NYC Weekend Guide December 17 – 18, 2016

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The holidays are finally here in the City That Never Sleeps! From the ring of Salvation Army bells to the manic crowds of Fifth Avenue to the ice skaters at Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park and Central Park, there’s no doubt that the city is fully in the holiday spirit right now. This weekend, as always, offers plenty to see and do in the Big Apple. Here’s a quick look at just a few of those things!

Best Friends Holiday Super Adoption

What better way to get in the holiday spirit of giving than by giving a new home to a pet? The Best Friends Animal Society is currently hosting a three-day holiday adoption special over the weekend at Metropolitan Pavilion at 125 West 18th Street in Manhattan. Pay them a visit on Friday from 4PM to 8PM, Saturday from 11AM to 7Pm and Sunday from 11AM to 5PM.

Holidays Markets

New York City is simply packed with great holiday markets this time of year, offering a wide variety of gifts, crafts and food to discover. Just a few worth visiting include the Union Square Holiday Market, the Winter Village at Bryant Park, the Columbus Circle Holiday Market, the Grand Central Holiday Fair and even more!

Alexander Hamilton: Striver, Statesman and Scoundrel

It’s no secret that Hamilton-mania has been sweeping the nation recently thanks to the smash Broadway hit. To get your Hamilton fix, head on over to the Main Branch of the New York Public Library in Midtown for their latest exhibition on the celebrated Founding Father. See his draft of Washington’s farewell address and many other historic documents and artifacts.

Winter Solstice Celebration

Head on over to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine for this fun musical and performing arts celebration. You won’t want to miss this!

The New York Pops: Make the Season Bright

For a fun and memorable night, head over to Carnegie Hall to see the New York Pops’ annual holiday concert. Performances start Friday and Saturday night at the historic venue.

Explore Rockefeller Center at the Height of the Holiday Season

Ice skating, the Christmas tree, the Rockettes and shops galore – there’s no better place to get in the holiday spirit in the Big Apple than Rockefeller Center! Brave the crowds for a memorable and magical experience that can only be found in New York City at this time of year.