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New York City during the holiday season is one of the most beautiful sights in the world. From the twinkling lights to the ice-skating in Rockefeller Center, it doesn’t get much better than this.

With an abundance to do and see, where does one begin?  We’ve compiled a special New York holiday to-do list to ensure you make the most out of the merriest and brightest season!

Radio City Rockette’s Christmas Spectacular

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

While shows in the New York City area can be costly, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is an experience unlike any other! This is the perfect show to get in the holiday spirit, and it’s perfect for the whole family.

The iconic Rockette’s kick, smile, dance, and sing in this 90-minute spectacular.  From reindeer to a live nativity scene with animals, this high-energy kickoff to the holiday season will thrill even the oldest members of the family.

The show has multiple times. Go as early as 9:00 a.m. or as late as 10:00 p.m. The show runs from late November to early January, annually.New York City Top of the Rock Observation Deck

Rockefeller Center & Top of the Rock

It’s not Christmas in New York without a trip to one of the largest Christmas Trees in the world! Sitting in the famous Rockefeller Center is the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and Ice Rink. And you won’t want to miss a a visit to the Top of the Rock for fantastic views.  If you time your trip around the first few weeks of the holiday season, you might get to watch the tree get lit for the very first time.

This TV broadcast is one of the highest watched events, next to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Super Bowl.  From its initial lighting, the tree stays until the first week of January. While you’re in the area, visit the world-renowned Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, which is open for a public mass on Christmas Day.

Macy’s offers those who window-shop a whole new display around the holiday season. The department store features interactive window displays lining every corner surrounding the store.

Inside the store, there is more magic to behold as well. Based on Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus, the little ones in the family can experience the magic of writing letters to Santa, help Santa deliver his gifts virtually, and take in the magic of what it means to believe in Santa.

Window Shopping on Fifth Avenue

Fifth Avenue is home to some of the biggest fashion designers in the world, and similar to Macy’s, their store windows feature elaborate displays. Some of the top window displays every year include Tiffany and Co., Saks Fifth Ave, Barney’s, Lord and Taylor and Bergdorf Goodman.

Take to the Ice

There is nothing quite like ice skating on a snowy day. Take your ice skating experience to the next level at Wollman Rink in Central Park. With the sprawling New York City skyscrapers set as the backdrop, get lost in the charm and history of Wollman Rink.

A trip to Wollman won’t be complete without a carriage ride through Central Park, so make sure to add that to your list as well. Nothing is more relaxing than an evening carriage ride while enjoying a New York City snowfall.

The Nutcracker is a classic Christmas tale, and its brought to life at the New York City Ballet. Watching a performance of The Nutcracker by one of the best ballet companies in the world is an absolute bucket-list experience! The show runs from November to December at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center.

Holiday Lights TourSlice of Brooklyn Holiday Lights Tour New York City

One of the more unique tours during the holidays is the Slice of Brooklyn Holiday Lights Tour.  Perfect for all ages this tour takes you through Brooklyn where you will see some spectacular holiday decorations in complete and toasty comfort!

New Year’s Eve in New York City

If your vacation to the Big Apple coincides with New Year’s Eve, you should head to Times Square to see the ball drop at midnight! A piece of advice: arrive early if you want in on the action. Millions come to Times Square every year to mark the arrival of the New Year, and it gets crowded very quickly.

With celebrity musical guests and fireworks, who can resist a New Years kiss with confetti (and lots of it!) pouring down on them? Bring in the New Year in Times Square; it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Bryant Park, located just south of Times Square and Broadway is home to the Bryant Park Winter Village. The village is comprised of unique shops and dining stalls where the holiday season magic is felt in full swing. Bryant Park also houses an ice rink and winter concerts in the park.

From all of us at 365 Tickets Canada Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year!


Megan Roche

My name is Megan and traveling is my game! I love riding rollercoasters, exploring new theme parks, visiting some of the most historical sites in the US, and writing.

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