A Guide to Celebrate the Holidays in New York City
Glide on Ice under the Rockefeller Christmas Tree
A holiday visit would not be complete without enjoying one of the city's most celebrated traditions. Each winter, locals and visitors alike lace up their skates and twirl away at The Rink at Rockefeller Center, which is at the base of the iconic Christmas tree. And with room for only 150 skaters at a time, it is as intimate an experience as it is incredible.
*Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting takes place on Wednesday, November 29, with live performances from 7-9 p.m. The tree will remain lit and can be viewed until 9 p.m. on January 7, 2018*
On the Promenade, 5th Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets
Tour the Holiday Lights and Window Displays
Take a private Holiday Lights tour and find out what makes New York so magical during the holidays. All of the stores and squares try to outdo one another with the most dazzling displays which you will see on this special tour. Examples include traditional holiday windows reminiscent of Miracle on 34th Street at Macy’s, cutting edge windows at Saks Fifth Avenue, and fantasy meets fashion at Bergdorf Goodman as well as the Christmas tree at Lincoln Center with Wedgewood Christmas ornaments.
An Artistic Holiday at the Metropolitan Museum
Every year the Metropolitan Museum displays their Christmas tree and the baroque crèche, both of which are a longstanding tradition and are amongst New Yorkers’ favorites. The music and lighting ceremonies add to the exceptional experience. 5th Avenue and 82nd Street
Treasured Cultural Traditions During the Holidays
There is no shortage of iconic traditions that take place during the holidays in New York City, especially ones that draw an audience. From the New York City Ballet’s The Nutcracker production to the 38th Annual: A City Singing at Christmas at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and a multitude of holiday concerts at Carnegie Hall, the city is abuzz with cultural attractions during the holidays. Various Locations, Midtown Manhattan
Watch the Holiday Train Show at New York Botanical Garden
Model trains zip through a display of 150 New York landmarks which are recreated with all natural materials. Among the landmarks – Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, Rockefeller Center, and other familiar sights on nearly a half-mile of track. 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx
Holiday Markets: A Shopper’s Delight
Following in the great European treasure of mini holiday villages, New York honors this tradition with its own take on holiday markets. Here are a few of our favorites: Winter Village at Bryant Park – Bryant Park features more than 125 shops, giving the park a true Winter Wonderland feel. Celsius, the pop-up restaurant, offers rink-side views and features glass-enclosed lounges and an outdoor terrace with heat lamps. Plus, ice skating on Bryant Park Rink is free. Union Square Christmas Market – there’s something special about wandering through the decorated aisles to get into a festive spirit. You will find an array of food, beverages, local handmade jewelry and a great selection of gifts for children and adults alike including artwork, candles, winter accessories, home goods, and holiday decorations. The Columbus Circle Holiday Market – now in its 15th year, the Columbus Circle Holiday Market is internationally known as one of the most elegant and beautiful places for holiday shopping. Visitors immerse themselves in glittering aisles of art, jewelry, home goods, and delicious eats from local artisans and designers.
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