- It’s day two of Hanukkah festivities!
- There are 3 more days until Christmas!
- and there are 4 days until the start of Kwanzaa!
There is a giant Menorah on the south side of Central Park. The nine-branched candelabra is 32 feet tall, 28 feet wide, weighs 4,000 pounds, and is considered the world’s biggest, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. “Rabbi Shmuel M. Butman, director of the city’s Lubavitch Youth Organization, said the gold-colored steel structure is equipped with oil lamps and has special glass chimneys to protect the flames from wind.” A candle is lit each night; Tues Dec 20 – Thurs 22 at 5:30pm, Fri Dec 23 at 3:30pm, Sat Dec 24 at 8:30pm, Sun Dec 25 – Tues Dec 27 at 5:30pm. Location: Fifth Ave and 59th Street.
There is also a giant Menorah in Brooklyn at the Grand Army Plaza on Flatbush Ave. Brooklyn’s largest Menorah stands at a whopping 32 feet tall! This huge menorah has towered over Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn since 1984. Check out the website for more details.
Christmas Trees are lit up all over the city; Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lincoln Square, South Street Seaport, Washington Square Park, Madison Square Park, Atlantic Ave, Battery Park, the New York Stock Exchange and more!
Creative holiday decorations fill store windows and lights illuminate the streets as people decorate their home! Take a walk down Fifth Ave, visit Bloomingdale’s on Lexington Ave, and Macy’s in Herald’s Square to see the window displays!
Celebrate and learn about Kwanzaa at the American Museum of Natural History! December 31st from Noon to 4pm in the Milsten Hall of Ocean Life, First Floor.
Holiday Shops pop up throughout the city. If you haven’t finished your shopping and you want to pick up something unique there’s still time to head to one of the Holiday shops before they close for the season!
Bryant Park Holiday Shops – Open daily thru January 8th. Mon – Fri 11am to 8pm, Sat 10am to 9pm, and Sun 10am to 6pm.
Grand Central Holiday Fair – Open daily until December 24th! Tomorrow shops will be open from 10am to 8pm, and Saturday shops will be open from 10am to 6pm. Also check out the new Apple store while you’re there!
Union Square Holiday Market – Open daily until December 24th! Tomorrow shops will be open from 10am to 9pm, and Saturday shops will be open from 10am to 4:30pm.
Columbus Circle Holiday Market – Open daily until December 24th! Tomorrow shops will be open from 10am to 9pm, and Saturday shops will be open from 10am to 4:30pm.
How are you spending the holidays with your family and friends? I’ll be getting together with family and friends to open presents, watch movies, and have Christmas dinner. I still can’t believe how quickly time as past. 2011 is almost over. Best wishes to you, your family, and friends this holiday season!
Love AGT :)