No other place in the world puts quite a magical show of lights, celebrations, and events during Christmas Eve like NYC. While most of the other cities stay shut during the holidays, New York likes to enjoy the Christmas festivities in full swing. Thanksgiving (last Thursday of November) marks the beginning of the holiday season and New Yorkers begin decorating the city from the very first week of December.
Although there are countless ways for visitors to enjoy holidays in NYC, here are things you must not miss out on.
Visit the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Centre
A Christmas holiday in NYC would be incomplete without a visit to the famous Christmas tree at the Rockefeller Centre. The magical lightings of the Christmas tree and surrounding decorations draw a lot of travellers as well as locals. Apart from the tree, there are a lot of things to do here, such as Christmas shopping, dining, ice skating and plenty of other festive indulgences.
Go Ice Skating
One of the most Christmassy things to do in New York City is to go ice skating at any of the city’s several rinks. The one at Bryant Park has free admission, stays quite busy, and if you are not carrying your own skates, you can rent a pair for $20. The Wollman Ice Skating Rink in Central Park is a lot less busy and provides excellent backdrop of the New York skyline. The entry fee here is 12$ and 6$ for adults and kids respectively. Some other well known rinks are at Rockefeller Centre and Chelsea Piers.
Shopping at the Christmas Markets
NYC is a year round shopping destination; however, for a unique shopping experience, you can head to the several Christmas Markets this city hosts. You can shop for Christmas gifts, decorations, treats and more at these merrily decorated markets throughout the Christmas holiday season. Union Square Holiday Market, Columbus Circle Holiday Market, Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, and Grand Central Holiday Fairs are a few of them where you would want to be for the best Christmas shopping experience.
Watch the Christmas Spectacular by The Rockettes at Radio City
A Christmas themed extravaganza by the performers of The Rockettes at the Radio City Music Hall has been a part of New York tradition since 1932. You would love to watch the amazing dance performance of high kicking ladies here known for synchronized choreography, striking costumes, and spectacular visual effects. Although there are several other Christmas themed shows to attend, this one is not to be missed.
Be amazed by the Christmas Decorations at Dyker Heights
A visit to the neighbourhood of Dyker Heights located in Brooklyn has been a part of Christmas celebrations for New Yorkers. The residents of the neighbourhood participate in an unspoken competition of decorating their homes elaborately. The best time to take a round of the neighbourhood is after mid December when almost all the houses dazzle with lights and decorations. This activity is famous among locals as well as tourists; one can also take a dedicated bus tour of Dyker Heights during the holiday season.