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Holiday Happenings in NYC

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Indoor Fun in New York City

This #holidayseason your #studenttourgroup can enjoy just as many indoor activities around #thebigapple as outdoor.  Your #schoolgroup will want to visit:
  • The Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Gardens:  #Educationalgroups will marvel at the #modeltrains chugging through a display of 150 NYC landmarks including the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty and Rockefeller Center. All re-created with bark, leaves and other natural materials. #nybg
  • Visit #Santa at the North Pole’s NYC location at #SantalandMacys which includes an immersive seasonal spectacle.  A 13,000-square-foot North Pole Christmas village awaits your #nycschooltrip group complete with live elves, an enchanted forest featuring animatronic toys and a train display!
  • #NYCstudents will salivate at the New York Hall of Science’s homemade gingerbread house display, made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing and candy.  Named the largest gingerbread village by Guinness World Record for the past 4 years! #nyhos
  • The American Museum of Natural History marks the start of the holiday season with the delightfully decorated Origami Holiday Tree. With over 1,000 folded treasures on display, your #studentfieldtrip will admire the 13 foot-tree that features a different theme each year relating to the Museum’s special exhibitions or to its collections, which includes more than 33 million artifacts and specimens. #amnh #origamitree
  • Immerse your #nycstudenttour in a canopy of lights at the annual holiday festival at #BrookfieldPlace in the heart of Lower Manhattan. Built on the season’s traditions of sharing, giving, community and light lets visitors “send” a wish to the canopy of light emanating from hundreds of suspended lanterns. #ThreeWishingStations transform wishes into a mesmerizing display of lights and colors. For every wish sent during the holiday season, Brookfield will donate $1 to the Grammy Museum and its music education programs.
#StudenttripstoNYC can be filled with #traditions, #festivedecorations and #specialholidayprograms and #memories.  Enjoy #NYC this #holidayseason with a  #studenttour by #ColonialCapitalTours.  #StudentTours,  #EducationalTours or #GroupTours, #ColonialCapitalTours (www.colonialcapitaltours.com) will #customize and #tailor #educationaltours for you and your #educationaltour #group!

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A Colonial Williamsburg Holiday Season

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Make Your Holiday Merry and Bright!

Your #schooltrips #group will discover that the #holidayseason in #ColonialWilliamsburg is like no other place.  #StudenttripstoColonialWilliamsburg are filled with #traditions, #festivedecorations and #specialholidayprograms – your #ColonialWilliamsburgstudenttour #visit to this #18thcenturythemedtown will be filled with #Yuletide #memories.
  • Experience the city and #spirit of the #Christmasseason with a #guidedtour for your #ColonialWilliamsburgschooltrip led by an 18th-century resident.  Enjoy reflections on the holiday season, the daily news and the decorated picturesque buildings and streets.
  • Enjoy #MidwinterStories and traditions by #Nativecommunities from the #EasternWoodlands who frequented #Williamsburg in the 19th-century.
  • #JoyintheMorning, a music-filled message of hope for the holiday season celebrates the songs and stories of the enslaved African American community in 18th-century Williamsburg.
  • #Laceupyourskates at #LibertysIcePavilion for an evening of fun.
  • Ride through the #HistoricArea by #horsedrawncarriage and enjoy the local sights and sounds of the city.

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Christmas Celebrations in NYC

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Get Ready to Fa La La, La La!

Tis the season for tree lightings, ice skating and holiday markets.

The #2017holidayseason has kicked off now that the iconic #RockefellerCenterChristmasTree has been lit.  Your #studenttriptoNYC can enjoy the almost 50,000 lights and #Swarovskistar that adorn the 75-foot-tall Norway spruce.  The Pennsylvania tree illuminates the #holidayseason and #RockefellerCenter.  #EducationaltripstoNYC groups can admire the #85thRockefellerCenterXmastree through January 7, 2018.  It will then be #donated to #HabitatforHumanity and transformed into lumber to build homes.
Tonight, the oldest Christmas tree tradition takes place at the #NewYorkStockExchange as it welcomes its #94thannualChristmasTree lighting. #NYCstudenttours will enjoy live performances from the Radio City #Rockettes, Chilina Kennedy of Broadway’s Beautiful, photo opportunities for #studenttourstoNYC with Macy’s #SantaClaus, the #Budweiser #Clydesdales and #hotcocoa.
After your #travelingwithstudents group oohs and aahs at the majesty of the lights, shopping at the city’s European-style #wintermarkets should be next on your #studenttripstoNYC list. The #UnionSquareHolidayMarket boasts more than 150 local and national vendors hawking an impressive selection of #handcraftedgifts and #preparedfoods for #visitorstonyc to enjoy.  #Handmadeitems from local artisans and snacks from vendors can be found at the #ColumbusCircleHolidayMarket featuring over 100 booths for #visitstonyc to enjoy.
The #GrandCentralHolidayFair is likely the epitome of the #perfect #Christmasmarket with the swirls of constellations on the roof inside and the towering, bejeweled tree. #EducationaltoursofNYC group will enjoy visiting the vendors with a focus on #Americanmade and #handmadeproducts with #locallysourced material or a #sociallyconscious business model fill over half of the historic #VanderbiltHall.
#Freeiceskating for your #middleschoolstudents to enjoy combines with more than 150 holiday shops at the #WinterVillageatBryantPark.  After your #highschoolstudenttrip group spins and jumps at the 17,000-square-foot outdoor rink, enjoy warming up at the spacious rink-side restaurant and shopping at the kiosks and shops.
 

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Thanksgiving Fun in New York City

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#Thanksgivingtime in #NewYorkCity is always a fun time!  Whether you see it as the #holidayseasonkickoff or the perfect time for a #educationaltour, there is so much to do for everyone!
#OneWorldObservatory #OWO hosts #WinterONEderland. Follow #Ollie the snow owl’s journey from his home in the winter forest to the iconic #NewYorkCity. Ollie will guide your #studentgrouptour through the Winter ONEderland experience on the #102ndfloor of the building.
Your #schoolgroup will get a kick at the #RadioCityChristmasSpectacular featuring #Santa, #woodensoldiers and the famed #Rockettes.  #RadioCity transforms into a #magicalwonderland for its annual #musicalholidayshow. Updated technology, more eye-catching costumes and new music bring your #NYCtoursforstudents closer to the performance.
#Grabyourskates and head to the #WinterVillageBryantPark. Practice your triple lutzes and axels on the 17,000 square-foot #outdoorrink which is free and open late. After your time on the ice, bring your #studentvisittoNYC group to the holiday open-air style food markets and artisan boutiques.
#Bedazzled and amazed by #SaksFifthAvenue‘s #holidaywindowdisplay. The high-end retailer has decorated its fourteen windows based on the classic children’s book and movie, “#Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” The displays commemorate the movie’s 80th anniversary and are animated with different scenes from the story.

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Brand New Museum!

American Writers Museum Opens

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The only one of its kind in the nation, the American Writers Museum in Chicago is like something hot off the presses and eager to be read by your #educationaltour group.
Dedicated to American authors, the museum is located on nearly 11,000 square feet of the second floor of a vintage building.  The museum includes American writers dating back to the early 18th-century preacher, Cotton Mather, and well-thought-out uses of digital technology.  Novels, memoirs and poetry, screenplays, journalism, rap lyrics, advertising slogans and even stand-up comedy are showcased throughout the museum for your #studenttour group to enjoy.  Musicians Prince and Tupac Shakur are represented along with Harper Lee and Thomas Jefferson.
#Studenttravel groups can engage with interactive touch screens and high-tech multimedia installations, like a mesmerizing “Word Waterfall,” in which a wall of densely packed, seemingly random words is revealed, contains resonant literary quotations. Homier touches, like cozy couches in the children’s literature gallery and even the occasional smell of cookies, unleashed whenever someone pushes the plaque for Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” are included in an installation called “The Surprise Bookshelf.”  Touch-screen word play tables, where #studenttours  can fill in the blanks in famous literature or play a version of the word-magnet composition game more commonly found on refrigerators, are to be explored. Writers Hall, a content-rich and visually dramatic display, features 100 American authors on one wall and 100 American works on the other.
#Studenttravel groups are also encouraged to create their own stories, with a writing pads, a manual typewriter and a bulletin board to post the results. In the “Readers Hall” bookcases offer selections as “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the poems of Elizabeth Bishop and the classic “Sunset Boulevard.” Wall displays summarize everything from the “evolution” of bookstores to “Voices of Dissent.”

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Honoring Our Veterans

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In Washington D.C., #VeteransDay commemorations at the many memorials and museum exhibits make for the perfect way for a #WashingtonDCstudenttour or a #WashingtonDCeducationtour to #celebrate and #honor all military personnel who served the United States in all wars and conflicts:
#TheNationalWorldWarIMemorial commemorates the service rendered by members of the U.S. Armed Forces in #WorldWarI.  Your #grouptour can visit the memorial beginning on on November 9th with a ceremonial groundbreaking.
#VietnamVeteransMemorial, a black granite memorial colloquially known as #TheWall honors those who served in the #VietnamWar.  More than 400,000 personal effects have been left by visitors to the memorial since its opening.  A #WashingtonDCschooltrip will view a color guard, noted speakers and wreath-laying observances will be held to commemorate #VeteransDay.
#AmericanVeteransDisabledforLifeMemorial is a powerful reminder of the cost of war. This national memorial honors the sacrifice of those who were disabled in service to our country across all branches of the Armed Forces.  The centerpiece of the memorial is the star-shaped fountain with a ceremonial flame, while tributes and stories of service members are told through 48 etched glass panels and four bronze sculptures.
#TheWomensMemorial resides at the gateway to the #ArlingtonNationalCemetery and is the only major #nationalmemorial to honor women that have defended our country during all eras and in all services.  The annual #VeteransDay observance includes formal military honors, a keynote address, veterans’ remarks and a wreath-laying.
#KoreanWarVeteransMemorial consists of multiple structures that honor those who sacrificed during the #KoreanWar.  Images of troops moving by sea, land and air are sandblasted onto the surface of the wall, while a squadron of 19 stainless steel figures, including members from each branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, are situated in the center of the memorial space.
#NationalWorldWarIIMemorial is an expansive stone, bronze and water memorial on the #NationalMall.  The memorial honors the 16 million men and women who served and the 400,000 who lost their lives during #WWII.  The majestic space is perfect for a #VeteransDay visit, and is especially beautiful during sunset and under moonlight.
“The Price of Freedom: Americans at War”, features a history of America’s military from the French and Indian Wars to the conflict in the Middle East, exploring the impact of conflict on citizen soldiers, their families and communities.  On display are See George Washington’s sword and scabbard as well as the chairs used by Generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant during the #CivilWar surrender ceremony at #Appomattox in 1865.
#GeorgeWashington #MountVernonEstate, welcomes active, former and retired military with free admission on #VeteransDay to experience special programming.  #MountVernon salutes veterans with a wreath-laying at #Washingtonstomb and a patriotic community concert by barbershop chorus.

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Get Spooked in Salem

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There is no shortage of frightening things to do in “Witch Town” this Fall.
#SalemWitchMuseum, Salem’s most visited museum presents the witch hysteria of 1692 that is educational, thought-provoking and spooky.  Discover the complex and evolving perception of witches, from midwives and healers to witch hunts and Wiccans.
#HouseofSevenGables, New England’s oldest wooden mansion built in 1668 offers two theatrical performances.  In Legacy of the Hanging Judge, relive the events of the witch trials through the eyes of both the accused and the accusor.  Or, enjoy Spirits of the Gables, a tale of guilt, greed, and revenge with characters from “The House of Seven Gables.”
#TheHauntedFootstepsGhostTour, led by ghostly guides provides captivating tales of Salem’s most haunted history.  Delve into the #WitchCity’s intriguing and often sinister past on a nightly stroll lit by lantern and filled with tales of paranormal activity, chilling cemeteries, Colonial witchcraft and Victorian murder.
#PeabodyEssexMuseum, home to one million artifacts and natural treasures dating back to 1799.  Visitors can enjoy exhibitions of African, American, Asian, Native American, Oceanic, and Indian art, including photographs from 1840 (the year photography was invented!).  Also on display is “It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art,” a fun complement to any #Halloween activity.
#SalemTimeMachine travels back in time to centuries past to explore #Salem’s spooky history in a 4-D Time Machine.  Live actors, 4-D sets and black lights makes it impossible to tell what’s real and what’s not—until it’s too late.

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