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Affordable holiday cheer in NYC!

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October 27th, 2009

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The big department stores pull out all the stops when it comes to holiday windows. Visit the breathtaking displays at Macy s, Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdales, and Saks Fifth Ave. Another not-to-be-missed freebie is Rockefeller Center where you ll see the world-famous Christmas tree and ice-skating rink. [caption id="attachment_6403" align="alignright" width="203" caption="Visit the world-famous Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. (Photo courtesy of Tishman Speyer)"][/caption] When you want a little indoor cheer, head to FAO Swartz at 50th and 5th Ave. Don t let the crowd at the front door scare you away. The line moves swiftly and once inside, you ll find yourself feeling like a kid again. They still have the oversized piano keyboard made famous by Tom Hanks in the movie Big. On my last visit, I was treated to a joyous dance along the keys by a grandmother and her two grandchildren. Worth paying for Everyone has to see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at least once. From the fabulous 3-D movie of Santa Claus flying his sleigh through snowy Manhattan to the high kicks of the Rockettes to the glorious living nativity scene complete with real camels and elephants, it s a great show for all ages, so bring the grandchildren if you can (


There are plenty of great hotel deals online, but one thing you might not consider is how much it costs to park your car. Some places charge upwards of $75 per day. If you can t leave the car at home, consider staying in a hotel across the river in New Jersey. You can easily get to Manhattan via the PATH train and then take a cab or try the subway for a little adventure!