The excitement of New York City is there no matter what time of year you visit, but at Christmastime, this fabulous city is full of Holiday Spirit.
Top 5 Things to do in NYC at Christmas.
Go skating at Rockefeller –1250 Avenue of Americas, (near 5th Ave) between 49th and 50th.
Rockefeller Centre is a beautiful place to visit over the holiday season. The rink is always filled with skaters young and old out enjoying an NYC tradition. But, if skating isn’t your thing (or you don’t want to pay the $15-19 it costs to skate there now) you can still go see the huge Christmas tree all decorated up and an assortment of Christmas decorations surrounding the rink.
NYC’s Christmas Windows- Go for a stroll along 5th Ave and see the beautiful holiday window displays at some of NYC’s most famous stores.
Lord & Taylor Holiday Window Displays (424 Fifth Avenue at 38th Street)
Bergdorf Goodman Holiday Window Displays (Fifth Avenue and 57th Street)
Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Displays (611 Fifth Avenue)
Barneys New York Christmas Window Displays (660 Madison Avenue at 61st St.)
Bloomingdales Christmas Window Displays (Lexington Avenue between 59th Street and 60th Street)
Macy’s Christmas Window Displays (Herald Square, between 34th and 35th on Broadway
Radio City Music Hall and the Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes–1260 Avenue of Americas near 6th, between 50th and 51st.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular and the Rockettes have been delighting audiences for over 75 years. Every Christmas they put on an extra special show at Radio City, filled with the magic of Christmas, dazzling costumes, holiday tunes and, of course, the Rockettes’ famous kick line!
Radio City Music Hall is beautiful this time of year and the surrounding area has Christmas displays and holiday lights set up all along the Avenue of Americas. Magnolia’s Bakery, where you can buy the most delicious cupcakes ever, is located nearby and for the month of December you can purchase a Red Velvet Rockettes cupcake topped with a Rockettes souvenir- two classic NYC traditions coming together for the holidays!
Shop at NYC’s Christmas Markets– NYC has a number of Christmas markets with local artisans selling everything from homemade jams and jellies to clothes and homemade ornaments. There is something for everyone at these festive markets.
Bryant Park-located between 40th & 42nd and 5th & 6th.
Bryant Park has a FREE skating rink and a beautiful Christmas tree located in the middle of the shops.
Open Nov. 5th – Jan. 2nd, Monday-Friday 11 a.m.- 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.- 9 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Columbus Circle –located at 59th/8th Ave, near Central Park. Over 120 vendors are found at this market.
Open Dec 1st-24th 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. daily
Union Square – East 17th and Broadway
Open Nov. 19th – Dec 24th, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily
The Grand Central Holiday Fair-located inside Grand Central Terminal
Open Nov.15th – Dec. 24th 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily
New Year’s Eve Ball Drop– The famous ball drop began in 1907 and every year up to a million people flock to Times Square to ring in the new year in NYC. If you are going, be sure to get there early to find a spot and be prepared to get up close and personal with your neighbours as you celebrate the night away.