A visit to New York in the weeks leading up to the holidays can be about tradition — ice skating at Rockefeller Center, seeing the Rockettes, checking out the department store window displays, seeing a show on Broadway. But it can also be about trying something new.
Here are some highlights of holiday events in the five boroughs. Maybe you can find an event on this list supplied by NYC & Company, the city’s tourism arm (www.nycgo.com), to help you create a new tradition.
Nov. 9 to Dec. 30: Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular, Manhattan. Ticket prices start at $46 (www.radiocitychristmas.com).
Nov. 17 to Jan. 13: Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Gardens, The Bronx, with model trains and replicas of NYC landmarks. Ticket prices start at $20. (www.nybg.org).
Nov. 19 to Jan. 6: Volunteers begin folding in July to complete the 500 creations that will be displayed on the Origami Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural History (www.amnh.org), Manhattan.
Nov. 22: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade follows a new route this year, beginning at 9 a.m. on 77th Street and Central Park West, down to Columbus Circle, then onto Central Park South. At Sixth Avenue, the Parade veers south and marches from 59th Street to 34th Street, where it will make its final turn and stop in front of Macy’s Herald Square (www.macys.com/parade), Manhattan.
Late November through Christmas: Residents of Dyker Heights in Brooklyn have been putting up ever-more-elaborate Christmas light displays for more than 25 years. The first displays usually go up right after Thanksgiving, but veterans of the show say the best time to go is weekends in mid-December, between 83rd and 86th Streets from 11th to 13th Avenue.
Nov. 28 to Jan. 7: The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting is at Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th and West 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues (www.rockefellercenter.com), Manhattan.
Dec. 1: During the annual Holiday Family Day, it’s A Storybook Christmas at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum in The Bronx features Christmas trees inspired by children’s holiday stories, plus a shadow-puppet show and other activities, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations requested; 718-885-1461, www.bpmm.org.
Dec. 9: The annual Queens Historic Holiday House Tour, a guided trolley tour of five festively decorated museums and historical sites by the Queens Historical Society, runs from 1-5 p.m. Admission is $10 (children under 12 free); www.queenshistoricalsociety.org.
Dec. 14-15: Candlelight Tours of Historic Richmond Town, Staten Island, when the town will be lit by candles, oil lamps and blazing fireplaces. Prepaid reservations required; 718-351-1611, ext. 281, www.historicrichmondtown.org.
Dec. 25: Klez for Kids, an annual family concert at the Museum of Eldridge Street Synagogue (www.eldridgestreet.org), Manhattan.