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There’s No Place Like NYC for the Holidays

Sleigh rides, snow and New York City! It’s never too early to start planning your holiday travel. New York City tops the list of fabulous holiday destinations for groups- particularly students. The Big Apple is always humming with activity, but has a singular energy fueled by anticipation as the holidays approach. The weather is crisp, the people move briskly and the stage is set for wonder. There’s really no place like NYC for the holidays!

Holiday Windows

One of the best holiday traditions in New York City is also FREE! The holiday windows at retailers throughout the city never disappoint with their creativity and style. They beckon shoppers to explore wares within the stores using artistic and often mind-boggling displays. Most windows are usually revealed right around Thanksgiving and typically remain on display through the new year. A truly dedicated window shopper may want to consider a holiday windows walking tour.

Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center

Break out the disinfectant and strap on those rental skates for another time-honored tradition- ice skating at Rockefeller Center. Situated in the heart of Midtown, the Rink at Rockefeller Center opens in October and remains open through the spring. General admission skating is first come, first-served, and everyone in your party must wait in line together. Admission ranges from $25-$32, depending on the time of year. There are opportunities to reserve ice time, but it can get pricey.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is lit some time in November and remains a shining beacon through January 17, 2020. Take in this glorious evergreen while gliding gracefully on the ice- or clinging to the rail as the case may be!

Top of the Rock

Head off the ice and up to the Top of the Rock for spectacular, sweeping views of midtown Manhattan and Central Park. Everyone will love the birds eye view of the city as it sparkles and shines- there’s really nothing quite like it!

THE RIDE

Once you’ve experienced the city from above, bring it down to street level and jump on THE RIDE. THE RIDE has a holiday edition of its unique, 75-minute production, allowing you to stay toasty warm on the specially designed motor coach as you are escorted through 4.2 miles of dazzling sights and sounds. The seasons of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza are celebrated in brilliant style with seasonal music, specially choreographed performance events, additional cast members and much more!

Christmas Spectacular

Kick off the holidays with style (that’s right, I went there!) with the iconic Radio City Rockettes’ Christmas Spectacular. This show runs from November 8, 2019 through January 5, 2020, embodies the holiday spirit and is an experience like no other. The Rockettes performs extraordinary moves in gorgeous costumes, amid breathtaking backdrops and inspiring music.

If you are traveling with students, check out the Radio City Stage Door Tour for an insider’s look at Radio City Music Hall. It’s a guided tour through hallowed halls, where secrets of the stage are revealed and you can even meet a Rockette®!

While the calendar may soon say 2020, the spirit is singing that there’s still time to enjoy this festive season. Gather your group for a merry little visit to the Big Apple – there really is no place like NYC for the holidays!

Be One of the First to Take Your Student Group to Hudson Yards

Just when you thought New York City couldn’t get any more awesome, Hudson Yards debuts. Backed by some serious star power and VIPs, Hudson Yards opened to the public on March 15, 2019. As the largest private development in the nation’s history, it’s an epic addition to the New York City landscape. Be one of the first to take your student group to Hudson Yards.

What is Hudson Yards?

Hudson Yards is a sprawling, gleaming 26+ acre complex on the West Side of Midtown Manhattan. It’s a neighborhood comprised of restaurants, shops, office space, residences, gardens and green space, attractions and the world’s first Equinox Hotel®.

How Do We Get There?

Hudson Yards is located between 10th and 12th Avenues from West 30th to West 34th Streets. Student groups can take the No. 7 Subway (which runs from Times Square and beyond) right to the new station, just steps from the east lobby across Hudson Park. The M34-SBS, M12 and M11 bus lines stop near the building as well. Groups may also take the Midtown Ferry which stops at the West 39th Street and West Side Highway terminal.

What Can We Do There?

Hudson Yards is home to some distinctly unique attractions, including the “Vessel.” The Vessel is a temporary name for the centerpiece of the complex and unlike anything ever built before. Students will love climbing 2,500 steps and 80 landings nearly one vertical mile above the Public Square and Gardens on a spiral staircase for different heights, angles and viewpoints of the city.

Snark Park is on the second floor of the Shops at Hudson Yards and is part of a “Floor of Discovery.” It is a constantly changing, interactive space seeking to recreate the familiar in new and creative ways. Art, retail and sweet treats come together in a themed, park-like destination. Right now, it is a hot spot in NYC for Instagram-able selfies (nirvana for student groups!)

Talk about a cool park – the Public Square and Gardens is built over railyards and cooled by jet engines! It’s built to be sustainable and used for year-round enjoyment. It’s an elevated paradise of flora and fauna and a marvel of engineering.

As if these attractions aren’t enough, there are lots of dining and shopping options perfect for students.

The Shed

The Shed is THE place to be for artists. It’s a movable venue that can adapt to host many different disciplines and audience sizes. It has a 500-seat theater, two floors of column-free galleries and a hall for large-scale performances. It also has an event and rehearsal space on the top floor known as Tisch Skylights.

Edge

While the writer of this piece quivers, students will quest to visit the Edge, the highest outdoor deck (1,100 feet!) in the western hemisphere when it opens in 2020. A glass floor juts out 65 feet from the building at 30 Hudson Yards for the most breathtaking, panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline.

Be among the first to take your student group to Hudson Yards. It’s a shining new jewel in a city filled with treasures. As you plan your NYC travel, Kaleidoscope Adventures is ready to help. Trust the KA team of experts at 407-345-4899 for travel beyond expectations!