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New York City is the place to be at Christmas

Christmas season in New York is a really special time and the atmosphere is tremendous with the countless lights and magical decorations. So with our Christmas Light Switch On theme being Fairytale of New York, we thought we’d give you an insight into some of the incredible attractions in New York.

So go on have a read, who knows you could be the lucky winner and be Christmas shopping in New York!

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If there is one thing in New York that will surely put you in the Christmas mood, then it’s the beautifully decorated streets and shop windows. Big department stores really dedicate the whole year to preparing their Christmas window displays, each telling its own story. It’s popular for both locals and tourists to wander past the stores during the Christmas period, especially on Fifth Avenue.

Rockefeller Christmas Tree

The famous Rockefeller Centre Christmas Tree is an attraction in its own right. The Rockefeller Centre Christmas Tree is a world-wide symbol of the holidays in New York City, 78-foot, 10-ton Norway Spruce illuminated in over 45,000 LED lights. The Christmas Tree 2016 will be lit for the holiday season on November 30 and will be illuminated every evening through till 7th January 2016.

In addition to a beautiful Christmas tree, the Rockefeller Centre is also famous for its skating rink. Skating in New York at Rockefeller Centre is a great experience, where you can relax after and during skating and warm up with hot chocolate, coffee and biscuits. Plus access to the Top of the Rock, from the observation deck on the 70th floor you can enjoy the view of New York City.

Magical Christmas Markets

Two of the best Christmas markets in New York are Bryant Park and Union Square. The Bryant Park Christmas Market is the larger market with over 100 boutique-style shops, you can also go ice skating on a 17,000-square-foot outdoor rink and sit in the cafe, it’s the absolute Christmas experience. You can buy Christmas decorations and ornaments. The Union Square Christmas Market is a little smaller where you can get food and presents.

Central Park Ice Skating

Skating on Wollman Rink in Central Park is a winter tradition for New Yorkers and tourists. So many people have tied up their skates for the very first time on the ice. The first part of Central Park to open to the public was the Lake, in 1858. That same winter, it filled with skaters. Soon after, skaters filled the 59th Street Pond as well. Wollman Rink opened in 1950, a 33,000-square-foot venue built with a gift from Kate Wollman.

Red steps in Times Square

The TKTS (which is pronounced phonetically as spelled-out “tee kay tee ess”) booth in Times Square is topped by a sweeping cascade of 27 ruby-red structural glass steps, rising to a height of 16 feet 1 inch above the 47th Street sidewalk. On these glowing stairs, hundreds of visitors as many as 1,500 can congregate every day to have a great view of the Great White Way.

The magic of New York will come alive this Thursday at our Christmas Light Switch On, where you could WIN a magical trip for up to two adults and two children to New York City! For more information on the event and how to win the trip to New York click here