“Arts news highlights: Holidays at Lyndhurst Mansion; “”Harry Potter: A History of Magic”” at the New-York Historical Society; The Holiday Tradition of Handel’s “Messiah” from New York Philharmonic to Trinity Church; “Accumulations: Hanukkah Lamps” at The Jewish Museum; “The Holiday Train Show” at The New York Botanical Garden; “The Hard Nut” at BAM; “Hip-Hop Nutcracker” at Kings Theater.

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GOOD EVENING AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS.

I'M CHRISTINA HA WITH NYC NEWS.

WE ARE NORTH OF NEW YORK CITY.

OVERLOOKING THE HUDSON RIVER, THIS 19th CENTURY GEORGIC REVIVAL MANSION IN WEST CHESTER COUNTY IS ONE OF AMERICA'S GREAT HISTORIC COUNTRY ESTATES.

DESIGNED IN 1838 BY ALEXANDER JACKSON DAVIS, THIS ARCHITECTURAL GEM IS SET IN A BEAUTIFUL PARK-LIKE LANDSCAPE.

THE MANSION IS FILLED WITH DECORATIVE ARTS AND RICH FURNISHINGS, ARTWORKS AND ANTIQUES, LARGELY ORIGINAL TO THE HOUSE.

LYNDHURST WAS HOME TO A FEW FAMILIES OVER THE YEARS.

FROM THE FORMER NEW YORK CITY TO A RAILROAD TYCOON AND HIS DAUGHTERS.

THE HOLIDAYS ARE A SPECIAL TIME HERE WITH LYNDHURST DECORATED TO REFLECT BOTH ITS HISTORY AND THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON.

THE DISPLAYS CHANGE EVERY YEAR AS CURATORS BRING OUT RARELY SEEN ITEMS FROM THE GOULD FAMILY'S TIME.

FROM ANTIQUE ORNAMENTS TO FESTIVE ATTIRE.

THE GILDED AGE DINING ROOM IS SET WITH A LAVISH SUPPER AND THE PICTURE GALLERY FEATURES A GRAVITY DEFYING UPSIDE DOWN TREE.

A YEARLY FAVORITE.

EVENTS INCLUDE A VISIT FROM MR.

CHARLES DICKENS, WHO RECOUNTS HIS FAMOUS A CHRISTMAS CAROL IN VICTORIAN PERIOD ROOMS.

VISITORS CAN ENJOY HOUR-LONG TOURS OF THE MANSION'S HOLIDAY SPLENDOR THURSDAY THROUGH MONDAY THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF DECEMBER.

IN THE CITY, NEW YORK OFFERS MANY UNIQUE EVENTS DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.

LET'S TAKE A TRIP TO A FEW OF THEM.

ALL ABOARD FOR THE NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDENS TRAIN SHOW.

UNDER THE TWINKLING GLOW OF THE CONSERVATORY, MODEL TRAINS ZIP THROUGH A DISPLAY OF MORE THAN 175 NEW YORK LANDMARKS.

EACH IS RECREATED WITH BARK, LEAVES AND OTHER NATURAL MATERIALS.

THE DISPLAY FEATURES OLD AND NEW FAVORITES, FROM THE STATUE OF LIBERTY TO ICONIC SKYSCRAPERS, LIKE THE CHRYSLER BUILDING.

MUGGLES AND MAGICIANS ALIKE CAN TAKE A JOURNEY THROUGH THE HISTORY AND FOLKLORE THAT INSPIRED THE FANTASY NOVEL SERIES BY J.K. ROWLING.

HARRY POTTER, A HISTORY OF MAGIC AT NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY REVEALS THE TRADITIONS AT THE HEART OF THE STORIES.

THIS EXHIBITION INCLUDES RARE BOOKS, MANUSCRIPTS AND MAGICAL OBJECTS.

FROM THE COLLECTIONS OF THE BRITISH LIBRARY AND NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY.

FROM MEDIEVAL DESCRIPTIONS OF DRAGONS AND GRIFFINS TO THE ORIGINS OF THE SOURCER'S STONE, VISITORS CAN EXPLORE THE SUBJECT STUDIED AT HOGWARTS.

WHAT IS CHRISTMAS WITHOUT MUSIC?

POURING OUT FROM NEARLY EVERY CENTER OF WORSHIP AND FROM CARNEGIE HALL, MUSICAL OFFERINGS RANGE FROM CAROLS TO CLASSICAL MUSIC.

CATCH A PERFORMANCE OF SUBLIME MESSIAH.

NOTABLE EXAMPLES THIS SEASON, JONATHAN COHEN WILL CONDUCT THE WORK IN HIS NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC DEBUT.

TRINITY WALL STREET AND TRINITY BAROQUE ORCHESTRA LIFTS UP THE CITY WITH ITS SIMULCAST OF THE JOYFUL SOUND.FESSFESTIVAL OF LIGHTS.

THIS YEAR, FALLING ON DECEMBER 2 THROUGH THE 10th.

THIS EXHIBITION OF A SPECIAL SET OF HANUKKAH LAMPS CONTINUES INTO THE NEW YEAR.

THE JEWISH MUSEUM'S COLLECTION IS THE LARGEST IN THE WORLD WITH OVER 1,000 PIECES.

AUTHORITIES PRESCRIBE THAT THESE LAMPS BE MADE OF THE MOST PRECIOUS MATERIALS POSSIBLE, INCLUDING BRONZE AND SILVER.

CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS ARE EXPANDING TRADITION BY USING MODERN MATERIALS SUCH AS STEEL, GLASS AND SILICONE.

FINALLY, NO HOLIDAY SEASON WOULD BE COMPLETE WITHOUT A PERFORMANCE OF THE NUTCRACKER.

WHILE THERE ARE COUNTLESS VERSIONS OF THE OLD CHESTNUT PERFORMED ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, THE CITY REMAINS THE BEST PLACE TO SEE THE GRANDEST AND THOSE UNIQUE ONLY IN NEW YORK TAKES ON THE GLORIOUS MUSIC AND THE TIMELESS TALE.

THEY PRESENT THE YORKVILLE NUTCRACKER SET IN 1895.

IT TAKES THE AUDIENCE THROUGH OLD NEW YORK'S MOST BELOVED LANDMARKS.

AT THE BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC, THE DANCE GROUP PRESENTS A RETRO-MODERN VERSION OF THE CLASSIC, THE HARD NUT.

AT THE KINGS THEATER IN FLATBUSH, CHOOSE FROM AMONG SEVERAL VERSIONS.

THE MOSCOW BALLET'S RUSSIAN PRODUCTION.

THE BROOKLYN NUTCRACKER, BY BROOKLYN BALLET.

AND HIP HOP NUTCRACKER, A HOLIDAY MASH-UP SET ON THE MODERN DAY STREETS OF NEW YORK.

THAT'S THE NYC ARTS NEWS.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE LYNDHURST MANSION.

I'M CHRISTINA HA.