Christmas in New York!
Fun and Exciting Things To Do in New York at Christmas – for All Ages
New York is magical at Christmas when it is dressed for the holidays – fun and exciting things to do along with the city’s well known attractions make the very most of this special time of year. The Big Apple has always known how to draw the crowds and there is more than enough to see and plenty of things to do in for all ages.
Take a Christmas Lights Tour with us - it is one of the very special things to do in New York at Christmas – most especially if you are visiting for a short time only. Our tour combines seeing holiday lights spectacles and the key NYC sightseeing attractions. Highlights include the Laser Light Show at Grand Central Terminal, Times Square , 5th Avenue Shopping and Christmas Windows, Central Park, and of course the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Other sights en route include the Radio City Music Hall, Trump Tower, Macy’s and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Visit Rockefeller Plaza – it is one of the main reasons to visit New York at Christmas – for the holidays it ramps up “The Spectacular”. Of course, special mention must go to the Christmas tree that lights up the Plaza, and if you’re with the kids, everyone should find their feet on the world famous Ice-Skating Rink.
See the Radio City Rockettes – for more than 80 years The Rockettes have been wowing the audience at Radio City Music Hall and the Christmas Spectacular is one of the most entertaining things to do in New York at Christmas. Perfect all ages, no-one can fail to be enveloped in the true spirit of the holidays as the famous stage is turned into a winter wonderland.
Shop at Bryant Park Winter Village – with more than 125 vendors and products ranging from hand-crafted holiday decorations to artisan foods and handmade jewelry, you might just find the perfect gift or that special missing piece of your home nativity scene.
A Skating Rink dominates the scene, giving the Winter Village market a wintry feel regardless if there is snow or not. The skating is free if you bring your own skates!
Take the kids to see Santa – Macy’s and Bloomingdales are always a major attraction – the outside light decorations and window displays are definitely worth stopping at. For a different way to cuddle up to Santa, take a Santa Cruise with Spirit Cruises or on the Zephyr.
The Grand Central Holiday Fair is one of the Christmas markets to put on your favorite list. First of, it was inside the historic train terminal, and indoors, away from the winter weather. Secondly, there are so many local New York-artisans with their booths, that it has the most “New York” feel of all the Holiday Markets.
The Columbus Circle Holiday Market at the Southwest corner of Central Park offers jewelry, pottery, scarves, lamps, to mention a few of the many items to be found. The outdoor food venues serve wonderful treats, and along with the red and white tents, lend an air of festivity and fun.
5th Avenue Shopping and Christmas Windows – we’re talking window shopping and admiring all of the 5th Avenue Christmas windows! Check out this slideshow of the 2014 Holiday Windows at Bergdorf Goodman.
Take a Carriage Ride in Central Park – it might be one of the most touristy things to do in New York at Christmas but there’s nothing wrong with that! Make sure you are well wrapped up against the cold and enjoy the ride around the park’s iconic sights and soak up the holiday atmosphere. If you’re lucky and there’s snow, it’s even more magical.
To be fair, I need to warn you to Be prepared for crowds and a bit of crazy! New York at Christmas can truly be intense. I know some thrive on the pace and the excitement (I do!) but if you get overwhelmed, simply duck into your favorite store or shop and find a place to sit and sip your favorite beverage for a moment of respite – you will come away ready to dive back into the melee!
Stay in a central location. It will cost you, but it’s so worth it to be where the action is. Any hotel in Midtown Manhattan will get you within walking distance of Times Square, the Theater District, the 5th Avenue Shops and Christmas windows, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park, and Grand Central Terminal.
Check the price on the Pedicabs before you hop on. At $4.99 Per Minute, you’ll need to watch the clock carefully. Discover Uber! It is New York City’s best way to request a safe, reliable, and affordable ride within minutes. It’s easy to grab a cab at your hotel, but when you get out of a Broadway play at 10PM with 3,000 other people, it’s nice to be able to call a car. Or if your kids decide they are fried and need to get back to the hotel RIGHT. AWAY. it’s so worth it. If you use my invite code – mt8f6vq4ue – you will get your first trip for free up to $20. (I will also get a free trip up to $20 the first time you schedule a pickup. And you will get your own invite code to share.)