It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year to Visit New York

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year to Visit New York
Visiting New York this Christmas time?
Don’t miss these festive experiences off your Christmas itinerary…

The run up to Christmas and New Year is one of the most magical times to visit the Big Apple – think roaming around the winter wonderland that is Central Park in your cosiest hat and scarf, Christmas shopping on Fifth Avenue and gazing up at the word-famous Rockefeller Tree.

Here are just a few of our favourite seasonal things to do when visiting New York around this time of year…

Go Ice-Skating


Rockefeller Ice-Skating


No activity could get you in the festive spirit more than ice skating! Get your skates on and make your way gracefully (or not so gracefully!) around the rinks before stopping for a warming hot chocolate or mulled wine for the adults.

There are two festive ice-skating options on offer in the Big Apple – one in front of the Rockefeller Center and the famous tree and one in Central Park (The Wollman Ice Rink). Each experience is packaged with different options – the Central Park ice skating tickets comes with another iconic New York attraction or the Rockefeller tickets come with a dining option, so there’s plenty of flexibility in deciding which ice skating experience would fit in best with your itinerary.

Shop at Union Square Holiday Market

Christmas markets are the perfect place to pick up some last-minute Christmas gifts or just a hot festive drink or Christmassy-snack. Luckily, the Union Square Christmas market is set in the heart of New York City so you won’t need to miss this Christmas tradition while you’re away! Trawl your way through gifts hand made by local craftsmen and artists and indulge in some live music at this market which is on every day from now until Christmas Eve, when it closes at 4pm for the big day itself.

Eclectic vendors include the Brooklyn Brew Shop for beer making kits, Craftspring’s beautiful felt gifts, Dulcinea Churros for when you get hungry and even gorgeous Moroccan-inspired ceramic from Le Souk Ceramique.  

Watch a Christmas show


Christmas Spectacular


The Radio City Spectacular is a Broadway institution that has been delighting crowds over the festive period for more than 80 years – and now you can be a part of the action too! The show is a stunningly choreographed spectacular topped with a sprinkle of Christmas magic and set to up-tempo festive dance numbers. You’ll be blown away by the incredible tap show and the stunning ice skating routine which takes place on the snow covered set.

With multiple shows a day leading all the way through to the 1st January, there’s still plenty of time to get your tickets for this fantastic show. Christmas cheer guaranteed.

Sup cocktails at Miracle on Ninth Street

Trendy cocktail bar Mace in the East Village has been transformed into a holiday wonderland for the festive season. Pop in for a seasonal cocktail in the grotto-styled bar, which is guaranteed to melt event the Grinch-iest heart and get everyone in the holiday spirit.

Some of the cocktails on the seasonal menu include the Muletide, made with Vida Mezcal, Sherry, ginger syrup, lemon juice and all spice and the Run Run Rudolph cocktail made up of Blanco Tequila, coffee liquer and cold hot chocolate.

…or pop in for a hot toddy in an igloo

If you’ve been unable to get reservations for the sold-out-‘til-2030 (or at least that how it feels!) igloo pop ups in London, you’ll be glad to know that the igloos at 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar are allocated on a first come, first serve basis and they are just as cool (if not cooler!) Check out the view from this amazing rooftop bar…



Speciality hot drinks are the big star of the bar, with virgin and alcoholic hot chocolates leading the menu. We love the sound of the Godiva peppermint hot chocolate topped with whipped cream in particular – yum! You can also order hot cider and tasty flavoured coffee options.

Visit the Rockefeller Tree


Rockefeller Christmas Tree



Whether you choose to go ice-skating at the Rockefeller Center or not, you’ll definitely want to pay this iconic landmark a visit for 2 very big reasons. 1 – the view from the top is one of the best views of the New York skyline you’ll find and 2 – at Christmas the square is home to a ginormous Christmas tree bedecked by more than 18,000 lights and twinkling decorations.

The Rockefeller Tree has been a New York tradition ever since the tower opened in 1933 and, since 1997, the lighting of the tree has been televised to millions of people all over the country. It’s a real Christmas treat to be able to see the spectacle of the tree in real life!

Window Shopping on Fifth Avenue

Window shopping takes on a whole new meaning on the streets of New York’s most luxury shopping districts. Iconic stores such as Macy’s, Bloomingdales, Barney’s and Sak’s Fifth Avenue compete to be the store with the best Christmas window display every year and this year’s displays are bigger and better than ever!

All of the famous stores are within a few blocks of each other, so you can easily meander round to all of them while you’re doing a last bit of Christmas shopping or, let’s face it, buying essential holiday souvenirs for yourself!

Keep warm exploring New York’s incredible museums


Met Museum


If it’s very cold on your visit, you might want to shelter from the elements in a few of New York’s museums and indoor attractions. There are plenty to choose from, including stunning art museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and museums charting American history such as the American Museum of Natural History.

Don’t miss the attractions that celebrate and commemorate New York’s incredible history either though. Our highlights include the Ellis Island immigration museum, the Tenement Museum and the 9/11 Memorial. You can visit many of these famous museums with a multi-attraction pass, which could save you time and money compared to buying your tickets at the door. 

There's so much to do at Christmas time in New York which means it's often a busy time. Make sure you book ahead for any activities, experiences or attractions you don't want to miss! Click here to explore the full range of attractions.

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