Holiday Events and Attractions in NYC

Holiday Events and Attractions in NYC

Whether you have been to New York City or not, we have all seen and heard about how spectacular it is during the holiday season. There are many things to see and do to get you in the holiday spirit and warm the heart! Check out some of them here: 

Rockefeller Centre 

John D. Rockefeller first leased the land in 1928 to become the future site for the Centre. Over the years, many attractions and traditions have come to be. Today, there is so much to check out. 

Picturesque ice skating at The Rink is one of New York’s standard Christmas activities. It sets the perfect scene for that worthy IG photo and always brings tons of fun! General admission starts at $20 and is open daily from 9 am to midnight.

While at The Rink, take a look up to see the marvelous, iconic, 79ft Christmas tree! Covered in 50,000 multicolored lights on approximately 5 miles of wire, this tree is sure to brighten your day! If that’s not bright enough, the star on the top is a three-dimensional Swarovski star covered in 3 million crystals. The tree stands proud all season long but will be lit daily from 6 am to 12 am. On Christmas day, it is lit for a total of 24 hours! This spectacular sight is the epicenter of all the holiday celebrations in the city. If you think the tree is a sight, make sure to check out the 12 luminous angels that line the Channel Gardens. 

Suppose you are not visiting the tree, gardens, or skating on The Rink. A must-see is the Radio City Music Hall! This is one of New York City’s favorite holiday celebrations have returned for 2021. The Radio City Rockettes have been a NYC special for almost a century. 

Outdoor Decorations

A creative way to remind you that it is the holiday season is to browse the Christmas window displays along Fifth Avenue. A lot of time, effort, creativity, and heart goes into creating these displays that bring joy to everyone of all ages! Here is a list of some popular windows:

  • Bergdorf Goodman 
  • Macy’s 
  • Bloomingdale’s
  • Sak’s Fifth Avenue 

If you want to see some stunning decorated homes and possibly put your decorating game to shame, take a trip to Dyker Heights Neighborhood for a fantastic lights show! After Thanksgiving, the neighborhood undergoes a festive transition.

New York City does go BIG for the holidays, but so do their decorations! Check out the oversized ornaments across from the Radio City Music Hall. 

If you want to see all the beautiful holiday lights in the city, you can take a small walking tour. Ten stops bring you along Rockefeller Centre, Fifth Avenue, and more!

These are just some of the festive attractions, but there are many other things in New York to do and see during the holiday season! Make sure to check ticket prices and booking recommendations before visiting. You may be able to save money on group packages and tours. Happy travels!

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