Christmas in NYC
Enjoy the timeless traditions of Christmas in the Big Apple! Ice skating in Central Park, viewing window displays along 5th Avenue and watching the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall are just a few reasons why we love NYC during the holidays.
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Santa Comes to Town
Wollman Rink in Central Park
Empire State Building
At the center of the iconic NYC skyline sits the Empire State Building. During the months of November and December, the top of the building is lit up with red and green lights to celebrate Christmas. The first lighting each year coincides with the opening night of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
Speaking of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, don’t miss out on seeing the Rockettes’ show-stopping leg kick precision chorus during the holidays at Radio City Music Hall.
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
NYBG's Holiday Train Show
An annual tradition held at the New York Botanical Gardens, the Holiday Train Show displays more than 25 G-scale model trains, ferries and trolleys that zip through over 175 memorable NYC sites. The trains run through a half-mile of track surrounded by handcrafted miniature landmarks made from natural plant parts like seeds, stems and twigs. After your train journey, watch a short holiday film screening with the kids and take a stroll through the snowy gardens on the Winter Wonderland Tree Tour.
5th Avenue Holiday Window Displays
Shopping in NYC during the holidays can be a nightmare due to the tourist-packed streets. But there is definitely a redeeming quality to making the trek: holiday window displays! Every year in mid-November, the biggest department stores in New York City create one-of-a-kind presentations of holiday-cheer in their windows, usually with an original theme or throw-back to years past. (Shown here: one of Macy's Herald Square 2014 holiday window displays).
Gigantic Holiday Cheer
Giant ornaments are displayed annually during the holidays at different locations in NYC, including Rockefeller Center (across the street from Radio City Music Hall) on 6th Avenue.
Union Square Holiday Market
Open yearly from mid-November to Christmas Eve, the Union Square Holiday Market is the perfect place to get unique handmade gifts for everyone on your list.
Sledding in the City
If weather trends stay on course for New York City, you'll want to prepare yourself for some major snow this holiday season. Take advantage of the wintery weather and join the fun at any of the dozen local parks for some sledding! Prospect Park in Brooklyn (pictured here) or Central Park in Manhattan are classic locations to enjoy some slip-sliding fun.