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Tis Getting to Be the Season

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Looking for the quintessential New York experience now that it’s December? Go to Rockefeller Center! Its celebrated Christmas tree is perhaps the most famous one in the world. The 74-foot-tall Norway Spruce is adorned with 30,000 LED lights on five miles of wire, and it shimmers each day from 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

You can go ice skating at the center’s equally famous skating rink, or just sip hot chocolate and gaze at the world’s iconic Christmas tree. Just pay a visit before they take it down January 2nd and turn it into mulch!

But wait, there’s more! Manhattan actually has several public Christmas trees for you to enjoy. The American Museum of Natural History’s tree is “discovery”-themed. The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s tree towers over a nativity scene and is decorated with cherubs. The Singing Christmas Tree at South Street Seaport has caroler performances and St. John the Divine’s tree is covered in paper cranes. So take some time to enjoy the holiday season, because NYC sure is.

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