Christmas

Recycle your Christmas tree in Philly this weekend

Unless you're planning on lugging your Christmas tree out back and chopping it up for the fireplace, you're likely dumping it on the curb, leaving that 50-pound Fraser fir for the trash collection.But there's a better way.You can drop off your tree at several locations throughout the city on Jan. 7...

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 9:06am

Recycle your Christmas tree in NYC at MulchFest 2016

The presents are opened, you’ve watched every Christmas movie on-demand and your relatives have finally gone home — there’s only one thing left to put an end to the holidays.It’s time to take down the Christmas tree. Though you may be sad to see it go, that fresh green friend can’t last forever in...

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 2:14pm

Pennsylvania woman hikes 26 miles to rescue family from Grand Canyon blizzard

An Easton, Pennsylvania, woman hiked for 26 miles in freezing temperatures and rugged terrain as she tried to rescue her husband and son after the family got stranded in snow near the Grand Canyon.Karen Klein, 36, her husband Eric, 37, and their 10-year-old son Isaac went on a weeklong trip to Las...

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 9:34am

Keep dibs on Santa’s whereabouts with NORAD's tracker

Whether you’re a child eagerly anticipating Santa’s arrival, a parent or a young-at-heart adult, it’s easy to stay up-to-date on Santa’s every move on Christmas Eve.For more than 60 years, NORAD Tracks Santa has been providing its annual service of keeping watch over Santa Claus as he delivers...

Saturday, December 24, 2016 - 2:59pm

WATCH: Obamas issue final Christmas Weekly Address

President Barack Obama, alongside first lady Michelle, released their final Christmas Weekly Address Saturday morning.The first couple urged Americans to support military troops and their families via JoiningForces.gov, recalled the past eight years of their administration and even poked fun at the...

Saturday, December 24, 2016 - 11:26am

WATCH: Elves in blue give early Christmas to Brooklyn North kids

Christmas weekend got off to a festive start for more than 3,000 Brooklyn youths on Friday thanks to the NYPD and a few of its friends.Officers from Patrol Borough Brooklyn North visited all 10 of its precincts via two barrier trucks that were converted into sleighs.The makeshift sleighs were...

Saturday, December 24, 2016 - 8:42am

Mr. Christmas Tree makes annual NYC pilgrimage

The Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center may have some nice lights, but a new tree is coming to town — and this one’s got legs.Mr. Christmas Tree, also known as Tommy Liberto, will be stumping Times Square Friday for his third annual holiday trip to New York City.Decked in evergreen boughs from...

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 5:57pm

Get free beer for your unwanted holiday gifts

Holidays are time for giving and receiving — but we don’t always like what we receive.Luckily, there is such thing as returns, but instead of exchanging that unstylish sweater from your aunt or that useless kitchen gadget from your cousin, one beer maker is offering an alternative this season....

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 2:52pm

Jewish family flees Lancaster after Christmas play cancellation story goes viral

A Jewish family is reportedly in hiding after they were accused of getting a fifth-grade Christmas play canceled, a story the school denies.“Was it a complaint about the line ‘God bless us, every one!’ that prompted reassessment of the play? Absolutely not,” the Hempfield School District posted...

Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 12:30pm

How to avoid the biggest scams this Christmas

‘Tis the season to be taken advantage of.Between November and December 2016, Americans will spend approximately $800 billion, the National Retail Federation predicts.Add to that tens of billions of dollars lost on scams: E-cards loaded with malware, phony charities, credit card skimmers — and even...

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 3:30pm

Father saves daughter's Christmas gifts from burning home

Just four days before Christmas, eight people lost everything in a three-alarm blaze at a sober house in Lynn.But when the flames woke resident Mike Walsh, his first thought was to grab his daughter's Christmas presents as he made his escape, WCVB reported."It's the first thing I grabbed. I almost...

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 12:38pm

Watch the Empire State Building light up to Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas Is You'

One of Christmas' most popular songs and one of New York's most iconic landmarks are teaming up this holiday season.The Empire State Building 2016 light show just kicked off with Mariah Carey's classic"All I Want For Christmas Is You."According to CBS New York, Carey flipped the switch to debut the...

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 2:31am

No such thing as 'Coughlin time' when former Giants' coach spends it with ailing children

It is about 11 a.m. and Tom Coughlin is not only running late, he’s downright behind schedule. The former New York Giants head coach is not at all accustomed to this; this after all is the man who invented ‘Coughlin Time’ where being on time to a meeting or a practice meant actually being late.Be...

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 12:56am

Order your whole holiday meal from these NYC spots

In addition to all the stress that comes with the holidays, you, for some reason, decided to host Christmas dinner this year.But have no fear, Metro is here with a handy-dandy list of some — but by no means all— New York markets and eateries that will not only do all the hard work for you — some of...

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 8:27pm

Former Rockapella leader Sean Altman returns with Jewmongus

Sean Altman certainly doesn’t mince words: he carves them up into piercing pieces of satire for his musical-comedy one-man show, Jewmongus.The former Rockapella leader became enamored with skewering Jewish culture while also poking a finger in the eye of anti-Semitism with his musical-comedy duo,...

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 4:06am

These subway-themed gifts will restore your faith in the MTA

It was a tough year for straphangers — an impending L train closure, subway slashings and bug pranks gone wrong. But there were also bright spots, including the promise of new trains and buses, the return of the W line and the announcement of an on-time openingfor the Second Avenue subway.Whatever...

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 12:23am

Single and Swiping: What to do if you don’t like your gift

Choosing that perfect holiday gift for someone you’re newly dating — whether you’re exclusive or not — isn’t easy. Perhaps you’ve put a lot of thought into what you’re giving your sweetie and are really excited to exchange presents.So what happens if you open up your gift … and don’t like it?Right...

Monday, December 19, 2016 - 3:30pm

11 ugly Christmas sweaters every 'Stranger Things' fan needs

Want to celebrate Christmas this year in the Upside Down?Take your holiday celebrations to the next level with inspiration from Netflix's smash hit television show "Stranger Things." Deck the walls with Winona Ryder's Christmas light Ouija Board, skip the cookies and serve Santa a plate of frozen...

Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 10:12pm

It's no miracle: Philly Jesus stays warm in bitter winter weather

When the temperatures drop, Philly Jesus gives thanks for the blessings of long underwear and hot chocolate.“It’s so cold. Even with gloves, my fingers were frozen,” said “Philly Jesus,” as Center City's Mike Grant is known.Philly Jesus is seen daily around the Christmas Village in Center City,...

Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 3:06am