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Holiday Festivities for Families

From international traditions, to tiny trains and Christmas lights, New York City is one of the best places to experience all the holidays.  Bring the kids along for holiday activities all across the city.  Book your stay with us this holiday season in a one-bedroom suite complete with spectacular skyline views and special amenities for the kids.

Christmas Lights Tour
Union Square

Over 100,000 people every year enjoy the spectacle of decorations in Dyker Heights Brooklyn, where you’ll find some of the most over-the-top Christmas light displays in the country.  There is an unspoken competition in the neighborhood for the home that can do the most elaborate decorating, so kids are sure to not be disappointed. For families, it’s recommended to do the hearted bus tour, held annually by A Slice of Brooklyn, which departs and returns in a convenient Union Square location.

Swedish Christmas Children’s Workshop
Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America

Kids can learn about the Swedish traditions of Christmas on “julpysseldag” or Christmas craft day at the Scandinavia House, the leading center for Nordic culture in the U.S.  Here, families can engage in making traditional holiday crafts while viewing a traditional candlelight Saint Lucia procession.  Insider tip: the museum’s restaurant, Smorgas Chef, serves up a variety of foods including Scandinavian sandwiches, salads and pastries for an authentic taste of Sweden. Admission is $15 for families on Saturday, December 3.

Grand Central Holiday Train Show
New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex

Take a ride to the North Pole from New York this winter.  A true spectacle in itself, Grand Central terminal, in Midtown East presents its annual holiday train show beginning in November.  In conjunction with the Gallery Annex & Store families will see a 340foot display of vintage Lionel model trains that buzz past subway stations, around skyscrapers and the suburbs all the way to the North Pole.  The exhibit includes vintage and newly-created model trains.  Admission is complimentary.