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I love New York City most during the Holidays

By Isabel Kallman

Remember my 40 Before 40 List? I’ve been enjoying actually doing the things I have been dreaming about.
So, when I was invited by the nice folks representing NBC get a private viewing of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Balloons, I was all over it.

#28. Take my son to see the balloons being filled on the eve of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

It was awesome.

Me and Spongebob all up close

Inflation Instructions


Thank you, Kim, for the photo

If you’re in NYC next year, make sure to stop by and see the balloons up close. There’s a viewing area that’s open to the public; it’s crowded but moves along nicely.
Also, while on our private tour (yeah, rubbing it in), Kim of Mom In The City and I discovered that all the parade balloon handlers are Macy’s employees. (Some employees have been participating for over 50 years!) However, employees can sponsor their friends and family too. Any readers out there who want to sponsor me and Kim next year? Bueller?
Don’t forget, tomorrow’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade televises on NBC starting at 9am (all time zones).
If you’re going to be in town now through the Holidays, I can’t recommend enough attending the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. I bought tickets last year and this year went as the guests of MSG (the show’s producers). At this point I think we’ve officially made it a holiday tradition, which we’ll happily continue.
Here are some pictures I snapped.
Now thru Sunday, December 6th the fine folks at MSG are offering Orchestra seat tickets starting at $49.99. This offer is valid for 32 performances of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular playing between now and December 13. Use code NOV when purchasing tickets. If you’d like to see a full listing of the valid performances, click here.
Oh, one more time of the year when I love New York City… Cherry Blossom season in late April. Visiting the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is on my 40 Before 40 list as well since it has one of the largest collection of blooming cherry blossoms. Stay tuned.


Isabel Kallman
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Isabel Kallman

Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of

Feel free to send nice emails to isabel[at]alphamom[dot]com.


Isabel Kallman is the founding mom of

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Kimberly/Mom in the City

I was SO happy that I was able to share in this experience with you and your precious son! (I’m uploading the pix as I type/will send you the link when it’s done.)


Can you believe that I’ve never been to New York? I’m going to spend a week when I come out for BlogHer next year. (Camera date?)
One day, I’ll make it there for the holidays.


We were there on Wednesday before Thanksgiving! It was a fun zoo.

Jen & The Amazing Trips

That looks like a wonderful time!!
We watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on television. My kids were so excited, for the next week, they waved to everyone as if they were riding on a float. I definitely need to add that activity to my life list as well, I think it will fall right after, “Get over your fear of big crowds.”