough-wide season wraps up in a fashion as dazzling as ever with various New Year’s Eve celebrations.

As always, three iconic events bookend the introduction and conclusion of the holiday season in New York City:

Rockefeller Centre Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Manhattan, November 28, 2018.  A line-up of live performers rivalled by few events all year will help light up New York City’s biggest and brightest home for Santa’s Christmas eve delivery again. The more than seven-story tree will spread holiday cheer to the millions of visitors it welcomes until the lights dim on January 7. rockefellercenter.com

New Year’s Eve Times Square Ball Drop

Manhattan, 31 December 2018– 1 January 2019.   In 1904, the former New York Times owner convinced the City to rename Longacre Square in honour of the world-famous publication. In addition to the name change and the opening of NYC’s first subway line, that year marked the inaugural Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration, and the “Crossroads of the World” has been the historic backdrop of the City’s New Year’s Eve celebration ever since. Approximately 1 million visitors are expected to gather to watch the ball drop in person again this year. timessquarenyc.org

 Outlined below are  more celebratory events, listed in alphabetical order, to be explored this holiday season in NYC.

23 Days of Flatiron Cheer

Manhattan, December 1–23, 2018.  The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership welcomes visitors this December to enjoy contests, performances, free neighborhood walking tours, giveaways from local businesses and an interactive installation in the North Public Plaza. Other unparalleled offerings can be found in the historic 103-block neighborhood stretching from 23rd to 28th Street, bordered by Third and Sixth Avenues. flatirondistrict.nyc 

A Slice of Brooklyn Christmas Lights Tour

Brooklyn, December 1–30, 2018.  Every holiday season, more than 100,000 visitors descend on Brooklyn’s Dyker Heights neighborhood to view the most extravagant Christmas displays in the New York City area. This tour, operated by born and raised Brooklynites, stops by the most over-the-top exhibits of the season while telling patrons the story of how “Dyker Lights” came to be nearly 40 years ago. asliceofbrooklyn.com

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre’s Holiday Engagement at New York City Centre

Manhattan, November 28–December 30, 2018. City Centre’s 75th Anniversary Season will feature a wide range of performances including new productions, annual favourites, live music and Alvin Ailey’s feature performance Revelations. A special show on December 11 celebrates City Centre’s opening performance in 1943. alvinailey.org

American Museum of Natural History’s Holiday Season

Manhattan, November 20, 2018–January 7, 2019. The museum’s cultural celebrations begin with the decoration of the Origami Holiday Tree—complete with more than 800 hand-folded paper models created by local artists—and continue through the New Year. On December 29, the AMNH will host its 40th annual Kwanzaa celebration. The festival of African-American heritage celebrates the seven core principles of Kwanzaa while exploring the rich history behind its traditions. Family-friendly activities, musical performances and an international marketplace are also included. amnh.org

Apollo Theatre Presents “Kwanzaa Celebration: Regeneration Night”

Manhattan, December 29, 2018. The legendary Harlem theatre is celebrating Kwanzaa with visitors for the 12th consecutive year with a night of music and dance that honors the principles of Kwanzaa—family, community and culture. apollotheater.org

Brooklyn Ballet’s Nutcracker

Brooklyn, December 14, 2018.  The hip-hop and ballet infused replication of the holiday classic, reimagined in various Brooklyn neighbourhoods, is hosted by the iconic Kings Theatre, in Flatbush, for the first time this year. brooklynballet.org

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical: Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden

Manhattan, December 13–30, 2018.   Dr. Seuss’ holiday classic is sure to cause audiences hearts to grow at least three sizes when they watch the story of the true meaning of Christmas come to life in this limited engagement at the world’s most famous arena. msg.com

Empire Outlets Grand Opening * Editor’s note, Empire Outlets opening has been delayed until the spring of 2019.

Staten Island, November 15–18, 2018.  The first shopping outlet to open in the five boroughs is just a free 25-minute ferry ride from Manhattan. One hundred popular brand outlet stores such as Brooks Brothers, H&M, Nordstrom Rack, Nike Factory and Polo, as well as a terrific collection of waterfront food and beverage concepts will open just in time for locals and visitors to get in their holiday shopping. empireoutletsnyc.com

Gingerbread Lane at New York Hall of Science

Queens, November 10, 2018–January 21, 2019.  Since 2013, the edible village at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, has set the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of gingerbread houses and structures with each new instalment. The record is sure to be challenged again this year. (nysci.org)

Grand Army Plaza, Largest Menorah Lighting

Brooklyn, December 2–10, 2018.  With the help of local synagogues, the plaza has hosted the nightly lighting of the 32-foot menorah since 1984. Visitors are invited to celebrate the holiday with concerts and gifts for children through each day of the Jewish Festival of Lights. largestmenorah.com

Holiday Workshop Weekend at Wave Hill

The Bronx, December 8–9, 2018.  At this holiday craft fair, in addition to creating the usual wreaths and treasure boxes, families are invited to work on the feature project: the hamsa, or hamesh, the multicultural symbol of an open hand. Guests explore the spiritual side of the holidays as they make the palm-shaped amulets. wavehill.org

New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show

The Bronx, November 1, 2018–January 21, 2019.  The annual exhibition of classical model trains moving through a hand-crafted display of New York City’s built environment is back for the 27th year. More than 175 miniature iconic city structures such as Yankee Stadium, The Brooklyn Bridge and The Statue of Liberty are replicated entirely out of plant parts and will coincide with other holiday celebrations such as a cappella performances, Bar Car Nights and more at the New York Botanical Garden. nybg.org

New York Philharmonic Presents “Home Alone in Concert”

Manhattan, December 20–21,2018.  The acclaimed New York Philharmonic will perform John Williams’ score live to the classic Christmas film Home Alone, for a 2018–19 holiday season special event—booby traps and lovable bandits not included. nyphil.org

New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store at Grand Central Terminal Holiday Train Show

Manhattan, November 15, 2018–February 3, 2019.  A staple of Grand Central Terminal during the holiday season since 2001, the train show features a 34-foot-long track where vintage trains from the museum’s collection travel through a miniature New York City and countryside scene all the way to the North Pole. grandcentralterminal.com

Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring the Rockettes

Manhattan, November 9, 2018–January 1, 2019  Everyone’s favourite high kickers dance their way from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve and champion the holiday spirit of New York City with their extravagant costumes and breath-taking state-of-the-art production. rockettes.com

 For more information regarding the most wonderful time of the year in the five boroughs, find NYC & Company’s official guide to the holidays in New York City at NYCgo.com/holiday

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