If you haven’t been in New York City during the winter holiday season, you are missing out. From shopping to skating, eating and more, New York City offers entertainment and festive fun for adults and kids alike.
4 Reasons to Visit New York City This Holiday Season
1. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular
You’re in luck—if you’ve never been to New York, this is the year to go and see the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. This year is the Rockettes’ 85th year performing in New York City, and their production will honor their costumes through the past decades. The show is truly spectacular and will leave you energized to enjoy the rest of the city’s festivities.
2. Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center
There’s nothing like ice skating outdoors to get you in the holiday spirit, especially in view of New York’s famous giant Christmas tree. Go to the Rink at Rockefeller Center and listen to holiday music, enjoy the twinkling of the lights from the tree and have a cup of hot chocolate afterwards. If skating is not for you, don’t worry! People watching at rinkside will get you in the holiday spirit as well.
There’s also outdoor ice skating available in the Winter Village at Bryant Park in the city. Skate a little, shop a little, take in the sights.
3. Holiday Shopping
New York dresses up for the holidays! Whether you like to shop on 5th Avenue or any of the main drags in Midtown, you will enjoy the festive window displays in most of the shops and stores along the way. Stores like FAO Schwartz and Macy’s with their Santaland are must-visits for sure. For the least-busy times, shop at these stores on weekdays, especially after they just open. Weekends will be jam-packed, but if you like bustling holiday crowds, dive right in.
4. Holiday Lights in Dyker Heights
You have to make a little swing by Brooklyn for this one, but it’s a treat well worth the ride. More than 100,000 visitors view the lights in this South Brooklyn town each year. Want to take a rest from driving and just focus on the lights? You can do that too, by taking the Christmas Lights and Cannoli Tour offered by A Slice of Brooklyn Bus Tours. Tour the many lights of Dyker Heights and end the night with cannoli and hot chocolate as part of the tour.
This is just a small sampling of what New York City has to offer. Regardless of which activities you choose, plan out your trip before you go. And if you plan on going late in December and can stick around for the change to the New Year, go to Times Square for the biggest New Year’s Eve celebration in the country.
Happy Holidays from all of us at New York Style!