Enjoy the Christmas magic! Ice skating in Bryant Park, shopping along 5th Avenue and watching the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall are just a few reasons why we love NYC during the holidays.
Thousands of people converge on Rockefeller Plaza to visit and snap photos of the awe-inspiring beauty of this 80-foot-tall Christmas tree, meticulously decorated with 45,000 LED lights.
See New York City come alive with holiday spirit and go <a href="http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/holidays/photos/christmas-crazy">Christmas crazy</a> with some of the biggest and brightest light displays, including this one on Sixth Avenue.
From high above, Manhattan’s skyline glows even brighter with the <a href="http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/arts-and-culture/photos/man-made-wonders-of-the-us?page=6">Empire State Building</a> shining bright with red and green lights.
Kick off your NYC holiday tour here! We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Rockettes 86th anniversary than to see the women kick up their heels at their annual <a href="http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/holidays/articles/christmas-shows">Christmas show</a> at Radio City Music Hall.
Located at 1000 3rd Avenue, on the Upper East Side, Bloomingdale’s department store chooses classic white lights to illuminate their storefront during the holidays.
As part of its 6th annual “Believe” campaign, Macy’s is encouraging kids all across the country to drop off a letter to <a href="http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/holidays/photos/santas-around-the-world">Santa</a> at their local Macy’s Santa mailbox. For each stamped letter dropped in the letterbox through Christmas Eve, Macy’s will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, to help grant wishes to children who have life-threatening diseases.
As part of Macy’s annual “Believe” campaign, the department store — located near Herald Square — is decorated to pay homage to Virginia O’Hanlon, who wrote a letter to <i>The New York Sun</i> asking, “Is there a Santa Claus?” Virginia taught the world to believe.
In addition to donating $1 for every letter to Santa submitted on the Macy’s website, the store is also offering <i>Yes, Virginia the Musical</i> to teachers royalty-free. A hundred schools received $1,000 theater grants to create their own productions. The grants were used to cover costs of the costumes, sets and more.
Crowds scramble to wrap up last-minute shopping in between gazing at the Christmas decorations outside of Macy’s.
Take a casual stroll down any street in NYC and you’ll spot big companies like Conde Nast Publications, celebrating the holiday season with an opulently decorated Christmas tree in their lobby in <a href="http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/arts-and-culture/photos/signs-of-the-city-new-york?page=2">Times Square</a> -- a grand greeting for guests.
It’s one-stop <a href="http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/holidays/articles/best-holiday-shopping-in-new-york">shopping</a> at Bryant Park. More than 100 boutique-style shops help transform the popular park into a winter wonderland. The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park sell jewelry, decorative goods, local foods, pet gifts and much more.
“Home Tweet Home,” the “Hall of Wisdom” and the “Fairytale Garden” — featuring fairies under glass domes — are just a few holiday windows that pedestrians will see when strolling past Lord & Taylor on the corner of Fifth Avenue and East 39th Street.
A visit to NYC wouldn’t be complete without making a stop at Serendipity 3, a NYC institution since 1954, located at 225 East 60th Street. It’s too cold to sample the shop’s famous frozen hot chocolate, but you can try their shrimp stuffed avocado, spiced chicken flambé or chocolate blackout cake. Warm things up with their Serendipitous Hot Chocolate or Cinnamon Sticks, an espresso with a cinnamon stirrer.
Go ice skating in <a href="http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/outdoors-and-adventure/photos/coolest-places-to-ice-skate-outdoors?page=7">Bryant Park</a> for free. The 170-foot-by-100-foot rink features skating shows, special event and activities. Skates are for rent onsite, and professional skating coaches are available for individual and group lessons. If that’s not your thing, then grab a bite to eat at Celsius, a restaurant that offers spectacular views of the rink and park.
Look up! Festive decorations have been hung overhead in the halls Chelsea Market’s 6,000-square-foot space. Twenty companies have opened pop-up shops inside the market, selling everything from glass objects and housewares to cashmere sweaters, terrariums and jewelry.
Barneys New York is a must-see for fans of film director Baz Luhrmann and costume designer Catherine Martin. The duo collaborated to create a magical world for the windows at Barneys’ flagship store on Madison Avenue. The “Baz Dazzled” holiday theme comes to life with woodland creatures, snow owls, candy canes and a few live performances scheduled now through Dec. 31. This window, “Beauty: Spirits of the Snow Star,” was created by Washington-based artist Anthony Howe.
Between shopping and looking at Manhattan’s dazzling decorations, stop by the Lincoln Center to see <i>The Nutcracker </i>, choreographed by George Balanchine.
Restaurant owners and residents in <a href="http://www.travelchannel.com/video/little-italys-cheese-11493">Little Italy</a> -- near the intersection of Mulberry and Grand Streets -- know how to decorate for the holidays.
Several pop-up shops open for the holidays, including a store appropriately called Christmas in New York. It sells an assortment of Christmas tree ornaments.
In love with the ballet <i>The Nutcracker</i>? Well, don’t miss out on picking up a few trinkets at Christmas in New York. These colorful characters are sure to make your home holiday-ready.