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Winter Escapes – New York

Instead of doing your Christmas shopping in the UK this year why don’t you do it in the Big Apple? New York is one of the most famous shopping destinations in the world and you’ll be spoilt for choice as you explore the department stores, markets and shopping malls on offer. You’ll be able to pick up so many bargains that you’ll struggle to fit everything in your suitcase for your flight home!

Create some lasting memories

New York is the perfect place to visit this winter, and we’ve got some wonderful suggestions to make your trip extra special.

The Christmas season officially starts in America the day after Thanksgiving, which in 2015, falls on the 26th November. New Yorkers mark the start of the holidays by lighting the 70ft tree at the Rockefeller Center, which is something you won’t want to miss.

You’ll also want to take a walk down Fifth Avenue (39th Street to 59th Street) to see the fabulous window displays. Every year, stores spend thousands of dollars on creating unique wonderland displays and you’ll be amazed at what they come up with. In the past, one of Bloomingdale’s displays had a Dynamic Duos theme and showcased some famous couples, Barack and Michelle Obama, Antony and Cleopatra, Batman and Robin and the most famous couple of them all, Mr and Mrs Claus. The Macy displays are always incredible, their theme last year was Santa's Journey to the Stars and they always try to make their displays bigger and better each year.

If you do visit New York in December, then another must is the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, which has been running for over eighty years. This music and song show transports you to the North Pole and you get to fly over New York’s skies thanks to 3D technology. It really is incredible and well worth booking ahead to guarantee a seat.

Another show that pop music lovers will enjoy is the Z100's Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden on the 11th December 2015. During the course of the evening, you’ll be able to see the following acts perform live: 5 Seconds of Summer, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Fifth Harmony, Zedd, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd, Calvin Harris, Selena Gomez, Fetty Wap, Tove Lo, Charlie Puth, Hailee Steinfeld, R City, Conrad Sewell and DNCE.

From November to January, if you visit the New York Botanical Garden in Bronx Park you’ll be in for a treat as there’s the Holiday Train Show in the Enid A. Haupt conservatory. You’ll be able to see hundreds of trains race around models of New York’s famous landmarks, all made from leaves, bark and nuts. It’s something people of all ages enjoy.

One evening, you must take a trip to the Top of the Rock, 30 Rockefeller Plaza. The views from the observation deck on the 70th floor are incredible. You’ll be able to see Central Park, the Empire State Building and everything down below will look so beautiful, all lit up. It’s a very popular tourist destination so you’ll need to book a time in order to avoid having to queue for ages.

If you visit New York in January, then you can enjoy the Winter Jazzfest Festival which runs from the 13th to the 17th January. The line-up for 2016 includes Dave King, Colin Stetson, Cory Henry, the James Francies' Kinetic Band and the Jim Black Trio.

In February, there’s the New York City Winter Wine Festival which offers more than 250 different wines from a dozen different countries. You can choose from the 3pm – 6pm session or the 8pm – 11pm and there are some wonderful seminars you can attend if you fancy learning from wine experts.

There’s also City Bakery's Annual Hot Chocolate Festival to enjoy, which sees the restaurant’s owner reveal a new favour every day during February. Past festivals have introduced Earl Grey Tea, Stout, Lemon and Peanut Butter flavoured hot chocolate.

Booking your holiday

We hope we’ve given you plenty of ideas of what you could do if you visited New York this winter. It really is an amazing place and you’ll have a wonderful time whether you decide to visit in December, January or February.

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