soloists lead the way through Handel’s
legendary work but the audience/cho-rus— 3,000 strong—is the big star of this
crowd-pleasing event. It’s the perfect
soundtrack for the holidays and you are
the lead singer.
Kwanzaa at the American
Museum of Natural History
Created in 1966 as a holiday honoring
African and African-American traditions,
Kwanzaa is less widely observed than
the older, more established holidays.
But its vibrant celebrations ensure it a
prominent place at the holiday table. The
Kwanzaa festival at the American Museum of Natural History is a great way to
celebrate the holiday, whether you’re just
getting acquainted with it or know it all by
heart. Traditional African dance, spoken word and music highlight the lively
performance schedule, while a collection
of artists, craftspeople and other vendors
transform the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life
into a bustling Kwanzaa marketplace.
While you’re at the museum, check out
the impressive Christmas tree decorated
with 500 origami ornaments inspired
by museum animals. It’s the best
of Christmas and Kwanzaa under one
roof—and only in New York!
display of more than 150 animal
sculptures and holiday scenes
transforms the facility’s meandering paths into a real-life winter
Brooklyn’s Prospect Park illuminates the Soldiers’ and Sailors’
Memorial Arch and other monuments on its Grand Army Plaza,
and produces a brilliant fireworks
display on New Year’s Eve.
With all these illuminating
events, it’s no wonder that bus and
limousine tours of the holiday lights
have become one of the most
popular activities of the season. When you’re in America’s
ultimate big city, you can’t resist
searching for its brightest lights.