New York Holiday Bucket List
December 5th, 2019 | Events in New York
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 and Bryant Park
Your first stop should be Rockefeller Plaza to admire the grand Christmas tree. Every year, the tree lighting ceremony in early December marks the beginning of the holiday season in New York. The tree is lit until the first week of January. If you really want to absorb the holiday spirit, go ice-skating on The Rink—probably the most famous ice rink in the world!
Bryant Park’s Winter Village is a cozy and quaint alternative to Rockefeller Center. Their free admission Rink is just as fun while the holiday shops bring together the best of local vendors. Take a look at their event calendar—each year their programs get better and better.
Take Photos of Fifth Avenue’s 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 themed window displays. These are the best ones in the city:
-Macy's Herald Square (151 W 34th Street)
-Saks Fifth Avenue (611 5th Avenue)
-Bergdorf Goodman (754 5th Avenue)
-Tiffany & Co. (727 5th Avenue)
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 and stores, selling everything from luxurious ornaments, handmade jewelry, seasonal food, crafts and much more. Read all about it in our posts on top holiday markets in New York and New York-inspired Christmas souvenirs.
See 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. 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! Make your holiday extra memorable by staying at The Manhattan at Times Square.