10 New York Holiday Traditions

by florence madenga | December 12, 2012 | Lifestyle

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A train circles a model NYC skyline at the New York Botanical Garden

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
This season features Jirí Kylián’s ballet Petite Mort and Garth Fagan’s From Before, a combination of elements from modern, West Indian, and African dances. “To watch the dancers go from these two different works in one performance is a statement about the company,” says artistic director Robert Battle. 405 W. 55th St., 212-405-9000; alvinailey.org

Central Park Holiday Lights
The Charles A. Dana Discovery Center transforms into a wonderland with lights as well as Christmas carolers, hot cocoa, and cookie decorating. Visits by Santa Claus also light up the cold winter. Central Park at 110th St. between Lenox and Fifth Aves., 212-860-1370

Citi Pond at Bryant Park
“A lap around Citi Pond at Bryant Park is sure to elevate the holiday spirit,” says Citi Pond developer Sar Inbar. The 17,000-square-foot ice rink lies beside Celsius, a pop-up restaurant perfect for hot chocolate. Between Fifth and Sixth Aves. and W. 40th and W. 42nd Sts., 212-661-6640

City Harvest Gingerbread Extravaganza
For years, the city’s chefs and bakers have come together to make gingerbread houses and structures at Le Parker Meridien hotel in support of City Harvest. Past creations have included masterful renditions of a mini Central Park Boathouse and the hotel itself. 119 W. 56th St., 212-245-5000

Electric Holiday
Barneys New York’s famed store windows glow with the familiar faces of the entire Disney crew in haute couture looks designed by Nina Ricci and Proenza Schouler, among others. Also, expect a light show and original music from composer Michael Giacchino. 660 Madison Ave., 212-826-8900

Holiday Train Show
Replicas of New York landmarks set the backdrop for the trains at The New York Botanical Garden’s holiday train show, which will appeal to “children, architecture buffs, train enthusiasts, and those looking to enjoy a magical experience in a warm Victorian glasshouse,” says director of exhibitions Karen Daubmann. 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, 718-817-8700

Metropolitan Museum Christmas Tree
Inside the Medieval Sculpture Hall, angels dangle on the branches of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Christmas tree, while a curated 18th-century crèche stands at the base of the tree. 1000 Fifth Ave., 212-535-7710

New York String Orchestra
“Seeing and hearing people at such a young age performing with enthusiasm and joy is what makes this concert unique,” says Frank Salomon, arts administrator and founder of the New York String Orchestra Seminar, which hand-selects musicians between ages of 15 and 22 to play in the annual December 24 concert. Carnegie Hall, 881 Seventh Ave., 212-247-7800

Origami Holiday Tree
The American Museum of Natural History’s tree is “inspired by all the wonderful animals exhibited at the museum with a herd of buffalo, a gaggle of geese, and a school of fish,” says Sam Riviello of OrigamiUSA, which produces the tree made of hundreds of folded models. Central Park West at 79th St., 212-769-5100

Winter Antiques Show
For its 59th year, the Winter Antiques Show features dozens of exhibitions with fascinating objects such as “a bronze peacock by Gaston Lachaise and a 1910 portrait miniature of Consuelo Vanderbilt by Alyn Williams,” says executive director Catherine Sweeney Singer. Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave., 718-292-7392

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