Sunday, 20 September 2015


Lo and behold! People from all over the US descend on New York in their thousands in December and the Christmas vibe has to be seen to be believed. The lights, the window displays, the grandparents holding hands with little grandchildren all dressed in their finest party dresses, shiny shoes and pretty hair, the fresh Christmas trees for sale on busy intersection corners, the music of the season, people lugging store bags and packages of Christmas shopping - it is magical and beautiful. To walk Fifth Avenue at night is mesmerising, and even the December weather can't dampen the vibe - Christmas is infectious in New York. 

You feel and see American traditions being played out all over the city, from family visits to see Santa Claus, to ice skating under the Rockefeller Christmas tree, to the annual trip to Radio City Hall for the Christmas Spectacular. The first Radio City Christmas Spectacular was put on in 1933 and its long been a Christmas tradition. The show features well over 140 performers and the standouts are the precision dancing troupe, The Rockettes. Their performance of the Parade of the Wooden Soldiers is incredible, and has been a feature of every edition of the annual stageshow right up to the present day. For an extra fee, you can have your photo taken with a Rockette before the show, which is a very cool thing to do when you have a 17 year old boy with you! The auditorium is breathtaking, the entrance foyer is lavish, the dancing and choreography amazing and the whole experience is just brilliant. I wouldn't have missed it for the world, and you shouldn't either.

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