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Affordable holiday cheer in NYC!

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October 27th, 2009
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[caption id="attachment_6413" align="aligncenter" width="530" caption="The Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes is always a special event. (Photo courtesy of MSG Entertainment)"]www.NYCGO.com) for a list of current promotions.

Attractions

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 (www.RadioCityChristmas.com).

Hotel

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! michele.harris@erickson.com

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