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A Festive New York City Holiday Guide: From Christmas Markets to Historic Hotels

The holiday season in New York City is a magical time, and this year offers an extra special celebration. As the city commemorates the 200th anniversary of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, written by Clement Clarke Moore in Chelsea in 1823, there's a plethora of enchanting experiences awaiting you.

Holiday Delights Across the City

From the iconic Rockefeller Center Christmas tree to the Met Museum's majestic blue spruce, NYC embraces the festive spirit. Don't miss the Origami Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural History or the dazzling window displays along Fifth Avenue.

Must-Visit Places

Bryant Park and Union Square host lively open-air holiday markets, while Rolf's in Gramercy Park offers a unique dining experience amidst extravagant Christmas decorations. The Rockettes' Christmas Spectacular and The Nutcracker by the New York City Ballet add a touch of magic to the season.

Historic Hotels Adding Holiday Charm

Experience the holiday in a unique setting at several historic hotels. The High Line Hotel, once a dormitory in the General Theological Seminary, now channels the festive spirit of the poet Moore. Meanwhile, the Martinique New York celebrates its 125th anniversary in the heart of midtown.

A Heartwarming Stay

NH Collection New York Madison Avenue welcomes guests with a Holidays with a Heart program. Recycled glass red heart ornaments adorn the lobby, with proceeds donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Guests can also view the ORIGINAL Charles Dickens Manuscript of The Christmas Carol at the nearby Morgan Library & Museum.

Tailored Experiences and Packages

Several boutique hotels offer tailored holiday experiences. Kixby presents the Kix-mas in the City package, featuring goodies from Greyston Bakery and a focus on inclusive employment. Kimpton Hotel Eventi offers personal wardrobe stylists, while the Smyth Tribeca presents "A Very Merry Smythmas" package.

Unique Holiday Settings

At the TWA Hotel, travelers experience a '60s-inspired Runway Chalet and a transformed outdoor "pool-cuzzi." Meanwhile, the Tempo by Hilton New York Times Square provides front-row views of New Year’s Eve ball preparations.

Cherished Traditions and Festivities

The Radio Hotel in Washington Heights partners with Toys for Tots, showcasing the hotel's commitment to giving back. Additionally, Loews Regency New York Hotel offers festive meals and holiday-themed packages.

Iconic Celebrations

The Lotte New York Palace hosts weekends with the Rockettes and Santa, showcasing its restored Villard Mansion. Meanwhile, The Plaza Hotel's Home Alone 2: Escape to New York experience and 'Twas the Night Before Christmas reading by Santa on Christmas Eve promise unforgettable moments.

Whimsical Holiday Offerings

Hilton New York Times Square and The Plaza Hotel cater to guests with themed suites, curated Christmas trees, and joyful programming, ensuring an enchanting stay.

In NYC, the holiday spirit is abundant, with each hotel and attraction offering unique festivities and heartfelt experiences. Dive into the magic and create unforgettable memories this holiday season in the city that never sleeps!

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