ESL Magical Christmas Holiday Winter Institute

Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.
- Washington Irving, 19th Century American author and essayist

A Magical Christmas

December 8th - 11th, 2020

A 4-day language intensive celebrating the holiday season in New York City

Three Students Getting Photographed in Times Square

  • 9 hours of content-based intensive English language classes
  • Guided excursions around New York and entry to ticketed events
  • Ornament-making workshops

The IALC Winter Holiday Intensive “A Magical Christmas” is a four-day language immersion experience inspired by the holiday season in New York. Participants enhance their English proficiency while indulging in the spectacle and fun of local traditions and festivities, including visits to markets, tours of iconic neighborhoods, and unforgettable performances marking the holiday season.





Christmas & Commerce: Shopping in the Digital Era From Trend to Tradition: Community & Christmas Spirit in New York Holiday Rituals and Pop Culture: The Manufacture of Merriment Shopping Excursion to Woodbury Commons Outlets
Eco-Friendly Ornament-Making Workshop / Ice-Skating at Bryant Park Winter Village Excursion to Dyker Heights Holiday Mansions in Brooklyn The Rockettes Christmas Spectacular / Rockefeller Center Cafe

Program Tuition: $595*

*Are you a past or current IALC student? You may be eligible for a tuition discount of up to 15%! Contact us for details.

Watch this space! Registration for the 2020 Winter Holiday Intensive "A Magical Christmas" opens Sep 7th.


If you are not a United States citizen or legal resident and are in or will enter the United States as a non-immigrant, you may need a visa to join an IALC immersion program, including the IALC Summer and Winter Institute, the IALC Winter Holiday Institute, or the Fordham Academic Preparatory Institute. A student (F-1) visa is not required. Participants typically use a B-2 or B-1 visa depending on their particular interests, or, for qualified countries, the visa waiver program (ESTA). Please contact us at for more information.