NYC Weekend Guide December 24 – 25, 2016

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Christmas arrives this Sunday and the holiday season is certainly here in full swing here in New York City. As the holiday shopping crowds and Christmas window displays attest, the city’s vibrant character and jovial holiday atmosphere are abundant this year. As we head into the final stretch of the holiday season and count down the hours until Christmas morning, here’s a quick look at just a few of the things to see and do this weekend here in the Big Apple.

Holiday Train Show

Located at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, this holiday season staple is fun for all ages. This impressive collection of miniature trains feature a half-mile of tracks and dozens of conic NYC landmarks like Rockefeller Center and the Empire State Building. Don’t miss this!

Origami Holiday Tree

The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree may be the most famous in the city, but the Origami Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural History is certainly the most unique! Stop by to see the beautiful tree adorned with more than 1,000 origami ornaments.

Gingerbread Lane

A great way to truly get in the Christmas spirit, Gingerbread Lane is always a holiday treat! Located at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, this collection of miniature homes and buildings made out of gingerbread, icing and candy is fun for kids and adults alike.

Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection

Located at the New-York Historical Society on Central Park West, this unique display features more than 300 antique toys and model trains. A great way to feel like a kid on Christmas again!

Take in the Holiday Displays Along Fifth and Madison Avenues

Brave the crowds to see the famed holiday displays along Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue. The streets will be very crowded, but it’s still a great way to get in the Christmas spirit!

Escape the Crowds in the City’s Parks

Take a break from the crowds at places like Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue and Herald Square and relax in the city’s picturesque parks and public spaces. Central Park, Prospect Park, Madison Square Park and Riverside Park are just a few of the many beautiful greenspaces in the city to unwind in.