Things to do near New York City

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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

The 44th Annual Village Halloween Parade Promises a Festive, Fun Night

It’s almost time once again for the 44th Annual Village Halloween Parade in NYC. This is one of the most electric, fun, creative Halloween events, so you won’t want to miss it!

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The parade is set for Halloween night – Tuesday, October 31, 2017. It all starts at 7 p.m.

Where to Watch

If you just want to watch the spectacle, you can grab a spot on 6th Avenue, north of Spring Street, up to 16th Street. Or, watch the whole thing unfold live on TV on NY 1 starting at 8 p.m.

Information for Participants

There’s one major requirement for joining the parade: You must be in costume, and the more creative, the better. The theme this year is Cabinet of Curiosities: An Imaginary Menagerie.

Once you have your Halloween get-up on, join the lineup for participants! This will be on 6th Avenue and Canal Street between 6:30 and 8 p.m.

How You Can Volunteer

There are two ways to volunteer. You can help to animate a giant puppet in the parade, or you can volunteer to help with crowd control, parade production, and the procession. No previous experience is necessary. Sign up on the parade website.

If you’ll be making your way to NYC to enjoy a vibrant and fun Halloween, book your stay with us at Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel.

Fall Fun Is Here at the 2017 Queens County Fair

A true fair experience awaits at the 2017 Queens County Fair. Head out to the farm to enjoy a fall country weekend that’s perfect for the whole family without leaving NYC.

Attend the Fall Harvest Festival in NYC

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The fair will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 23-24, 2017 at the Queens County Farm Museum. This is a historic farm that dates back to 1697 and is located right in New York City.

Blue Ribbon Competitions

The fair is where you can see the best entries for livestock, produce, arts & crafts, baked goods, floral arrangements, canning, and more in blue ribbon competitions.

Classic Contests

Every fair needs a bit of fun and games! Join the pig races, watch the pie-eating contest, or check out the corn husking competition.

Fun Things to Do

The fall fun continues with hayrides, midway games, carnival rides, and loads of entertainment. The Shannon Breeze Irish Band will play in the Beer Garden, and bands like the Gas House Gorillas and the Something Special Big Band will perform on the main stage.

Round out the fair by trying out your luck in the corn maze, then grab some food from the many vendors who will be on hand.

If you plan on checking out this fall harvest festival in NYC, book your stay with us at the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel.

NYC Comic Con Is Back!

The ultimate pop culture convention, NYC Comic Con is coming up October 5th - 8th, 2017. There’ll be so much to see and do, and all of it will revolve around your favorite comics, movies, TV shows, and characters.

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Here’s a little of what you can expect to see at this world-famous convention. This is the premier fan event of the year – don’t miss it!

Show Floor

The show floor is where you’ll find exhibitors, vendors, and lots of cool art, collectibles, toys, comics, books, and more. Shop around and find souvenirs to take home.

Special Guests

Huge names from the comic, movie, book, and TV worlds will be showing up at the Javits Center for Comic Con this year.

You’ll see cast members and creators from shows like American Gods, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Once Upon a Time, The Tick, and more. You’ll also be able to see best-selling authors, comic writers, comic artists, and movie stars.

How to Get Tickets to New York Comic Con

Tickets are available for purchase online. You must buy tickets for each individual day you plan on attending. Admission is available from Thursday, October 5 through Sunday, October 8, 2017.

If you’re heading to Comic Con, make sure to book your stay with us at the Courtyard LaGuardia Airport Hotel for a fantastic fan-friendly weekend.