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Christmas in NYC: Kitsch and Tell

John Deiner

Few cities drape itself in more garland and glittery stuff during the holiday season than New York. But if you're only there for a short time, how do you decide what to see and do?

For today's Escapes page in the Style section, we sent a reporter to the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, which is replete with Rockettes, Santa, the Living Nativity and a 3-D movie. Talk about sensory overload: He came out jazzed but not completely won over by all the hoopla. We also asked a native New Yorker to give her impressions on five other Christmas season cliches-- from skating under the Rockefeller Center tree to tracking down Santa at Macy's -- in the Big Apple.

By John Deiner |  December 5, 2007; 12:00 PM ET  | Category:  John Deiner , Mid-Atlantic Destinations
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I will be going to New York for the week before Christmas this year. I already have my tickets to Radio City and have planned to see the tree and view the windows - Lord & Taylor's are my favorites. Why choose only one favorite. I will also be seeing the Holiday Train show at the Botanical Gardens and checking out the light show at Grand Central terminal. I will also try to escape some of the tourist meccas and do a walking tour in Greenwich Village. What I will not do is stand in the huge line to go through the center of Rockefeller Center to see the tree. It is just as spectacular seen from a side street.

Posted by: Elizabeth Hardwick | December 6, 2007 11:02 AM

We just returned from New York. The Christmas show at Radio City was great. We enjoyed visiting all of the stores, but Lord and Taylor was BY FAR the best. Not only the windows but the inside of the store. They just don't do it like that anymore. Congratulations Lord and Taylor!

Posted by: Al Brown | December 6, 2007 6:43 PM

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