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Relatives always have their own ideas about ‘Christmas in New York.’ Here’s how to show them the way a real New Yorker does the holidays.

Window shopping

What they’ll want to see: The windows at Saks (611 Fifth Ave., 212-753-4000).
What to take them to: The windows at Bergdorf Goodman (754 Fifth Ave., 212-872-2700).
Why? Since there will be a mandatory visit to Rockefeller Center, Saks, sitting right across the street, is a must-hit with its ornate windows reflecting a non-denominational theme. What Grandma will really be stunned by, however, are the win­dows at Bergdorf Good­man. The artists who design these holiday displays work practically year-round, so it’s no wonder that they are jaw-droppingly beautiful.

Can’t-miss holiday show

What they’ll want to see: Radio City Christmas Spectacular (1260 Sixth Ave., 866-858-0007).
What to take them to: “The Nutcracker” at BAM (30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, 718-636-4100).
Why? Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular hasn’t been running since 1933 for no reason (it really is spectacular). But to truly shock relatives, tell them that they’re going to Brooklyn. Any outsider (or New Yorker)?will be delighted by American Ballet Theatre’s “Nutcracker”?interpretation.

The jolly ole man in red

What they’ll want to see: Macy’s Santaland (Macy’s Herald Square, 151 W. 34th St.).
What to take them to: Santacon (Dec. 11, various locations, www.nycsantacon.com).
Why? Each year, on one appointed day, anyone who cares to can dress up like Santa and run around the city. While the Santacon code of ethics says to not mess with kids, cops or the spirit of Santa, this is open to the general public so ... consider yourself warned.


 
 
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