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New York Holiday Bucket List

December 6th, 2018 | Events

No city does Christmas better than New York. Even the meanest Grinch out there can’t help to succumb to the city’s holiday cheer — it’s everywhere! If you’re spending the most wonderful time of the year in the Big Apple, we know exactly what should be on your holiday bucket list.

Go to Rockefeller Center

Your first stop should be Rockefeller Plaza (West 48th and 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues) to admire the grand Christmas tree. Every year, the tree lighting ceremony marks the beginning of the holiday season in New York. The tree will remain lit until 9pm on January 7, 2019.

Rockefeller Center is regarded by many as the heart of New York’s Christmas celebrations. Walking around the plaza and snapping photos is a must. But if you really want to absorb the holiday spirit, go ice-skating on The Rink — probably the most famous ice rink in the world!  

Take Photos of Fifth Avenue Window Displays

When New Yorkers want to celebrate something, they go all out! This is the case of the iconic holiday window displays along Fifth Avenue. Year after year, the most popular and luxurious stores in the city put together extraordinary window displays, with different themes each year. These are the best window displays in the city:

Macy's Herald Square (151 W 34th Street). 2018 Theme: Believe in the Wonder of Giving
Saks Fifth Avenue (611 5th Avenue). 2018 Theme: Theater of Dreams
Bergdorf Goodman (754 5th Avenue). 2018 Theme: Candy Cane Lane
Tiffany & Co. (727 5th Avenue). 2018 Theme: Believe in Dreams

Shop at a Holiday Market

After taking photos of the most festive spots in the city, it’s time to get your holiday shopping done. New York has many beautiful holiday markets, selling everything from luxurious ornaments, handmade jewelry, seasonal food, crafts and much more. Read all about it in our post on top holiday markets in New York.

christmas-decorations-outside-radio-city-music-hall-nycSee a Famous Holiday Show

Some of the country’s most cherished holiday shows take place in New York. For example, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the talented Rockettes is a unique and timeless show that you should see at least once. You can also see The Nutcracker Ballet, train shows and holiday musicals.

Ring in the New Year

Spending the last day of the year in New York is an unforgettable experience. You go to Times Square to see the world-famous ball drop at the stroke of midnight or attend a lively party just blocks from Times Square. We have put together useful tips on what to do in Times Square on New Year’s Eve.

Don’t worry if you’re not the party-type, though. There’s still plenty to do on New Year’s Eve outside of Times Square. Go see a classical music concert, watch fireworks from Brooklyn Bridge or join a midnight race in Central Park.

Are you counting the days for Christmas and New Year’s Eve? So are we! For more tips on what to do in New York this winter, follow the Manhattan at Times Square blog!

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