Fairytales in New York with

Fairytales in New York with has added to its extensive collection of experiences in New York this winter, with tickets now available for ice skating at the iconic Trump Rink in Central Park and a number of new tours and Broadway Shows offered from this winter. DSD Central Park Trump Rink is the only company in Ireland that provides actual rink-ready tickets, instead of vouchers, meaning agents can guarantee their customers admission to the rink even if their chosen session is full. Customers also do not have to queue at a separate location to redeem a voucher.

The Trump Rink (formerly Wollman) in Central Park is the epitome of New York winter cool, surrounded by the splendour of Manhattan’s buildings and as featured in numerous movies and TV shows. Ice skating tickets with are priced at €18 per person and include guaranteed admission and skate rental. The rink is open daily between 25th October 2014 and 5th April 2015.

Agents can choose from a huge range of experiences and attractions, to create the perfect holiday in the Big Apple for their customers. In the run-up to Christmas, availability for attractions and shows becomes much more limited and those who do not pre-book risk not being able to tick everything off their wish list. In addition to passing on cost savings to customers, agents can maximise their own commission earnings by offering tickets to suit the interests of each customer.

New for 2014

SoHo and NoLita Chic Boutique Shopping Tour, €31pp: A shopping trip in Manhattan can be a daunting experience with such a large area to cover and so many shopping options. On this small group tour, a knowledgeable and fashion forward guide leads an ultimate NYC shopping experience through the downtown neighbourhoods of SoHo and NoLita, to a variety of boutiques and hidden gems. Guests receive exclusive discounts at several boutiques for the day, and the guide will advise the group about shop openings and special sales.

Garment Centre ‘Insider’ Shopping Tour, €51pp: Banish the boring and shop like an ‘insider’ in the neighbourhood that is the epicentre of women’s fashion for the USA and also home to NYC’s best deals. A combination of wholesale showrooms not accessible to the public and hidden sample sales – where discounts on current season women’s designer and ‘better wear’ will be from 50-80% below the retail price. There will be the opportunity to meet a designer in their inner sanctum, learn some history and see Project Runway and other landmarks.

The Elephant Man on Broadway, €180pp: Bernard Pomerance’s Tony Award-winning classic, The Elephant Man, is being revived and starring twice Academy Award nominated Bradley Cooper as Joseph Merrick, a 19th century British man who became a star of the travelling freak show circuit. The show opens on 8th November 2014 and runs until February 2015.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular on Broadway, from €62pp: Audiences of all ages will love this multifaceted spectacular including the Rockettes’ signature high kicks, Santa flying high above the crowd, childhood dreams coming true in the Nutcracker and an awe-inspiring Living Nativity – the beautiful story of the first Christmas. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is an enduring Christmas tradition that has dazzled and inspired for 80 years. The show runs from 7th November to 31st December 2014.

Other highlights of the New York attractions offered by include:

  • Broadway shows – including Mamma Mia, Jersey Boys, Lion King and Wicked
  • Met Opera – including La Traviata, Aida, The Merry Widow and Hansel and Gretal
  • Classic attractions – Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, helicopter tours and carriage rides in Central Park
  • TV and movie site tours – including Sex and the City, the Sopranos and Gossip Girl
  • Out of the city tours – day trips to Boston, Washington DC, Philadelphia and Amish Country
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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 50 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 40 years.

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