New York City lays claim to a large part of my heart. The magic of the Big Apple starts in the fall and weaves its way into winter. I visit the city every year, at least once during the holidays and my itinerary always includes a mix of the following things.
There’s no place like NYC to experience the excitement of the holiday season. Visit the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, and then go see the Rockettes’ high-kicking stage show. Peek at the intricate department-store window displays on Fifth Avenue. Shop at one of the seasonal craft markets. Venture out to Brooklyn’s Dyker Heights to marvel at the eye-popping lights outside its residents’ homes. Top it off by counting down in Times Square as part of the world’s biggest New Year’s Eve party. Awe-inspiring department store window displays. The towering Rockefeller Center Christmas tree. A Times Square New Year’s Eve countdown that the whole world watches. Parks blanketed in beautiful white snow. There are so many reasons to visit NYC during the holidays—take a look at a few of our favorites. It’s the most wonderful time of the year—and by “it” we mean Christmas in New York. The city lights up into a winter wonderland each year with Christmas trees, holiday window displays and Christmas lights. Even the most tourist-averse New Yorkers have to admit that it’s a pretty spectacular sight. Get the most out of the holidays with our guide to the best shopping events and holiday gift ideas, Christmas movies to watch with the family and plenty of festive things to do, including (but not limited to) the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
-watch a show at Radio City Music Hall
-watch a Broadway play
-ice skating and tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center
-Macy’s Day Parade
-walk down 5th — window shopping and store displays
-central park with hot cider in hand
-bryant park christmas markets
-afternoon tea at the Plaza – eloise sugar and spice