Start Feeling Merry at the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular

New York City’s legendary dance troupe pulls off a holiday show with a wow-factor at the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular. Catch this fun show as well as other events in the area while you’re visiting.

Marquee of Radio City Music Hall lit up at nightThe Radio City Christmas Spectacular

The Christmas Spectacular is truly just that. For this show, Radio City Music Hall gets turned into an enchanted winter wonderland.

The Rockettes are famous for performing here (as well as for their kick lines and costumes), as they have been part of the New York City scene since as early as 1932.

The Christmas Spectacular is a classic show from this special NYC institution. It includes everything from toy soldiers to dancing ragdolls, Santa’s reindeer and an appearance from the Man in Red himself.

The show began on November 15, 2016, with multiple performances daily running through January 2, 2017.

Other Events Near Rockefeller Center

If you’re seeing a show, fill up your schedule with other fun events in the area during Christmas in NYC.

The 43rd Annual Merry Tuba Christmas will see low brass players of all ages fill up the Rink at Rockefeller Plaza and fill the air with holiday tunes. Free and open to the public, the music will start at 3:30 p.m. on December 11.

Of course, The Rink at Rockefeller Plaza is itself a great time for the whole family. Rent some skates and glide underneath the towering Rockefeller Christmas tree.

If you need to get some holiday shopping done, head to The Concourse and building-hop around the Center without taking a step outside. Visit bookstores, clothing stores, and more in the array of shops.

Finally, remember to book your stay with us at Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel to be close to all the holiday season’s events happening in NYC and near Rockefeller Center.


A Bright Holiday Season Begins at the 2016 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting

New York City’s most recognizable holiday symbol gets lit up each year in spectacular fashion. Find out how you can watch it all unfold as the start of the 2016 holiday season.

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Rockefeller Center’s Holiday Centerpiece

Each year, Rockefeller Center hosts the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting, and 2016 is no different. A gigantic, freshly-cut spruce tree is erected in Rockefeller Plaza and strung with thousands of twinkling lights. It’s a beautiful homage to the holiday season and good cheer.

The Tree

This year’s tree comes from a backyard in upstate New York. Like most of the other Rockefeller Center trees, this one is a Norway spruce and fits the desired specifications: around 75 feet tall and 45 feet in diameter.

Where to Watch the Tree Lighting Live

Head to the sidewalks around Rockefeller Plaza to see the tree lit up on Wednesday, November 30 at 7 p.m. The celebration will happen between West 48th and West 51st Streets, and 5th and 6th Avenues. The event will additionally be broadcasted live on NBC.

The tree will remain lit and on view in the Plaza until January 7, 2017 at 9 p.m.

Special Guests and Performances at the Ceremony

Live performances will top off the event for the holiday season in NYC, which lasts until 9 p.m. Stick around for holiday music from popular artists underneath the glow of the ultimate Christmas tree.

We invite you to book your stay with us at Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel, to be close to all the events happening in New York City for Christmas and the upcoming holiday season.


Thanksgiving Weekend 2016 in NYC

This Thanksgiving weekend, after filling your belly, get out and about in New York City and enjoy some fantastic events.

Things to Do in New York City – Thanksgiving Weekend 2016

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Balloon Inflation

The day before Thanksgiving, gather near the Museum of Natural History to see the iconic parade balloons spring to life up close. Watch the balloons as they inflate from 3 - 10 p.m.

13th Annual Day After Thanksgiving Hike

Walk off your Turkey Day feast with an invigorating, free hike at Blood Root Valley Park via Greenbelt Nature Center on Staten Island. Guides will point out interesting sights, and you’ll visit the historic David LaTourette House, circa 1836.

NYC Shows

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The city’s best new comedians converge at this late-night event, which always includes surprise guests. Past visitors have included Louis C.K. and Chris Rock.

Conor Oberst at Carnegie Hall

Wednesday, November 23, see the indie folk wunderkind play an intimate show at the historic Carnegie Hall at 8 p.m.

Black Friday Shopping in New York

For a bigger selection of prices and fewer crowds, skip Manhattan and head to Brooklyn or Long Island for your Black Friday shopping excursion.

Long Island boasts a selection of shopping venues, from outlet centers to upscale malls with high-end department stores (like Nordstrom’s and Bloomingdales). Try Roosevelt Field Mall or Bellport Outlets.

If you’re looking for local businesses with unique gift items, head to the streets of Brooklyn on Small Business Saturday to score deals and support the local economy.

Holiday Markets in New York City

Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar

This market, open Saturday and Sunday on Thanksgiving weekend, features handmade crafts, art, jewelry, paper goods, and more, plus lots of delicious food. Vendors will even wrap your purchases for free.

Union Square Holiday Market

An iconic open-air market, this holiday shopper’s dream has over 150 vendors featuring handcrafted items, and food from all over the world. It’s open from November 17 to November 30.

Book your stay with us at Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel to be close to all the upcoming events happening in NYC this coming Thanksgiving weekend.


Enjoy Dining With Us on Thanksgiving Day 2016

Thanksgiving is a holiday that’s all about thankfulness, especially when you get to enjoy a sumptuous, warm meal that fills your belly and your heart.

On Thanksgiving Day 2016, enjoy dining with us for a delicious experience at Aileron Bar & Grill, at Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel. If you’re traveling or just visiting the area, we will make you feel right at home for the holiday.

Thanksgiving Day Dining in NYC Without the Stress

A delectable holiday meal awaits you at Aileron Bar & Grill. No cooking equals no hassle and no clean-up!

HOLIDAY_THANKSGIVING_Dinner SettingOur Holiday Meal Menu

Our holiday menu includes a three course Thanksgiving Day meal that will certainly satisfy your appetite. Start with a fresh salad – a traditional Greek or Caesar – or try the roasted garlic, pumpkin, and leek soup to begin your feast. 

The main event is a roasted Amish farm Turkey with all the trimmings: stuffing, gravy, and port cranberry sauce. There will also be glazed Virginia ham, oven-roasted vegetables, garlic mashed potatoes, and mashed sweet potatoes.

Your Thanksgiving dinner will round out nicely with a scrumptious slice of assorted festive pies.

To accompany your meal, you can choose from soft drinks, coffee, or tea. A glass of house red wine will also be an option for each of-age guest.

Dining Times

We’ll be serving dinner from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2016. Make your reservations, come in, sit down and enjoy a hassle free, fantastic meal.

Pricing

The price for a holiday feast is only $29.95 per person, plus tax and service charge.

Enjoy a holiday meal, and be close to all of the fantastic events happening in NYC for the 2016 Thanksgiving weekend, when you stay with us at Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel!


Make Memories at the 2016 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

What’s more iconic than the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Turkey Day?

Lots of families have fond memories of gathering around the television to watch the event on Thanksgiving morning. This year, 2016 marks the parade's 90th anniversary! Why not see it in person?

What to Expect for the Parade on Thanksgiving in NYC

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The parade route follows 2.5 miles of New York City streets, from Central Park West to 6th Avenue, all the way to Macy’s Herald Square.

Great places to watch along the route include the west side of Central Park West from 59th to 75th Streets, 59th to 38th Streets, or at Columbus Circle, where the parade veers onto Central Park South.

Special Guests and Celebrity Appearances

The 2016 special guest and celebrity appearances are sure to please parade goers of all ages. The list of special guests is growing each day, with appearances and performances by Sarah McLachlan, Laurie Hernandez, Kelsea Ballerini, Jacob Whitesides, Daya, and Aloe Blacc. As always the parade will also feature amazing high school marching bands from across the country, performances from various shows now appearing on Broadway and of course an incredible holiday routine performed by the world famous Radio City Music Hall Rockettes®

Parade Line-Up

Larger than life balloons are a huge part of the parade. See modern favorites like Spongebob Squarepants, Hello Kitty®, and Pikachu. Classic balloons will be floating down the streets too – Thomas the Tank Engine®, Paddington Bear, and Harold the Policeman will all be present this year.

Floats are an iconic facet of any parade, but especially the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. See towering Tom the Turkey, Santa’s spectacular sleigh, and the Big Apple of NYC, just to name a few.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving in NYC and see the parade up close and in person. Book your stay with us at the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel and have a great trip.

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Broadway – Theater District Shows and Dining for a Night on the Town

Broadway is uniquely New York. When you’re visiting the city, you shouldn’t miss experiencing the combination of the Broadway/Theater District shows and dining.

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It’s all happening on Broadway. There are all kinds of musicals and plays showing this season for every taste, whether you’re a kid or an adult. Here is just a small sample of the shows currently running on Broadway. 

Hamilton – The story of the founding fathers and Alexander Hamilton gets a new hip hop twist in this smash-hit musical.

The Lion King – The classic Disney® film is brought to the stage with stunning visuals and all the songs you remember.

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular – The world famous Rockettes® celebrate the season with customary flair in a Christmas show featuring Santa, snowflakes, and a winter wonderland at Radio City Music Hall.

The Phantom of the Opera – Watch the drama and mystery unfold in the Paris Opera House in the late 19th century, which is haunted by the Opera Ghost.

Fiddler on the Roof – Nominated for three Tony awards, including Best Revival, watch this story of love and marriage in a village in Imperial Russia.

Theater District Dining for Before or After the Show

Hit up the classic combination of dinner and a show. Here are some of the best restaurants near Broadway to try.

Glass House Tavern – Their brunch is delicious for a pre-show meal, or go after the curtain closes to enjoy the famous Tavern Burger.

Oceana – This raw bar can’t be beaten. Get your fill of clams and oysters in an elegant setting.

Joe Allen – A famous spot for Theater District dining, frequented by celebrities, with really great food.

Carmine’s – Family-style dining and generous portions are showcased in dishes featuring classic Italian fare.

When you’re visiting the Theater District in NYC, not to mention all of the great NYC restaurants, be sure to book your stay with us at the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel. Enjoy the show!

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Plan Your Holiday Party or Event with Us!

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That’s why you should plan your holiday party or event with us at the Courtyard LaGuardia. We have everything you’ll need for a fun affair that's full of food and festivity.

The Perfect Spot for Holiday Social Events and Corporate Gatherings

Your 2016 holiday party at Courtyard LaGuardia starts with our event space, which includes over 7,000 square feet of flexible accommodations. From there, we provide stunning food and a comfortable stay for party guests, plus a whole lot more.

Holiday Event Menus

Our holiday party catering hall in NYC has the perfect seasonal event menu for a scrumptious festive dinner.

Appetizers to munch on include a classic Caesar salad, a veggie crudité platter, and a wonderful international cheese and fruit display. Seasonal vegetables and oven roasted sweet potatoes round out the sides. Entrees range from a fun pasta station to a lavish roast Vermont turkey with giblet gravy. Don’t forget the dinner rolls with butter and the holiday desserts!

Perks of Staying During the Holidays

There are lots of perks when you stay with us for holiday social events, especially if you make your reservations early! For instance, if you book your holiday party with us before November 1st, you’ll receive a complimentary guest room for the party's host. Plus, you’ll also get complimentary parking.

Additionally, you can also take advantage of our special discounted group rate when guests of your party stay the night of your shindig. An added bonus is that our comfortable guest rooms are all newly renovated.

Plan your holiday event or Christmas party at the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel, and stay with us whenever you’re visiting NYC. We have the special touch that will make your gathering an evening to remember.


Challenge Yourself at the 2016 New York City Marathon

In November, one of the largest cities in the world hosts one of the largest marathons in the world.

The 2016 New York City Marathon is the place for serious runners to test their mettle over 26 miles through the boroughs of the city.

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General Information

Race day is set for Sunday, November 6, 2016. The start of the course will begin on Staten Island at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, with staggered waves of runners. The first marathoners, the wheelchair division, take off at 8:30 a.m. The last wave (Wave 4)will begin their run at 11:00 a.m.

The finish line will be located in Central Park, which is a race tradition.

Along the way, you’ll run through New York City’s famous boroughs, including Brooklyn and Manhattan. The route winds along near the East River, and you’ll get to see historic neighborhoods, too, such as Harlem and the Upper East Side.

Watch or Volunteer

Spectators can line up along the marathon course to cheer on runners. There are lots of great areas to plant your feet and wait for someone who is participating.  Some popular areas to watch the marathon includes Museum Mile, located along Fifth Avenue, or head to East Harlem, which will have a bevy of bands performing on the street.  To volunteer for the NYC Marathon, check out the Volunteer Opportunities page to find any roles that may need filling.

Sponsors

Key sponsors for this year’s race include TCS, United Airlines, Airbnb, Fitbit, and PowerBar.

Register for 2017

Applications to register to participate in the 2017 marathon open January 17, 2017. Runners can also gain guaranteed entry to the race by meeting time qualifying standards, which are open until December 31, 2016.

If you’ll be coming to the area to watch or participate in the TCS New York City Marathon, we would be pleased to host you at Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel.


Get in Costume for New York City’s 43rd Annual Village Halloween Parade

One of the biggest NYC Halloween events is basically a huge party in the streets.

Bedeck yourself in your best costume and join the crowd at New York City’s 43rd Annual Village Halloween Parade on Monday, October 31, 2016 at 7 p.m.

This is a pageant of creative costumes, entertainment, artistic flair, and music. Read more for the important details.

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Village Parade 2016 Start and Finish

The parade marches up 6th Avenue, starting at Spring Street and ending at 16th Street. Going the opposite direction (marching down 6th Ave.) is not permitted.

Parade Events

Halloween in the Village will include live music from over 50 different bands and artists, as well as performances, dancing, and gigantic puppets created by area artists – all marching down the parade route along with over 50,000 costumed New Yorkers.

This year, the parade theme is Reverie, which can serve as costume inspiration. The parade website invites participants to recreate their waking dreams and create a costume that expresses and feeds their soul.

Sponsors

Sponsors make the parade possible. Village Halloween Parade 2016 sponsors include NY Culture, Drunk Shakespeare, and Quiet Events, just to name a few.

Participate, Watch, or Volunteer

Participants may enter at one location: 6th Avenue at Canal Street. You can line-up here at any time between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to be part of the revelry for Halloween in NY, 2016.

Those wishing to watch should plan to show up along the parade route (6th Ave.) early, as it gets crowded fast. The fun will also be broadcast live on TV, on NY1.

Parade volunteers can sign up online to help animate a giant puppet or act as a parade marshal, guiding the procession, controlling the crowd, and helping with production.

Coming to the parade from near or far? Book your stay with us at Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel and make this a Halloween to remember.

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In 2016, These Halloween Events in New York Are To-Die-For

If you’re looking for fun this Halloween in and around NYC, your search is over!

Read more for where to find the spookiest attractions near NYC in 2016.

Can’t-Miss Halloween Events in the New York City area, 2016

Pumpkin Patches in and around NYC

For old-fashioned family pumpkin picking and more, there are a few top spots to hit. At Albert H. Schmitt Family Farms, HALLOWEEN_Carved-pumpkins-with-cobwebs-on-woodadmission is free, and you can pick your own pumpkins as well as enjoy rides and activities like a haunted maze and a fire truck slide. Another great patch is at Dykeman Farm, where a free hayride takes you out to the fields to find your perfect pumpkin. A children’s tent provides activities especially for the younger goblins in your group.

NYC Halloween Parties

For the 21-and-over crowd, the best Halloween parties in NYC feature costumes and live music. A swanky destination for the 31st, the Gansevoort Park Rooftop: Penthouse of Peril is back for another scary year and will feature themed rooms, private bars, atmospheric sound and lighting, and a live DJ, with views overlooking the city lights.

Haunted Houses in NYC

For blood-curdling scares, try one of these horror-inducing haunts: Blood Manor is one of the area’s scariest haunted houses, with labyrinthine passageways, creepy corridors, and themed rooms designed to frighten even the fearless. Or, try The Jekyll and Hyde Club, a haunted restaurant where you are entertained with terrifying tales while you dine.

NY Pumpkin Blaze

Near Van Cortlandt Manor, the Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze is a must-stop for families. Here you will see over 7,000 intricately carved pumpkins glowing from within. Take in this magnificently spooky sight, then march over to the Pumpkin Planetarium for some star-gazing. Sleepy Hollow’s Headless Horseman is also rumored to make an appearance among the grinning lanterns.

Let us host you at Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel while you’re in the city for the scariest days of the year.

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