Few cities rival NYC when it comes to the variety and volume of holiday events to attend—throughout all five boroughs. What’s more, the overall feeling of joy is so omnipresent that it’s palpable for months, making the City a must on your shortlist of where to visit between November and January. While ice-skating rinks open as early as October, the season truly kicks off with the world-famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, when Santa Claus makes his first appearance. Speaking of which, don’t miss our many holiday markets, which are terrific places for those one-of-a-kind gifts. Of course holidays are synonymous with family, and some great spots to enjoy holiday cheer with your young ones include the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Gingerbread Lane at the New York Hall of Science, the various holiday trees and Hanukkah Menorahs, and Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo. For details on these and many other happenings, read on.