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Christmas Activities, Attractions, Shows, and More In and Around New York City
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29 Nov 2017 04:35 PM EST

-by Chanel Adams, Staff Writer; Image: The 2016 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in New York City (Image Source: Michael Vadon via Wikimedia Commons)

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Thanksgiving is over, and the holiday shopping season is in full force thanks to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Christmas is on everyone's minds. Soon, the Christmas tree will be lit at Rockefeller Center. People will be window shopping and looking at the displays.

Now, it's time to think about what you're going to do between now and Christmastime.

New York has plenty of events in and out of the city. Live on Long Island? You may want to check out the Colors of Christmas show at the NYCB Theatre on Westbury on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. ET. Tickets are $25 to $125 and more information is at thetheatreatwestbury.com.

Want to do something that's more for adults? Check out the Winter White Party at The Polo Lounge, which includes live music, cocktails, a Winter White swag bag, and more treats. It takes place at the Garden City Hotel on 45 Seventh Street. Cover charge is $20. Check out gardencityhotel.com for more information.

There are plenty of buggy rides, tree lighting ceremonies, and nutcracker shows to attend. Clara's Dream. The Nutcracker returns to the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts from Dec. 1-3. Tickets go from $20 to $31 and more information can be found at patchoguetheatre.org. Find more events at Long Island at the Long Island Press.

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is now playing at the Radio City Music Hall until Jan. 31. Everyone is familiar with the Radio City Rockettes. They returned to the stage in their beautiful dazzling costumes. They're the main reason why people go see the show. Multiple performances take place daily. Tickets start at $49. For more information, call Ticketmaster at 866-858-0007 or visit rockettes.com. Find out more Christmas events outside of New York State including Philadelphia and New Jersey at app.com.

Some stress-free ways to get around NYC are to book a bus trip or travel by train. There are plenty of events in Central New York that will let you get in the holiday spirit that are less expensive and less time-consuming. Most of these activities are free, according to Oswego County Today.

Lights on the Lake is a holiday tradition in Central New York that can be seen from the New York State Thruway near exit 38, according to pressconnects.com. It features the Land of Oz dressed up in twinkling lights and magical characters. Lights on the Lake is going on now until Jan. 7 (5 p.m. to 10 p.m.) at 6790 Onondaga Lake Trail in Syracuse, New York. Admission is $10 per car on Monday to Thursday and $15 Friday to Sunday. Find out more information at lightsonthelake.com.

Oswego Christmas started on Saturday, Nov. 25. This daylong event includes plenty of Christmas activities such as horse and carriage rides, live reindeer petting, visits with Santa Claus, fireworks, and the lighting of the city and the Christmas tree. There's also a fun scavenger hunt for the little ones in your family. This all-day event includes church bazaars, caroling, and roasted chestnuts. There are plenty more activities to be had in and about Oswego.

New York City's Ballet The Nutcracker returns to the city this year. The Nutcracker is now at the David H. Koch Theater. The production is a big deal for New York City since it's home to 90 dancers, 62 musicians, 32 stagehands, and 50 students from the School of American Ballet. Tickets start at $85. Find out more at NYCBallet.com

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