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10 Things to do in NYC for the Holidays

There’s no better way to get into the spirit of the season than by visiting the city that never sleeps. Here’s a roundup of my favorite 10 things to do in NYC for the holidays.

ROCKETTES RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR

Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular is a New York City institution dating back to 1932. Along with the world-famous Rockettes, this winter wonderland show of song and dance will get even Scrooge in the mood for the holidays. A nativity scene complete with live animals, and of course, Santa himself, grace the stage for this world-famous show. Tickets can be found here.

NUTCRACKER BALLET

Performed by the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Centre the Nutcracker Ballet is not to be missed. As the clock chimes midnight, a brave young girl turns the tide in a battle between toy soldiers and mischievous mice, and a blizzard of ballerinas reveals a wonderful world of confection.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

There are two fabulous shows featuring A Christmas Carol. A Christmas Carol at Merchant’s House Museum transports viewers back 150 years with 19th-century-holiday decorations, flickering candles, and richly appointed period furnishings. A Christmas Carol, Broadway, a limited engagement for 8 weeks only, welcomes theatergoers of all ages into an immersive experience that’s brimming with Christmas spirit. 

NYC HOLIDAY MARKETS

There are four popular holiday markets that grace the city. The Winter Village at Bryant Park is a winter wonderland with holiday shops, a food hall and the sparkling Bryant Park Christmas tree. It’s also home to New York City’s only free admission ice skating rink. Be sure to also visit the Union Square Holiday Market, Columbus Circle Holiday Market, and the indoor Grand Central Holiday Fair, all festive places to get in the holiday spirit and pick up gifts for those on your shopping list.

ROCKEFELLER CENTER CHRISTMAS TREE

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a world-wide symbol of the holidays and a must-visit site. The 2019 tree will be lit for the first time on Wednesday, December 4 on Rockefeller Plaza. Each year, thousands crowd the sidewalks for the event and millions watch the live broadcast. The tree will remain lit and on display on the plaza between West 48th and 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues through Friday, January 17, 2020.

NYC HOLIDAY WINDOW DISPLAYS

There’s nothing better than holiday window displays at Bloomingdales, Barneys, and Bergdorf Goodman. Their glittery, enchanting department store windows will get any shopper in a festive mood. Check out this special deal to attend the Radio City Holiday show, a visit to Rockefeller center, and a holiday window display tour.

CENTRAL PARK

Winter is a beautiful and peaceful time of year to explore Central Park. When covered in snow, it’s a great place to enjoy sledding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. You can also go ice skating at Wollman Rink and Lasker Rink throughout the season.

TAVERN ON THE GREEN

Decked out with festive lights and décor, Tavern on the Green is a perfect place to enjoy a festive meal and enjoy a little downtime, but be sure to make a reservation.

EMPIRE STATE BUILDING

The Empire State Building is newly renovated and open 365 days a year including Christmas Day! Lit up in a festive green and red glow for the holiday season, new 2nd-floor exhibits take guests on a journey from the building’s construction to its place in culture today. Get your tickets here.

NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDENS HOLIDAY TRAIN SHOW

An enchanting indoor winter wonderland of model trains, the New York Botanical Gardens Holiday Train Show will certainly mesmerize visitors. This year the trains travel through a miniature landscape showcasing Central Park. Crafts, carolers, and seasonal treats help visitors make lasting holiday memories.

BRONX ZOO HOLIDAY LIGHTS

Discover the holiday season at the Bronx Zoo with magical colorful lights, animal lanterns, and sculptures that guide your way throughout the park.

How do you get in the spirit of the holiday? Share with me your favorite things to do in NYC during the holiday season and I’ll add it to the list of 10 things to do in NYC for the holidays. Happy Holidays everyone!

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