10 unmissable events for the New York Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations

This year again, New York will be celebrating the end of the year with great pomp and circumstance, as the city has been under the spell of magic since November and the festive atmosphere is already in full swing. Some events are unavoidable: the huge Rockefeller Center fir tree has been installed since 28 November and the balldrop will descend on 31 December on Times Square. An unprecedented cultural program was also unveiled in each of the city's five boroughs. New York is about to conclude, like nowhere else, the year 2018. To make the most of it, here are our ten favourite events

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, a symbol

It is undoubtedly one of the most famous Christmas trees in the world. The gigantic spruce tree, more than 17 m high, placed on the esplanade of Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, makes young and old dream. Many artists participate in his illumination ceremony broadcast on NBC. Usually from the forests of Connecticut, Vermont, Ohio or Canada, it is illuminated until January 7 before being recycled

New Year's Eve and its ball drop on Times Square

In honour of the famous New York Times daily newspaper, the former Longacre Square was renamed Times Square in 1904. From then on, New York's main square was considered the crossroads of the world and the New Year's Eve ceremony was celebrated there. Every year, nearly a million people come to admire the descent of the hopeful ball drop in a unique atmosphere

The Nutcracker in Brooklyn

This year, the King Theatre in Brooklyn is presenting a new show: The Brooklyn Nutcracker. This reinterpretation of the famous Nutcracker ballet takes place against the backdrop of Brooklyn's neighbourhoods, mixing hip-hop and classical dance. This love letter to the different cultures of the American melting pot is a real breath of fresh air! Only one performance of the show is scheduled for December 14. Don't forget to book!

The colourful programming of the American Museum of Natural History's

Until January 7, you can admire an origami Christmas tree at the Manhattan Museum of Natural History. Composed of more than 800 pieces of paper folded by hand by local artists, it is a real work of art that will inspire us to make our own DIY tree! On December 29, the museum will also celebrate the 40th anniversary of Kwanzaa, a festival that celebrates the rich African-American heritage

Mom, I missed the plane to the New York Philharmonic

If Christmas rhymes with cult films for you, come to the New York Philharmonic on December 20 and 21 for an original adaptation of the famous Home Alone, where Mom, I missed the plane for the French version. This new show features a live performance of John Williams' music in front of a screen featuring this leading comedy of the 1990s. Ideal to introduce children to music and see Macaulay Culkin's witticism again!

The train enters the scene at New York Botanical Garden's

From November 17 to January 21, 2019, the New York Botanical Garden is organizing the 27th edition of its annual exhibition dedicated to trains and models. There is a brilliant reconstruction of New York in miniature, entirely handmade with natural materials. In total, more than 175 buildings have been built: from the Yankee stadium to the Statue of Liberty, we find all the city's emblematic monuments!

New York Hall of Science and its Gingerbread Lane

Hänsel and Gretel would dream of it: the New York Hall of Science, in the heart of Corona Park in Queens, hosts the largest gingerbread village in the world every year! Registered in the Guinness Book of Records for five years, it is one of the most gourmet events in New York's end-of-year festivities. Chief Jon Lovitch is in charge of designing and building these different structures which are, of course, all edible!

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden

From December 13 to 30, 2018, Dr. Seuss' famous musical tale, How the Grinch stole Christmas, will come to life on one of New York's most famous stages: the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden. This great Christmas classic had already been adapted for the cinema in the famous film The Grinch, under the guise of Jim Carrey. On stage, Broadway actor Gavin Lee will play the Grinch

The 23 days of the Flatiron building

From December 1 to 23, Manhattan's Flatiron building and 23rd Street are collaborating to offer visitors numerous contests or tours of this historic district bordered by 3rd and 6th Avenue. An interactive installation is also available to the public on the North Public Plaza and shows by local artists are held there. It is also an opportunity to shop in the neighbourhood's shops that are joining the event

Brooklyn by the Brooklynites

Brooklyn's Dyker Heights has the most spectacular Christmas decorations in New York State: snowmen, reindeer and Santa Claus are on the streets and houses are engaged in a real lighting contest. From December 1 to 30, visits are organized by the residents of the district, the Brooklynites, to discover the history of these settings that have animated the district each year for over 40 years

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