There is nothing like Christmas time in NYC. The lights, the decorations, the music. It’s pretty incredible. So if this is your first time in NYC around the holidays (or maybe you’re an old pro), we bring to you our guide to things to do in NYC for Christmas time. The top 5 must see locations in New York that just scream Christmas cheer.
#1 The Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Nothing says Christmas time quite like the Rockettes at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. This show has been in production every holiday season since the 1920’s. Tickets start as low as $40.00 so it wont break the bank to take the whole family.
#2 See the Tree at Rockefeller Center
On your way out of Radio City, take a walk further down W 50th St to see the tree at Rockefeller Center. The tree is a holiday staple in NY and is known around the world. You can even ice skate at the plaza, but it gets crowded so we suggest another stop. It’s not Christmas in NYC until you take a trip down to see the tree.
#3 Toy Shopping at FAO Schwarz
Only a couple blocks away you will find FAO Schwarz, the oldest toy store in the US. A staple in NYC for over 150 years, they are well known for their real life toy soldiers which greet you at the door. You can shop their huge selection of unique toys or make music on their iconic BIG Piano, which has been featured in many motion pictures and TV shows.
#4 Holiday Fair at Grand Central Terminal
Now that you’re done shopping for the kids, make your way down to Grand Central Terminal for the 14th annual Holiday Fair. With over 76 vendors, you will be able to find unique gifts for everyone on your list.
***Bonus- Between toy shopping at FAO Schwarz and the Holiday fair at Grand Central, make sure you stop by everyone’s favorite NYC stationery store to stock up on all your gift wrapping accessories. We carry everything from ribbon to wrapping paper in every size, color and style.
#5 Ice Skating at Bryant Park
Take a stroll further down 5th Avenue to enjoy a night of ice skating at Bryant Park’s Winter Village. Enjoy ice skating, skate sharpening and even a lounge that serves up delicious comfort foods. The rink stays open from 8 am – 10 pm M-F and until midnight on weekends.
Make sure you check out all of these iconic places on your holiday trip to NYC this year. You wont be sorry. And just for good measure, here’s an easy-to-follow map of your holiday adventure.