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The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting and Other Holiday Cheer

Visit New York City through January 6 to see the twinkling holiday landmark and so much more.
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There are few sights as iconic during the holiday season as the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, and those lucky enough to be in New York on December 2 can witness the lighting of the 78-foot tree in person, with festivities, including live music performances, starting at 7:00 pm. Andre Bocelli, Sting, and James Taylor are just a few of the musical acts that will delight crowds in person and those viewing on NBC from home during the event. The tree remains lit through January 6, so even those who miss the lighting can enjoy the tree in all its splendor. Holiday weekend escapes at The Benjamin  offer savings throughout the holiday season and beyond for that perfect New York City getaway.

The tree at Rockefeller Center isn’t the only spectacular sight to see this December. Below we’ve rounded up a few ways to celebrate the season.

Ice Skating Rinks    

Check out the Rockefeller Center tree from the ice during an ice skating adventure on The Rink at Rockefeller Center. Skating on the famous rink offers a different perspective on the tree as well as the opportunity to take part in an unforgettable annual tradition.

A 17,000-square-foot ice rink in Bryant Park provides a reason to bundle up and get outside for some skating. Holiday music and a rink-side restaurant add to the experience, which is perfect for the whole family, while also being a great idea for a romantic date.

The Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular

The Christmas Spectacular is an annual favorite, and the famed Rockettes amaze audiences every year with their skill and meticulously choreographed routines. The show now includes a 3-D ride through the skies of New York City with Santa, a living nativity scene, a special take on The Nutcracker, and more. The magic of Christmas comes to life at Radio City, and it’s a special addition to Christmas celebrations that can be seen through January 3, extending the holidays just a little longer.

Macy’s Herald Square Holiday Window Displays and More

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of A Charlie Brown Christmas, the windows of America’s most-beloved department store are decked out in a Peanuts theme, and Snoopy is the Holiday Ambassador for 2015. In addition to enjoying decorations, visitors can meet Santa at Santaland and take part in a variety of holiday special events throughout the season.