New York City is especially pretty during the holiday season. There is so much spirt and and so many activities to participate in. If you have the chance to go to any of them I really recommend it. Many of these activities are free which is great if you are looking to save money for holiday gifts. I hope these recommendations make your holiday even more magical!
Holiday markets are so much fun and an amazing activity to do solo or with a group of people. It is a great place to find last minute gifts and just browse around. Some things are hand made like jewelry, hats, and scarfs and other items are not. The markets take place in parks around the city. Here are a few holiday markets that are must sees:
Bryant Park: October 29, 2016- January 2, 2017
Union Square Holiday Market: November 17- December 24
Chelsea Market, Artists and Fleas: Open all year
Columbus Circle Holiday Market: November 29- December 24
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree/ Ice Skating:
This is a holiday classic in NYC. You can rent skates at the rink which is very helpful. There are packages you may purchase before hand which included a VIP option, first skate passes, season passes, and many other skating options. They do have general admission tickets which is first come first serve. It is extremely pretty and a fun activity to do with friends or family. It is very festive and an amazing way to get into the holiday spirt!
The Rockettes/ Holiday Show:
The Rockettes is another NYC classic. Going to the Rockettes is a really cool experience that might just turn into a holiday tradition! This activity can get pretty pricey, but it is totally worth it. If you are looking for another holiday show, George Balanchines’s The Nutcracker, at Lincoln Center is a great alternative!
Looking at Holiday Store Windows:
Holiday store windows are beautiful! They are all decked out for the season. Department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, Barney’s, Bloomingdales, Lord and Taylor, Tiffany and Co., Bergdorf Goodman, and Henri Bendel have some of the most impressive windows. The stores are all conveniently located in Midtown. They are definitely a sight to see and are only there for a limited amount of time.
I created a walking tour of some of the sites sights. I recommend starting out in the mid afternoon so you can see all the holiday lights at dusk.
Start at Columbus Circle at 59th Street and walk southwest towards Rockefeller Center at 50th and 5th Avenue to visit the rink and see the tree. Continue walking south to Bryant Park at 42nd between 5th and 6th. Union Square is about a mile and a half walk south and is located at 15th and Park. You will see many holiday windows along the way. Enjoy and be sure to grab some hot chocolate to stay warm!