There is no place quite like New York City in December. The city is full of life, lights, and is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. This December, my boyfriend and I visited the city for a night, and made sure to see all of the famous holiday sights. Below is a list of can’t miss sights and experiences if you are planning to visit New York during the holidays!
Although this area is always swarmed with tourists, it is an iconic New York location and has great stores for Christmas shopping. I was able to score some great deals on gifts while here and also visited M&M world to look at all the holiday goodies!
Radio City Music Hall
Seeing Radio City Music Hall around the holidays is a must! It is beautifully decorated and there are several Christmas displays around the area, including Christmas lights and red ornaments.
If you are looking to go into Radio City Music Hall you have to see a show. What better way to get into the holiday spirit than seeing the Christmas Spectacular featuring the world famous Rockettes! Although there are several shows a day, they tend to fill up quickly, especially in December. Aside from having a hard time finding tickets, the show is expensive- each ticket was close to $200 the day that we were trying to go.
We decided to try our luck and check the box office to see if there were any last minute deals and we were able to get seats that were ten rows back from the stage for only $60! I’ve heard of people having similar luck with Broadway shows, so definitely swing by the box offices if you are interested in seeing a show and don’t already have tickets!
After seeing the show we walked a block to Rockefeller Center to see the famous Christmas tree at night. The skaters and the tree were really a sight to see!
We ended up returning to Rockefeller Center again the following day to go ice skating and to see the tree during the daytime. If you are trying to ice skate, I recommend arriving early in the morning to avoid the crowds and to skate at off peak times. We skated on a Monday morning and still had about a 40 minute wait. Since you have to rent skates, the total cost is quite expensive, but well worth it! They played Christmas music and there was a skating Santa to accompany you.
Head over to Bryant Park on 5thAve for some Christmas market fun. Each winter there are several pop-up shops that sell homemade goods and treats. There is also an ice skating rink in Bryant Park that is cheaper and less crowded than the one in Rockefeller.
Spend some time browsing the window displays on 5thAve. The stores on this street spend months planning their displays and are truly amazing. Be sure to swing by Saks 5thAve at nighttime to watch their light show!
We chose not to do the ride this time, since we’ve done it before, but each winter there are horse-drawn carriages that will take you through Central park with guided drivers who point out the sights. The ride lasts about 30 minutes, and although it is expensive, it will take you past scenes from Home Alone, the Plaza Hotel, and an ice skating rink.
Another fun thing to do around Central Park is to check out the Plaza Hotel. This iconic hotel is the setting for several famous Christmas movies, such as Home Alone 2, and is beautifully decorated this time of year.
That’s all for my holiday recommendations! I’ve never been to the city for New Years but hopefully I will get the chance to one day!