Michael Holt | December 5, 2022
The holidays are a special time of year when families and friends get together to celebrate. What better way to celebrate than by spending the holidays in the city that never sleeps? New York City is the perfect place to spend your holiday season, with plenty of activities and events for couples and families alike. From ice skating in Central Park to seeing the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, there's something for everyone in NYC. Check out our guide below for the best ways to spend your holiday season in New York City!
Seeing the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree illuminated is an iconic event that you won't want to miss that dates back to 1933. Every year, people from all over come to see the tree lit up and enjoy the festivities. This year, the tree is illuminated from November 28th to January 7th. As if that wasn't exciting enough, you can also take a stroll down 5th Avenue to see the famous holiday lights twinkling in the night.
Ice skating at Rockefeller Center is a must-do activity during the holidays. Not only will you get to see the beautiful Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, but you'll also be able to enjoy a festive ice skating session in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. Skating at Rockefeller Center is definitely a unique experience and one that you won't forget.
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The lights on 5th avenue are also a must-see – the street comes alive with colorful and festive decorations. For the best view, visit around dusk to see the lights in all their glory. You won't want to miss out on this holiday tradition!
What better way to enjoy the winter season than by ice skating in Central Park? The Wollman Rink is one of the most popular places to lace up your skates and take a spin. Plus, the rink offers special holiday events like a New Year's Eve Skate-A-Thon and Christmas on Ice.
Ice skating in Central Park is the perfect activity for couples, families, and friends alike. Enjoy the crisp winter air as you glide around the rink!
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The Union Square Holiday Market is one of the most popular holiday markets in New York City. Located in the heart of Union Square Park, the market offers a festive atmosphere and a wide variety of gift options. There's something for everyone at the Union Square Holiday Market, from jewelry and clothing to art and home decor.
Visiting the Union Square Holiday Market is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. You'll find yourself surrounded by beautiful decorations and can take your time browsing through all of the different stalls. There are over 160 vendors this year offering unique gifts that you won't find anywhere else, so it's a great place to shop for Christmas presents. Plus, the market is open every day from November 17th until December 14th, so there's plenty of time to visit!
Bryant Park is one of the most charming holiday spots in NYC. During the holidays, it transforms into a festive winter wonderland with an ice rink, holiday shops, and a vintage carousel. The Holiday Shops (over 170) at Bryant Park is a great place to find unique gifts for everyone on your list – from jewelry and accessories to home decor and gourmet food items. There's also an outdoor ice skating rink that you can enjoy with family and friends (it's also the only free rink in NYC). With a great view of the lodge offers nice bites and cocktails. The festivities at Bryant Park are open until January 2nd!
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A visit to Brooklyn's Dyker Heights neighborhood is another must-do during the holidays. This residential area is known for its over-the-top holiday decorations, such as inflatable characters, life-sized Santas and massive light displays (they go ALL OUT)! Driving or walking through the area will definitely put you in the holiday spirit!
If you're looking for another festive shopping experience, be sure to check out the Grand Central Holiday Fair. This market is located in the heart of Grand Central Terminal and offers a wide variety of gift options. You'll find everything from jewelry and clothing to art and home decor.
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The iconic Radio City Music Hall hosts the annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Spectacular show during the holidays. This spectacular event features live performances by the famous Rockettes dancers, as well as beautiful sets and backdrops inspired by New York City. It's definitely one of NYC's most beloved holiday events and provides plenty of entertainment for all ages.
Macy's Santa Land is a must-visit destination for kids during the holidays. This festive attraction is located in the heart of Macy's Herald Square store and offers plenty of holiday cheer. You'll find everything from a giant Christmas tree to Santa's workshop, where kids can create their own ornaments. There's also a petting zoo, a carousel, and plenty of photo ops with Santa. Macy's Santa Land is open daily from November 24th until December 24th. Don't forget reservations are required!
The Columbus Circle Holiday Market is one of the most popular holiday markets in New York City. Located in the heart of Columbus Circle Park, the market offers a festive atmosphere and a wide variety of gift options. There's something for everyone at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market, from jewelry and clothing to art and home decor. You'll find yourself surrounded by beautiful decorations and can take your time browsing through all of the different stalls. There are over 130 vendors this year offering unique gifts that you won't find anywhere else, so it's a great place to shop for Christmas presents. Plus, the market is open every day until December 24th, so there's plenty of time to visit!
Whether you end up going to all or one of these festive events & markets in NYC, Living New York wishes you a Happy Holiday! Contact Living New York to learn what makes us top real estate agents in NYC or check out our guides, Success Stories, and more!
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