Whether you have out-of-town guests or you are coming to New York City for Holiday shopping or the Holidays themselves, it can be tough to figure out what to see and do. This list provides some of the best (and most popular) Holiday season activities in New York City.
- Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular
- Holiday Lights Tour on Gray Line Tour Bus
- Christmas tree lighting at Rockefeller Center
- Holiday Shops at Bryant Park
- Department stores window displays
- Enjoy a meal at Rockefeller Center’s Rock Center Cafe (and watch the skaters)
- Go ice skating at Rockefeller Center
- See a holiday themed Broadway show such as A Christmas Story
And, these are just a few suggestions. You could also go see The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center, attend the 2013 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and, of course go shopping!
Remember to pace yourself, and, allow extra time to get places. The holiday season in New York is extremely busy, and, even the sidewalks tend to get overcrowded.
Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular
Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular has long been a favorite for children and adults and locals and tourists alike. The 90 minute show is fast paced and holds the attention of even the youngest audience members. 2013 shows begin November 8th and end December 30th.
For more information or to purchase tickets visit: http://www.radiocitychristmas.com/get-tickets.html
Holiday Lights Tour on Gray Line Tour Bus
Save wear and tear of your feet by seeing NYC at its holiday best on Gray Line Holiday Lights Tour. Holiday Lights tours begin in November, 2013 and pricing is $39 per adult and $29 per child.
For more information or to purchase your tickets visit: http://www.graylinenewyork.com/tourpage.php?item=NL
Christmas tree lighting at Rockefeller Center
The annual lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center is the kick off to the holiday season in New York City. To learn more about the 2013 Christmas at Rockefeller Center celebration please visit: http://ventwing.com/article/2013-gude-to-christmas-at-rockefeller-center-tree-lighting
Holiday Shops at Bryant Park
Located behind the main branch of the New York Public Library, Bryant Park transforms into a Holiday Market each year featuring approximately 100 vendors selling unique holiday gifts and treats. This year (2013) the shops reopen on November 1st.
For more information please visit: http://ventwing.com/article/holiday-shops-at-bryant-park-to-reopen-november-1-2013
Department stores window displays
New York City department stores go all out for the holidays, and, each year display amazing holiday scenes in their windows. There are no formal tours. Simply a select a starting place and work your way around the city. Suggestions for stores to visit can be found here: http://ventwing.com/article/faq-2011-holiday-window-displays-manhattan-department-stores
Enjoy a meal at Rockefeller Center’s Rock Center Cafe (and watch the skaters)
After a hard day of sightseeing and shopping nothing is more relaxing than enjoying a meal at Rockefeller Center’s Sea Grill and Rock Center Cafe. For more information please visit: http://ventwing.com/article/rockefeller-center-restaurants-view-the-skaters-and-tree-as-you-dine
Go ice skating at Rockefeller Center
If ice skating at Rockefeller Center is on your “must do” list be sure to take advantage of the VIP programs available. This will allow you to skip the lines and not waste valuable time waiting around. For more information about skating at Rockefeller Center during the 2013 – 2014 season please visit: http://ventwing.com/article/the-ice-rink-at-rockefeller-center-opens-monday-october-14-2013
See a holiday themed Broadway show such as A Christmas Story
From “A Christmas Story” to “Annie” to the Nutcracker ballet and Handel’s Messiah, there are many ways to enjoy your evenings in New York City during the holiday season. For a list of holiday themed shows and performances for the 2013 – 2014 visit: http://www.newyorkcitytheatre.com/index_holiday.php