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New York City might be magical at Christmastime, but the hordes of tourists it draws to the five boroughs are not. Some mainstream events, like the Rockefeller Center tree lighting, might be worth braving the crowds for once; others, like New Year’s Eve in Times Square, should be avoided at all costs. This holiday season, get your fill of festive things to do without the crowd by visiting these alternative holiday attractions in NYC. If you must see all the iconic windows and light displays, sign up for one of the many Christmas tours in NYC—your tour guide will at least know the best route to take and might even be able to give you VIP access.
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