NYC & Company, the City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization, is encouraging visitors to book travel to New York City in time for the 2014–2015 holiday season. Starting in November, New York City holds celebrations throughout the City’s five boroughs.
“New York City’s holiday season is one of the most exciting and festive times of the year to visit—the five boroughs come alive with a unique and captivating holiday spirit, attracting visitors from every corner of the globe,” said Fred Dixon, NYC & Company’s president & CEO. “Due to the extraordinary popularity of the City during the holidays, we encourage visitors to book their travel now to reserve a place in what promises to be a most memorable holiday season.”
Opening the holiday season are the more than 10,000 participants in the 88th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The parade is followed by the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting on December 3. There are many activities this winter, including the Queens Historical Society’s Annual Historic Holiday House Tour, New York Botanical Garden’s Holiday Train Show in the Bronx, the menorah lighting outside Borough Hall in Brooklyn, and Historic Richmond Town’s Candlelight Tours in Staten Island.
The holiday season in New York City ends on New Year’s Eve with a celebration in Times Square. The annual ball drop attracts an estimated million people each year, with over a billion additional viewers watching from around the world.