12 ways to celebrate the holiday season in New York City
- Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
Shining bright with over 30,000 LED lights, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is the main attraction in Midtown Manhattan. A wonderful way to celebrate the holiday festivities is visiting the world’s most famous Christmas tree with your loved ones.
- Radio City Christmas Spectacular
The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is an annual New York Christmas tradition at Radio City Music Hall. The performers awe the audience with singing, humor and, most importantly, dancing by the Rockettes.
- Fifth Avenue Holiday Window Displays
Shopping in NYC during the holidays can be a nightmare between tourists and expensive prices, but window-shopping can do no harm. The biggest department stores in New York City create holiday presentations in their windows promoting nothing less than holiday cheer.
- Union Square Holiday Market
Open seven days a week, the Union Square Holiday market is one of the most intimate and enjoyable holiday shopping destinations in New York. Local artisans share their stories and sell unique handmade gifts for everyone on your shopping list.
- Dyker Heights Holiday Lights
If you don’t mind wandering into the boroughs, take a trip to Dyker Heights in Brooklyn to see their annual holiday decorations. The Italian-American neighborhood is home to some of the best light displays in New York.
- Central Park’s Wollman Rink
While ice-skating in Rockefeller Center is a must see on everyone’s lists, Wollman Park is more enjoyable and less draining. The rink is much larger, more affordable and located in an iconic city destination.
- Holiday Train Show at New York Botanical Garden
Model trains circulate through replicas of over 140 of New York City’s landmarks representing Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx. The immense details make this attraction fun for the entire family.
- Santaland at Macy’s Department Store
Like a scene out of the movie “Miracle on 34th Street,” Macy’s is the ultimate Christmas fantasyland. The theme this year is “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and you can even visit Santa on the 8th floor!
- World’s Largest Menorah at Manhattan’s Grand Army Plaza
Manhattan’s Grand Army Plaza is home to the world’s largest menorah. At two tons and 32 feet tall, the Menorah is lit with a cherry picker each night over Hanukkah at 5 p.m.
- Sixth Avenue Decorations
With dazzling, oversized ornaments, the Avenue of the Americas makes something as simple as walking down the street enjoyable. You won’t want to miss a stroll down this street; your Instagram followers will thank you later.
- Bryant Park’s Winter Village
For a less crowded, downsized version of Rockefeller Center, visit Bryant Park for free admission ice skating, more than 120 holiday shops and a $3 ride on a merry-go-round.
- Holiday Shows on Broadway
“Elf the Musical” hit the theater at Madison Square Garden this year portraying the Will Ferrell comedy of Buddy the elf. Reimagining the Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol: A New Musical” tells the story of Scrooge in modern times.↑ Back to top