New year celebrations in America

New year celebrations in America

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As sung in the famous song by Andy Williams, the winter holiday season is “the most wonderful time of the year”. On the streets fun to ring the bells in the evening included festive illuminations, stalls invitingly smells like hot bagels and chocolate, and like it or not, think about your friends and relatives, yielding to the General mood and choosing beautifully packaged gifts.

New York

Winter holidays in new York is an absolute hit in a fairy tale, regardless of whether you celebrate Catholic or Orthodox Christmas, New year or Hanukkah. However, as usually happens in fairy tales, the magic does not last long – only a month, and have time to visit everywhere!

The main Christmas tree of new York is, of course, the Christmas tree in Rockefeller center. In 1931, when the country was in the great Depression, construction workers hoisted in the city centre a twenty-fir and decorated it with berries and paper toys. A year later the story was repeated tree – and since then it has become an annual tradition, “the opening” of the Christmas season in new York. Now the tree chooses the chief florist Rockefeller center, it should be not less than 20 meters in height and ten and a half in width, it is decorated with the most glamorous and expensive toys, covering 30 thousands of lights and at the top shimmers with a 250-pound Swarovski star. The ceremony of the lighting of the holiday lights broadcast on national television, performing modern pop and rock stars, there has to be the mayor of the city. So the Rockefeller tree was the main symbol of the new York festivals. Holiday lights include a daily basis, the tree will stand until January 7th. From 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. the ice rink in Rockefeller center. Wander under the tree – another December tradition of new Yorkers. Tickets can be purchased on site: $ 25 standard price $ 27 – public holidays, $ 32 – in the “high season” (almost the whole December and beginning of January), children up to 11 years and seniors – $ 15. Skate rental is $ 12. You can request only those skating lessons – $ 50 for a half-hour private training session and $ 80 per workout for two.

Holiday bazaars where you can buy exclusive gifts – clothes, jewelry, and handmade toys, farm pastries, wine and olive oil – are working throughout the city. The most famous – Grand Central (open until 24 December) and in Bryant Park. By the way, the Park also offers an ice rink, free, unlike the rink at Rockefeller center, you will have to pay only $ 20 for skate rental. Most sponsors Bazaar in Bryant Park are proud of the fact that it works on the principle of European with hot chocolate and marshmallows, mulled wine, festive donuts and covered stalls where you can buy goods not only American, but also European artists and designers. The rink is open until March 5, and the market – until 2 January.

Of course, one of the hallmarks of a gala new York city is the Christmas spectacular at Radio city music hall (1260 Avenue of the Americas, Manhattan). This show was first staged in 1993 and still with minor changes in the script with great success. However, this performance is more like for adults and teenagers, but small children it makes sense to bring on another traditional show – exhibition of locomotives at the new York Botanical garden (2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx). Miniature trains, continuously moving along the displays, made from natural materials, so popular that tickets should be bought in advance; you still need to be prepared to take a big queue at the entrance. Show locomotives lasts until January 15, and takes pride of place in the list of must-visit holiday events in new York.

From 12 to 19 December in Brooklyn will light the world’s largest menorah (Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn) – with traditional songs, dancing, gifts for children and treats hanukalnye latkes. And on December 18 in the Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn) will host a festival of latkes, during which chefs from different restaurants will treat you with their versions of this traditional Jewish food.

December 24, you can join the choir, singing traditional Christmas songs in Washington square Park at the arch (Washington Square N, Manhattan). This is another urban tradition, reminiscent of the onset of Christmas. If you love gospel music, 23 and 25 December, there is a unique opportunity to listen to the Christmas choir up in Harlem (Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 201 Lenox Ave, New York, entrance $ 20).

And, of course, the New year on times square in Manhattan! To see how drops a giant ball, which marks the end of old and beginning of new year, thousands and thousands of new Yorkers and tourists. So come in advance, it is recommended to bring a folding chair, a warm blanket, a thermos of hot tea, sandwiches and a book. The traffic on Broadway and 6th Avenue overlaps with three hours of the day on December 31. For disabled people special places (44th street and Broadway). You are reminded to bring alcoholic beverages not to drink on the streets is prohibited and the police will confiscate alcohol.

Greenwich and Hartford, CT

If you are interested in the tradition of the Christmas holidays in Europe and in America, we recommend to visit the exhibition for the whole family at America’s oldest public art Museum “Wadsworth Atheneum” (600 Main St, Hartford). Here you will learn about how varied the fashion for Christmas decorations and wreaths, and on Saturdays, children can participate in holiday workshops. Adult admission is $ 18 for children up to 17 years – $ 3.

Until 23 December in Greenwich opened Santa’s village (Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses, 437 North Street, Greenwich). Here you can not only meet him but to meet his reindeer and take a ride on the carousel.

Until 31 December in new haven in the Park lighthouse point (2 Lighthouse Road, New Haven) held a “Fantasy of lights” – more than 60 animated displays, equipped a hundred thousand light bulbs. It is recommended to stock up on 3D glasses.

Until January 7 in Bushnell Park (Trinity Street at Elm Street, Hartford) in the framework of the festival “Winter festival” is open a free skating rink. Which is nice, skate rental is also free.

Until 17 January in Essex (67 Main Street, Essex) is show train artist Steve region recreated the main attractions of the state on the big screen, which runs nearly 8-meter-high toy train. Adult admission is $ 10 for children 6 to 12 years – $ 6.

Philadelphia, PA

Until December 31, Macy’s invites everyone to the annual Christmas light show, accompanied by organ music. Also, the store placed animated dolls, performing Christmas songs; built the old “Dickensian” holiday village. This year the light show will be projected on the historic city hall (Chestnut St, Philadelphia).

Until February there is a skating rink in the heart of the city (1S. 15 St., Philadelphia), skate rental is $ 10, adult ticket costs $ 5, child – $ 3. To ensure that each skater could have a great time, here sell beer, non-alcoholic hot drinks and snacks. One more game – the maze-garden, hosted here at Dilworth Park. During the day there are seminars on different holiday-themed, from “how to decorate a Christmas wreath” 12 Dec to class “making jewelry from real flowers”, dedicated to Valentine’s Day on February 14.

On 16 and 17 December in the café at Sisters city Park (210 N 18th St, Philadelphia) will be lunch with Santa (tickets are best purchased in advance, children under one year free, 15,95 dollar for a child up to 12 years, the level of 22.95 per adult, the price also includes admission to the rink in Dilworth Park).

For the fifth consecutive year on the Delaware river, a festival of Riverrink Vinterfest – with a large skating rink, arcade games for kids, showings of Christmas films and treats (101 S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia).

To 24 Dec works German Christmas market (N. 15 Street and Arch Street, Philadelphia) – with the traditional European treats, toys and music. And until 31 December the festive lights will decorate the historic Franklin square (6th and Race Streets, Philadelphia) with traditional illumination show.

On December 31 at six o’clock and midnight over the Delaware river will take place on new year’s eve fireworks.

Boston, MA

December 13 at the Art Museum (Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston) will celebrate Hanukkah. In the programme the ignition of the menorah, stories about traditions for children and adults, special workshops for children on drawing, games and crafts.

Art fair from 15 to 17 December (Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston) is a great opportunity to buy gifts made by local artists.

16 December is the anniversary of the famous “Boston tea party” – on this day in 1773, the discussion of taxes on tea was the impetus for the beginning of the American revolution. All history lovers are invited to the meetinghouse (Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington Street, Boston, ticket price $ 30) to attend the restoration of this discussion by the staff of the Museum, and then all together – actors, audience – will throw tea off the boat.

From December 30 to January 1 on the area around Faneuil Hall (4 S Market St, Boston) will be held the ice sculpture festival, which also will “come to life” in the evenings with the help of more than 350 thousand of led flashlights.

31 December in the Park Boston common (139 Tremont St, Boston) fireworks marked the end of the year.

Chicago, Il

8 and 15 December in Millennium Park (Michigan Ave. & Washington St., 201 E. Randolph St., Chicago) you can join the choir, performing traditional Christmas songs.

On December 10 at the Art Institute of Chicago (111 South Michigan Avenue) will host a gala “treasure hunt” for the whole family – kids and adults will talk about some of the expositions of the Museum, and then will invite everyone to tea with Christmas sweets (entrance ticket for adult – $ 50 child – $ 20).

December 16 and January 20 at Northerly-island Park (1521 S. Linn White Dr., Chicago) are invited to a holiday “polar adventure”. A fantastic opportunity to see the lake of birds, wolves, Siberian huskies, participate in creating crafts for a winter theme and to drink then a Cup of hot chocolate is not the best way to celebrate winter?

21 December at the Planetarium (1300 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago) will hold an evening of “adults only” – from 6 to 10 p.m. parents are out on a romantic date under the winter stars.

From December 26 to January 1 you can ride on this “polar Express” (225 Canal St, Chicago) – within an hour you will ride on the train along the Chicago river. In the way you will read the classic children’s book “Polar Express,” Chris van Allsburg, and then to you in the car will glance Santa. Each guest will give the room a bell.

31 December and 1 January fireworks (you can watch from the pier, 600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago) will mark the end of the old year.

Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA

On 9 and 10 December in Los Angeles at Pershing square (532 S Olive St, Los Angeles) will host a “winter festival”, to which all are invited of all ages. Specially for the festival brought 90 tons of snow (you can sled and play in the snow), organizing ice-skating rink, and on this occasion will come here Santa.

December 10 at the holiday fair, selling will be possible to buy pieces from local artists as a gift to family and friends (San Francisco County Fair Building, 9th Ave & Lincoln Way, San Francisco). On the same day will be a Grand race St, which can take part everyone (Sports Basement, 610 Old Mason St, San Francisco).

In the cultural center the Skirball in Los Angeles (2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles) will host a Chanukah festival, and in San Francisco from 12 to 19 January at the Union square every evening to light a giant menorah.

December 15 in San Francisco at pier 39 will be a Christmas yacht parade – this holiday tradition began in 1994 and is now one of the main winter activities in the city. In Los Angeles the same parade of yachts will be held from 13 to 17 December (Newport Harbor). From 15 to 30 December at the zoo (Sloat blvd & The Great Highway, San Francisco) will be a holiday “Zoolights” – a specially mounted illumination will decorate the exhibition “rain forest”, and until 23 December you have the chance to meet Santa!

In the Botanical garden Descanso (1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA) until 7 January, an exhibition “the Enchanted forest” – plants decorated with lights, and between them are animated and interactive screens with the images on Christmas theme.

From 17 December to 7 January at the zoo Los Angeles (5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles) hosts the annual Christmas show. The entire area of the zoo, the light displays with animals, including three-dimensional projection. Here you can also meet Santa and his reindeer and watch the water show.

Miami, FL

If you always wondered how Santa feels in the tropics, you will certainly need to visit the “Enchanted forest Santa” (Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40th Street, Miami, FL). Rides, laser light shows, magicians and of course Santa himself await you. By the way, it also installed the tallest Christmas tree in the state (at least, according to the Park administration).

Every evening until January 7 in Dolphin Mall (The Ramblas Plaza at Dolphin Mall, 11401 NW 12th Street, Miami) will go a snowfall. And to make this possible, all the young visitors of the shopping center, not under the age of 12 will give a magic wand with which they can make a real miracle.

December 9 will be the “Vinterfest” – parade of yachts (Intracoastal Waterway from Ft. Lauderdale to Pompano Beach). The parade takes place the 46th consecutive year, and the owners of the most beautifully decorated yachts will receive prizes.

Until 30 December at the zoo Miami (1 Zoo Boulevard, 12400 SW 152 Street, Miami) is an unusual holiday – you can come and see how the inhabitants of the zoo are deploying the gifts handed them by the Ministers. In the evenings here includes festive illuminations.

“Winter farm” (Pinto’s Farm, 14890 SW 216 Street, Miami) – this is an ordinary farm, but decorated for new year celebrations. Pony rides and trips on tractors, a petting zoo and even Santa will come to visit farmers.

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