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Holidays off the Beaten Path

New York City is an exciting place around the holidays. There are lots of festive things to do from the tree at Rockefeller Center to the window displays at Macy’s. I would like to share with you some unique holiday things to do around the city with a graduate student budget in mind.

The Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden

Exciting for all ages, the Botanical Garden has model trains surrounded by a miniature New York City featuring landmarks made out of natural materials!

American Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcraker at BAM

The Nutcraker is a holiday favorite but tickets can be pretty pricey. Last year I saw the American Ballet Theatre’s production at BAM in Brooklyn and it was fantastic. AND tickets were only $20!

Vintage Holiday Subway Train

Vintage Holiday Subway Train

This has become a holiday tradition for my husband and me. Every Sunday between Thanksgiving and New Years the MTA runs a vintage train along the M line. For the cost of a single subway trip you can ride a subway car from the 1930s-60s. A schedule and route of the train can be found here.

Bryant Park

Not only is there ice-skating, which is much less expensive than the touristy Rockefeller Center rink, but there is also a huge holiday craft fair featuring unique holiday gifts! I always stop by when doing my Christmas shopping.

I hope you all have a happy holiday season and safe travels to anyone heading back home for the holidays!