Join us for this sparkling and inspiring tour of Christmas - Gothamtide in New York! Look, learn and have fun.
New York City is the Christmas Capitol - take in glittering lights and trees, enchanting displays and abundant entertainment. The tour is led by the renowned Christmas and Rockefeller Center Historian Sibyl McCormac Groff, who has studied the history of Christmas and the importance of New York in developing our holiday traditions. She created the word "Gothamtide" to reflect the secular and universal aspects of Christmas, which did not become a legal holiday in America until 1870. For over 25 years this author has led tours and given lectures.
This year the starting point has changed to the elegant Le Parker Meridien Hotel lobby on West 56th Street just west of 6th Avenue. What a feast for the eyes is the hotel's 6th Annual Gingerbread Extravaganza crafted by bakeries and pastry chefs. You can even vote for your favorite New York-themed creation.
The tour will walk to Fifth Avenue and then strut down the avenue and environs ending at the most famous Christmas tree - the 81st Rockefeller Center tree between 49th and 50th Street in the plaza off Fifth Avenue (the tree is officially lit on December 3).
As we walk you will hear about New York's Christmas traditions "all around the town" and look up at the illuminated interesting buildings!
Note that the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is lit on December 3 and the Gingerbread Houses at Le Parker Meridien will be displayed beginning December 5th.
Please enter at the entrance graced with the Gingerbread houses closest to 6th Avenue. The next entrance is to the main Hotel lobby.
Since New York City is in a construction boom some former holiday events or displays may not be up or there may be new things added this year.
More information about Gothamtide happenings will be given out in print or online.