The Rockettes are back in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Every year around Christmastime, New York City gets a special treat. The Radio City Rockettes will be performing once again this year at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and you won’t want to miss it during the 2017 holiday season!

Get the Most Out of the Holidays at Radio City   Radio City Music Hall decorated for the Holidays     

This year, Radio City has added a few updates for the holiday season. New technology is helping the Rockettes perform like never before.

Be one of the first to experience the new Radio City Christmas Spectacular by getting your tickets today.

Radio City’s Magical Wonderland Starts Here

Christmas in NYC wouldn’t be complete without a performance by the Rockettes.

Since 1925, the Rockettes have been dancing up a storm in New York. The dance troupe has been performing at Radio City Music Hall since 1934, and the rest is history.

This timeless, tradition performance is a one of a kind sight that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

When To See The Rockettes

You can find the Radio City Christmas Spectacular showing throughout the holiday season. From now through January 1st, 2018, tickets are available online.

Pick a Best Value Day for the lowest prices available, or choose a special holiday show.

The Radio City Rockettes perform every day, regardless of holidays, so you can have the magical day you are hoping for. At some special performances, you will get a Party City® Santa Hat too!

After you’ve taken in the new Radio City Christmas Spectacular, come back to the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel. If you’re looking for a relaxing evening or some help finding more great events during Christmas in NYC, Courtyard has you covered.


Watch a New York Tradition with the NYC Ballet – The Nutcracker

The New York City Ballet (NYCB) presents The Nutcracker, opening November 24th and running through December 31st, 2017.

You Can’t Lose With a Traditional Show for The Holidays in NYC

Soldier Nutcracker standing among BallerinasEvery year the New York City Ballet presents The Nutcracker, a holiday a classic for all ages to enjoy. Follow a young girl’s journey through an exciting holiday party after a toymaker presents the local children with a nutcracker. In this fantastical play, all is not as it seems concerning everyone from the nutcracker to the toymaker.

Dates and Locations for The Nutcracker in NYC

The New York City Ballet will pweform of The Nutcracker nearly every day (excluding Mondays) from November 24th to December 31st, 2017. You will find the show at David H. Koch Theater on Lincoln Center Plaza. 

How to Get Tickets to NYCB’s The Nutcracker

On the New York City Ballet’s website, The Nutcracker is promoted prominently. You can easily find tickets for this year’s performances of The Nutcracker. With a MasterCard, you can purchase the best seats for any performance without a promo code of any kind. If you do not have a MasterCard, you are still able to purchase tickets in general seating areas for any performance.

After this special holiday performance from the New York City Ballet, enjoy the rest of your holidays in NYC. At the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel, we are excited to provide you exceptional service with holiday cheer.


Catch Billy Joel During His Historic Run At Madison Square Garden

Billy Joel is continuing his record-setting run at Madison Square Garden. He will extend his franchise at the venue with a record breaking 50th show in March 2018. This means you’ll have plenty of chances to see Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden when you’re in New York City. But act fast, as tickets still go fast for this very popular show!

See the Piano Man at MSG

Black & White photo of hands playing the pianoThe musician’s most popular hits include Uptown Girl, Just the Way You Are, We Didn’t Start the Fire, The Longest Time, Movin’ Out, and an extensive list of fan favorites, including his iconic anthem Piano Man. See him in concert to hear all these hits performed live onstage.

About the Show

Seeing Billy Joel at MSG has become a New York institution. The show is always comprised of an impressive set list, including hits that span all four decades that the legendary musician has been topping charts.

Sometimes the New York native even has special surprise guests join him onstage. Past guests have included Miley Cyrus, Paul Simon, John Mellencamp, Jimmy Fallon and many other stars from music, film and TV.

Upcoming Dates

Concert dates continue to be added to this residency, with upcoming dates at Madison Square Garden scheduled for:

  • December 20, 2017
  • January 11, 2018
  • February 21, 2018
  • March 28, 2018

Get your tickets and see one of these record-breaking concerts when you book your stay with us at the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel.


Watch the Magnificent Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting in Person

It’s a beloved holiday tradition not only in NYC, but also across the country. The Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting is a grand event with musical performances, surprises, and, of course, lights.

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, Centerpiece of the Holidays in NYC Santa with arms raised in front of Christmas tree

This November 29, 2017 (Wednesday), the world famous tree will get lit up for the 2017 holiday season in spectacular fashion. It will remain lit until January 7, 2018, providing a beacon of cheer throughout the season.

Scheduled Performances

Plenty of music’s biggest stars are scheduled to perform for this year's tree lighting. See Gwen Stefani, Pentatonix, Jennifer Nettles, Brett Eldridge, Leslie Odom, Jr., and more at the event. There will also be show stopping performances by the world famous Radio City Music Hall Rockettes. Today show anchors Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Hoda Kotb, and Savannah Guthrie will host the event.

Viewing Areas

Attending the tree lighting is free. Viewing spots are open on a first-come, first-served basis. This includes between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenues, and between West 48th and 51st Streets. Can’t watch in-person? The whole spectacular event will be broadcasted live on NBC-TV.

After the tree is lit, you can visit daily between 5:30 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. at Rockefeller Plaza.

Attend the tree lighting ceremony and enjoy the holiday season in NYC! Book your stay with us at the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel.


Enjoy Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC

Are you thinking of spending Thanksgiving Day 2017 in NYC? The city is full of traditions but none as widely enjoyed as the Macy’s® Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Every year since 1927, giant classic characters like Charlie Brown and new, exciting characters like Trolls fly high above the crowds on 6th Ave. Come experience the fun of the holiday season in New York this year!

Snoopy balloon in Thanksgiving Day Parade

Parade Route

The annual Thanksgiving Day Parade route includes 2.5 miles of viewing for the public. At 9 a.m., the route starts on the west side of Central Park below 77th, and then turns at Columbus Circle. At Central Park South, the parade begins to follow 6th Avenue to 34th Street. Finally, the route ends at Macy’s® Herald Square.

Performers & Special Guests

Like always, the Thanksgiving Day Parade will feature novelty and character balloons. In addition to these, there will be wonderful performances by hardworking high school marching bands from around thee country, as well as the NYPD and U.S. Air Force bands. This year's parade, as always, is packed with special guests, including performances by Sabrina Carpenter, Lauren Alaina, Bebe Rexha, Angelica Hale, Common and The GooGoo Dolls, just to name a few! And of course the grand appearance of Santa himself at the closing of the parade, marking the official start of the holiday season!

Where to Watch

There is no public viewing at Macy’s® Herald Square or at Central Park West & 77th. However, you will find beautiful (and iconic) views along Central Park. If you are looking to be closer to the end of the parade, head to a spot between 38th and 59th Streets. Macy’s® Herald Square marks the end of the parade.

Are you joining us in NYC for Thanksgiving? Book your stay at the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel today. Your chance to experience this great tradition is waiting!


Make the Winter Village at Bryant Park Your Next Holiday Destination

Make your way to a winter wonderland packed with fun things to do for the holidays. Pay a visit to the Winter Village at Bryant Park with the whole family in tow.

Enjoy the Holidays in NYC at an Iconic Destination

People Ice Skating at Bryant Park NYC

The Winter Village is becoming a mainstay for holiday fun in midtown Manhattan. Here’s all you can see and do while you’re there.

Activities and Shopping

Find unique gifts and one-of-a-kind items at the holiday market at the Winter Village. This open-air market is European-inspired and features glass kiosks that glow with warm light.

After you check out the boutiques and shops, visit the center of the Winter Village, the Rink. This is NYC’s only outdoor ice skating venue with free admission.

Finally, warm up at the Overlook and get a bird’s eye view of the skating rink while you enjoy free games, chess, and art supplies.

Food and Dining

Purchase gourmet and artisanal food items at the holiday market, or sit down to enjoy hot drinks, light fare, and snacks at Public Fare. 

Holiday Events

Events are happening at the Winter Village all season long. Learn to skate from the pros at SkateFest, check out the annual Winter Carnival, or stop by Santa’s Corner for a photo with the big guy himself.

Experience the magic of the Winter Village at Bryant Park and the holidays in NYC when you stay with us at the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel.


Check Out NYC’s Best Ice Rinks

Another fall/winter season is here, and that means it’s time to partake in all the fun traditions that go with it. Luckily, for ice skating, there are a whole lot of options all over the city where you can lace up your skates and sail over the ice.

Ice Skating in NYC: A Beloved Fall/Winter Tradition

Take a spin on one of NYC’s ice rinks – they’re all around the city.

SPORTS_ICESKATING_ice-skate-on-lake-in-winter_JAN-2015The Bryant Park Ice Rink

The Ice Rink at Bryant Park is fast becoming a beloved New York tradition. It’s the only rink in the city with free admission, and it’s surrounded by the lights, sights, sounds and smells of the Bryant Park Winter Village.

The Rink at Rockefeller Center

When talking about ice rinks in NYC, you can’t leave out an iconic destination. Rockefeller Center’s rink is crowned by the presence of its magnificent Christmas tree and is minutes away from Times Square and other famous locations.

Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers

Skate in all types of weather at the indoor Sky Rink. It’s the perfect place to practice your moves. While you’re here, explore the surrounding Chelsea Piers area.

Wollman Rink in Central Park

Skate amid the beauty of Central Park, an oasis in the urban jungle, at Wollman Rink. After fun on the ice, take a spin on the nearby carousel.

Ice skating in NYC is a fun fall/winter tradition. Get your fill while you stay with us at the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel.


Celebrate Halloween at Queens Zoo – Boo at the Zoo

Queens Zoo provides a little bit of the wild right in the city. Escape to a natural world teeming with tropical birds, eagles, pumas, coyotes, buffalo, bears, and more.

This Halloween, visit these marvelous creatures for spooky fun at Boo at the Zoo happening on Saturday, October 28, and Sunday, October 29, 2017.

Halloween in Queens: Zip Over to Boo at the Zoo

Black drawing of a bat with orange words reading Boo At The Zoo

Boo at the Zoo is the zoo’s yearly Halloween celebration. The animals will get fun treats, and you’ll enjoy face painting and crafting with your whole family. Plus, the zoo’s Haunted Trail is a fun way to get spooked.

Animal Exhibits

Some of the animals you’ll find at the zoo include tiny deer (called pudu), American bison, bald eagles, Andean bear, pronghorns, Canadian lynx, and more on the Animal Trail. You’ll also see domestic animals like Flemish giant rabbits, sheep, cows, and longhorns. Don’t forget the playful sea lions in the Sea Lion Pool!

Ticket Information

You can visit the zoo and enjoy Halloween in Queens with general admission – adults 13 and older are $8, kids $5, seniors $6, and kids 2 and under receive free admission. Tickets can be purchased in advance online or when you arrive at the gate.

Visit the zoo for Halloween and book your stay with us at the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel.


Get Caffeinated at the New York Coffee Festival

Coffee lovers and aficionados: Get ready for the New York Coffee Festival, a three-day event featuring food, music, art, and, of course, lots and lots of coffee.

Raise a Mug (or To-Go Cup) at Metropolitan Pavilion

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The event is set for Friday – Sunday, October 13-15, 2017 at Metropolitan Pavilion. Sessions will be held at different times each day.

On Friday, attend the afternoon trade session starting at 2 p.m. On Saturday, there will be morning, afternoon, and late sessions starting at 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. On Sunday, the morning session is scheduled at 9:30 a.m., while the afternoon event will start at 1:00 p.m.

Charitable Information

All proceeds from this coffee lover’s event will go toward Project Waterfall. This initiative is all about helping people in developing countries get safe drinking water.

What to Expect

This NY Coffee Festival celebrates NYC’s fantastic specialty coffee scene. You’ll find barista demonstrations, artisan coffee tastings, gourmet food stalls, coffee cocktails, workshops, live music, and more. Your ticket for one three-hour event also includes unlimited free coffee!

For a coffee lover’s dream weekend, attend the festival and book your stay with us at the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel.


NYC Museums Offer Unique Visual Journeys

For some culture and a taste of New York City’s thriving art scene, pay a visit to NYC museums. These world-class institutions are so packed with great attractions for you to see, do, and discover that you might need to set aside an afternoon or an entire day to experience it all.

Visit One of NYC’s Top Museums

New York City is known for its museums. Here are some of the top institutions to add to your list.

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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

This museum is devoted to showcasing thought-provoking, exceptional contemporary and modern art. Here, you’ll find everything from Max Ernst to Frank Lloyd Wright to early examples of the Impressionist movement.

American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)

If you’re interested in the history of life here on earth, the AMNH will not disappoint. Exhibits range from exploring Egyptian tombs to diving deep below the ocean’s surface. You can also discover the universe, birds in flight, butterflies, and animals from the earliest pages of human history.

The Guggenheim

Get going to the Guggenheim to see more world-class examples of fine modern and contemporary art. Sculpture, paintings, video, photography, and more, as well as names like Picasso, Kandinsky, Gaugin, and Pollock await you.

To take a tour of these fabulous centers for art and culture, and to see more of NYC, book your stay with us at the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel.