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RADIO CITY ROCKETTES
The holidays are coming, and there’s a bustle in New York! We’ll kick things off with a guided tour of this magnificent city, famous the world over for the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Broadway, Central Park, Times Square – striploin and the New York minute – Rockefeller Center’s giant spruce tree (aglow for the season), and, of course, Radio City!
Radio City is the world’s largest indoor theatre. Its marquee stretches a full city block, 25,000 lights shine on its shimmering gold curtain, twin Wurlitzer organs flank the stage, 6000 seats face its grand arched ceiling, and the most famous celebrities in the world have graced its halls since 1933. America’s #1 holiday show is the Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular – and it’s spectacular! More than 1 million people come each year to see their signature long-legged high-kick chorus line performed in perfect unison. We’ll take in the toe-tapping sensational Rockettes glitz and glam from orchestra seats!
To complete our impressive list of New York hotspots and highlights, we’ll visit the National 9/11 Memorial Museum and the One World Trade Center Observatory at the top of the tallest building in the western hemisphere.
The “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” may have been around for 85 years, but don’t call it old-fashioned. The annual Yuletide showcase for the Rockettes got a major tech upgrade in 2018, boosting the show’s immersive and interactive elements, incorporating drones in the performance and bridging tech and live entertainment in ways that all comes together in a brand-new finale staged by Tony-nominated director Sam Buntrock. Don’t worry: The “Christmas Spectacular” still has the traditional Nativity scene, replete with live camels, which has always come toward the end of the annual production. But the new finale — featuring performers interacting with animation on one of the largest 8K LED displays in the world; 100 small, flying drones; live aerialists; and, of course, a new number for the Rockettes — will turn its attention to the North Star.
The Rockettes are an American precision dance company. Founded in 1925 in St. Louis, Missouri, they have performed at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan, since 1932.
What does it take to become a Rockette If you can do 300 kicks in 90 minutes, you’re on your way to becoming one of NYC’s iconic Christmas dancers. You have to be proficient in jazz, tap and ballet. … You must be between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-10 1/2 inches tall. … You must be at least 18 years of age. … Two-day auditions are held each spring at Radio City. …
How many shows do the Rockettes do a year? They perform eight dance numbers per show, up to four shows daily, 200 shows a season. The show produces 350 laundry loads weekly.
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum known as the 9/11 Memorial & Museum commemorates the September 11, 2001 attacks, which killed 2,977 people, and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, which killed six. Located at the World Trade Center site, the former location of the Twin Towers that were destroyed during the September 11 attacks. It is operated by a non-profit institution whose mission is to raise funds for, program, and operate the memorial and museum at the World Trade Center site.
A forest of swamp white oak trees Look down on two square reflecting pools, marking where the Twin Towers stood.
Just steps from your hotel finds you on Broadway,the oldest north–south main thoroughfare in New York City, dating to the first New Amsterdam settlement. Today it is the heart of the American theatre industry. It’s very easy to get tickets for many shows right in Time Square.
Discover the Heart of New York, the world-famous Empire State Building. Located in the center of Midtown Manhattan. Enjoy the 86thfloor Observation deck The Highest Open-Air Observatory in New York. As the most famous observatory in the world. The 86th Floor has been the setting of dozens of movie and television scenes, as well as tens of millions of unforgettable personal moments. It wraps around the building’s spire, providing 360-degree views of New York and beyond. You can also visit the enclosed 102nd floor observatory as well
Described as one of the greatest projects of the Great Depression era, Rockefeller Center was declared a New York City landmark in 1985 and a National Historic Landmark in 1987.
Take a guided tour and have an extraordinary look into the rich history and breathtaking artistry of New York’s most famous landmark. Your journey begins over 80 years ago with John D. Rockefeller Jr.’s unwavering vision for a cultural center and touches upon all the great works of art and architecture that comprise it today. An expert historian will guide you through the Center’s most significant buildings, gardens and spaces.
On July 21, 1853, the New York State Legislature enacted into law the setting aside of more than 750 acres of land central to Manhattan Island to create America’s first major landscaped public park; they would soon refer to it as “the Central Park.” The design, is one of the great masterpieces of American art, sweeping meadows and vast water bodies designed to appear limitless, while brilliantly belying the Park’s long and narrow rectangle within New York City’s rigid grid. These grand pastoral scenes are carefully juxtaposed with the intimacy of picturesque woodlands featuring dense plantings, meandering streams, and dramatic rockwork arranged to include naturalistic caves, grottos, and cascades.
A formal Mall, the grand elm-lined promenade and the main architectural feature, Bethesda Terrace, a two-tiered esplanade featuring elaborate carvings and a central sculptural fountain that became Angel of the Waters, are just a few of the treasures the park has for you to explore.
Explore the bedrock upon which New Your City is built, hear the voices of those who built One World Trade Center, then board the SkyPod Elevators and climb 102 stories in 47 seconds. This astonishing ride reveals the transformation of New York City from unsettled lands to today’s remarkable forest of skyscrapers. One World Trade Center is also known as the Freedom Tower.You get an unrestricted 360 view of the city and surrounding area. If your daring step out on the Sky Portal: Step on this 14-foot wide circular glass disc that offers an unforgettable perspective using high definition footage of the streets 100 floors below.
Deluxe motorcoach transportation, 4 nights accommodation, 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners, all highlights listed, Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.
Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and HST does not apply.
• Guided tour and free time in New York City
• Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular (Orchestra seats)
• 9/11 Memorial Museum
• One World Trade Center Observatory
• Scranton, PA: Hilton Scranton & Conference Center (1 night)
• New York, NY: Marriott Marquis (2 nights)
• Syracuse, NY: Embassy Suites (1 night)
Travel by deluxe motorcoach to Scranton for an overnight stay. Get to know your fellow travellers during a welcome dinner at your hotel this evening.
Stay: Hilton Scranton & Conference Center, Scranton
New York City Sightseeing, Free Time
Arrive into New York City for lunch on your own in Times Square. After lunch, enjoy a guided city tour followed by a free evening to explore as you wish. With your hotel right in the heart of Times Square, you’re close to all the action!
Stay: Marriott Marquis, New York
Free Time, Radio City Rockettes Christmas Spectacular
Today you have the whole day to explore New York City on your own. Shop, visit one of the many museums, or relax and enjoy a meal at one of the fine restaurants. You may want to take a horse and buggy ride through Central Park, or enjoy afternoon tea at the Plaza Hotel. The city will be spruced up and twinkling for Christmas.
This evening you will attend the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. It is one of New York City’s oldest Christmas traditions. Enjoy the “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” and “The Living Nativity” that have been part of the show since the very beginning.
The Radio City Rockettes, are the centerpiece of the show. Their skill and consistency are unparalleled, as is their work ethic – they have been performing 5 shows a day, seven days a week during the Christmas season for more than 75 years!
Meals: B, D
9/11 Memorial Museum, One World Obervatory
This morning visit the 9/11 Memorial Museum, a tribute to the victims, survivors and their loved ones of 9/11. Next we’ll head to the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. The 1,776 foot tall One World Observatory provides unique, panoramic views of New York City.
Depart New York City and make your way to Syracuse for an overnight stay.
Stay: Embassy Suites, Syracuse, NY
This morning travel through the lovely Finger Lakes region. After a stop for lunch, continue your journey home.
Meals: B, L
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