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The Nutcracker Manhattan

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center has become a holiday tradition for many New Yorkers.


5 Holiday Happenings in Manhattan

By Charlotte DeFazio

Photo By Paul Kolnik


It’s time to enjoy NYC’s most cherished holiday activities. 

1. George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker The timeless story of a nutcracker prince, an army of mice, a sugar plum fairy and toys come to life hits the stage at Lincoln Center. Dancers will plié and promenade in sensational garb to the sound of music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. 20 Lincoln Center Plaza

2. Rockefeller Center This year’s evergreen giant is from Oneonta, N.Y., and stands 94 feet tall, weighing a whopping 14 tons. The Norway spruce is wrapped in more than 50,000 multicolored LED lights and topped with a Swarovski star. Also make your way to the ice rink below, which is skating through its 80th anniversary season. 45 Rockefeller Plaza

3. Holiday Window Displays Department stores beckon to shoppers and browsers with beautifully crafted presentations. Miniature winter wonderlands, mechanical movements and playful animations grace the glass panes of Bergdorf, Barneys, Saks and more.