Ahh, New York City.An even bigger ahh, New York City at Christmas and the holidays.
The hustle and bustle of Manhattan is taken to the extremes from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day and it seems the merriment of the holidays is bigger, brighter, and grander when visiting all bundled up, hot cocoa in hand, and wondering how you’ll make it from Herald Square to Times Square in time to catch a holiday show. If you’ve planned a last-minute visit or have been planning all year, here’s my favorite spots to check out in New York City at Christmas and the holidays!
The Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center
You’ve watched the lighting ceremony on t.v. since you were a tot and dreamed of the one day you’d get to see its grandeur in person. You’re definitely not alone, my friend. The Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center
is THE top spot to visit in Manhattan during the holiday season. Not only is gazing at the tree a priceless Christmas memory and one you’ll be happy to tell your grand-kids (if your visit is not a multi-generational trip!), but it’s FREE to visit! While you’re there, slap on some ice skates and pretend you’re an Olympic athlete by whirling around The Rink at Rockefeller Center
Macy’s Holiday Windows
Another fun and FREE activity is heading down to Herald Square to check out Macy’s Department Store‘s annual holiday window display.
Each year, Macy’s seems to outdo itself and create stunning animated displays filled with merriment and Christmas cheer that only they can provide. Can’t you feel that rush of Christmas warmth already?
The View From Above
Breathtaking views of Manhattan provided by The Empire State Building
and Top of the Rock
at Rockefeller Center are available any time of year, but scoring a timed ticket after sundown during the holidays is ideal. Not only will you be able to take gorgeous photos of the city all decked out in lights and decorations, but you’ll be the envy of your friends and family that follow you on social media platforms like Twitter
. Don’t forget to add the hashtag #ILoveNY
Radio City Music Hall Holiday Shows
If you’ve planned ahead for a visit to New York City at Christmastime, make sure you plan ahead and order tickets for one of Radio City Music Hall’s
Holiday shows! Think about it. Since you were a kid, The Rockettes
have graced the television sets of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade viewers and have high-kicked their way into the hearts of fans all around the world in the synchronized way that only they can. RCMH holds additional holiday shows as well, so be sure to check the website and box office for one that will suit your holiday style.
Bryant Park & Central Park
Ice skating at one of New York City’s famous parks seems like a great idea, right? Right! If you’ve got room in your suitcase for ice skates, pack ’em up because whirling and twirling around a rink in Manhattan is quintessential Christmas in the Big Apple. No skates? No worries, as the rinks have skate rentals. Bryant Park
also hosts the Bank of America Winter Village
with shows and activities and FREE admission!
Grab a Frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity 3
Fans of the movie Serendipity
have been flocking to Serendipity 3
for years since the movie was released in 2001. The romance that surrounds a shared bowl of frozen hot chocolate by Jonathan Trager & Sara Thomas sent viewers into a full-length-movie sized romantic chase where they ultimately reconnect at Central Park’s ice rink. Yep, I’m a fan of the movie and the restaurant. Their frozen hot chocolates are large enough to be shared by two adults and so decadent that the price is worth it. Reservations are definitely recommended, especially during the holidays, and the upstairs table where the movie was filmed is always in high demand.
Help a Child and Send a Letter to Santa at Macy’s
has partnered with Make a Wish Foundation
in a campaign worthy of notice. With each letter to Santa that is sent via Macy’s, the department store will donate $1 to needy families. Not visiting NYC or a Macy’s this year? You can still get your letter sent to Santa via the official website here
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