New York City: Guide To The Holidays
This season is a magical time and to celebrate I’ve created the New York City: Guide To The Holidays. The city lights up with Christmas trees, festive window displays, and elaborately decorated storefronts. While spending the holidays in New York, make sure to check out some of my favorite holiday activities. From ice skating in Rockefeller Center to watching the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Read on for my guide to the best holiday activities in New York City.
If you need suggestions for fantastic restaurants (including what I love to order!) make sure to check out this article I wrote: Three Days In Soho. Many of the restaurants are in Soho, but there are a few that venture north of the area. I am always happy to help with suggestions if you need them. You can message me over on Instagram!
10 Local Gems
- New York Botanical Garden Glow– this is a magical light show throughout the Botanical Garden. You can also check out the train show while you’re at it.
- Dyker Heights Holiday Lights– you’ll have to head to Brooklyn, but this block of homes puts on a light show like no other.
- A Christmas Carol On Broadway– if you’re wanting to take in a festive show, this one is fantastic.
- Gingerbread Lane by Chef Jon Lovitch– you’ll need to check on the location for this year, but this is a cool display of the largest gingerbread village.
- Pop Into Little Italy For Ornament Shopping– this is actually open year round, but Little Italy is fun to see during the holidays.
- Hot Chocolate at Dominique Ansel Bakery – creator of the cronut, but also so much more. This bakery is a special space and his hot chocolate flowers are so fun and equally delicious.
- Drinks at Gallow Green in The McKittrick Hotel– genuinely one of the coolest spots in the city. They’re closed until November 11th to set up for the holidays, and then you must make a reservation.
- Visit The Neue Galerie – Escape from the city while in the city. This is a place of quiet and calm for me when the city is overwhelming.
- Pop into the Vueve Clicquot at Mr. Purple -If it returns! It was fun in the past, but I can’t find any news on it. Otherwise go to Ophelia Lounge for great views.
- Attend a Candlelight Concert– these are spectacular in any city, but the NYC ones are particularly amazing!
There’s no place like New York City during the holidays! From iconic events like the Rockefeller Center tree lighting ceremony to more low-key activities like ice skating or admiring Christmas windows, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. I hope this guide gives you some ideas for things to do during your visit – happy holidays!