It’s the most wonderful time of the year to be in NYC. The city lights up into a winter wonderland, luckily minus the snow this year, with over-the-top holiday window displays, Christmas trees sparkling up every major center, and an abundant number of must-see holiday markets and Christmas shows. Even the locals have to admit, holiday time in NYC is truly the best time. Here is our list of the holiday must-do & must-see during NYC’s most festive time.
On a mission to find the perfect holiday gift? Don’t waste your time in over-crowded department stores this holiday season, New York is over-filled with amazing holiday markets serving up only the best and more unique holiday gift. Some of these must-see holiday markets are Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market, situated inside the Chelsea Market, expect to find trendy and noncommercial holiday themed gifts. Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park includes a 17,000 square-foot outdoor rink, and over 120 holiday shops including fun eateries. Shopping, eating & ice-skating? Sounds like the perfect night to me. Another one on our list is, Union Square Holiday market, which just started this year, is one holiday market you cannot miss! In between food vendors such as Momofuku Milk Bar, and handcrafted gifts ranging from jewelry and accessories to artwork, you could easily spend a whole day here.
Holiday Window Displays:
Strolling down 5th Ave, and concentrating on shopping may be a little difficult this time of year due to the over-the-top window displays that will demand your attention. Our must-see window displays are Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales (where you can take a selfie and have it actually appear on their window), Bergdorf Goodman all-Swarovski crystal display, Lord & Taylor and Tiffany & Co.
Holiday Shows & Other Outings:
Holidays in NYC aren’t really worth it without seeing at least one show and Christmas tree. The Christmas Spectacular show featuring the Rockettes at Radio City is sure to amaze and entertain the whole family. The New York City Ballet continues its annual tradition of performing “ The Nutcracker” at Lincoln Center this holiday season. Other ways to get into the holiday spirit is to head over to Rockefeller Center and go ice-skating overlooking the festive Christmas tree, or go ice-skating in the most iconic park of all, Central Park.