Christmas in New York City
A number of New Yorkers and New York City customs have played an important role in the development of the American Christmas. Several nineteenth-century New Yorkers helped to bring Santa Claus into being. In more recent times New York City has become an important destination for Christmas shoppers and tourists. Finally, at least one of the city’s Christmas traditions, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, has become a nationally televised event announcing the start of the Christmas season.