Archive for November, 2016


November 30, 2016

The 2016 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on November 30th from 7 – 9 pm.  Above the Rockefeller Center Ice Rink, the giant tree will be illuminated with thousands of lights.  With music, entertainment and celebrity stars braving the cold to entertain, it promises to be a fun-filled evening.  The Tree Lighting is a wonderful event that has been a tradition since 1933 and thousands will line the sidewalks attempting to get a view.  It is also televised.  The tree tradition was originally started in 1933 by Depression Era construction workers who put up a small tree and decorated it with cranberries, gum wrappers and tin cans.  What many do not know is that on January 9th, when the tree comes down, the tree is milled and treated and the lumber used for Habitat For Humanity.  That makes seeing the tree even more special!  If you cannot make the Tree Lighting then seeing it at sometime over the holiday season is a must. Giant and brilliant with lights, it is a tradition not to be missed.                                        


November 29, 2016

We love this time of year as there are wonderful holiday festivals and celebrations across the country.  Be sure and check your local newspapers or town websites to find out what fun is happening in your area.

Couple of our favorites are:

Christmas Tree Lighting in San Francisco – It is November 29th at 5 pm at 555 California Street. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of this tree lighting ceremony, there will be music and entertainment and it benefits All Stars Helping Kids.  Great fun and a good cause!

Tuba Christmas – Sunday December 12 at 3:30 pm at Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan.  Tuba players of all ages and from all over the world come each year to celebrate this festive event.  Filling the plaza under the Christmas tree with sounds of carols and familiar tunes, this musical performance has been a favorite since 1974.  You will find tuba holiday concerts across the country and around the world.




A Tradition Since 1924

November 23, 2016

Since 1924 New York has had the Thanksgiving Day Parade.  A event of fun and excitement for the whole family, thousands brave the cold each year to watch and thousands more enjoy it on TV.  The parade originally started with live animals from the city zoo and, taking only a couple of years off during WWII,  has evolved to the giant balloons that thrill millions today.  It is truly a wonderful family tradition and we are looking forward to it.  Hope you can enjoy it too.  Happy Thanksgiving!