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What is there to do in NYC during the holidays?

I'm visiting NYC for the first time over the holidays. The week of 12/26-01/02. Can anyone offer any ideas of things to do and places not to be missed during my visit as I will also be spending New Years there?

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  1. Open & Closed Christmas Day http://411newyork.org/guide/2007/05/30/open-and-closed-on-christmas-in-new-york/ Under 21 New York Nightlife http://411newyork.org/clubs/events/ You can visit some of the following Discount Passes for major attractions. http://411newyork.org/guide/2007/05/23/passes-for-new-york/ American Museum of Natural History Bodies…The Exhibition Bronx Museum of the Arts Bronx Zoo Brooklyn Botanic Garden Brooklyn Children's Museum Brooklyn Historical Society Brooklyn Museum Carnegie Hall Tours Cathedral of St. John the Divine Central Park Zoo Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises Clipper City–Tall Ship Cruises Cloisters Museum and Gardens Empire State Building Observation Deck Food on Foot Tours Hispanic Society of America Historic Richmond Town Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Jewish Children's Museum Madame Tussaud's New York Madison Square Garden All Access Tour Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial, Educational and Cultural Center Manhattan Mall Metropolitan Museum of Art Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Museum of the Moving Image Museum of Sex Museum of the City of New York New Museum NBC Studio Tour New York Aquarium New York Botanical Garden New York City Police Museum New York Hall of Science New York Skyride New York Transit Museum Noble Maritime Collection On Location Tours Paley Center for Media Prospect Park Zoo Queens Museum of Art Queens Zoo Radio City Music Hall Stage Door Tour Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ANNEX NYC Shearwater Sailing Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Staten Island Botanical Garden Staten Island Children's Museum Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Immigration Museum Ferry Studio Museum in Harlem Top of the Rock Tour at Lincoln Center Uncle Sam's Edgar Allan Poe Greenwich Village Tour Uncle Sam's George M. Cohan Theatre District Tour Uncle Sam's Hamilton Financial Tour Van Cortlandt House Museum Walkin' Broadway Wave Hill Whitney Museum of American Art Weeksville Heritage Center NYC Discount & Free Events http://www.nyc.com/events/ http://newyork.timeout.com/ http://www.nyc.gov/calendar http://www.nycgo.com/events/ref=nav http://www.freenyc.net/
  2. New Year's Eve in Times Square http://www.examiner.com/x-21128-Newark-Luxury-Travel-Examiner~y2009m10d2-New-Years-Eve-in-New-York-City-20092010 See a performance of the Nutcracker at Lincoln Center: http://www.examiner.com/x-21128-Newark-Luxury-Travel-Examiner~y2009m10d8-The-Nutcracker--2009-Performance-Schedules-for-NJ-and-NYC Go ice staking at Rockefeller Center: http://www.examiner.com/x-21128-Newark-Luxury-Travel-Examiner~y2009m9d29-Rockefeller-Center-ice-rink-to-open-October-9-2009-staking-begins-on-October-10-2009 See the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City: http://www.radiocitychristmas.com/ See a Broadway show: http://www.broadway.com Visit the Holiday Shops at Bryant Park: http://www.bryantpark.org/amenities/shops.php Take the Holiday Lights Bus Tour: http://www.grayline.com/Grayline/destinations/us/newyork.go?mode=activityDetail&apid=1377&sid=529& Hopefully this is enough to get you started! Enjoy!
  3. There is plenty to do in New York City in the week between Christmas and New Years. Check out the link below. Good luck Native New Yorker