New York City brings fun and festive holiday spirit


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The Temple of Dendur isjust one of the Met’s many intriguing exhibits.

By Lauren Ahern, Guest Writer

If you are searching for new and culturally exciting activities to do with your friends and family this winter, there is no need to look any further than New York City. The city is jam-packed with events and adventures sure to keep you busy all season.

NYC is world-renowned for its holiday festivities. You can go to the Bryant Park Winter Village for some holiday food, crafts, and ice skating.

Shop ’til you drop at the city’s hundreds of stores. While you are at it, you can enjoy the Fifth Avenue holiday-themed shop windows in the famous department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor.

Visit some unique exhibitions like the New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show. Watch model trains chug through small scale famous landmarks like the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and winter scenes. It’s truly a sight to see. Go to the Museum of Natural History and check out their Annual Butterfly Conservatory, or head to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the Max Beckmann in New York exhibit.

Go see one of the spectacular famous Broadway plays like Matilda, Something Rotten, Kinky Boots, and Waitress. The Nutcracker is a holiday staple and the New York City Ballet puts on a stunning performance every year, but why not go see the United Palace of Cultural Art’s hip hop version of The Nutcracker? There are always musical concerts and festivals going on throughout the city including the 2017 Winter Jazzfest. The festival is from January 5-10 with over 500 musicians and groups. You’ll definitely be able jam out with your inner Louis Armstrong.

Instead of staying cooped up inside this winter, go out and explore. Dare to try something new this winter season. You will be glad you did.