Top 10 Things To Do in NYC During The Holidays

There’s no other city like New York City during the holidays. During the winter, the Big Apple becomes the epicenter of bright seasonal magic. From bucket-list events to the more unique attractions—we have the best activities that will get you into the holiday spirit this season. 

  1. Window shop. The most magical part about famously holiday-spirited Fifth Avenue is its holiday window displays, with the most iconic being Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. These windows are part of NY’s Christmas culture, they’re usually revealed in November but you’ll be able to see them throughout the holidays. 
  2. Catch the parade. Making its debut in 1924, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has secured its spot as one of the most vibrant celebrations in the country. The parade route begins at 77th Street and Central Park West and ends at 7th Avenue and 34th Street. This year we caught it at the heights of Columbus Circle, and it was unbelievable!
  3. Go ice skating. Skating rings pop-up around the city during the holidays. The skating rinks at the Standard Hotel in Meatpacking District, The Rink at the Rockefeller Center and the Wollman Rink at Central Park are the perfect place to go for a twirl with your friends and family. 
  4. Shop. If you haven’t paid a visit to Hudson Yards, the new mall featuring luxury shops and restaurants, the holiday season is the perfect time. Get all your holiday shopping done and make sure to grab a bite at Jose Andres Spanish food hall—out of this world!
  5. Watch a Christmas show. The Rockettes festive experience at Radio City Music Hall offers the perfect activity for the whole family. 
  6. Get nostalgic. Get dressed up and head over to Lincoln Center to see the Nutcracker. Watching all the children get excited with as the holiday music sets will bring you back to that magical feeling of Christmas we all used to feel as a child. 
  7. Christmas tree lighting. Attend Rockefeller’s Christmas Tree lighting, which usually takes place on December 4th, its absolutely magical and being the most iconic Christmas Tree in the city, it officially sets a go for the holiday season!
  8. Santaland at Macy’s. Go past Macy’s holiday window displays and go inside the store to visit Santaland—holiday trees, elves, toy trains, snow and even Santa himself. Great for the kids!
  9. Catch a holiday meal. ABC Kitchen by renowned chef Jean-Georges offers holiday set menus on both Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. Dishes are made with locally sourced, organic and fresh ingredients that will make you feel right at home. 
  10. Grab a hot chocolate at The Winter Village in Bryant Park as you peak through a number of local vendors at the holiday bazaar. Perfect stop for any last-minute holiday shopping!
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